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Packing Skincare for Airplane Travel

Packing Skincare for Airplane Travel

Plus the skincare I packed with me!

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Right now, right as you're reading this (or at least right when this goes live) I'll be sitting in a charming little cafe (or, more likely, eating more waffles than my body really needs) in Belgium. That's right babes I'm heading out on vacay so expect quite a lot of travel related #content in the following days/weeks/months. The biggest struggle of this trip is going for carry on baggage only. It means all of my beauty products (AKA: my life) need to be TSA approved. Packing skincare for airplane travel sucks. Let's be honest. But I do have a few lil' tricks up my sleeve. 

First things first, TSA rules. It basically boils down to using a quart sized bag and making sure all your containers are 100 ml or smaller. Womp. I have this nifty clear zipper bag from Hautelook of all places that is just shy of one quart. Basically if I can get liquids in there it's good to go.

I have a hierarchy of the things that are non-negotiables that need to go in the bag. Boring stuff like shampoo and toothpaste are first because your girl doesn't want to be stanky on vacation. After those must haves I start building as much of a skincare routine as possible. Makeup remover, face wash, moisturizer and sunscreen are the top priorities then if I can fit in an acidic toner, eye cream, skin salve etc. I won't say no. 

So what did I deem fit to decant, seek samples, and Tetris into my quart sized bag? 

Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes

I feel like I literally could not do an airplane ride without these wipes. Besides taking off your makeup like a champ (they're the only makeup remover wipes I really like) they also feel super refreshing and not drying. It's great for when you've had recycled air blasting in your face for eight hours straight and need a little top up before heading out on your adventure. Wipes are also great if you are short on space because you can just take out a bunch, put them in a plastic baggie and you instantly have a travel friendly version. 

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash

In general, this isn't my favorite face wash. But nothing makes me break out more than going out to eat too much so an acne targeted face wash is a must. I try to use as little of this guy as possible so I don't totally strip my face because it can be very drying. It does smell really nice though so I'm not complaining for the morning wake up call with this one.

*Cane + Austin Retexturizing Wipes

How freaking great are these? They're the little green packaged wipes in the photo. Glycolic acid is my go to for acne inducing situations like these because it really helps to keep your cells turning over. These are pretty strong at 10% and they come individually wrapped which makes this easy. They're nice and thick and saturated with the toner so after I wipe down my face I like to use up the rest down my neck, chest and even the backs of my hands because why not at that point?

*Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

All the drying airplane air, the less than average sleep, and the weather/temperature changes that often come with traveling can dry you out. I'm a big fan of this Belif night cream for hydrating my parched skin. As I said, I'm in Belgium which is a good twenty to thirty degrees colder than NOLA right now. My skin? Not a huge fan. I've been laying it on thick so that my skin doesn't get dry and patchy from lack of moisture. 

*Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Same thing goes with the matching eye cream. It's great for when you're so tired you can't see straight and your eyelids look like raisins. A little extra targeted moisture goes a long way for making sure your travels don't age you prematurely. I've been using this day and night because I need all the help I can get right now. 

*Hydropeptide Solar Defense Non-Tinted Sunscreen

Sunscreen on the daily is a must. I've come to terms with it now. No, I'm still not a humongous fan of slathering my face in the sunny stuff every day but you've gotta do what you've gotta do if you don't ever ever want to age. I've been using this hydropeptide sunscreen for my daily moisturizer because it has hyaluronic acid and other moisturizing babes to keep me from getting too dry. 


Last bolt on is a skin salve. You can use Homeoplasmine (or the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream) for pretty much anything. I slathered my lips, hands, elbows, and even my nose in the stuff on the plane over because it was so drying. I like to keep this guy with me in my purse because it's just so darn useful. Oh and protip: it's also great if you want to get a beachy, piecey look to your hair. Just use a teensy amount on two fingers to create the pieces. It's like a pomade and you didn't even need to pack another product.  

The Basics: 

You know the things you need-need even though you'd rather shove in another toner. I smushed in a mini Tresémme shampoo, L'Occitane mini lotion and body wash (from my advent calendar I'm still nursing), and toothpaste, because duh. 

What are your traveling skincare must haves? 

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