Health & beauty

The Best Travel Beauty Routine for Spring

Last updated 10th April 2018

Spring brings warmer temperatures and adventures in hotter climes. Our checklist of beauty updates will help mom hit refresh.

Make this your spring mantra: Pack. Pamper. Repeat. As we usher in the season’s sunshine, try a beauty routine that not only makes packing a breeze but will keep your makeup hues vibrant, your skin radiant and protected, and your hair looking and feeling healthy all season long. Wherever your travel adventures take you, our best beauty-boosting tricks will help you beat the heat.

Make Up

  • Switch to lighter foundation. In warm weather, opt for a less heavy foundation. “I love foundation sticks because they’re portable and can multitask as spot concealers,” says makeup artist Carie Pytynia Webb. Or, for a more natural look, Webb recommends Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer ($41; “It gives subtle coverage that’s light and luminous.”
  • Go matte. When it’s hot and humid, trade in your sheer lipsticks or slippery glosses for a lip look with a bit more staying power. Opt for matte lipsticks or stains in bright hues that last longer when the heat is on. Try L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick ($8.99; at drugstores) or Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick ($9.99; at drugstores).
  • Make eyes look bright. Transform eyes by first sweeping navy pencil along top lash line from inner to outer corner, then flick the end toward the outer edge of your brow. Try Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Liner Pencil in Blue ($60; Next, apply a cream-colored pencil on the lower waterline rim of your eyes. Try NYX Faux Whites Eye Brightener in Vanilla ($8; at drugstores).


  • Double up on conditioner. Heading into sunshine can wreak havoc on brittle strands. Strengthen, nourish and seal your hair’s cuticle, plus protect against breakage by adding a second round of moisture — use conditioner in the shower and a lightweight leave-in spray postshower. Try Shu Uemura Art of Hair Wonder Worker Primer ($33; Once a week, use a deep conditioner for added nourishment, especially when your hair is exposed to sun. Try Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner ($3.99; at drugstores).
  • Bring back luster. Add reflective shine and luminosity to dull strands with a good serum. “Keep in mind that ‘shine’ is actually light reflecting off a smooth surface, and if your hair cuticle isn’t sealed, it can’t reflect light. That’s one of the things a serum helps with,” explains Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend. Rub one or two drops of serum between your hands, then smooth over strands. Try TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum ($4.99; at drugstores).


  • Match the climate. Forget everything you’ve learned about buying products according to your skin type and instead focus on your climate. Dry, hot climates call for products with intensely moisturizing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and squalene oil. In a hot, humid climate, look for ingredients that help keep pores clear, like coconut acid. If you’re in mild, cool temps punctuated by rain and overcast skies, boost moisture and firmness with seaweed extract and peptides. Try Pour Moi Climate Smart Day Creams in Desert, Tropical or Temperate (all $35;
  • Get a natural glow. “Take care of your skin by exfoliating and moisturizing it regularly and staying away from harsh toners,” Webb says. Exfoliate your face and body with a gentle scrub, then apply a tanning moisturizer for sun-kissed color plus skin-hydrating benefits. Try Jergens Color Primer In-Shower Scrub ($8.99; at drugstores) and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer ($8.99; at drugstores).

Written by Molly Nover-Baker