How to travel with skincare

by CK

CK is a beauty product junkie and skincare enthusiast! She shares her beauty routines on her instablog @beaute.defile and reviews skincare on, which literally means "beauty runway."


From cleanser to lip balm, we have you covered. It’s time to go on vacation and go through the motions of facing anxiety over what to pack. You have to think about clothes, shoes, swimming suits, hair, make-up, and, of course, skincare. When you’re on vacation you need to be out experiencing the world out there, so put down the clay masks and grab multi-tasking products that will serve you right.

Without further ado, here are the areas you need to target! You will need a make-up remover, a cleanser, a toner or mist, a treatment, a moisturizer, a sunscreen, and a lip balm.

Make-up Remover

For the purpose of ease and effectiveness, grab a balm cleanser or an oil cleanser. The balm is solid, so it doesn’t count as liquid if you take with your carry-on on a plane. The oil-cleanser can be transferred into a smaller bottle or you can just grab the travel size version. A great balm that comes in travel and full size is Clinique’s Take The Day Off. For an oil-cleanser I love Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil and the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Mini. When you’re exhausted from a day out and need to remove all the dirt and grime, there’s no easier way to take it all off!


You took the make-up off but you need to cleanse your skin too! There’s quite a few options in travel size packaging out there but these are the best. If you want something that’s great for sensitive skin yet very effective, get the First Aid Beauty Cleanser. Another great option is the Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Cleanser. It’s cute and it gets the job done!


A toner can be many different things! Do you use acid toners or do you use hydrating toners? Do you only use toner to make sure all the make-up residue has come off? Don’t stress, there’s one for all of the above. To remove residue, just use the mini version of Bioderma Sensibio Tonic. To hydrate your skin use something like Rose Hibiscus by Herbivore Botanicals, this is also a good option carry with you on the plane to keep your face supple. A simple yet effective exfoliating toner is Glow Tonic by Pixi Beauty. The small size isn’t small enough, but you can always transfer it to a smaller container.


This step is optional and completely depends on how extensive is your daily routine. Do you normally use a retinoid or retinol product or do you just opt out for a facial oil? Either way, this is a very personal step and would vary from one skin type to the next. Personally I would use a lightweight facial oil such as Indie Lee’s Squalane Oil or an anti-aging treatment like the Advanced Retinoid 2% from The Ordinary.


We’re almost there! For this step I would bring only one moisturizer, same for the daytime and night-time. Two great options with travel-friendly packaging and simple, clean ingredients are the Elta MD AM Therapy and the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer.


You absolutely most positively need to have SPF protection during the day! Whether you go for chemical or physical screens it doesn’t matter, as long as you have some protection on. A great solution is to combine your sunscreen with your foundation to save the extra step. If you opt for just sunscreen a great summer option is the Green Screen by Farmacy or you could choose amazing coverage and protection with something like the CHANEL CC cream.

Lip Balm

Finally, don’t forget about your lips! They need to stay moisturized and supple through the summer heat, the harsh chemicals of pools or the sea salt water. The perfect salve I always have around is Glossier’s Balm Dotcom which comes in a variety of flavors and tints. A more accessible option is Aquaphor. They both double for a cuticle balm.

Now that we covered all the different items you could ever need, you need a place to transport everything! The perfect pouch for traveling with skincare is Glossier’s pink pouch. It comes with every single order, so if you haven’t shopped from there yet, now is the time to place a couple of orders!