10 Summer Business Travel Beauty Necessities

Every time I go outside I am slapped in the face with the fact that summer is here. I probably sound like a broken record but the high temps and high humidity are starting to get to me. Like, really. And it’s hard enough looking like a competent professional when it’s this darn hot and you’re getting ready at your house with all of your normal stuff, but when you’re on the road and have to get ready out of a suitcase. Yikes. 

It’s possible to look professional when it’s a million degrees out there, it just takes some extra effort–and some excellent products. Here are my summer business travel beauty necessities.

  1. Milk Makeup Cooling Water. This has caffeine in it, and I use it every morning under my normal eye roller (below), plus I keep it around during the day to use any time I feel puffy. It will deflate my giant bags, will make the rest of my face look brighter, and feels so very nice.
  2. Petitfee Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patches. It’s been a year and I’m still obsessed. I use these patches under my eyes for 20 minutes or so a few times a week and the difference is HUGE. Bags, gone.  Best ever for long or international flights, especially during the summer when my bags are at their peak.
  3. Garnier SkinActive Anti-Puff Roller. This is a recent addition but has had a big impact for not a lot of money. Since I can only use the snail patches three times a week I need something on those other days! Enter the Garnier Anti-Puff Roller. It’s very small so I just have a separate one for my travel kit. The little roller ball feels nice and cool, the bags get magically deflated, and everyone is happier.
  4. Supergoop! SPF 50 Setting Spray With Sunscreen. If my makeup needs a refresh during the day I spritz with this and feel, well, refreshed! My makeup looks like new and my sun protection gets a boost.
  5. Boscia Green Tea Blotting Sheets are perfect for soaking up any excess moisture and keeping shine to a minimum, even on the most humid of days.
  6. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream.  I’ve noticed that when I keep my face adequately moisturized I have less oil. I’m in love with this moisturizer–it soaks in quickly, doesn’t appear greasy, and my makeup looks great (plus it smells amazing).
  7. Maybelline Baby Skin primer. My favorite luxe primer is the  Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, but in the summer I need primer every day and that gets a little pricey. For every day the Maybelline is perfect. It’s only $6, so I have no problem using it all over my face, plus using it as anti-chafing gel when I’m traveling. One product, double duty–that’s always the goal.
  8. In the early years of frequent travel I could use just a tinted moisturizer. Unfortunately I need more help and more coverage now! I started using the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Illumination Cream last year and get compliments all the time about how great my skin looks. It has anti-aging properties and sunscreen, evens out my skin tone, and gives me a bit of a glow.
  9. Another recent find that makes my curls look smoother and less frizzy, plus protects my strands from the curling iron. Looooove how my hair responds to the  Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Creme. And if I can’t get my hair to look good while wearing it down I can smooth it into a top knot and use this to keep the flyaways at bay.
  10. After all these years Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo is still my favorite dry shampoo, especially for travel. It smells great, disappears quickly, wicks up excess oils, and gives my hair nice body. Anything to sleep a little later the morning after a late-night arrival! 

Bonus summer necessity

Anti-chafing gel of some sort is still a requirement every day in the summer. While I still use Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel at home, I’ve started using the Maybelline Baby Skin primer on the road. It works just as well, but again–packing fewer items is always the goal.

Readers, what are your beauty secrets for summer business travel?

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