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Carry On: Skincare Essentials that Keep You Hydrated While You Travel

From organic hydration mist to peppermint beard oil, these TSA-compliant skincare items will ensure that your skin stays supple while you travel...Especially during the harshest weather.

Peeling cheeks, chapped lips and brittle hair are just some of the effects of winter temperatures. It doesn’t help if you’re hopping flights in extreme weather – air-conditioned airports and dry-as-a-desert airplane cabins only aggravate the problem, and you’re left with cracked and irritated skin.

Based on the experiences of Billy’s staff, these products that can help combat dehydration while you travel – and as a bonus, most of them can fly with you in your carry-on luggage.

Though it’s tempting to load up on coffee, wine or liquor aboard your flight, all the above are diuretics, which cause excess urination and result in dehydration. We’ve swapped that can of lager for Village Juicery’s tangy Immunity Shot, which contains lemon, raw honey, ginger and oil of oregano, ingredients that are purported to restore the electrolyte balance in the body, calm the gut and kickstart the immune system.

Consonant Skincare’s HydraExtreme – a popular favourite among cosmetics bloggers – is a naturally derived version of hyaluronic acid, which is found in the human body and helps lubricate the eyes and joints. It’s a common ingredient in face creams for its supposed anti-aging benefits. We observed that just three to five drops of HydraExtreme made one’s skin look instantly more plump. We tried it for a month, coupled with Consonant’s Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream for Dry Skin and Perfect Sunscreen (note: you put them on in that order). This trio is the first step in shielding the skin from harsh elements.

Courtesy Consonant

It’s a savvy travel move to always keep a pack of cleansing wipes on hand. Trouble is, most off-the-shelf wipes contain heaps of alcohol, which cleans the skin but also sucks out the moisture. This is especially problematic for sensitive areas of the face, like the forehead and cheeks. Enter Dr. Roebuck’s Natural Cleansing Wipes. They contain a natural disinfectant called witch hazel in place of alcohol. After using the product multiple times, we noticed that our skin stayed supple rather than looking scratched up and dry.

We must confess, Juice Beauty’s Hydrating Mist isn’t small enough to carry on, but it is easy enough to pour into a 100 millitre-sized spray bottle. It could also prove to be the most indispensable item in your toiletry bag – it sets makeup, gets rid of redness and replenishes your skin after short or long-haul flights. A little spritz and one’s face is left with a dewy glow. The subtle, floral fragrance of the ylang ylang and rosehips won’t overwhelm your seatmates either.

Meanwhile a dry beard is as problematic as dry skin – parched whiskers tend to be unruly. A judicious application of beard oil can help those hairs from springing off in all directions. We tried Tusk & Fin’s Toronto-made peppermint and cedar wood-scented beard oil; it not only kept the plumage under control, it made one’s face smell like a classy candy cane.

Courtesy Tusk & Fin

Published Friday, January 6th 2017

Header image credit: From left: Juice Beauty Hydration Mist; Dr. Roebuck's Natural Cleansing Wipes; Village Juicery Immunity Shot



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