Travel can be a trip for your skin. There are temperature changes, early mornings (and late nights) as well as constant environmental shifts, from air-conditioned hotel rooms to pressurised cabin spaces. Your skin is working overtime to keep up with you, so why not give it a little help? This top-to-toe skincare arsenal is a round-up of the most hydrating and nourishing products to care for your skin while you’re on the hop.
The balm: Baume 27 – Bio-Stimulating Intensive Repair Balm, $1031/16
This butter-like balm is delightfully thick, transforming to a sheen of moisture when swiped onto thirsty skin. Light in feel but deep in nourishment, the superpower of Baume 27’s Bio-Stimulating Intensive Repair Balm is the inclusion of Centella asiatica, which supercharges the anti-inflammatory effect on sensitive and dehydrated skin, without a thick or heavy feel on your face. If suitcase space is tight, this is the one you’ll want to sneak in.
The all-rounder: First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Cream, $292/16
The soothing properties of colloidal oatmeal, combined with emollient-rich shea butter translates into this simple, reparative cream that mixes in easily with any existing routine. A winner for skin barrier repair and maintenance – the one thing that often suffers in extremes of temperature and climate while travelling – First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream is a beauty bag must.
For the lips: Laneige – Lip Sleeping Mask, $313/16
If reapplying lip balm is akin to a tic for you, replace your tired Chapstick with Laneige’s beloved Lip Sleeping Mask. Pop it on last thing at bedtime and wake to perfectly smoothed, plumped and hydrated lips, thanks to the nourishing coconut oil, shea butter and a sweet mix of berry extracts which add a pleasant scent.
For a quick burst: Clarins – Blue Orchid Treatment Oil, $664/16
Dehydrated skin is no match for the fast-absorbing five-star-rated Blue Orchid Oil from Clarins. With a dry oil feel, there’s minimal stickiness to this gloriously scented formulation – a heady combination of blue orchid, hazelnut and patchouli oils – so you won’t feel weighed down by this extra layer, perfect for an in-flight pep up between nap stretches.
From the inside out: Vida Glow – Natural Marine Collagen, $705/16
To hydrate your skin from the inside out, opt for a marine collagen supplement. Working to increase collagen levels within the body, and in turn improving the hydrated appearance of skin, these travel-friendly sachets can be added to any hot or cold drink on the go.
The icon: Augustinus Bader – The Face Oil, $3846/16
The absolute top-tier Augustinus Bader’s The Face Oil is mopping up fans across both the celeb and skincare enthusiast worlds. The raved-about result hinges on the inclusion of creator Bader’s TFC8, a signature blend of amino acids, peptides and vitamins developed thanks to his expertise in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Even extreme shifts in the elements are no match for this superhero salve.
The mist: Mario Badescu – Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $117/16
Trekking through a crowded city on a summer’s day; giving your winter-wind-whipped skin a little boost; or simply needing to wake your skin up for another day of sightseeing. Mario Badescu’s humble, herbal extract infused spritzes do a great job of relaxing and refreshing tight skin in all these scenarios, leaving you looking and feeling more comfortable. The Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is just as light on the wallet as it is in your bag.
The last step: Drunk Elephant – F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, $878/16
A slather-on, layer-up kind of product, this hyper-juicy offering from cult favourite Drunk Elephant has a creamy gel consistency. As the final piece of the skincare puzzle, it’s the easiest way to up the efficacy of your existing routine when a long-haul trip is in the mix – simply lather on after your routine and let the boost of emollients and ceramides work their magic while you snooze.
For the hair: Gisou – Honey Infused Hair Oil, $409/16
Don’t neglect your hair on holiday. It takes just a drop (no, really!) of this Mirsalehi honey-enriched oil run through rough ends to revive strands that have seen as much as you have on your break.
For the body: Aēsop – Protective Body Lotion, $5110/16
Any product that works double time is a great thing to take on your next trip, especially if suitcase space is a little tight. Case in point: Aēsop’s light, spearmint-fresh Protective Body Lotion is the opposite of sticky, while still leaving skin replete with moisture. It also offers the always-crucial added benefit of SPF protection.
For the shower: L’Occitane – Almond Shower Oil, $4211/16
Make any shower infinitely more luxurious with L’Occitane’s beloved Almond Shower Oil – a hybrid of a lightly foaming shower gel and moisture-locking oil. No need to slather on lotion the minute you get out – the light sheen of hydration this leaves is all you’ll need.
The sheet mask: Korres – Greek Yoghurt Deep Hydrating Face Mask, $2012/16
When the cabin lights dim or when you’re about to tuck yourself up in your fluffy hotel bed, that’s your cue to pop on this little wonder. The cooling yoghurt of this mask is a balm for stressed skin, while the hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates to perfection. Pro tip: pop it in the bar fridge a few minutes before you’re ready to go, to up the chill – and depuffing factor.
The serum: Chanel – Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum, $13513/16
Working to rebalance and maintain moisture levels, Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum is a lightweight powerhouse of hydration. Despite its ability to deeply nourish, it also comfortably and easily sits under more weighty, occlusive skincare and foundation, making it the perfect booster when your tired skin needs it.
The hand cream: L’Occitane – Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm (25% shea butter), $4914/16
It’s said that a tube of the brand’s original 20% organic shea butter hand cream is sold every three seconds around the world. What could possibly be better? The updated version, with 25% shea butter, of course. The softening, nourishing and protective cream is a classic for a reason, and one that’s easily thrown in any travel bag.
The hand cream (the luxe option): La Prairie – Cellular Hand Cream, $20015/16
Those mitts do some heavy lifting when it comes to travel. Give them the firm hug they deserve with La Prairie’s luxurious Cellular Hand Cream, which does double time by gently exfoliating as well as moisturising to keep hands blissfully soft, smooth and nourished.