10 Travel Skincare Essentials You Need to Take on Your Staycation

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The traditional summer holiday abroad may have been put on the back burner for now, but we still have staycations to enjoy. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and stock up on these 10 travel size skin care essentials...

1. For skin maintenance


bioeffect on the go essentials kit

BIOEFFECT On-The-Go Essentials, £69

If you don't want your skincare routine to go haywire whilst you're away, this impressive little kit by BIOEFFECT has everything you need to keep your skin in tip-top condition. The set contains four travel-sized products to make a full regime. The Micellar Cleansing Water is formulated with Icelandic water and other hydrating agents to cleanse and remove impurities. The Volcanic Exfoliator uses Micro Crystalline Lava to effectively remove dead skin cells and exfoliate. The EGF Day Serum provides daily hydration and cell renewal, and the EGF Serum is packed with plant-derived Epidermal Growth Factors to reduce the signs of ageing. 

2. For facial sun protection 


la roche posay anthelios ultra light spf30

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF30, £18

This beauty editor favourite is fast becoming a face SPF icon due to its unrivalled lighter than lightweight texture. Its non-greasy formula soaks in almost instantly and does not leave a white film on your skin. It's also very staycation-friendly, especially if you're going to be outdoors all day, due to its water, sweat and sand resistant properties. Its broad spectrum protection lasts underwater for up to 80 minutes and is therefore ideal if you're going to be getting in and out of the sea or pool all day. Contained in a super slim and compact bottle, it'll effortlessly fit into any travel bag or makeup case without creating any bulk - just what you need for travelling! 

3. For added glow

jane iredale full coverage bb cream

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream, £39.95

As staycations are the only type of holiday on the cards this year, you may need a little extra help when it comes to enhancing your summer glow. This luxury tinted moisturiser by Jane Iredale boosts radiance in abundance for a '2 weeks in the Med' glow. Its impressive formula promotes skin illumination with a high coverage finish for blurring imperfections and helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It is also non-comedogenic so there's no chance of it breaking you out and it comes in a variety of shades to suit every skin tone. Another perk, you say? It has a broad-spectrum SPF 25 and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. 

4. For quick cleansing 

medik8 gentle cleanse travel size

Medik8 Gentle Cleanse Travel Size, £8

When you're away, it's normal to slack off on your skincare slightly. It's also normal to feel like you deserve a treat. The Medik8 Gentle Cleanse foaming wash offers both practicality and indulgence in a dinky, travel-sized bottle. Cleanse effectively in seconds each morning and night with this foaming formula, charged with Rosemary Leaf Oil to protect and Natural Glycerin to lock-in hydration. Providing a 'no frills' cleansing experience with its mild, pH balanced formulation, it's the ideal mini cleanser to throw in your holdall before you leave for your staycation. 

5. For lip care

ultrasun lip protection spf30

Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30, £8

News flash: your lips need protection from the sun, too. Keep your lips safe from UV rays and feeling super moisturised with this lip balm stick by longstanding sun care professionals, Ultrasun. The perfect compact size for when you're on-the-go during your staycation, you can slip this lip balm into your pocket or bag with ease. It is supercharged with an abundance of nourishing ingredients like Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Argan Oil to intensely condition and prevent against any chapping or dryness caused by sun exposure. 

6. For body sun protection


Mesoestetic Mesoprotech Antiaging Body Sun Mist SPF 30

Mesoestetic Mesoprotech Antiaging Body Sun Mist SPF 30, £36.99

We may not be jetting off to faraway islands and exotic destinations this year but protecting your skin during your staycation is still just as important. Too much exposure to the sun means that UV rays are likely to reach the inner layers of your skin and cells are left damaged or dead which in turn can lead to skin cancer. The Mesoestetic Mesoprotech Antiaging Body Sun Mist has an SPF of 30 and is sprayed onto the skin for a super fast application with no sticky hands in sight. It is formulated with Vitamin E to support your skin and their Collagen pro-47 to help boost your collagen levels and prevent the signs of ageing. 

7. For better sleep

Olverum Restful Sleep Pillow Mist

Olverum Restful Sleep Pillow Mist, £26.50

Although you want to have a restful staycation, there's always a possibility that you'll miss your own bed. That alongside an irregular sleeping pattern and unfamiliar surroundings can actually lead to more interrupted sleep even if you do feel more relaxed than usual. Be prepared and pack this calming pillow mist in your travel bag to help you catch more zeds if you need them. Formulated with a relaxing blend of lavender, geranium, bergamot, amyris and roman chamomile oil, this pillow spray uses the power of aromatherapy to help you drift off to sleep after a long day of holidaying.

8. For post sun

Institut Esthederm After Sun Repair

Institut Esthederm After Sun Repair, £40

Even if you have your sun protection covered, your skin may still feel a little hot and sensitive if you've been exposed to the rays all day. If you're looking to soothe your skin and enhance your complexion's natural tan, this Sun Repair face cream is a worthy addition to your night time routine during your travels. Charged with an impressive formula, it also boasts anti-ageing properties to help you maintain a fresher face and that summer holiday glow we all crave. 

9. For hair protection

EVY UV Heat Hair Mousse

EVY UV Heat Hair Mousse, £25

If you're lucky enough to experience a heatwave during your staycation, it's still vital that you take your sun care as seriously as you would if you were in the Caribbean (we wish). It's very easy to forget about your hair when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun but too much sunshine can leave your hair looking dry and brittle. For those with coloured hair, it can also leave your colour looking lifeless and faded. This hair mousse is enriched with vitamins B3/5/6, vitamin E and C to nourish and lock-in moisture. It also protects your locks from HEV/blue light and can be used as a styling mousse as it protects from temperatures of up to 210 degrees Celsius. Add this to your staycation list; your hair is bound to thank you. 

10. For a little indulgence

OSKIA Restoration Oil Travel

OSKIA Restoration Oil Travel, £19

Holiday time is all about indulgences, however big or small. The iconic Restoration Oil by Oskia in this practical travel size provides a little luxury during your time away from normal, everyday life. Its 100% natural formula boasts a blend of African Acmella, Lupin, Sea Fennel, Tumeric, Starflower, Rose hip Seed and Evening Primrose to hydrate, nourish and smooth your skin. It is non-comedogenic so it won't break you out, instead leaving your skin with a fresh radiance. You can also use this ultra conditioning oil on your hair and body, making it the perfect multifunctional travel companion. 

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