Must Have: Globetrotting Beauty Essentials

5 years ago

Are you a road warrior? Do you travel a lot for business or pleasure? Then this is for you. I have been traveling more lately, and I am paranoid about airlines losing my luggage (this happened TWICE). I also do not like the idea of being weighed down (hello -- I had to RUN to another gate, all the way across the airport, once. Not fun with a seven-pound laptop and the rest of my stuff). So I am learning how to streamline.

Travel Essentials


I have heard way too many stories about people having their expensive moisturizers and foundations thrown out by airport security. The secret to streamlining your beauty routine when you travel is organization. Plan ahead and you will have one less thing to worry about. One of my best tricks is stocking up on sample sizes, especially if you are only going to be gone for a few days. Hit up your local department store or Sephora, and ask for a few samples of moisturizers and serums. Most places aren’t as stingy as they used to be and will freely allow you to sample products upon request.

If you are planning a longer trip, I suggest you invest in some empties that you can load up with your own products. I’d skip the bath and body things because the hotel always has good stuff in the bathroom. Just scoop out your skincare essentials and put them into empties. A good friend of mine, with whom I traveled to Paris recently, got me to pare down my makeup bag, too. Now I put my tinted moisturizer in a contact lens case. I take one shadow palette, one red gloss, 1 nude gloss, one bronzer, one pink blush, one lip balm, one eyeliner and a travel-sized mascara. That all fits into a small zippered pouch. For face washing, I highly recommend the Clarisonic Mia2. It comes with a little travel case, and will work with any facewash. I take makeup remover wipes with me, to get all the goods off before I wash my face.

Top 10 Travel Beauty Tips
  1. Wash Your Face: Cleanse thoroughly and moisturize before takeoff.
  2. Go Makeup-Free: Makeup only stresses and dries out your skin during flights and in spaces with no ventilation. Skip the makeup and double up on the skincare.
  3. Sleep: I know it sounds like a cliché, but sleep is the best thing for your body and skin. When you travel, you are getting uninterrupted Zzzzz so take advantage.
  4. Speaking of Zzzzs: Pack a sleep mask -- they are not just for divas anymore.
  5. Mist Your Face: I like Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It instantly refreshes my face and keeps me hydrated in flight or on a train.
  6. Cut The Oil: Use a dry shampoo to combat any oiliness (or just to refresh your hair after a long flight).
  7. Get The Red Out: Travel with eye drops and moisture drops if your eyes get tired and/or red.
  8. Invest In a Travel Styling Tool: I use a curling iron like this one from ConAir, BUT if you use a flat iron, get one of those.
  9. Stay Germ-Free: Use a hand sanitizer before you touch ANYTHING especially your face. You can pick up any number of unknown bacteria that will cause you to have skin problems when you arrive at your destination.
  10. Get Rid of Puffy Eyes: Once you arrive, you can reduce under-eye puffiness, stat. Put crushed ice in a washcloth and apply it under the eyes. Works immediately.
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