It’s vacay season, and everybody’s jet-setting to different destinations. Between planning your itinerary and deciding cute IG-worthy outfits to pack, what beauty essentials to carry can be confusing too. Do you want that moisturiser or can you swap it with something else? Do you need to pack these pimple patches or will a salicylic acid cleanser suffice? Making alterations in your travel friendly arsenal can be tough, especially when it comes to your skincare. Flights can leave your skin feeling dry, irritated and sometimes inflamed. So packing products that will have you looking and feeling fresh should definitely be on your priority list. To help you pick the right products to add to your bag, we’ve curated a list of 7 editor-approved travel skincare essentials that you will not regret packing for your next vacay. Take notes!
Best Dermat-Approved Buy:
Cleansers are non-negotiable and the most important step in one’s skincare routine. This quick-rinsing liquid soap from Clinique is developed by dermatologists and works to gently yet effectively cleanse your skin. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, and sucrose which leaves your skin feeling super soft and never stripped. Just take a pea-sized amount and gently work it into a lather that will loosen the dead skin cells, and get rid of dirt and grime of any kind.
P.S. This is available in a 30 ml mini, which is totally travel bag-friendly!
Best Multi-Purpose Product:
Use this as a facial mist for a midday boost of freshness, or as a toner before your serum, this iconic rose water mini from Kama Ayurveda is super versatile and can do both those jobs with ease. 100% natural, derived from roses of Kannauj, this product helps revive your skin, tightens pores and helps to balance your skin’s pH levels. Also, you can count on this home-grown formulation to uplift your mood with a few spritzes. Slip it into your handbag for an instant dose of freshness!
Best Internet Favourite Beauty Product:
Vacations tend to include late nights of partying and early mornings of exploring. To make sure you look fresh and ready to take on the next day, start by de-puffing those under-eyes. These hydrogel patches will help you fake a good night’s sleep by re-energising your under-eyes. The vitamin C, ginseng, and licorice extracts will help reduce dark circles. The patches should last for a long time, because each tub comes with 30 pairs. All you’ve got to do is lace them under your eyes for 10 minutes, hit snooze on your alarm, and wake up to brighter-looking eyes instantly.
Best K-Beauty Pick:
Easy to carry and fuss-free, sheet masks are probably the most travel-friendly skincare essential to add to your handbag. Whether you’re on a flight, or just chilling in your hotel room, just slap on a mask and get radiant-looking skin minus all the extra steps. This 3 layer pulp sheet infused with tomato extracts and vitamin E aids in revitalising and purifying the skin. 20 minutes is all you need to get hydrated, glowing skin!
Best Budget Buy:
Looking for something to help you get that dewy glow in a jiffy? This affordable beauty will get the job done! This moisturiser feels weightless on the skin, and offers 24 hours hydration, irrespective of the season. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, this gel-based product can also be used under your makeup to achieve a flawless base. Oh, and its compact packaging makes it easy to carry any and everywhere.
Best For Reapplying:
We’ve stressed enough on the importance of applying and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day. While applying can be easy, reapplying can be tricky. That’s where sunscreen sticks come into play. This Nykaa bestseller is ideal for everyday use, and offers the highest level of sun protection in a stick form — it’s perfect for touch-ups, and on-the-go applications. Its SPF50+ PA++++ double shield formulation protects skin against UV rays and infrared rays. Works for all skin types and non-sticky, make this sunscreen stick your vacay BFF.
Want your vacay photos to look pout-perfect? Then this glowy lip balm is the one for you. Packed with the goodness of shea butter and murumuru butter, these hydrating ingredients offer long-lasting moisturisation. Lightweight with a hint of colour, this pocket-sized lip balm is your perfect on-the-go buddy to look photo ready instantly. Use this independently or use it under your lipstick to create a supple base for your lip makeup.