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If you’ve traveled anywhere sans your trusty skin care products, then you probably have a good idea of how tough it can be on your complexion. With long days ranging across foreign climates, it’s no wonder your skin can be thrown for a loop. Sure, we understand not wanting to tow along a 15-step beauty regimen when you’re planning to travel from city to city, but skipping out on a basic skin care routine altogether? Uh-uh! The good news is you don’t have to lug your entire bathroom vanity around in your suitcase. From the easy tips you should follow to the products worth packing, we’ve got you covered.
Regardless of why you’re traveling (whether it’s a vacation or a business trip), departing from your normal beauty routine can throw you off your game. While you likely don’t have the space or patience to pack up all of your at-home beauty essentials, if you think smart about what to bring, you’ll be able to cover all your bases with half as many products on hand. All you have to do is fill your toiletries bag with multi-purpose products and ones that are travel-friendly—think moisturizer with SPF, cleanser that doubles as makeup remover and cushion compact foundation.
Since just about no one likes packing, we’ve rounded up our favorite products you should bring along so that you don’t have to spend even more time picking between what makes the travel cut and what doesn’t.
1. Moisturizer with SPF. Yes, you need to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen, even if you’re going skiing. That’s because according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days. And when you spend time in the sun sans SPF, you leave your skin vulnerable to damage, which can show up on your skin down the road with the likes of wrinkles and dark spots. When you’re traveling with little time to spare, using a moisturizer formulated with SPF can help you save time and room in your luggage. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.
2. Micellar water. No access to a sink? No problem! Micellar water is about to become your go-to travel beauty product. Micellar water is a gentle cleanser that removes makeup in one step. It’s powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) that lift makeup, dirt, and oil up and away from the skin—no rinsing or rubbing requires. Toss the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types and a few cotton pads into your tote. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe it across your face. For eye makeup removal, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe.
3. Facial mist. Do you regularly find that your skin needs a mid-day refresher? Before you splash water on your face—which could disrupt your makeup—grab a bottle of facial mist and spritz a little bit on your face whenever you need a pick-me-up. Generally, facial mists are designed to not interfere with your makeup.
4. Cushion compact foundation. Who wants to pack a bulky bottle of foundation and sponges in their suitcase? Instead, take a cushion compact foundation along with you instead.
The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation has a mirror and dispenses just the right amount of product onto the included applicator. The foundation is buildable, so you can go as sheer or heavy as you want, and it has a luminous finish so you can achieve that glow-y look you’ve been craving.
5. Sheet masks. If you’re traveling by plane, you might notice that the dry air can leave your skin feeling dry. Single-use sheet masks are travel-friendly, so put a couple of hydrating ones into your carry-on bag so that you can use one during your flight or soon afterwards.
This probably seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth repeating. Oftentimes people chuck their full-sized beauty products into their bag and then wonder why it’s so heavy—or why there’s no room for anything else. So, when you’re traveling and space (or lack thereof) is a concern, just pare it down. Whether you buy travel sizes of your favorite products or a reusable plastic bottle set that you can fill accordingly, you’ll quickly realize how much easier it is to travel in style without neglecting your skin.