Whether you’re going to travel by plane, train, boat or car, there are travel beauty essentials you just have to have when embracing your wanderlust.
Traveling can take its toll on your body, especially if your destination is a long distance away. Flying arguably wreaks the most havoc on our bodies for a number of reasons. Traveling in general can be stressful at times, but long flights, layovers, delays, and short connection times can cause even more stress.
That stress can show up on our bodies in a number of ways:
- Dry, tired skin
- Under-eye bags
- Puffy or bloated face
Flying can dry your skin out because the cabin air quality is extremely poor. The high altitude and low humidity levels tend to dry skin out, cause less blood flow to the skin and make your complexion look dull overall. Not to mention the amount of germs there are on an airplane.
In my experiences traveling by plane, after almost every single trip I’ve left the airport with a new friend on my face. After all the stress of flying and traveling, I don’t need to add another stressor to my life in the form of a breakout. That’s why I now bring travel beauty essentials with me to keep my skin hydrated, refreshed, healthy and looking good!
My Travel Beauty Essentials
I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, especially while I’m traveling. There’s nothing that bothers me more than a full face of heavy makeup and having to sit in a small, confined area for hours at a time. There’s no point, especially when I know I’m going to have to take it all off at some point. It’s just easier to go light so I can wipe it off, take a nap and get some beauty rest.
That’s why I love putting on a BB cream before I leave. It’s light, gives me hydration, covers little imperfections, and gives me a little color. I also apply BB cream as my flight (or my road trip) is coming to an end so that my skin looks refreshed instead of dull and tired when I step off the plane or out of the car.
Lip balm is an absolute must! My lips always get dry, but especially on the plane. Dry, cracked, peeling lips just don’t look good, so I’m always applying lip balm whenever my lips start to feel dry. Sometimes I’ll bring a tinted balm with me for a pop of color.
I always bring coconut oil with me. When I’m flying I put some into a small vial so that I can get it through TSA and bring it onto the plane with me. I use coconut oil for two reasons.
I use it to wipe my makeup off. It makes a really great makeup remover. All you need to do is apply a thick layer of coconut oil, lightly massage it into your skin but don’t rub it in! Then you wipe it off with napkin or paper towel. I’ve used makeup removing wipes in the past and I still prefer using coconut oil.
After I’ve removed my makeup, I apply some more coconut oil and massage it into my skin like I would with a moisturizer. I always use face oil in my daily beauty routine, so when I’m traveling it just makes sense to use it like I normally do.
After I’ve wiped my makeup off and applied another layer of coconut oil, I always apply moisturizer. Like I’ve said, the cabin air is extremely dry and has very low humidity so I have to take extra precautions to keep my skin hydrated. My favorite moisturizer to bring with me is Le Petit Olivier moisturizer with olive oil. It works wonders for my skin and it doesn’t exceed the liquids limit. Sadly, it’s not available in the US.
For the rest of my body I use regular lotion in a travel size so that my hands don’t get really dry. This is a huge problem for me, especially during the winter.
I always bring hand sanitizer with me. I have a cute, little travel size bottle from Bath and Body Works. It’s eucalyptus scented and smells so good. The first thing I do when I get on a plane is use it with a napkin to wipe down the seat, arm rests, head rest and tray table. It might not be a bad idea to invest in wipes so that process would be easier, but for now I’m content with my method.
I also apply it to my hands frequently because there are so many germs on an airplane. There are so many people that travel daily through air ports that it’s difficult to keep things clean and bacteria free. I don’t want to risk bacteria getting onto my skin or in my food and getting me sick when I’m on vacation.
Plus, sanitizing your space helps prevent breakouts too. I’m guilty of using the tray table to rest my head and nap, so I don’t want to rest my face against something that’s swarming with bacteria.
Small, cramped, confined spaces, poor air quality, warm temperatures and bacteria can cause some terrible body odor. You don’t want to be that person who smells so horrible, your seat mate asks to move seats. I always bring deodorant with me in my suitcase as well as in my carry on just to freshen up mid-flight.
I even do this during road trips because it makes me feel refreshed after a long trip. My favorite deodorant is a natural, aluminum free stick that smells like rose petals. The scent is heavenly and it’s almost like a perfume substitute.
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Another thing I hate is having bad breath while traveling. It doesn’t matter how clean my mouth is, I always get bad breath after sleeping. So I like to keep a mini toothpaste and a toothbrush with me to brush my teeth during my flight. Brushing your teeth is a good habit to practice anyway!
I always bring mascara with me just in case I might need it, but I rarely ever use it. I have pretty long eye lashes naturally, so while I’m applying oil and moisturizer I rub my eye lashes in an upward motion to give them some volume.
I only decide to use mascara when I’m exceptionally tired and I look like it. I use a light layer to make my eyes look more open, brighter and like I got a full night’s sleep. I don’t go very heavy with the mascara because I’m always trying to go for a natural look. Less is more in my opinion!
I LOVE my jade roller. I’m always using it because it’s incredible and works wonders. I use it before and after moisturizing to help de-puff my eyes and my face as well as assist with lymphatic drainage. This helps prevent my face from getting bloated on a long flight and after a long day of traveling.
My jade roller is an absolute necessity for me. On my last trip to New Mexico I didn’t use it on the flights from Michigan to NM and when I got there, my face was super puffy and swollen. It looked like I had gained 15 pounds. I made sure to use it on the way back home!
From some of my other beauty posts it might appear like I follow extensive, complicated beauty routines but I’m really pretty laid back and low-maintenance. My beauty routines are more about skincare than makeup. The only makeup products I really use when traveling is a good BB cream and mascara if I absolutely need it.
The rest of it is allllll about the skincare, baby!
What beauty essentials do you absolutely have to have while traveling?