While you may have previously dreaded the logistics of traveling, a year of stay-at-home orders kept most of us excited about getting on a plane to, well, anywhere. And while packing usually means focusing on clothes, shoes, and other accessories, your beauty routine should also be paramount: Whether you’re heading out to fly, your skin can become more prone to irritation, including dryness , Outbursts, or funny flares from stress – especially if you are traveling to a different climate.
“Dehydration is everything when I travel – from flying a plane to hot spa showers (guilty) to hanging out on the beach (definitely guilty), my skin needs every moisturizer it can get,” says Samantha Leal , Editor-in-Chief at Well + Good who also covers travel. “I’m also prone to acne and skin irritation, so that’s always a concern for me when it comes to discovering new surfaces and places. In short: I touch my face a lot. ”
Khalea Underwood, beauty editor and managing editor at MAC Cosmetics, says, “The cabin air is notoriously draining, so I always look for skin care products that top up along with topical spot treatments that help me fight annoying breakouts,” says Underwood. “Regardless of what time of day my flight is, I usually do my nighttime skincare beforehand because I use a stronger moisturizer while I sleep. Sometimes I even put on a sleeping mask instead of a moisturizer, especially on international flights. ”
And while size is often the main concern – TSA still requires all liquids in each carry-on bag to be less than 3 ounces – freelance writer Lauren Hubbard says that a product’s packaging should also be considered. “The last thing you want is something that could leak anywhere or take up all of the space in your pocket,” she says. “For me that means preferring creams and gels (or rather sticks!) To oils and serums or single-portion packs that keep the products and ingredients in top form.”
Olivia Lopez, writer and travel expert who hosts The Art of Travel podcast and runs the Bon Weekender travel diary, says her pre-travel beauty routine begins inside. “Before a long-haul flight, I increase my water intake because planes are extremely dehydrated,” she says.
Here’s exactly what’s on the beauty packing lists of five editors and travel experts, including a juicy lip mask, a pair of moisturizing eye patches for the plane, and the sunscreen stick an editor is in love with.
Lanolips peach 101 ointment multi-balm
“This dense lanolin-based balm is great for keeping lips soft, of course, but it’s just as effective for dabbing cuticles and any other dry spots you may develop along the way,” says Hubbard. “There are half a dozen varieties, including one fragrance-free, but I particularly like this juicy peach scent.”
Supergoop! Unseen sunscreen
“I don’t go anywhere without sunscreen and this really clear, velvety gel is my first choice,” says Hubbard. “It is invisible, feels light on the skin and leaves a silky finish like a foundation with additional protection.”
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
“A mini pot of this balm cleaner can get through everything from dirt and sweat to waterproof mascara without removing the moisture from your skin,” says Hubbard.
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum
“Vitamin C is a daily must for its ability to fight free radicals and fight dark spots, especially if you drive to a sunny spot,” says Hubbard. “These capsules keep the serum fresh by preventing oxidation and you don’t have to worry about spills. just put a few in your travel bag and you’re done. ”
111Skin The moisture concentrate
“These pre-dosed vials are like a big gulp of water for your skin, and their easy-to-pack size means you don’t need a full bottle of moisturizer to take up space in your pocket,” says Hubbard.
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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peeling
“To keep my glow when I’m not home, I rely on these pre-soaked exfoliating pads to remove dullness and clogged pores,” says Hubbard.
Shiseido Clear sun protection stick
“I prefer it anywhere when I’m in the sun, and it’s perfect to throw in a travel bag,” says Leal. “It’s sea friendly too!”
Tatcha Dewy skin cream
“I love everything Tatcha-related and this little mini that I have in my purse or pocket to rub in several times on a flight,” says Leal.
Good Molecules Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches
“Super affordable, super moisturizing, toss it in your pocket and use it until you’re empty – or at least I do,” says Leal. “There are 30 pairs (!!!) and they are layered on top of each other so that you can make good use of this one container. Also definitely an upgrade from opening a package of disposables on every flight. (And yes, I use this on the plane). ”
Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
“I’ve been using this cream for years and I always have one in my travel bag,” says Leal. “It’s the perfect cream because your skin soaks it up instantly, and it’s super light but deeply moisturizing. I use it before I put on sunscreen on the beach, before bed as a sleeping mask and as a regular old moisturizer. ”
Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Foundation and Concealer Stick
“I don’t want to be anywhere without my Merit Minimalist Complexion Stick, that’s the basic makeup I wear to have a coffee or to make a Zoom call,” says Alyssa Coscarelli, a branding consultant responsible for her job often travels. “I think it’s great that it blends so well and melts like a second skin.”
Lane-like lip sleep mask
“So many ChapSticks are just not really good for me, but I have found that when I put this lip mask on every night before bed, I hardly have to deal with chapped lips,” says Coscarelli. And Leal agrees, “It’s a cult favorite for a reason, and I love it and I will love it forever,” she jokes. “No, but I can really use it to keep my lips soft – overnight or during the day – as well as layered over a lip color for a shiny sheen.”
Furtuna Visione Di Luce Revitalizing skin and eye cream
“I love a brand called Furtuna Skin, which formulates many rare and natural ingredients from the owner’s organic farm in Sicily,” says Lopez. “This eye cream is very plump and moisturizing.”
Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Repair Mask
“I love this cream because it locks in moisture and protects the skin,” says Lopez. “I also like the sheen of the finish after it’s applied. I massage it into my skin for five minutes, which helps the skin absorb the ingredients deeply. ”
Aesop Avail face lotion with sun protection factor 25
“The UV radiation is higher on the plane, so I apply sunscreen generously to my hands, neck and face,” says Lopez. “I love the Aesop sunscreen; it is super transparent, smells of natural aroma and feels really smooth on the skin. ”
Less regeneration mist
“I’m obsessed with this Lesse face mist from my friend,” says Lopez. “The mist itself smells amazing and contains ingredients like aloe, chamomile and jojoba that have been formulated to smooth and repair the skin while reducing inflammation.”
Sisley Paris velvet sleep mask
“This is a beautiful mask that translates almost like a heavy moisturizer,” says Underwood. “Gives me a beautiful and shiny rope, even if I’m wedged in an economy window seat.”
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist
“I have this stuff on my desk to freshen up my makeup, but it also works as a moisturizer on the go when my moisturizer decides it’s not doing its thing anymore,” says Underwood.
AcneFree Terminator, used to treat severe acne spots 10
“I will always praise this spot treatment, which thanks to the benzoyl peroxide in the formula, reduces my blemishes in record time,” says Underwood.
Wander Beauty eye masks for baggage claim
“These help lighten the area around my eyes as I stay up all night until the last minute,” says Underwood.
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source body lotion
“I can’t neglect my body skin either,” says Underwood. “This balm feels amazing after a long, luxurious hotel shower.”
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