It is hard to know what cosmetics and personal care items to take when traveling. For example, on this trip to Argentina and Chile I took hair color as quality blonde hair color is hard to find in countries where the majority of the population has dark hair. In both Argentina and Chile both my color and brand were readily available at the same price as at home.
But hair spray which is usually more common has only 2 – 3 brands which are sold in large aerosol cans at a high price. Face moisturizer with at least 25 SPF is hard to find. Even Nivea and Oil of Olay, common international brands provide only one 10 SPF option. One would expect this if a country has people who have skin less pone to burn. However, this is a contrast to the rows of blonde hair color which is readily available in the stores.
Other hard to find items are dental floss and when it is available it is also much higher priced than at home. Sunscreen in now readily available in the large centers and tourist towns.
And of course the topic of this article, hair removal. In many counties waxing is a common part of the beauty routine for women. For example, in India and the Middle East and some parts of Latin America waxing is available for ten dollars or less and it is quick and easy. The same for pedicures, manicures and facials, they are reasonably priced in comparison to home.
It is hard to know what may be available and at a reasonable price. Lots of advice is available about how to get money and packing and selecting the right luggage.