Vegan Skincare for Travel
From today, March 17th 2021, the UK government are officially allowing people to go on holiday. How exciting! To be honest, it’s one of those things that I never thought I’d see banned, but here we are. I’ve been waiting a long time to publish content about keeping a vegan and cruelty free skincare routine whilst travelling. I was lucky enough to live abroad over the winter (legally, of course!), and I knew I would find it quite overwhelming to navigate cruelty free and vegan brands in another country. (This turned out to be totally unnecessary, but I’ll talk more about that later).
I’m not off on my travels for a few weeks yet, but boy am I excited. I’m a big list person, so as I go through my list of vegan and cruelty free travel toiletries and accessories, I thought it was only right to share some of my top tips with you.
Keep your eyes peeled for more travel lists in the coming weeks, as well as some exciting posts I have planned from guest bloggers!
Cruelty Free & Vegan Skincare Abroad
Vegan Travel Skincare Tip #1 – Do Your Research
This may be obvious, before you travel somewhere, but finding out what will and won’t be available to you is key. This is especially important if you want to buy your vegan and cruelty free skincare on-the-go. One tip I wish I’d thought of before the last time I travelled is using Google Maps to search for the kinds of shops you’d like. You can even use Street View to have a nosey at the area, find any unlisted shops that may be available with cruelty free and vegan skincare, and see how big or small stores are.
I took basically everything I would need for the first couple of months with me (and then some). I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to find cruelty free and vegan skincare whilst I was away. If I’d done more research, I would have discovered that
Another great way to do research is search vegan + your destination on Facebook. There will almost always be a page for vegans and vegetarians in your destination, although it may take some translating! This is also a great way to find out about vegan and vegetarian places to eat.
Vegan Travel Skincare Tip #2 – Use Concentrated Products
Finding concentrated products, or products you don’t have to use much of, can also be key in saving luggage space whilst you’re travelling. I use Medik8’s Vitamin C serum, which I’ve talked about before and lasts forever. I currently use Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Oil, because again it comes in a small bottle and lasts ages. I’d also love to try tanning drops, which you can add to your daily moisturiser.
Vegan Travel Skincare Tip #3 – Use Soap Bars
I have become incredibly accustomed to using soap bars over the last few years as I’ve tried to reduce my waste. What I have discovered recently is that they’re also a great option for travel skincare. I use this vegan facial soap from Lush every day, and one bar will easily last me two months, if not longer. They’re a great option for travel both because they don’t take up as much room as something liquid, and you can take them in your hold luggage. Once I’m near the end of a skincare bar, I’ll start a new one and save the smaller bar as a lightweight option for shorter trips. Lush do a whole range of solid vegan facial soaps, cleansing balms and facial oils. Ethique and Beauty Blender (yeah, you heard that right!) both do great solid skincare options.
Of course, you can apply this to your vegan bodycare and haircare as well as your skincare. One solid bar will last you much longer and weigh much less in your suitcase than a bottle of liquid.
Vegan Travel Skincare Tip #4 – Use 2-in-1s
2-in-1 products still remind me of those 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners I used to use at friends houses when I was younger. They made my hair feel gross, and it’s taken me a while to accept that some great products really can do more than one thing. For example, I found a vegan moisturiser that suited my skin during the daytime and at night. During the day, I’d apply it underneath my suncream, instead of using a separate moisturiser that contained SPF. I always look for a vegan moisturiser with hyaluronic acid in it, to save me from taking a separate serum with me.
Vegan Travel Skincare Tip #5 – Only Take What You Need
Again, this sounds kind of obvious, but sometimes I take a look at what I’m packing and think: Surely I could do without all of this. Of course, it will depend a lot on where you’re travelling to and how long you’re going for. My next trip is to one place for six weeks, and realistically I know that I can survive for that long simply using moisturiser, face wash and sun protection. So why did my list start off fifteen products long?!
I’ll probably use small travel bottles to take tiny amounts of my favourite luxury vegan skincare. That way, I can use them once or twice a week to feel a little more human without taking up mountains of space in my suitcase. After all, I’m hoping I’ll be enjoying myself too much to give a lot of thought to how my skin looks!
Keep an eye out for the rest of this month and into June to hear my hacks for travelling with vegan haircare and vegan makeup!