Packing for your vacation skincare/makeup routine: Humid weather

As someone who’s is just returning from vacation, I can tell you that it’s very important to condense your normal beauty routine. Not just because you can’t fit everything in your luggage, but because your skin requires a break from the normal routine also. Different climates require different skin/Makeup needs similar to the change in seasons. So let’s discuss your essentials for humid weather (as most of summer weather vacations are usually at the beach). I will add my personal favorites and recommendations at the end.

Sunscreen is an obvious must have but are you packing the right kind? When searching for the right sunblock you need to make sure it says UVA/UVB broad spectrum to ensure you are fully protected. Also, you don’t need SPF 100 to stay safe. In fact, many  professionals will tell you that anything higher than 30 is not only unnecessary but also not accurate.

Cleansers, moisturizers & serums: when figuring out what to pack, first you need to ask yourself does your skin need extra moisture? Or am I going to a humid climate that only requires light moisture? If you answer is light, a gentle cleanser & basic moisturizer will work (in lieu of your day & night cream).  Also, don’t forget your eye cream as we can sometimes need a little extra help with our bags while traveling😉. As far as serums are concerned, ditch the AHA’s and retinols as your skin will be very sensitive to sunlight. Instead opt for a vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum instead to assist with moisture and putting nutrients back into your skin.

Makeup bag: Obviously when traveling you want to look your best, take tons of pictures but don’t want to waste fund time with a long beauty routine. So here are my tips for the perfect makeup travel bag for humid climates. Primer is still a must! Especially if you are oily, reach for a pore filler and/or silicone based primer to keep your makeup from sliding in the hot sun. A CC cream instead of foundation serves 2 functions; 1. It’s a buildable coverage foundation product that will blur imperfections and 2. Will hydrate the skin while not being too heavy (even with moisturizer). Always set your CC cream with a powder to ensure a matte finish and it will prolong the wear of the CC cream as well. You can use a loose powder foundation with a stipple brush or a pressed powder with a powder brush (your choice, I prefer loose powder foundation with a stipple brush). To finish the skin, pick your favorite blush and lightly bronze the face by adding a simple contour and add a lit from within highlight. Groom those brows with a tinted brow builder gel, add your favorite mascara & a long wearing lip gloss and your good to go!

Your vacation beauty regime doesn’t have to be a complicated one to keep you feeling beautiful without a full glam/skincare routine. Proper skincare & a basic (but beautiful) 5 minute face makeup look is the perfect way lighten your suitcase.


Personal product favorites & recommendations:


Daytime: Skin Scripts Raspberry cleanser, Ageless Hydrating serum, Vitamin C/Green Tea Serum, Sheer Protection SPF 30

Nighttime: Skin Scripts Raspberry cleanser, Tri-Peptide eye cream, Ageless Skin moisturizer


Face: Mary Kay Primer, Dermalogica blurring primer on cheeks (over MK), Mary Kay CC Cream, Mary Kay Mineral Loose Foundation powder, Benefit Hula bronzer, NARS cheek palette for blush/highlight

Eyes: IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara

Brows: Maybelline tinted brow gel

Lips: L’Oreal Infallible 8 hour Pro Gloss