7 Must Have Beauty Essentials to Pack When You Travel

Summer vacation is almost here, but if your destination finds you leaving on a jet plane, one thing you won’t want to do is stuff your suitcase with your entire vanity. Stay gorgeous on the go and say bon voyage to travel stress (we’re looking at you, TSA) by stowing these seven travel-friendly essentials in your beauty bag.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Cleanse, refresh, and add volume and texture to your locks in an instant! This easy-to-apply powder is formulated with oat milk to soothe and protect and corn and rice starches to absorb excess oils, leaving all hair types looking revitalized and feeling refreshed. What it doesn’t have? Parabins, sulfates, and colorants. No wonder it’s an Allure Best of Beauty award winner!

Environ Ionzyme Focus Hydrating Serum

Dry, stuffy cabin air can wreck havoc on skin. Land a few dabs of this magic “water” featuring moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid on your face keep it looking smooth, firm, and fully refreshed.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes

Security checkpoints, long lines, missed connections: Air travel is full of stressful scenarios that can cause skin to crash land. Reduce redness, ease irritation, and rebalance it with these gentle, soft wipes fortified with soothing chamomile. BONUS: These come ready for takeoff in TSA-approved packaging.

Image Skincare Prevention + Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

With its ability to perform triple duty—sunscreen, moisturizer, and lightweight foundation—this multitasking superstar definitely deserves a first-class ticket in your travel bag.

Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara

Get your lashes runway ready while you’re still on the runway with Sephora’s dramatic-volume mascara enriched with moisture-attracting hyaluronic acid. Also features a specialized brush that lets lashes soar to new heights, er, lengths.

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment

Dry, chapped lips get a luxurious—and super-smoothing—upgrade with this anti-aging lip treatment fortified with sea fennel extract and other ultra-nourishing ingredients to plump, smooth, and define your face’s most delicate area.

NARS The Multiple

The best way to de-bulk your beauty bag is by packing products that do double—or even triple—duty. This compact, multi-purpose makeup stick acts as a creamy cheek AND lip stain in one, without taking up a lot of space and comes in a variety of stellar shades.

Effective Skin Care Treatments for Hyperpigmentation

skin care for hyperpigmentationWhether you’ve been worshiping the sun’s rays at the beach since birth, or been a life-long stickler when it comes to applying SPF every day, let’s face it: Sun happens. And with it come sunspots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation. With summer fast approaching, it’s time to start rectifying the sins of the past and turn back the clock on sun-damaged skin.

Sun, heat, hormones, and inflammation can all cause your skin to produce an overabundance of melanin, the main culprit behind skin discoloration. And once the process starts, it’s hard to get it to stop. In fact, your skin quickly becomes trained to continue to produce more and more melanin every time it’s exposed to these triggers.

Fortunately, there are treatments that can help stop the process in its tracks and eradicate their unsightly side effects—but you’ll only find them at your dermatologist’s office (sorry, drugstore devotees). The most common and effective procedures to treat pigmentation are chemical peels, micro-needling, Intensive Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy, and Fractional Laser Resurfacing, each of which can be customized with one or more of the following high-active ingredients to effectively target your specific discoloration issues:

Kojic Acid: Great for deep discoloration, such as melasma. Bonus! It works well in combination with other lighteners and won’t dry out your skin.

Glycolic Acid: Found in peels and topical exfoliating treatments, this powerful acid will have you saying goodbye to brown spots.

Vitamin C: Remember squeezing lemon juice in your hair to lighten your locks? It can work just as well when it comes to erasing sunspots, thanks to its ability to diffuse melanin production.

Retinol: Proven effective for reversing pigmentation and skin damage, this naturally occurring Vitamin A derivative encourages skin turnover, bringing fresh, clean cells to the surface.

Licorice Extract: A treasured natural remedy for a number of health issues, licorice is also effective in combating skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis, as well as a natural skin-lightening alternative.

Azelaic Acid: The go-to choice for discoloration resulting from acne and rosacea, this naturally derived acid rivals the skin-lightening properties of hydroquinone, without the negative side effects.

Whatever treatment option you choose or ingredient cocktail you incorporate in you regiment, remember that the only way to prevent hyperpigmentation is to AVOID the sun and to use sunscreen every day.