Travel: Skincare Essentials

Traveling is the best!

But, seriously.

And since I was traveling recently, I wanted to put together a list of must take products, all of which are, of course, cruelty-free.

As amazing as travel can be, it can also be rough on the skin, especially when flying. Airplanes dry the sh*t out of my skin and the stress of travel can also cause additional skin issues. My philosophy when traveling is to be to bring products that multi-task, work well regardless of the condition my skin is in, and that help protect.

First and foremost, that means washing it at the end of the day no matter what, EVEN WHEN TRAVELING!

Second, it means hydration and sunscreen!

 At home, if my skin is feeling particularly oily, dry, or irritated, I have a product or two I may use to help with that specific concern. Mostly, though, I try to use products that are gentle on my skin, versatile and work well under any circumstances, as I find that when I go easy on my skin, it tends to feel better.

So be kind to your skin, especially if it’s irritated or breaking out. I have generally found that when my skin is out of balance, products with harsh ingredients tend to only irritate it more.

For shorter trips, I may carry on so some of the below products may not make the list simply for that reason. However, this most recent trip was international, so I had some room for the goods!

Check out my Instagram for in-depth descriptions of these products. 

Below are quick summaries only.

So, here are the TRAVEL ESSENTIALS!

***I am not a dermatologist, so as always, please use your knowledge of your own skin to determine what is right for you or go see your dermatologist if needed.***


Milky Jelly Cleanser


Glossier – Mikly Jelly Cleanser

Quick Summary: it’s hydrating, gentle & cleansing. It is also a master at makeup removal and that’s one less thing I have to worry about bringing!

It’s pH-balanced, made with five skin conditioners, and is great for all skin types.

UPDATE: Now comes in a smaller size as well, perfect for travel!

Price: $18

Available at: Glossier Website.   


Virgin Marula Facial Oil


Drunk Elephant – Virgin Marula Facial Oil

Quick Summary: this might be my favorite product of all time! Its one of the few products I’ve encountered that has truly made my skin feel different. This also doubles as my eye serum! Just a few drops for the face and one drop on the ring finger for the eye area.

Nourishing and hydrating, plus it helps fight fine lines.

Comes in two sizes: 0.5oz & 1oz

Price: $40-$72

Available at: Drunk Elephant Website, Sephora, & Amazon.

Lala Retro Whipped Cream


Drunk Elephant – Lala Retro Whipped Cream 

Quick Summary: super simple, antioxidant-rich, yet gentle moisturizer. I always have this one on hand regardless of what another moisturizer I may be rotating in and out of my routine because it’s gentle enough to use when my skin is irritated or unbalanced, which makes it perfect for travel.

Free from fragrances and essential oils, which can be irritating to the skin, also makes it a great option for those with more sensitive skin.

Price: $60

Available at: Drunk Elephant Website, Sephora, & Amazon.

Bright Eyes Mask


100% Pure – Bright Eyes Mask

Quick Summary: made with aloe, cucumber, and caffeine (tea) to help hydrate, sooth, and de-puff tired eyes. Comes in a pack of five or in a single making it easy to try out. The slim packaging also makes it easy to take with you anywhere!

Price: $7-$30

Available at: 100% Pure Website & Amazon.




Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen

Glossier – Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen

Quick Summary: sunscreen is a MUST when traveling and for everyday! This is the perfect size for travel and you don’t need a lot for it to be effective. Comes in a clear gel that quickly absorbs into skin, has a dose of vitamin E, and doesn’t have a harsh sunscreen smell or white cast!

Price: $25

Available at: Glossier Website