6 Travel Skincare Essentials

by Grace Bonney

When it comes to beauty products, there’s only one category in which I allow myself to indulge: skincare. For as long as I can remember, I’ve cared about my skin health more than anything else. Maybe it’s growing up in a beach town where we all spent too much time in the sun or perhaps it’s just another way for me to exercise my control issues, but keeping a close eye on my skin and skincare regimen has always been a calming thing for me. So when it comes to skincare products, I’m something of an obsessive tester.

I’ve tried just about everything on the market, from everyday drugstore finds (usually my favorites) to high-end, multi-step Korean skincare systems. When I hit the road this fall for our book tour, I’m taking these six pieces with me because they’ve proven to be super successful all summer and they’re worth making room for in my carry-on. So if you’re in need of some great travel-sized skincare essentials, meet your new best friends. xo, grace

Yes to Blueberries Face Wipes ($4.79): I have used these every day for at least six months now, even when I'm not traveling. I'm always so bad about remembering to bring face lotion, and these manage to clean my face without drying it out. I have a travel-sized pack in our car at all times now when I want to freshen up. They smell good, too!
Sonya Dakar Omega Oil ($52): This face oil costs more than any other face product I own, but it is totally worth the cost (and you only use a tiny drop each time). I mix this in with my lotion and it combats any dryness that happens post-flight or after a long car ride with the windows down.
Travel Size Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo ($12): If you have short hair like me or have bangs (or really any style that is close to your face and can fall victim to oil), this mini can of dry shampoo is a great solution. It perks up your hair and roots and helps you get at least another day out of your clean-ish hair when you need to wake up early and catch a flight.
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioners in Arabian Knights and Pink Moon ($26): I have never been as loyal to a beauty product as I have to Ilia lip products. That's for two reasons. First, their lipstick feels like skincare to me. It is full of so many rich oils that it literally makes your lips feel smoother and softer. Second, these colors truly work on anyone. We worked with Ilia to design "Pink Moon" and I sent it to as many people as possible with different skin tones to test, and everyone looked incredible. You just can't go wrong with these.
Aveda stress-fix™ body lotion ($12): There are few things that make me feel as calm and nostalgic for high school as Aveda. I used Aveda religiously in college and high school and the smell of their mint shampoo immediately takes me back. These days I love their stress-relief lotion. It's part of my pre-flight ritual that distracts me from how terrified I am of flying.
Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask ($7.50): These masks are like magic. I splurged on them earlier this summer when my skin started to feel dry from being out in the heat so much and they've become a favorite bath-time ritual now. They look a little scary on (I think I freaked myself out in the mirror) but they really do an amazing job of re-hydrating. I even use the leftover serum in the package and add it into my nighttime moisturizer for extra oomph.

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  • oh my goodness, grace! you read my mind completely — i have been upping my skin care game recently and remembered you had awesome posts in the past on this topic. have been wanting to read what you are using most currently! i already religiously use ilia lipstick due to you! now am using exfolikate via your advice from a few years back and living for it! anyway, can’t wait to try these — please post more about your skincare rituals. are you still using the rodin oil? i want to try it but it’s so pricy.

    ps. my favorites right now aside from exfolikate: dr jart micellular water, neutrogena naturals night cream, kiehls midnight recovery and oil free gel cream. now i just need a great cleanser for my combo skin! want to try little barn apothocary charcoal and aloe sometime soon.

  • If you want an ecological alternative to the products listed above, I would advice you to pack some coconut oil which is perfect for cleaning you make-up off, moisturizing your face and your body and your lips and nourish you hair.

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