- Cleansing gel or micellar water
- Go-to booster or facial oil
- Cold cream
- Mineral oil-free lip balm
- Single-pack sheet masks (pack one for the way there, one for the return)
Keeping our skincare essentials ready to go gives us those few extra minutes we need to find our passports when it’s time to pack for our flight.
Other health & beauty essentials to keep in your carry-on:
- cosmetics essentials for arrival
- hair oil to combat dryness
- wide-toothed comb or mini-brush, depending on hair type
If you travel frequently, or your go-to products can only be bought online, it might be worth investing in a set of GoToobs to decant your favorite products.
Not all skin reacts the same way to cabin air. That’s why it’s essential to pack right for your skin type. For breakout-prone skin, avoid all makeup in-flight and look for products with hyaluronic acid that hydrate without clogging pores.
For dry skin, we recommend a rich night cream.
And if you have sensitive skin, choose scent-free products and keep your routine simple to give your skin a break.
A lot of skincare travel guides mention facial sprays or toners to keep your skin hydrated in flight. This is not something we recommend because of the way water bonds with other water molecules. When you use sprays or toners in dry air conditions, they pull water to the surface of your skin and leave you less hydrated than before.
So skip the hydrating spray and fight the dry with an ultra-hydrating single-pack sheet mask. We’re convinced the spa experience is the new gold standard of flying long-haul.
Follow this with an antioxidant-rich serum or booster, or a facial oil. Antioxidants fight pollutants and signs of fatigue — they’re the front line of defense against skin stress in flight.
Finally, it’s not just the journey, it’s the destination. If you’re headed from Chicago to Valencia in January, you might be fine skipping the heavy-duty facial oil and sticking to lighter products. On the other hand, be prepared to hit the cold weather moisturizer if you’re off to Norway for a rugged road trip through the fjords.
The key to enjoying your trip with glow on the go:
- Prep your travel bag of skincare essentials
- Pack for your skin type
- Pamper in flight