9 Travel Skincare Essentials

Skincare can be a bit of a challenge while traveling, especially when you’re trying to cram everything into a carryon.

However, just because you’re strapped for space in your bag, doesn’t mean you should skimp on skincare. If you’re anything like me, long flights can wreak havoc on your skin. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of 9 travel skincare essentials to help you pack exactly what you need to nurture your skin while you’re out exploring the world.

Travel Skincare Essentials

9 Travel Skincare Essentials

Silk eye mask

A quality eye mask is crucial for getting in some quality sleep on the plane. Not only does it blog out unwanted light and help you adjust to the time zone change, but a silk eye mask is also anti-aging. What more could you ask for?

If you want to be really bougie, pack a silk pillowcase with you when you travel – it doesn’t take up much room in your suitcase. Real silk is known to improve skin and hair hydration, prevent wrinkles and fine lines, as well as ensure you wake up with frizz-free hair every morning. If you’ve never slept on a silk pillowcase, trust me, the investment is worth it.

Face wipes

I love using the Nivea MicellAIR Rose Water Wipes. They do a great job of taking off all your makeup (including mascara) and they smell amazing. Sometimes I even use them to “wash” my face after or during a flight even if I’m not wearing any makeup. Plus, they’re perfect for your carryon as they don’t take away from your liquid allowance.

Hydrating face mask

I used to be self-conscious about in-flight masking, but I’ve since turned into a huge fan. Mid-flight, I’ll wipe my face with my cleansing wipes and stick on one of my favorite hydrating sheet masks. Another mask I love using during long travel days is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask that works to prevent water loss and drenches skin in 72 hours of hydration. Not only does this mask work wonders for dehydrated skin, but it also doesn’t even need to be rinsed off!

A good moisturizer

A good moisturizer is like the holy grail of these 9 travel skincare essentials. If you could only pack one thing off of this entire list, it should definitely be a premium facial cream. Two products that I’m currently loving are the Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Day Cream and Skintegra Lunar (a Croatian skincare brand that is taking Europe by storm).

Hada Labo Tokyo Moisturizer

Under-eye gel pads

The key to looking fresh when you land? Under-eye gel pads. These tiny patches are jam-packed with amazing nutrients like collagen and vitamin C, two vital components for de-puffing your eyes and erasing dark circles. Use them toward the end of the flight so you’ll look completely refreshed and awake when you land. I always bring a few packs with me when traveling – these Grace & Stella ones from Amazon are a great choice.

Burt’s bees

Since I can remember, I’ve been hooked on Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. So hooked, that I actually can’t use any other lip balm. This is a product I swear by. Not only is Burt’s Bees made using all-natural products, but their original chapstick is also nourishing, moisturizing and softening.

L’occitane hand cream

Another travel skincare essential I absolutely cannot live without is “L’Occitane hand cream. Did you know that our body’s first signs of aging can be seen on our hands? Dehydration due to traveling doesn’t help them look any younger either. Keep your hands soft and youthful by keeping them moisturized with the richest hand cream out there.

Facial sunscreen

Even if you’re not heading on a tropical vacation, you should be wearing SPF every day to prevent the delicate skin on your face from sun damage. If your skin tends to break out as a reaction to sunscreen (like mine), consider trying Caudalie’s Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare. This SPF is protective, hydrating, long-lasting, and best of all, safe for your skin and nature.

Facial Spray

My list of 9 travel skincare essentials would not be complete without a refreshing hydrating mist. A carry-on size bottle of Pearlessence Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist or Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe are perfect for pre, post, and in-flight pick-me-ups. Spritz just a few pumps of either of these hydrating facial elixirs for instant nourishment.

Hydrating Facial Mist

That just about wraps up my top 9 travel skincare travel essentials! What skincare products do you absolutely need to have in your bag? Let me know in the comments.

For more travel tips and tricks, check out this post featuring my Top 20 Travel Hacks for 2020.

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  1. Love these skincare essentials. I have been using rose water facial spray for a while (which I love), but recently I tried under eye gel pads. I can’t get enough of them! My face feels so rejuvenated after. I’m still trying to narrow done which brand to use those. So I’ll definitely try the ones you suggested. Do you use those at home as well?

    1. The under eye gel pads are a game changer! I use those at home and I also use the Gold Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch Anti-Wrinkle & Nutrition by Esfolio (you can find them on Amazon, and sometimes at TJ Maxx) 😉

  2. All great essentials, I always forget the makeup wipes! Definitely always take sun cream, moisturiser and lip balm (love hurts bees) at a minimum! I love gel eye pads too, so relaxing.

  3. This post is exactly what I needed! I’ve got a long haul flight coming up in a couple of weeks and flights always play havoc with my skin. I’ve been looking for some tips on what to pack and I love the idea of those face wipes. I’m not sure I’m confident enough to use a mask mid-flight mind you! I have recently bought a silk Sleep Master eye maks which I’m excited to try. I’ve read good reviews on silk pillowcases too, maybe I’ll invest in one! Thanks for the great tips!

    Hannah | https://getlost.blog/

    1. Yay I’m so happy you liked it! I wasn’t confident wearing a mask mid-flight either, but hey – act confident and no one will question you. 😉 The Origins Drink-Up Mask is a great option though because it goes on clear, so you can’t even tell you’re wearing a mask. As far as silk pillowcases go, I actually received mine as a gift, and I will never sleep on a regular pillowcase again!

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