Your skin encounters so many nasties during the day that it's worth having a skin care routine you can do anytime, anywhere.

By Claudia Fisher
Updated May 21, 2018
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Most people have an at-home skin care routine, but having one you can pull off on-the-go is a great way to maximize efficiency and target different beauty concerns.

When running around, your skin encounters a lot of icky things, including sweat, harsh AC or heating systems, city smog, and that thick stench you're sure (but have no proof) sticks to your skin. Sometimes waiting until you can do your nightly cleansing steps to freshen up and revive your skin isn't an option if you want to feel and look good.

Last week, Katy Perry was photographed walking around Los Angeles with a sheet mask slapped on her face like it was the most normal thing in the world. And you know what? Maybe it is—if you're a celebrity who can get away with anything. For the rest of us, here are six skin care treatments for a quick fix that's much more subtle.


As part of Dr. Brandt's Needles No More Line, the No More Baggage eye gel tightens and brightens your under eyes in a matter of minutes while the slight tint helps cover dark circles. You can put the eye cream over or under makeup (it's so easy and discreet I've done it at work).

To buy: $42;


Lucas Papaw is an Australian company that has gained quite the fan-base for its skin-soothing and healing products. This multi-purpose ointment, which goes on clear similar to Vaseline, is a great thing to have on hand for chapped or cracked lips, and can be used anywhere your skin needs some TLC, like on rashes, flakey patches, and bug bites. The ointment also contains petroleum jelly, making it a good cuticle treatment between manicures.

To buy: $8.30;


OK, doing a sheet mask in public still may not be your thing, but let me at least tell you why Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask would be your best on-the-go option: It's a dry mask that only takes 15 minutes to work. That means there won't be any product left to wash off or get absorbed once the wear-time ends, as with more common sheet masks, and you can reuse each sheet up to three times. To use the mask, you just secure it into place with loops that go around your ears.

To buy: $22;


Much more discreet than a sheet mask, Eve Lom's moisture mask will seem closer to a moisturizing gel than a wash-off, peel-off, or sheet face mask. Whenever your skin feels dry or dehydrated, apply a layer of the nourishing treatment to your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. If you have any residual product left over, you can pat it into your skin or wipe the excess off with a tissue.

To buy: $90;


Boscia's Black Charcoal Blotting Linens are the grown-up, more talented version of the drug-store oil sheets you carried around in your backpack all of middle school. They're formulated to remove excess oil and sheen without disturbing your makeup, and the black charcoal clears your pores.

To buy: $10;


There's pretty much no quicker relief from summer heat than a few cooling spritzes. Korean beauty staple AmorePacific has many hydrating products, and this facial spray will multitask to refresh, tone, and hydrate your parched skin.

To buy: $35;


One of my biggest skin-care grievances is the cyclical: I have a pimple, so I want to cover it up; but if I cover it up, makeup will prevent it from clearing.

Luckily, It Cosmetics thought of that and created this a full-coverage drying lotion.

To buy: $28;