On-the-go beauty: How to Clean Up Your Act

Spa & Beauty, Travel Products & Services — By on September 21, 2009 at 8:00 am

By Patty Hodapp
LG Travel Lifestyle Editor

It’s basically unavoidable: That icky, slightly grimy feeling you get after sitting inside of a sealed and pressurized airplane cabin (or a bus, or train) for hours on end. No matter how well you try to moisturize before leaving, or how well you try to stay hydrated during the trip, you usually end up feeling like you need another shower once you’ve arrived. At least, that’s how I felt during many of my trips through Italy and Spain (two countries where air-con is not always guaranteed with the price of a ticket). After returning to the States, and signing on with The Lost Girls, I was asked to test out a product that promised to remove travel grime and help you feel refreshed while you’re in transit.

I threw a resealable to-go packet of Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes ($4.27; www.drugstore.com) in my bag during a recent journey back to college last month. According to the press materials, the wipes are infused with vitamin E and are designed to remove excess make-up, sweat and dirt without irritating your face. I have to say, I was pretty skeptical that a single, moist towelette would do anything for me, but since I was making pit-stops through the Minneapolis, Chicago and Syracuse airports, I figured I’d test them out various bathrooms along my journey. The towelettes are supposed to be used on the face, so if you want to clean your hands after airport security, hit up a bathroom sink or carry antibacterial hand gel in your bag.

I’m not sure if it was the Vitamin E, but my skin felt more nourished and hydrated that I’ve ever felt before during a trip. Typically, the dry airplane atmosphere sucks the moisture right out of my skin, leaving it dry and more likely to break out over the following week. But, to my surprise, not this time. I arrived in New York, fresh-faced and hydrated. I liked the wipes so much, I actually started carrying around a packet around with me in my book bag to classes even though I wasn’t technically traveling.

Each packet contains 30 towelettes and is the size of your hand (making them a good fit in a large purse). Because the bag seals tightly between uses, the remaining towelettes stay moist even days after you first open the bag. The wipes can take off foundation but won’t remove your eye makeup if you just want to swab your cheeks and forehead as I did.

My only two complaints are: First, the press materials say the product easily removes waterproof mascara, which I didn’t find to be so accurate. I use a basic waterproof mascara you can buy at any drug store and only after a lot of scrubbing (that left my eyes a little red and raw) did the mascara actually come off. For the record, when I wash my face with a cleanser at night, my waterproof mascara comes right off. Secondly, the packet fits perfectly in any large, over-the-shoulder bag, but if you have a smaller purse, it’s tough to jam it in. My suggestion: they should make packets with 5 towelettes for easier day-to-day use. You can learn more about the product and download coupons at http://www.ponds.lifestyle.msn.com.

My rating: * * * * ½ (out of 5)

Want to your own free packet of the Pond’s Towelettes? We’re giving away five samples this week. To qualify, just email your contact info to Lost Girls World and put the word “Ponds” in the subject line (we promise not to use your email address for anything weird or release it to anyone!). Or, you can simply follow us on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lostgirlsworld

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  • Globetrotter says:

    Wow what a great idea! I haven’t tried the Ponds wipes but they look great for traveling, I am definitely going to give them a try during my travels throughout Europe. It’s sounds easier to bring those it a backpack then bottled products. Thanks for the great advice.