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Beauty Essentials for Vacationing Somewhere Warm This Winter

I don’t know about you, but I am MORE than ready to get out of town for a little R&R. When you work from home, these “four walls” get dreary real fast. Now is the perfect time to plan a little mid-winter trip to someplace sunny! It’ll shake you out of your funk, or at least give you a break from the daily grind.

Before you go, make sure you have all the right hair and skin products, including a good reef-safe sunscreen. You don’t want to end up feeling itchy, greasy, frizzy or burnt the whole time! From self tanners and anti-humidity sprays to dry shampoos and acne patches, these highly rated Amazon beauty finds are worth checking out before you escape to an Airbnb in Costa Rica, a resort in Mexico or a music festival in Spain. Bon voyage!

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Grab This Self Tanner Lotion to Look Radiant without the Sun Damage

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I don’t know about you, but I want my skin to be looking smooth and clear even when I’m in my 80s! Thankfully, self tanners are here to help us look radiant without hopping into a tanning bed or burning ourselves at the beach. Before you keep scrolling – not all self tanners are the orange grossness they used to be!

Just check out what one buyer had a to say about this product:
“If you’re looking for a very rich, creamy, and luxurious style self tanner, this one has been my favorite so far! …Never orange and never streaked, one of the easiest self tanners I have used to date as long as you blend it out like every self tanner in non avoidable problem areas (wrists, ankles, neck).” It’s worth a try if you’re craving that sun kissed body glow!


If You’re Vacationing in the Tropics, Grab This Anti-Humidity Spray

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If your hair is already a frizzy nightmare at home, imagine how much worse it could be in a tropical climate. 😳 Yeah, I’ll be taking this anti-humidity spray before my next trip to Hawaii… As far as stand-out features go, this spray is PETA approved, vegan and cruelty free, which is great! It uses ethically sourced ingredients like coconut, jojoba, argan and marula oil to smooth down your locks and boost shine for pretty much all hair types. Bonus points for being water-repellent too!

A Moisturizing Mineral Face Sunscreen for Long Days in the Sun

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Ready to try a new sunscreen? This TSA size bottle is packed with some super plant goodies I’ve never even heard of!

Reviewer Precise Disarray breaks down what makes each one special:
“This sunscreen offers some skin care goodies above and beyond non nano zinc oxide, so I feel like I am still doing something for my skin, including moisturizing it. According to description, it has antioxidant super plants: Juanilama: anti-bacterial, antifungal and antioxidant (87% more than vitamin E) properties; Fierillo: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, skin healing, and antioxidant properties; Wakame Kelp: reinforce skin defenses again environment; Tazman Pepper: reduces skin inflammation and redness; Arabica coffee oil: lubricates skin. regenerates hydrolipid barrier to promote hydration and skin repairing.” Wow, this sunscreen sounds next level!


Camping and Glamping Call for Dry Shampoo!

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Dry shampoo is going to be your lifeline next music festival, I swear. When showers are expensive or non-existent, you’re going to need a way to keep your hair looking fresh without using up valuable drinking water. This tinted dry shampoo is perfect for use with dyed hair too! SJHyett says she was “blown away” by how well the red tinted one works to restore the freshness of her roots in between washes.

Get the Glossiest Hair with These Keratin Serum Capsules

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If you want to turn heads in Miami, you won’t want to miss out on this keratin treatment. These little capsules are easy to take on the plane and they will TRANSFORM your hair after only one or two uses. We’re talking glossy, silky smooth, no-frizz hair – even at the beach!

Reviewer Alberto says it’s his favorite hair serum:
“After the summer, I needed a product that repaired my hair. I am happy I chose this serum because it really took care of my hair. After each application, my hair is silky, healthy and shiny. …When I apply it, I can really see the difference.”

Buyers Swear by This Moisturizer

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Everyday moisture is a MUST, especially in dry desert climates. This one is advertised as the “mother of all creams,” and I think it may be onto something. Packed with nourishing goodies like amaranth oil, aloe, MSM and shea butter, you’ll be feeling dewy in no time. Bonus: reviewers claim it even cured their dermatitis! Any skin condition the new climate brings, you’ll be ready if you have this cream on hand.

Smell and Look Great with This Coconut Heat Protectant Spray

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With over 8,000 glowing reviews, this heat protectant spray is a buyer fav! If you don’t leave the house without a quick styling, you’re definitely going to need a spray like this for vacations. This particular product is made cruelty free, paraben free and can protect hair from damage up to 450 degrees.

Repair Your Skin Overnight with This Recovery Cream

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Don’t let the sticker shock drive you away! I promise this one is worth every penny. With active ingredients like vitamins C/E, hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil and argan oil (plus other amazing add-ins) this recovery cream will work out pretty much any skin problem overnight, leaving you with bright, nourished skin. But don’t take it from me, check out the reviews! Buyers especially love it for sensitive, dry skin.

These Anti-Wrinkle Chest Pads are Life Savers

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You know when you sleep somewhere new and you wake up with all kinds of weird creases in your skin? YIKES. That is NOT the way to start the day, especially if you’re going to a party or something. These chest pads are here to help! All you need to do is apply a pad before bed and take it off in the morning; it’s designed to smooth wrinkles and creased skin while you sleep. Each patch is washable and reusable, so this four pack should last you a long time.

Pimple Patches for Emergency Acne Treatment

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Honestly, just keep these in your purse. You never know when a pimple will suddenly appear. Especially if you’re headed out of town to someplace where you’re going to sweat a lot, you really need to have some kind of quick acne treatment on hand. These patches are really affordable, convenient and easy to stow. Stick a patch on your breakout spots before bed and they’ll clear out overnight. According to the nearly 80,000 gushing reviews, these little patches are miracle workers!

Turn Your Hotel Bath into a Spa with This Pillow

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In case your Airbnb didn’t come with a pre-setup bubble bath for self care time, you’ll want this pillow for your carry-on. (Plus, you can use it to nap while you fly.) Let your husband take the kids out for a day at the water park while you relax with some well-earned peace and quiet. Enjoy a glass of wine and your favorite music! Personally, I would use this with an outdoor tub to really soak in my destination. 😍

Scrub Away the Dirt and Grime with These Exfoliating Gloves

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When I visited Hawaii, there were a few days I came back CAKED in sunscreen, dirt, salt water and who knows what else I picked up on the trail. It was all well worth it, but I couldn’t wait to get back to the bed and breakfast to shower! These scrubby gloves will help you get all the gunk off so you can emerge soft, fresh and ready to go out to a nice seaside dinner with bae.

Don’t Forget to Bring a Dark Spot Corrector!

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I had no idea how this cream worked until I started reading about them! Apparently, vitamin c and niacinamide promote cell turnover, which is a fancy way of saying they help resurface your skin. It’s dermatologist recommended and cruelty free, so you can feel good about using it too.

Heather Milazzo Holmes says it’s really effective for reducing redness too:
“This product is amazing. There’s little to no smell and isn’t heavy on the skin. Makes your face feel so soft and cancels the red in your skin! This is amazing for every day!”

Get That Effortlessly Breezy Look with This Sea Salt Spray

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Maybe you just came back from the beach; or maybe you emerged from the hotel after binge watching your favorite TV show for six hours and you want to look like you’ve been out at the beach all day. Either way, this texture spray is the perfect companion for people who want a quick hair fix without spending 40 minutes styling. Buyers like it for its budget-friendly pricing and how much volume it adds!

Melt Away Makeup with This Fragrance Free Cleansing Balm

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Made without added perfumes, oils, dyes and PEGs, this item is a win for those with sensitive skin. Especially if water quality is questionable where you’re traveling, you’ll need a good way to remove makeup without relying on the local tap. Buy this balm in a 1.7 fluid ounce size for air travel!

You’ll Love This Honeymoon Glow Hydrating Night Serum

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If you’re celebrating a big anniversary, you have to grab this lush overnight serum from Farmacy! Buyers are calling it the “holy grail” of their skincare routine. It apparently works to resurface, brighten and hydrate all at the same time without being too harsh on skin.

Jessica says TikTok made her buy it and she was NOT disappointed:
“I bought this after I saw a girl recommend it on TikTok of all places. I put it on by itself last night after I washed my face. I had no burning or tingling sensation like a lot of people mention. I woke up this morning with all of my little bumps reduced by almost 90%! I was shocked! My entire skin texture changed overnight! This will definitely be a holy grail product for me.”

A Truly Last-Minute Toning Spray for Blondes

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If you’re still transitioning from brunette to blonde, fear not! This toning spray is here to help you tone down brassy notes on the go. Vacations are busy and you may not always have the time to use your favorite purple shampoo in the shower. All you need to do is spray this product on your problem areas and watch it work its magic!

End Your Hiking Day with This Face Scrub

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I still maintain that the simplest, easiest way to keep blemish free, clear skin is to use a nightly face scrub. It’s been working well me for years; I find it to be less harsh on my sensitive skin than pore vacuums, resurfacers and scrubbing pads. My favorite part about this product is its ethical packaging and sourcing. The small business who sells this item is helping Costa Rican farmers get back on their feet in the process of making this product, which I think is a great cause to get behind.

Follow up Your Pool Day with This Argan Oil Hair Cream

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I love swimming during the summer, but my hair always gets so BRITTLE after so much time in the chlorinated water. Made with luxurious argan oil, vitamin e oil and shea butter, this product is perfect for massaging into dry ends whenever you need it. You can also use it for styling, which is perfect for transitioning from greasy sunscreen goblin to salon-fresh model for dinnertime.

Get a Flawless Hairline Every Time with This Beard Filler Pencil

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This one’s for the men! I know it can be a pain trying to maintain crisp lines on your facial hair, especially if you have patches that don’t grow as well. I’ll let you in on a little secret from the women: we’ve been doing this with our eyebrows for years. A little filler can make a HUGE difference in the finished quality of your hair styling; no matter what color you need, this pencil can provide. For only $14, it’s worth a try!

Zero Waste Fans, Grab This All-Natural Shampoo Bar for Your Next Trip

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Tired of bottles exploding in your carry-on? I’m here to tell you you can keep both your bag and the world’s oceans clean at the same time by buying this little shampoo bar. Five percent of the profits go back to the Red Yao Tribe, which apparently grows the rice used in this product.

Little Lune swears this is the only shampoo that really cleans her hair:
“I always have to wash my hair three to four times if I go longer than two days of not washing it, but not with this bar. I wash it only once and it’s oil, dirt, smell, funk free immediately! It gets soapy right away too. It’s NOTHING like LUSH shampoo bars. I loved those, but now they seem horrible compared to this one. I love it and I’m going to continue to use it for as long as they make it!”

Calm Redness with this Rosacea Serum Cream

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Common triggers of rosacea include everything from heat and sunlight to stress and alcohol – not an ideal situation for those who want to travel. This highly rated serum is worth your time! It’s full of botanical goodies to help sooth your skin: lemongrass, ginger grass, lavender, jojoba, verbena and peppermint.

Reviewer Basil says it helped cure his wife’s redness after nothing else helped:
“My wife has struggled with redness and certain blemishes on her face. We tried everything from the doctor’s recommendations to the highest rated cream online. A friend recommended Marvesol Rosacea. At first we had a hard time finding it (even on Amazon). Anyhow, after using it now for a few weeks, we are so happy with the results. It is amazing how this cream transformed the skin on my wife’s face.”