hair and makeup products for summer travel

Pare down your beauty routine for warm weather travel.

My philosophy is that when you go on vacation, your hair and makeup routine should take a vacation as well. And that idea becomes even more imperative when the mercury climbs and it really becomes uncomfortable to be caked in tons of product.

So how can you pare down your routine so that it’s lightweight, a breeze to apply and still has you looking presentable? Read on to find out.

1. Argan oil

Heat styling your hair is about the last thing you want to do when it’s scorching hot outside, and if you’re trying to keep your luggage to a minimum, chances are the hair dryer and straightener didn’t make the cut anyway. But unless you’ve got naturally silky straight hair, you need to do something to fight the frizz when the humidity starts creeping up.

For this, I love Josie Maran’s Argan Oil. You basically take a really small amount (literally a drop or two – you don’t want to look like a grease ball), rub it between your palms and apply it to towel-dried hair. Focus first on the ends, then the midsections of your hair and try to avoid the roots.

I find my hair dries into nice, beachy waves that are really soft – not the crunchy, wiry look you can get from mousses, gels and the like.

One thing to note is that while you can buy argan oil serums designed specifically for hair, they tend to include a lot of other ingredients. I prefer 100% pure argan oil since you can also use it on your face and hands if they get dry.

2. Tinted sunscreen

A full face of makeup can just look out of place in the summer heat – not to mention how unattractive it is once it starts to melt off. Besides, wearing foundation and the whole shebang is just impractical if you’re hitting the beach or pool and are likely to get wet. That said, not everyone is comfortable walking around completely barefaced.

My solution to the dilemma is a tinted sunscreen like La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Tinted Fluid. It’s a broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen that’s colored so it evens out your skin tone and protects you from the sun.

I know some people like to use makeup that has sunscreen in it, such as a tinted moisturizer, but unfortunately you’d have to use a ridiculous amount of product to get the stated amount of sun protection (read more about that here). It’s simply not as effective as using an actual sunscreen.

3. Waterproof mascara

Mascara is by no means an absolute must-have, but I do find that a few slicks of mascara have the power to really amp up your look, especially if you’re not wearing any other makeup.

Make sure you stick with a waterproof formula so it doesn’t smear if you sweat or go swimming. My favorite is the Maybelline One by One Volume Express Waterproof Mascara for buildable lashes (a single coat can give you a more natural look during the day or you can add extra coats for more volume at night). I recommend curling your lashes first for a more defined and awake look.

What do you think? Do you use any products that help simplify your hair and makeup routine during summer?