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Traveling can really take its toll on your skin. Which is why having a good travel skincare routine is super important. I am spending a lot of this summer traveling and I know that summer is when most people do their travel as well. I figured this would be a great time to dive into my minimalistic travel skincare essentials to share with all of you. Now when I am home I usually have several more steps in my skincare routine. My skin is super dry most of the year and having a hydrating skincare routine is really important to me. However, since most summer travel happens when it is hot and humid, a time when my skin leans itself to normal/combination skin, I have chosen a fairly basic set of travel skincare essentials to share with you today.

Many people preach having tons of steps in their travel skincare routine because of how taxing dry air can be on your skin. However, as airlines start to hike the price of checked baggage and even carry on baggage travelers are looking to lighten their load. Yes, the actual plane ride can be drying on your skin. But if it is a short summer trip to a hot location, you should be safe to leave the ultra-hydrating products at home.  Summer is also when a lot of people travel by car. A mode of transportation which does not have the same drying effects as air travel.  Because of this, I have chosen a routine that can hydrate my dry skin just enough to be effective but isn’t the full hydration I would do if I was at home.


For my eye makeup, I use the Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover. A little bit goes a long way which means I don’t need to bring a full-size bottle with me, even on a long trip. I love this makeup remover because it doesn’t sting my eyes the way so many eye-specific makeup removers do. Just give the bottle a quick shake, pour some on a cotton pad, and you are good to go.


When I am not traveling I almost always implement a double cleanse of my face. However, when traveling you just don’t always have the time to do a full 20-minute skincare routine. The double cleanse is one of the steps I remove to save time as well as space in my suitcase. Eliminating the double cleanse also cuts down on your liquids count which is great for carry on travel. I take off my makeup with the Neutrogena Cleansing Makeup Remover Facial Wipes and I love how saturated these are compared to most of the makeup removing wipes I have tried.

I had never been brand loyal to a makeup wipe until trying these.  Honestly, after traveling with them I don’t think I will ever go back to anything else. They are just so smooth on your skin and you don’t feel like you have to tug to get makeup to lift off of the crevices on your face. Since they are so saturated with liquid they also tend not to dry out in transit. This is amazing since there is nothing worse than a dry makeup wipe.


Discovering this product has truly been a miracle. Up until this point, I didn’t think it was possible to travel without a cleanser. At least not while feeling like your face was clean before going to bed. While the Olay 4-in-1 Normal Daily Facial Cloths are definitely not how I would choose to cleanse my face daily at home, I don’t think I will ever travel without them again. You simply run the towel under water and massage it into the skin. It is just like using a washcloth to wash your face except the cleanser is already built in.

My only complaint is that on days when I really want to deep clean my face I will use two in order to get enough lather going. While I wish each cloth had more soap built in I definitely wouldn’t stop using them for that reason alone. They truly provide a cleansing option that doesn’t involve bringing liquid onto the plane. They are great for carry on travel and I highly recommend them as a travel skincare essential.


Next, I will go in with toner on a cotton pad. Toner is another product I don’t use a ton of on a daily basis so I usually move it into a travel bottle. Even on a longer trip, it is unusual for me to use an entire 3oz bottle of toner. Toner is a product I have never been brand loyal to so I don’t have a ton to say about this one. In case you are curious, I am currently using the Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner.


After toner, I will go in with micellar water on a cotton pad. This adds some additional hydration back into my skin and helps it recover from the natural oils being stripped during the cleansing process. Micellar water is also something I don’t use a ton of on a daily basis.  For this reason, I usually move it into a travel bottle as well. I am also not brand loyal on micellar water but I am currently using the Gariner Micellar Water.


Finally I will take a few pumps of my hydrating facial serum and rub it into my face and neck. I find this to be more effective than lotion at hydrating my skin. Since I am trying to keep a minimal travel skincare routine I choose to pack a serum instead of a lotion.  I have several serums at home that I rotate between. However, for travel my go to is the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Spot Correcting Serum. While this is marketed as a spot correcting serum I find it to be more hydrating than many of my hydrating serums. The multipurpose aspect of this item is the main reason I consider it a travel skincare essential.

If you want to see how I pack these items for travel check out my latest YouTube video