The most stressful part of vacation? Packing. But it shouldn't be! We've put together a city-by-city guide of exactly what you need to stash in your duffle bag to keep your hair, skin, and nails looking gorgeous from the moment you land to the moment you leave.
Los Angeles, California
WHY: Nothing says California girl like windblown, beachy texture. Fake those insta-waves as soon as your feet hit the jet bridge with this salt-water spray.
WHY: The secret to this West Coast city's effortless, undone vibe lies in the details. A coat of this subtle, soft gray—named after Angelinos' favorite body of water—shows you're paying attention.
WHY: Add a touch of rocker chic with a thin gold choker—it brings sophistication to a jeans-and-T-shirt combo and easily transitions to a night out.
WHY: The downfall of LaLa Land's enviable forecast? Bright sun rays and elevated pollution levels. This broad-spectrum, mineral-based multitasker (it acts as a sunscreen and tinted moisturizer!) protects your skin with powerful antioxidants (like idebenone, green tea, and ferulic acid) that ward off the environmental damage that can lead to premature aging. It's also lightweight and hydrating—so you'll look like you just came from the spa, even if you didn't.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
WHY: A day spent soaking up the atmosphere of this mountain town means you won't be heading back to the hotel until nightfall. Max out the benefits of your skincare routine—antioxidants, moisturizer, and sunscreen—with this ultra-thin, skincare booster that preps skin and helps boost the effectiveness of your products. Which could be crucial, especially when it comes to getting extra moisture out of your face cream when facing frigid temperatures.
WHY: High elevation and snow-tipped mountains result in a strong glare that can not only harm eyes (yes, your eyes can get sunburned) but also lead to constant squinting (aka fine lines). Avert both with a chic pair of specs.
WHY: Halt sun damage with with a foundation that keeps skin looking smooth, firm and naturally radiant while helping skin retain moisture.
WHY: Keep flyaways and frizz from high humidity at bay with this mega-hold hairspray, which blocks moisture in the air from entering strands and causing that just-zapped look.
WHY: Tropical heat can leave your complexion—and makeup—looking far from perfect. Blot away excess oil without piling on powder with this compact, absorbent sponge.
WHY: The Sunshine State gets its name for good reason, but damage from all those rays can lead to excess pigment and uneven skin tone. Help brighten skin and even out skin tone while minimizing dark spots and excess pigmentation with the concentrated serum's potent blend of encapsulated niacinamide and vitamin C (a proven skin brightener).
WHY: Transition your outfit into the Florida version of fall with a wool, wide-brimmed hat. Bonus: extra sun protection.
New York, New York
WHY: The definition of NYC power hair? A polished, professional blow-out. Keep yours intact (or get help for a DIY) with this superfine oil mist that instantly tames flyaways, adds shine, and makes hair look Fifth Avenue-worthy.
WHY: When fall and winter strike NYC, skin needs all the moisture it can get. The cool outdoor temperatures paired with roaring indoor heat can lead to dehydrated, chapped skin—never a good look. Slather this treatment on overnight; its combination of shea butter, salicylic acid , vitamin E, and petrolatum means you'll wake up with supple, smoother, intensely hydrated skin that can withstand the elements while you hit the city streets. Plus, its lavender scents help to calm skin and soothe the senses.
3. Cluse La Boheme Mesh Strap Watch, $99
WHY: Nothing distracts from a lunch date or drinks like constantly checking your smartphone to keep tabs on the time. This watch is far more subtle—and more chic.
WHY: You might spend all daylight hours indoors, but you still need to protect your skin from through-window sunlight. Protect your face with this tinted daily invisible shield, which also helps block pollution that can age skin and keeps skin look younger, longer.
1. H&M Long Earrings, $9.99
WHY: When temperatures skyrocket to 100 degrees, top knots become a means for survival. Take the look from casual to commanding with bold drop earrings like this rose gold leaf set.
WHY: The arid climate can make skin feel as dry as the desert surroundings. These tiny-yet-powerful capsules infuse ceramides into the skin to strengthen, support and firm the look of skin (they quickly get absorbed—nothing is worse than slathering on cream only to look like an oil slick). Plus, you can pop a few in your carry-on and slip through TSA without a glitch.
WHY: Electric hues accentuate a bronze glow. But before reaching for an ultra-bright shade, apply this intensely white base coat to keep your mani guarded from dulling UV light and boost the vivid, just-painted effect.
WHY: Sun-drenched strands stay fresh and soft with this UVQ-laced leave-in treatment and styling cream (think SPF for hair).
WHY: Even if the sun is hiding in the Emerald City, you can still achieve a luminous complexion with this skin-brightening berry shade.
WHY: An oversized hobo is bad news for your back and shoulders when filled with all your daily trip essentials. This compact bag fits everything you need—promise.
WHY: A damp climate doesn't mean resigning yourself to wet or frizz-prone tresses. You can perform a pro-level blowout in minutes with this carry-on friendly tool.
WHY: Rain and mist may feel fresh on your face, but they can wreak havoc, too. Increased moisture in the air ups the number of pollutant particles floating around, waiting for skin to absorb them. Apply this, product booster after cleansing and under your moisturizer-sunscreen to help strengthen skin's natural defenses with a cocktail that contains probiotics, botanical glasswort, flaxseed and sea fennel extracts.
Nicole Catanese is a beauty and wellness editor.
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