Travel Skincare Essentials

When it comes to looking your best, travel certainly takes a toll even on the toughest regular road warriors. We’ve put together a regimen (in the order you’ll need them, from before you board to after you step off the plane) that will support your skin in its hour of need—despite your pre-flight cocktail.

Cleanser: When your skin is under stress, it’s not the time to whip out your full chemical arsenal. Stick to something gentle for cleansing, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial cleanser, a gel formula that’s careful not to overdry.

Moisturizer: Staying hydrated on a plane is key in keeping yourself looking fresh, but when you’ve drunk all the bottles of water you can handle, give your skin a boost from the outside with Amore Pacific’s Moisture Bound spray, which is packed with beneficial natural ingredients like bamboo sap and red ginseng.

Cleansing wipes: Remember your mom’s nightly cold cream treatments? This is like that, but in a much more convenient form. A quick all-over swipe to remove the indefinable ick of travel grime and you’re ready to head straight to a meeting.

Depuffing eye cream: Congratulations, you managed to fall asleep! But between the drinks cart knocking your elbow and your chatty neighbors, it was hardly as restful as you would have liked. Remove the evidence with a de-puffing gel, with a rollerball applicator that sends a hit of caffeine and antioxidants straight to the problem area.

Sunscreen: The first FDA-approved product to use mexoryl, beloved by dermatologists for its UVA-blocking powers, La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios line is nevertheless a light, easily absorbed formula that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Finally, if all else fails, there’s no quicker fix than a cool pair of sunglasses. These unisex aviator frames from Paul Smith are subtle, stylish, and cover all manner of sins.


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