Locker Room Essential: Powdered Beauty Products

These 5 picks are perfect for your gym bag or carry-on.

Most beauty stashes are filled with jars, bottles, and tubes full of serums, oils, and creams. But it’s time to consider powdered beauty products as gym bag staples and travel must-haves thanks to their spill-proof nature and highly-concentrated formulas. 

“These powder formulations have been freeze-dried, and any water or alcohol has been extracted,” says Ginger King, a cosmetic chemist in Parsippany, New Jersey. What’s left behind is a more potent iteration of the original ingredients—one that’s more stable and allows for control over the precise amount of product applied. That stabilization also gives powder a longer lifespan than its liquid counterparts.  

Including a cleanser, sunscreen, and even a fragrance, these powdered options are all liquid-free, melt-proof, and TSA-approved. 

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