Now that’s a first-class beauty trend: Beat the airport scanners with the latest liquid-free skincare on a stick
Anna Maxted gave her verdict on a selection of the latest liquid-free cosmetics
• Anna Maxted gave her verdict on a selection of the latest liquid-free cosmetics
• Frances Prescott Tri-Balm, £46, proved to be the most impressive item
• The balm makes skin brighter and surprisingly soft says Anna
Does wet and windy January leave you dreaming of your next holiday?
You’re not alone — and the beauty industry has also been considering our travel plans and how to beat the strict 100ml container limit on cosmetics, toiletries, creams, lotions and oils for cabin baggage at airport security.
The answer, according to skincare experts, is to solidify everything, from moisturiser to make-up remover. It’s the era of beauty on a stick!
‘Travelling with liquids has always been a pain,’ says skin therapist and leading make-up artist Frances Prescott. ‘Every time I went through security, I had a product taken off me. I thought: “Why am I still falling into this trap?” ’
Creating Tri-Balm, a solid, multi-functional moisturiser in a chunky tube, streamlined Frances’s beauty arsenal and removed the risk of her items being confiscated and the fuss of decanting her potions into small, security-friendly containers.
But this trend isn’t just for high-flyers. Neat, portable and guaranteed not to leak, spill or explode all over your bag, these products are perfect for the gym or freshening up at work before an evening out.
‘If I’m travelling up and down the country, or going to stay at a friend’s, I want portability, convenience and something that won’t break or spill, which you can throw in your bag,’ adds Frances. ‘It’s great for sporty people, working women, mums and people who are out and about.’ In other words, pretty much all of us.
Here, we put the best to the test . . .
3-IN-1 TAKES THE SOFT APPROACH
Anna was impressed with Frances Prescott Tri-Balm's ability to brighten and soften her skin.
With its scent of mandarin and geranium essential oils, evocative of exotic places, this balm is heavenly. Whether you’re off to Bali or Brighton, it’s the perfect travel companion. It cleanses, if rinsed with water, exfoliates, courtesy of pumpkin seed enzymes that gently slough off dead cells, and rehydrates.
Tri-Balm also contains a form of hyaluronic acid, which helps retain moisture, and features skin-nurturing goodies — carrot oil, rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and F, wheatgerm oil, with protective antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and rice bran oil, for elasticity and plumpness.
It’s also free of parabens, silicone and sulphates and the tube is recycled plastic.
After use, my skin is brighter and so soft that I keep touching my cheeks in disbelief. 5/5
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