Just because you’re living out of a suitcase, doesn’t mean you can’t still keep your skincare game on point. Exactly what you need to travel with for amazing skin on the road, here.

By Heather Muir Maffei
April 24, 2019
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After commuting a whopping 5+ hours each day for my job (so that I can live in the country and work in the city) and traveling the world to discover the latest beauty ingredients, I’ve become a self-described beauty on the move expert.

I love skincare and makeup but because of my tight schedule, I don’t always have the luxury to do my full routine in the comfort of my own home (TBH, I prioritize spending time with my husband and Great Dane Chunk and getting household chores, like laundry and dishes done instead). So, like many of us, I try to maximize the time I have so I look good, feel better, and attempt to complete my to-do list. I started the Beauty On The Move IGTV series to share some of my best-kept, tried and true beauty secrets on trains, planes, in the back of cabs/Ubers, etc., but also, to show the world that we’re all doing our best to get it all done.

Traveling is one of my favorite parts and arguably the biggest perk of my job as a beauty director. But living out of a suitcase has its downfalls: you want to look your best (for all of the photo ops) yet you have limited resources because all of your beauty essentials aren’t at your fingertips.

After racking up many stamps in my passport, I picked up some handy tricks along the way. In this episode, I focus on what to bring on a trip so your nighttime skincare routine stays on point (of course, you don’t need all of these things—take whatever products and tips work for you!).

For starters, I pack my products in a clear makeup bag (I prefer a train case style with a top zipper opposed to one big bag) so that I can easily spot what I’m looking for instead of wasting time rooting around. Now, for the good stuff: I always travel with a lined shower cap. Yes, hotels typically have disposable options but they’re little and thin so I throw in my lined one so I can preserve my blowout (because the last thing I want to do when traveling is dry my hair in the hotel room). I love the Venus Snap travel razor ($7; target.com). It comes in a case and though it’s mini, the head is the same size as the original so you still get a close shave. I also always bring a mini (one ounce) spray deodorant, like Dove Dry Spray Go Fresh Antiperspirant ($2; target.com) for underarm touch-ups.

Micellar water is a must—I squirt some onto a cotton pad and sweep over my skin for a gentle way to remove makeup before cleansing with a face wash. I’m currently using Isdin but for all of my travel size items—I collect them, stash them in a bin in my linen closet, then dip into them as needed. Sephora, Ulta, and department stores often give out travel size products for free—collect them and you’ll be set for your next trip.

For face wash (as well as eye cream), I use Drunk Elephant The Littles ($90; sephora.com)—this set includes plane-friendly versions of the line’s bestsellers. The Jelly Cleanser removes all of my makeup without stripping my skin. Instead of rinsing with water, I wipe it off with a warm washcloth for gentle, physical exfoliation. I dab on C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream on with my ring finger, the weakest to prevent tugging around the delicate skin. I use any excess around my lips to ward off lip lines.

I love the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules ($48; macys.com)—simply twist off the tip of the pod for the perfect dose of nightly retinol to keep skin smooth. The individual capsule is great for travel but it also keeps the ingredients potent. I seal it all in with moisturizer. I love IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream ($18; itcosmetics.com).

Other must-haves: baby body lotion, travel-size Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($17; amazon.com), which takes off my smoky eyes in one swipe. I dab some on a face wipe or cotton swab. I always pack my Clean & Clear Persa Gel ($5; target.com) for any unwanted zits that pop up (while in different climates or from using different water). Some others: my face roller, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta  Intense Glow Pad ($38; sephora.com) so I wake up glowing (I use this after I cleanse; before I apply serum/moisturizer), toothpaste, baby perfume sample—I love Replica By The Fireplace ($28; sephora.com). Here’s to a night of sweet dreams and happy skin.