Around here, we like to travel in good taste. And, in addition to securing sought-after ressies in the chicest locales, that means looking and feeling great. Problem is travelling can do a number on your complexion.
Between long flights, jet lag, and changes in climate, your skin needs extra love while you collect passport stamps. Here is a list of the 10 must-pack facial masks we never leave home without.
You’re bound to encounter dulling pollutants and other pore-clogging nuisances while travelling, so it’s essential to detox your skin. Our go-to skin detox is the Power Bright by Ole Henriksen — a three-step professional strength mini-facial you can do in 30 minutes right in your hotel room. Step one washes away dead skin with a honey and pomegranate sugar mask, step two is a powerful vitamin C concentrate that brightens, and step three is a rosehip, cherry seed, and sweet almond cleanser that leaves skin feeling hydrated. Three steps later, you’ll feel like you had a facial in the best spa. Plus the product is in easy to use (and pack) blister packs, which is ideal for travel.
After you’ve detoxed, you'll to brighten. And for the task, we turn to overnight masks. Our two favorite overnight treatments are the First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask by Belif and the Overnight Peel by Derma e. The Belif mask is easy on the skin and totally luxe with black truffle, amber, pearl, gold powder capsules and Napiers white formula to brighten while you sleep. If your skin isn’t sensitive then you’ll love the Overnight Peel, which brightens with a non-abrasive blend of alpha hydroxy acids.
To brighten in a flash (okay, or 10 minutes), we swear by the Roloxin Lift Instant Smoothing & Priming Mask, which is individually packaged making it ideal for travel. Like a mini miracle (or a non-toxic Botox), this product transforms your complexion in minutes smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles while tightening and brightening leaving skin looking flawless for up to 24 hours.
Yes, you want to be diligent about detoxing and brightening, but hydration is the number one key to healthy skin. And for nonstop hydration, we turn to Pacifica’s Wake Up Beautiful Mask. Packed with essential lipids, antioxidants, and clinically-studied natural extracts, this no-rinse, non-greasy, non-sticky masks goes on before bed and leaves skin visibly hydrated by morning while the aroma therapeutic benefits aid in relaxation. Plus it’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and even comes in a 1.7-ounce TSA-friendly tube, all of which we love.
Pro tip: Use it on long-haul flights so your glowy upon landing.
The most convenient masks for travel are sheet masks because they’re individually wrapped, go on so easily, and are full of good-for-your-skin serums. Our travel beauty bag always has a 3 Sheet Masks Set from Peach and Lily.This Korean beauty set of masks are designed to target specific skincare needs so having them all covers all of your bases. Turn to the Reset Button to calm irritated skin. Try the Chubby Cheeks to lift and plump. Or just go all-in on hydration with Good Skin Day. All are suitable for (pretty much) all skin types and are packed full of potent ingredients that deliver visible results.
Last but most definitely not least, take great care of your eyes at all times and especially while travelling. For eye relief, we turn to Patchology’s Eye Revive Flashpatch Hydro Gels in The Overnight Bright or The Anytime Perk Me Up. Clearly we love to work on our complexions in our sleep, which is what the Overnight Bright does with a dose of anti-aging Retinol and Peptides. Cedrus atlantica bark brightens and reduces dark circles while arnica extract soothes tired eyes to sleep. The Anytime Perk Me Up are ideal for use under your eyes while using the Roloxin Lift before getting ready for an event.They are a fast-fix for tired eyes that use caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen to make it look like you’re well rested (whether that’s true or not).
Packing for the airport doesn't have to be a hassle, and with these beauty products in tow, you'll be looking flawless no matter what time zone you're in. Make sure your outfit is on point too, with these 7 items that we consider to be in our airport emergency kit for any destination, near or far.
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Nicole loves to travel, cook and dine well nearly as much as she loves beauty. She has 10 years of marketing and brand partnership experience in the beauty industry working with indie and luxury brands and everything in between.