If weekend trips or far away travels are part of your plans this summer, curating a travel skin care kit should be too. Establishing a skin care routine when you’re on the go is important to keep your skin looking and feeling great, but we know that pulling together a list of products you’ll need adds just another task on your travel prep to-do list.
So, we’re making it easy for you by sharing our tips to care for your skin while traveling and rounding up the summer skin care products you’ll want to take with you on your adventures.
How to Take Care Of Your Skin While Traveling
The proper way to care for your skin while traveling depends on factors such as how long you’ll be away and what the climate is like at your destination. If you’ll only be gone for a short time, you can focus on the basics like cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection. If your trip is long — we’re talking a week or more — then you’ll probably want to include serums and exfoliating products too.
If you’re heading to a hot, humid climate, it’s a good idea to bring lightweight products and lots of SPF. If you’re going somewhere with lower temperatures, richer moisturizing creams and more hydrating products are best.
Can You Bring Your Skin Care Products On the Plane?
If you’ll be traveling by plane, it’s important to make sure your products comply with TSA regulations to ensure they don’t get thrown away. Liquids, gels and creams that are 3.4 ounces or 100ml or less are okay to bring in your carry on. Anything larger than that will need to be in a checked bag.
What to Include On Your Travel Skin Care Packing List
If you’re questioning what to pack, we’re simplifying it for you and sharing what you’ll need, below.
Facial cleanser is a staple in any good skin care routine, so taking one on your travels is a must. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types because it doubles as a cleanser and a makeup remover which will help you cut down on the amount of products you’ll need.
It’s also great because you don’t need a sink to use it, making it the perfect choice if you’ll be camping or going somewhere with limited accommodations. If you’re just taking a carry-on luggage, you can pour some of it into a travel-size bottle.
2. Hydrating Under-Eye Product
The under-eye area is often one of the first places to get dry, and traveling on a plane or heading to a cool climate can make this worse. Be sure to pack a product to care for this area, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives with 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid, 1% Caffeine Eye Serum. It helps to hydrate the skin, brighten and replump the area, and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.
3. Hydrating Moisturizer
Moisturizing your skin is key to keeping it healthy, so making sure to pack a hydrating moisturizer is essential. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Moisturizer is a perfect choice because it’s great for daytime and nighttime use. It has a rich texture without being greasy, and it’s formulated with pro-retinol to help address the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily. While this is essential during your everyday life, it’s even more critical when you’re traveling and will be exposed to extensive amounts of sun. Cut down on room in your bag by packing an SPF that’s formulated for both your face and your body.
5. Hydrating Lip Color
Keeping your lips hydrated is equally as important during the summer as it is during the cooler months. And if you want a lip color as well as a nourishing lip balm, but you want to cut down on items in your bag, you’ll love the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract. It’s a hybrid between lipstick and a balm, and it provides buildable color and a shiny finish while conditioning your lips.
6. Self-Tanner for Your Body
If you’re like us, then you desire a vacation glow even if you're not heading to a tropical destination. But if you are heading to the beach, it’s extremely important not to bake in the sun in hopes of getting a tan — there are healthier alternatives now.
For your body, use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Body Towelettes — they’re perfect to pack in your bag. Make sure your face matches by using the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Water Mist, Vitamin E. It’s an easy-to-use mist that creates a gorgeous, natural-looking tan that you can build up by applying it each day.
Written and photographed by: Alyssa Kaplan