No matter how much I travel during any given season, it always feels so exciting and glamorous.
Plot twist: It’s not! It’s horrible. I’m constantly stressed out that my plane is going to take off without me, and feel like an animal being herded when I’m getting on and off of my flight. Plus, the toll that a single airplane ride it takes on my skin. It's not cute.
In the past, I’ve been pretty bad at packing, both clothes and beauty products. I typically just have a panic attack and start throwing shit in a bag while casually sauced. One time I showed up to New York City without any pants.
Lately, I’ve been trying this new thing called “planning,” with varied results. I took a trip last weekend, and I actually made a list of things I’d need to bring with me, and I packed sober. Let me tell you, it was a game changer. I was even able to bring some extra products with me to save my skin after the flight(s) sucked every last bit of moisture out of my face! Maybe there’s something to this planning business after all, though I remain unconvinced.
At any rate, here's what I brought.
I spent all spring putting together travel guides for you guys with products that not only fit whatever the hell TSA’s liquid guidelines are, but were also housed in durable packaging. This…is not that.
It does clock in at only 1.35 ounces, so you’re good on the size, but...it’s in a glass bottle. SORRY. But I just traveled with it in my carry on and I didn't shatter it (but I did break my new wireless headphones!).
I don’t know how you travel so this may work for you. If you’re comfortable traveling with a little glass bottle, you should take this with you. It's worth it. Here’s why:
It’s a liquid, spray-on moisturizer made up of squalane, algae, and Tatcha’s anti-aging complex that can be used a thousand different ways. You can spray it on post-skincare, pre-makeup, to prime your skin for product and boost its luminosity. You can also use it to set your makeup and keep everything in place. Spray it on throughout the day to refresh your face, boost hydration and enhance your natural glow without making your makeup run or streak. I personally use it right when I hop out of the shower as a base for my skincare, to dampen and prep my skin to absorb the other products.
Oh, and it’s perfect for keeping your face moisturized before you take off, in the middle of your in-flight movie, and after you land.
Full disclosure: I hate skin mists. Miss me with the rosewater sprays and your aloe sprays and whatever else you got. I don’t even really know why I had Tatcha send this to me, but I’m glad I did because I found it to be useful in more ways than I was even expecting.
Last thing: The atomizer itself really does *mist* the moisturizer onto your skin. It’s not going to hit you with a big wet spray, leaving beads of moisture rolling down your face. It evenly distributes a fine layer of product across a good amount of your skin, but its spray is small enough that you’ll hit you and only you when you’re applying, ensuring you won’t bother the passenger next to you, even though they're hogging the arm rest. I know it's a small detail, but when you've made a career out of putting things on your face, it's something you notice.
Okay so good news, this one is under 3.4 ounces and it’s in a plastic container, so it fits the bill for being travel-ready.
I usually use masks to detox my skin and suck all the bad shit out of my pores that my cleansers and exfoliators aren’t getting. I looove a good deep cleansing mask, I love them so much that I often forget you can use them for other purposes, like hydrating!
Listen, I’m not one of the brave ones who will do a face mask on a flight. I already the dude with purple hair and nails, the last thing I want to do is draw more attention. Put me on a private plane and then we’ll talk. Do you mask on flights, or any other public place? Tell me how you do it in the comments and maybe I'll once again throw myself to the wolves and humiliate myself for a beauty article.
The Kate Somerville HydraGel Mask is the mask I use when I’m finally alone at my destination because it works fast and the results are immediate.
It instructs you to cover your face, leave it on for five to ten minutes, and rinse. I leave it on for twenty minutes, but that’s just because I forget about it, though I suppose you can never be too hydrated.
The gel is packed with hyaluronic acid that holds multiple times its weight in water, hitting your face with a ton of moisture as soon as it’s applied. Vitamin C helps energize skin and reduce dark spots. Vitamin A softens and plumps skin, and ginger root extract helps sooth.
Another reason I don’t use hydrating masks is that I usually just fail to see a difference in my skin, and you know us millennials, all about instant gratification, etc. etc. This doesn’t mean they’re not working, but when you use a purifying mask and see it suck out your blackheads and clogged pores, it’s a little underwhelming when you remove a moisturizing masks and your skin just looks like your skin.
The HydraGel mask is a difference you can see, no shit. After wearing this mask for five or ten (or twenty) minutes, my skin looks brighter, a little more lifted, more glow-y, and doesn’t feel tight. I’m the kind of guy who likes to shower the minute he gets off of a plane. I’ll pop out of the shower, pat my face dry, then apply a pump of this. By the time I’ve dried and styled my hair, I’ll rinse it off and boom, I’m good to go.
At 3.3 ounces in a plastic container, this joint is your affordable travel companion that will save your skin real quick.
Glycerine , cocoa butter, and vitamins C and E come together to give you a real dose of hydration and brightening. Gel and cream are suspended together in the tube and mix together as you pump it into your hand. They combine to make a buoyant cream mask that’s light on your skin. You can basically use this one any way you want.
Leave it on for just three minutes OR get a deeper treatment by leaving it on for ten minutes OR apply a thin layer and leave it on overnight. Basically, do you.
The Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask left my skin feeling moisturized and looking very glow-y. All of the places I’d normally apply highlighter were already catching the light, without the rest of my face looking too shiny. This one would be great before makeup, or if you're a little hungover, which I am currently.
This one extra special because it's affordable and available at the drugstore, so if you happen to leave it on your hotel bathroom sink, it won't be a huge loss. Not that you've (I've) ever done that, right?
Okay, I'm traveling a lot more this summer and I want your travel tips for looking the maximum amount of hot with the minimum amount of product (and effort.) Tell me in the comments!
Tynan is hydrated on Twitter @TynanBuck.