With travel season and warm weather upon us, you always need to be prepared for a last-minute trip––be it to soak up some Vitamin D on the beach or cool off in the mountains. For us, that means having a duffle bag packed with a couple of nights worth of clothes and toiletries ready to go at all times. And while you can always add a sweater or a lipstick to it before you head out the door, it’s really convenient to have a permanent stash of essentials, especially beauty and skincare, that always deliver regardless of where your trip takes you.
We are talking about the absolute basics––like effective deodorant, moisturizing lip balm, and dry shampoo (a lifesaver if you’re headed to a meeting or an event straight from the airport)––that help you look and feel your best even after a 12-hour overnight flight. After all, if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that dry cabin air is the enemy of healthy-looking skin.
So, before it’s time for your next trip, stock up on these travel-friendly beauty essentials and have them ready to go where you go.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Concealer
This best-selling concealer will erase any trace of an early morning or overnight flight on your face. The company recently re-launched the product with a thicker formula (a first in 25 years) that instantly brightens up the skin tone. It will really make dark circles a thing of the past.
To buy: $35, yslbeauty.com
Lina Hanson Global Face Trio
This natural product works triple duty as cleanser, exfoliator, and mask to give you clean and glowing skin after a long-haul flight. It is formulated with 100% organic ingredients and comes with a bamboo spoon to make dosing easier.
To buy: $70, linahanson.com
Guinot Anti-Fatigue Mask
This face mask is a miracle––and we don’t say that lightly! In just three minutes, it will make you look like you actually had at least eight hours of sleep. Your skin tone and texture is visibly brightened, dark spots seem to disappear, and your skin becomes softer to the touch. We also appreciate the blend of mint and eucalyptus oils that soothes and refreshes the skin without that irritating minty sting.
To buy: $43, dermstore.com
L’Occitane En Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream
L’Occitane claims that one of their hand creams is sold every three seconds around the world. After trying it, we believe them. The shea-butter-rich creamy formula absorbs fast and leaves your hands soft and hydrated. Even if you didn’t have time for a pre-flight manicure, this hand cream will give you picture-perfect hands.
To buy: $12, loccitane.com
Saje Calming Skin Serum
The sudden change of time and climate zones can really affect your skin. This natural serum contains a blend of soothing chamomile, lavender, primrose, and geranium oils that nourish, protects, and minimizes the negative effects of travel on it.
To buy: $25, saje.com
Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo
Give your hair a voluminous boost after a long flight with this plant-based dry shampoo. It is formulated with only five ingredients (all of which you can pronounce) and comes in an eco-friendly, non-aerosol dispenser.
To buy: $32, rahua.com
Bioderma Atoderm Levres Moisturising Stick
Bid adieu to dry and chapped lips thanks to Bioderma’s super moisturizing lip balm. Its formula is rich in shea butter that leaves your lips smooth and hydrated.
To buy: $5, amazon.com
Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash
Aesop has created a non-drying hand sanitizer that is still alcohol-based for maximum potency. And unlike similar products that don’t count fragrance among their best assets, this one leaves your hands smelling divine.
To buy: $10, aesop.com
Clinique Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily + Overnight Boosters with Pure Vitamins C 10% + A (Retinol)
Only a couple of pumps from Clinique’s new boosters will turn your daily moisturizer into an anti-wrinkle, brightening powerhouse. You get two bottles––one with Vitamin C to use in the morning (be sure to use an SPF after) and another one with Vitamin A for nighttime––that together encourage a smooth and radiant complexion.
To buy: $40, clinique.com
Kopari Coconut Deodorant
This best-selling natural deodorant has people raving. Its fresh smell and aluminum- and paraben-free formula won it a permanent spot in our carry-on.
To buy: $14, nordstrom.com