As I gear up for another international trip, I’m already starting to think about my travel skin care routine and what I can pack to make sure I’ve got all the essentials. For long-haul trips like this, I’m not just looking for products that work, but also that are easy to transport and use on-the-go, whether I’m juggling them in the tiny airplane stall or in my hotel at my destination.
Keep reading to discover some of the best travel skin care to pack that won’t weigh you down, without sacrificing a step! Click the picture of the travel skin care product to find it online.
1. Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes ($7.99)
Wipes are hands down the easiest way to take your makeup off while away from home, but I specifically pick ones that are gentle and hydrating. Travel usually wreaks havoc on my skin and I find myself needing extra TLC. I use the Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes both at home and while I travel, since they are effective but kind to skin. They have Vitamins B & E and triple purified water to help bring hydration back into the skin as you cleanse.
2. Bliss No Dull Days Purifying Cleanser ($15)
There is nothing worse than opening your travel beauty bag at your hotel to find an explosion of product coating everything. That’s why I switched to solid cleansers for travel. Not only are they carry-on friendly since they don’t count as a liquid, but they’re mess free. On my past three trips, I’ve brought the Bliss No Dull Days Purifying Cleanser. I swipe it onto my wet face and work it in with my cleansing device. The charcoal helps detox and purify, and keeps breakouts at bay while I’m away!
3. Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Toner Pads ($18)
The Pixi Glow Tonic is a staple in my routine. While I usually use the bottle of toner at home, these pads are much more convenient for travel. Again, it’s one less liquid to worry about and the pre-soaked pads are quick and easy to use. They gently exfoliate, help keep my skin bright and clear, and maximize the results of my products to follow.
4. Peace Out Acne Healing Dots ($19)
Travel breakouts are a thing, and they can totally put a damper on your vacay photos. For pimples that I need to heal ASAP, I always turn to acne dots. You can read about how they work in my post here, but basically they suck all the gunk out of the pimple in 6-8 hours for noticeably reduced inflammation and redness. For super angry pimples, they are a godsend and will make them smaller overnight so they’re less obvious and way easier to cover with makeup.
5. Aveeno Positively Radian Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($13.99)
Whether at home or away, a daytime moisturizer with SPF is a must. I’ve been using this sunscreen moisturizer which works really well with my sensitive, acne-prone skin. The pump bottle makes it easy to dispense, and the formula also works to brighten and even skin tone over time.
6. Physicians Formula Rose All Day to Night Eye Cream ($16.99)
I’m extremely picky about eye cream, and I’ve been loving this affordable one from Physicians Formula. It has a gel-cream consistency that gets absorbed instantly, so you can use it at night or under makeup. My undereye area can be sensitive, and this eye cream feels soothing while helping keep my skin bright. Plus, I love that it comes in a squeeze tube not only for sanitary reasons, but it makes it more travel friendly than a jar.
7. CeraVe PM Face Moisturizer $15.99
For night time, I like a calming moisturizer that also caters to sensitive skin. Side note: even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin, you’ll probably experience some changes when traveling because of the stress, airplane air, and new environment at your destination. This is why I opt for products that are simple and gentle with less chance of causing irritation. This one is oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic.
8. Foreo LUNA Play Plus ($49)
So here’s the thing: I love my full-size LUNA, but it can be a bit bulky for travel. The new Foreo LUNA Play Plus is a fraction of the size, but still offers massive cleansing power with the antimicrobial silicone touchpoints. While I never find charging to be an issue with the original (I literally charge mine once a year with nightly use), this particular model runs on a AAA battery so you don’t have to worry about bringing charging cords along if you’re on a particularly long trip. It’s also about a third of the price of a full-size device, so a great way to add a killer cleansing device into your routine on a budget.
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What are your favorite travel skin care products to pack?