I made a realization the last time I took off on a quick trip. Everything I needed was in a carry-on, but most of what I packed was related to my skincare routine. Over years of traveling, I've grown accustomed to getting by on a limited budget, a condensed wardrobe, and even little sleep. But I can't seem to shake the need to pack every item that'll keep my skin clean and soft whether I'm at home or on a different continent.
Thankfully, MyDomaine editors know exactly how to take their skincare routines on the road. Ahead they share the travel-size skincare products they swear by whenever they live out of their luggage. Nothing they picked is too large to slip into a practical bag either. Thanks to their tips, looking good while traveling just got easier, even if packing didn't.
"I love this hydrating cream for hair by Phyto," Kelly says. "I just take a pea-size amount and run it through the ends of my dry hair throughout the flight, and my strands soak it right up. Perfect for keeping your hair hydrated on a dry plane."
"I never go anywhere without this hydrating spray," she says. "It's like a combo of aromatherapy and a beauty mist in one."
"This natural deodorant is ideal for freshening up after a long flight and its size makes it perfect for my carry-on," Kelly adds.
"I've been using this eye cream morning and night for the last two weeks, and it has transformed my under-eye circles," Sophie says. "The skin looks plump, and the color is much evener. I'll be tossing it in my carry-on in a bid to look a bit fresher after a long-haul flight."
"I use this hand sanitizer before and after I eat on planes to avoid getting sick," Sophie adds. "Studies suggest that the seat back tray table is the filthiest part of a plane."
"This is my go-to serum for brighter, firmer skin," she says. "The full-size product falls within the airline liquid policy, so I don't have to decant it into a travel container."
"My skin can be temperamental, especially when I travel, so I always pack the mini versions of my daily go-to products, which are conveniently available in carry-on-friendly sizes," Megan says.
"Sure, it's a little extravagant, but this lip treatment is the best product I've found for combating dry plane air and keeping my lips hydrated," she says.
"The only thing more luxurious than lounging in a hotel robe is lounging in a hotel robe with this hydrating mask on," Megan says.
"This is hands down the best eye cream I have ever used," Sacha says. "It looks like it was made by fairies with its iridescent look and gel-like feel. It is incredibly hydrating and has light-reflecting particles that turn those dark circles into 'I just woke up like this' eyes. Trust me."
"I've tried so many eye patches, and a lot of them either don't work or fall down your face, defeating the purpose," Sacha says. "All the Patchology ones actually stick to your face and hydrate the sensitive eye area to give a brighter, plumper appearance. And when you're traveling, that's what you need."
"There are so many hyaluronic serums out there, but this is one of the best I've used. It really works," Sacha says. "It feels incredibly luxurious but is really targeted too, and it hydrates your skin for hours. I love this product."
"I'm usually out in the sun when traveling (even if it's not a beach vacation), so I always pack my AmorePacific sunscreen," Hadley says. "It's lightweight, smells amazing, and gets the job done."
"Though this takes up quite a bit of valuable space in my carry-on, I refuse to travel without my go-to moisturizer by Drunk Elephant," she says.
"This is the only thing I'll ever buy in both regular sizes and travel sizes," Hadley says. "It saves a ton of space, and I never have to worry about having a bad hair day (special shout-out to the mini dry shampoo)."
"This fits in any travel pouch and is a simple do-it-all cleanser," Christie says. "Bring it whenever you travel for a quick cleanse."
"These little toner pads are a lifesaver when it comes to refreshing after (or during) a long journey," she says. "They cleanse, tone, and remove makeup."
"Airplanes and new climates can seriously dry out your skin," she says. "That's why I'm never without a hydrating moisturizer."
"I can't stand the feeling of lingering makeup on a long flight," Kelsey says. "These cleansing cloths from Ogee remove makeup while gently exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. They'll make you feel like a new person."
"I'm beyond thankful that my go-to moisturizer is small enough to take in a carry-on," she says. "I've grown to love Cosmedix products in general (they're 100% free of toxic and irritating ingredients), but its Shineless Moisturizer is a must during a long flight."
"In my opinion, facial mists were made for long travel days," Kelsey says. "A quick spritz of this rose facial mist from Herbivore Botanicals, and I feel instantly refreshed (despite being 40,000 feet above sea level)."