Airports and long flights aren’t the best combination for our bodies, skin, or overall mood. With respect to Ralph Waldo Emerson and his timeless quote, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey,” one can assume he never dealt with dry airplane air, jet lag, or the overall stress of traveling. To complicate things, as we age, our skin needs change, too.
Hormonal changes reduce natural oil production and dry out skin — add this to the dry air of an airplane and stocking up on hydrating/high-quality products is a must. With an abundance of choices available, we’ve compiled a list of beauty essentials for your next trip that will ensure you arrive looking and feeling your best.
Proper Moisturizing Is The Name Of The Game
Along with an overpriced bottle of airport water, at least one of these these hard-working moisturizers is a carry-on must.
1. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
There is nothing worse than dry, cracked lips at 30,000 feet with no relief in sight. This lip mask is technically for overnight wear so you can wake up with soft lips, but it’s also perfect for a day of travel. The lip mask has a soft texture that closely adheres to lips for quick absorption and is enriched with both vitamin C and antioxidants. Its exclusive Moisture Wrap technology “boasts hyaluronic acid and minerals” to coat lips and lock in moisture, plus active anti-aging ingredients. Even beyond jet setting, this lip sleeping mask is a great addition to your at-home beauty routine.
2. Olehenriksen Truth Serum
This is a powerful anti-aging serum formulated with vitamin C and collagen for brightening and a great base before moisturizing. Our bodies produce collagen naturally, but production starts to decline in our mid-20s, so it’s important to work it into our daily beauty routines. This serum packs a punch of collagen and is perfect for travel because it’s lightweight and provides all-day hydration. Use this serum in the morning and before you de-plane for a much-needed skin pick me up.
3. Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 PA+++
Considering that 90 percent of the signs of aging are caused by the sun, packing a daily moisturizer that does double duty is a must. Look no further than Supergoop! daily moisturizer — a lightweight daily moisturizer with serious SPF that doesn’t leave a white residue on your face and neck. This groundbreaking skincare line is known for creating highly personalized sunscreen formulas for all skin types and tones. Supergoop! doesn’t just provide protection from the sun, their formulas include protection against blue light, infrared radiation, and pollution. Never fly without it again!
4. Tarte Pack Your Bags Under Eye Patches — Sea Collection
Under-eye patches provide the ultimate instant luxury and aren’t as attention-getting as wearing a full-face mask during flight. Tarte’s under-eye patch packs come with four vegan-friendly, treatment gel under-eye patches that are easy to carry and easy on the wallet. The patches are perfect for long-haul flights or an early-morning boost for tired eyes, dark circles, and dry skin.
Splurges That Are Actually Worth It
Whether you’re a frequent flyer or connoisseur of the good life, these splurges make being on the road a more luxurious experience.
5. SLIP Silk Sleep Mask
Real talk: Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is the only way to sleep. Say goodbye to waking up with pillow creases and lines on your face and hello to perfect luxury at home or on the road. SLIP — the original maker of silk pillowcases — also makes sleep masks, which are a must when it comes to securing shut-eye on red-eyes and long flights. This mask is hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and allows the skin to breathe — unlike synthetic satin.
6. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator
There is nothing better than scrubbing off the plane, train, or automobile from your face after a long travel day. Dermalogica’s exfoliator is a miracle product for brighter, smoother skin, and for helping with fine lines and wrinkles. The microfoliant exfoliator has three active ingredients: salicylic acid, which clears impurities from skin; colloidal oatmeal, which helps calm tired skin; and tea tree, which helps keep skin clear. Even though it’s a bit pricey, a little goes a long way, and your skin will thank you.
Travel Gift Sets (For You Or Your Favorite Jetsetter)
7. Olaplex Holiday Hair Fix Set
Don’t roll the dice with hotel shampoo again. This holiday hair set from Olaplex comes with shampoo, conditioner, a bond smoother, and hair perfector. The bond smoother is a miracle product for tired hair, a leave-in reparative styling cream that eliminates frizz, hydrates, and protects all hair types. The hair perfector is another strengthening treatment that’s a great defense against frizz and dry hair. Bad hair days are an impossibility with this nourishing and strengthening set.
8. Sephora Favorites The Ultimate Travel Bag
Go big or go home with this expansive offering of some of the most popular products at Sephora. Stock up for a big trip or sample some of the latest trends in beauty. This set includes 12 travel-size essentials for hair, face, and body. Some of our favorites include the Laneige sleeping mask and Supergoop! sunscreen. The bag comes chock-full of products that specialize in moisturizing for all your travel needs.
9. Bonus Product: Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a critical product for your travel beauty repertoire. This miracle product started to rise in popularity in the mid 2000s as it helped give greasy and unwashed hair more life and a quick pick-me-up. It usually comes in an aerosol spray can or in powder form. Dry shampoos are not all created equal, and your hair type may respond differently to each formula, so it’s critical to find out what works best for your hair. If you need a good place to start, AMIKA’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo Mini is a great option. Getting it in the mini travel size means a minimal investment if it doesn’t work for you. If it does, it will fit right into your purse or carry-on!
Don’t forget about all of Sephora’s extra deals with purchases, including Sephora Collection trial-size lip stain with any $25 merchandise purchase with code LIPLOVES.