Must-have beauty products for the traveler

Being on the go doesn’t mean foregoing your beauty routine.

April 17, 2020

by Rebecca Taras

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From dry air on the plane and jet lag to overindulgence (we’re talking about you, swim-up bar), traveling can take a toll on your appearance. Relax. When you’re packing your suitcase, toss in some of these products. You’ll be looking like yourself in no time — sans Instagram filter no less.

Phyto-C Velvet Gel

When your skin is dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent, and nobody wants to deal with that on a vacation. This gel-like serum is packed with hyaluronic acid, vitamin B12 and amino acids to provide a serious moisture surge, revitalize the appearance of skin and soften fine lines and wrinkles. It’s the perfect product to apply during a flight — ideally on clean skin for maximum absorption.

Buy it: Phyto-C Velvet Gel  $67

Relumins Intense Beauty Care Tool

This portable microcurrent face massager makes it easy to give yourself a little “pick-me-up” treatment on the go. Not only will your skin’s tone and texture feel tighter and smoother, but your serums, treatment products and lotions will absorb more efficiently. As an added bonus, this device is solar charged and doesn’t require power cords or batteries so you can use it on the airplane, overseas, and anywhere else in between.

Physician’s Formula Natural Defense Protect Your Prime Oil

While you shouldn’t forego your regular sunscreen, this light-weight primer with SPF provides extra protection while making your skin look flawless to boot.  What’s great about this product is that it contains the brand’s 360° Total Defense Complex to defend against blue light (RPF™) and pollution (PPF™), as well as the sun’s harmful rays. Because the elements are with you no matter where you’re going. 

Patchology Moodpatch Perk Up Eye Patches

You can’t hide fatigue or too many margaritas behind your peepers — dark circles and puffiness will always give you away. These travel-friendly eye patches can make a big difference in just ten short minutes, thanks to green tea, pine leaf extract and white mulberry. Use them when the cabin lights dim and you’ll arrive at your destination looking rested and refreshed. 

bioClarity Garden Glow Mini-Set

An entire skin care regimen can be a real drag to travel with — not to mention impossible to fit in a carry-on. Instead, try this travel kit from cruelty-free and vegan brand bioClarity. The core ingredient is Floralux, a nourishing form of antioxidant and vitamin-rich chlorophyll that soothes, corrects, protects, and heals — basically everything your skin needs when you’re traveling. You’ll want to graduate to full sizes once your trip is over.

Babor The Energizing Coffee Vitalizing Gel Mask

Just like you need your coffee and OJ to wake up in the morning, this caffeine and Vitamin C-infused mask supercharges your complexion. The cooling sensation is a welcome relief after a long flight. After just 15 to 20 minutes, your skin is left feeling hydrated, rejuvenated and radiant. Leave the tube in the fridge (the minibar counts) for additional cooling and de-puffing benefits. 

Rene Futerer Naturia Dry Shampoo

Between navigating the airport and the in-flight experience (not to mention any layovers), it’s likely that your tresses won’t be as fresh and bouncy upon arrival at your final destination. This travel-friendly dry shampoo works on contact to absorb grease and put life back into your mane, and has a delicious aroma, too.

Franz Skincare Jet Two-Week Microcurrent Skincare Starter System

Franz’s signature JET Microcurrent Face Mask is not your average sheet mask. The brand’s patented Tissue X™ technology makes it possible for key ingredients like moisture-boosting oligo peptides, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides to penetrate past the epidermis. Just one treatment produces noticeable results, including improved hydration, smoother and firmer appearance, diminished fine lines and pores, and redness reduction.
What’s more, the Everyday Essence Face Serum in this starter kit works to repair and strengthen your skin from the inside out for the long-term. While you can purchase Franz’s sheet masks on their own, this two-week starter system will last the length of a typical vacation.

AZN Labs Afterglow Ampoule

Keep your skin care regimen on track with this serum that combats loss of elasticity, dullness, dryness and dark spots in one go. The powerhouse ingredient is astaxanthin, a keto-carotenoid, touted for having 550 times more antioxidant activity than Vitamin E, 1,000 times more than CoQ10, and an astonishing 6,000 times more than Vitamin C. It just may be the most powerful antioxidant out there.

CHI Air 3-Piece Travel Set 

Hotel hairdryer? No thanks. CHI, one of the leaders in hair care tools around the world, has downsized three of its top products so that you can keep your tresses well-coiffed on the fly. The compact set comes with a hairdryer, one-inch ceramic curling iron, and a three-quarter-inch flat iron so you can create different styles while away from home. Each tool has dual voltage capability so you don’t have to worry about frying your hair — or your hand — and the non-bulky storage bag makes packing a breeze.

Buy it: CHI Air 3-Piece Travel Set $89.99

The Lore Company Travel Kit No. 1

Hotel toiletries are not always up to snuff and can leave the skin feeling stripped of its natural oils. Avoid a hotel bathroom breakdown and pack this TSA travel-friendly multi-purpose body wash and (aluminum-free) deodorant comprised of natural and organic ingredients, many of which are indigenous to Indonesia, that are friendly to skin and hair alike. Bergamot, juniper, clove, geranium, cedar, lime, nutmeg, lemon, patchouli, lavender, rock rose, clary sage and cinnamon give this product a gorgeous vacation-like smell, too.

ANISA Treat Your Skin Brush Set 

Cleansing wipes shouldn’t be a permanent solution for deep cleaning your skin — even when you’ve got a packed agenda. ANISA’s range of cruelty-free, affordable cleansing brushes is travel-friendly and suits all skin types. This set includes a cordless cleansing brush for deep cleaning and exfoliating; an all-over treatment brush to apply masks, serums, and creams and an eye treatment brush. All are easy to clean so you can care for your skin like a pro on the go.

Buy it: ANISA’s Treat Your Skin Brush Set $75

Volo Hero Quick Dry Towel

When you’re on vacation, you don’t want to spend time fussing around with your hair. However, if you have an ample mane it can be unavoidable. Unless you pack this compact microfiber hair towel. As the name suggests, the Hero is a savior, decreasing drying time by up to 50%. It even comes equipped with a strap to help you keep your towel turban in place so you can multitask.

Buy it: VOLO Hero Quick Dry Towel  $39