It can be hard enough to find a skincare regime that works for you in general, let alone one that you can travel with. Between airport regulations on what you can and can’t pack to trying to preserve as much space in your toiletry bag as possible, curating a travel skincare routine can be challenging, but not impossible. That’s why we tapped the experts on the subject, a.k.a. licensed dermatologists and aestheticians, to share some insight on what’s worth packing and leaving at home to get your routine ready for travel. 

Complete with an sunscreen that can do double duty and a facial cleansing bar that’ll not only cleanse, but control puffiness from long flights, this list features the 11 best skincare and beauty picks, hand-selected by dermatologists themselves. Better yet, prices start at just $7, so curating the perfect travel skincare stash is just a budget-friendly scroll away.   

Carbon Theory Labs Vitamin C and Caffeine Facial Cleansing Bar 


Dr. Nava Greenfield is a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist that recommends travelers to “prioritize the basics and prescriptions. Don’t pack the exfoliators that you use one to two times weekly, don’t pack the eye cream that takes up room but only requires one pin drop size when applying.” 

As for her go-to skincare product, she loves this vitamin C and caffeine cleansing bar that “works to control the under-eye puffiness that can occur from flights and lack of sleep, and also as an antioxidant cleanser. This comes in a resealable bag, which is perfect for the hotel and then to bring back home to use again for the next trip.”

Ren Skincare Mini Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream

Ren Skincare

Dr. Greenfield also suggests leaving behind your “large fluid moisturizer and cleanser that can’t go on the carry-on.” She continued, “Skip the morning antioxidant serum that also needs to be checked. Instead, pack travel-sized products that accomplish multiple functions in one.” 

So, what does she pack when her skin needs a little extra hydration and nourishment post-flight? Dr. Greenfield told Travel + Leisure that she’s a fan of Ren Clean Skincare because of the brand’s toxin-free products, which are not only clean for your skin, but also for the planet. Snag this powerful balmy moisturizer, which is formulated with soothing and reparative ingredients to keep your skin relaxed and free of redness ,irritation, and dryness when you’re traveling.  

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser Travel Size


Although many hotels come equipped with their own toiletries, these products don’t always cater to every skin type or your complexion’s unique concerns. In a TikTok video, dermatologist Dr. Andrea Suarez bluntly shared that “hotel toiletries are horrible” and implored her followers to ” do yourself a favor and pack a hydrating facial cleanser,” this way you can ensure that you’re effectively washing your face without stripping or disturbing your skin barrier. 

Her top pick is the incredibly popular and travel-sized Hydrating Facial Cleanser from CeraVe, which is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. It features skin barrier-strengthening ceramides and hyaluronic acid to restore moisture after cleansing, so your skin will never feel tight or look red after using it. 

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Two-Pack


In that same video, Dr. Suarez also recommended snagging a travel-sized version of Aquaphor to fend away cracked heels, chafing, and, of course, chapped lips. At just a quarter of an ounce, this versatile travel superstar will take you far, and save precious toiletry bag space in the process. Leave your lip balm, foot ointments, and chafing creams at home in lieu of this convenient, effective product. It can also come in handy for minor injuries and sunburns with its healing properties, and even double as a dewy highlighter when applied to your cheekbones. 

Murad Multi-Vitamin Clear Coat SPF 50


According to dermatologist Dr. Tia Paul, “It’s essential to take care of your skin, considering factors like sun exposure, changes in climate, and environmental stressors.” This is especially true during the warm-weather travel seasons, which is why she wholeheartedly believes that the most important skincare product is sunscreen. 

Need help picking a new, do-it-all SPF? Dr. Paul loves the Murad Multi-Vitamin Clear Coat SPF 50 that has a clear, gel-based formula that “doesn’t just offer UVA/UVB protection, but it also has antioxidant such as vitamins C, D, E, and F to help prevent the early signs of aging that can be caused by sun damage.”

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum 


Between the stale air of flights and the stress of long travel days, the skin can become incredibly dry and irritated. To keep your skin plump and hydrated, New York-based dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Bauer suggests packing a hyaluronic serum for a daily boost of moisture. 

His go-to is the La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum because it “combines various humectants in one product. It helps hydrate and plump the skin with hyaluronic acid, dimethicone and vitamin B5 — the perfect all-in-one serum for your next excursion.”

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50


Nurse practitioner and founder of Destination Aesthetics Medical Spa Dr. Shawna Chrisman travels a lot for both work and pleasure, and if there’s one thing that you can bet always stays in her travel bag, it’s her Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50. The genius two-in-one product is both your powder compact and sunscreen with its color-correcting, oil-absorbing, and broad-spectrum SPF 50 technology. 

“Even on the airplane your skin can be exposed to sunlight so it’s important to reapply. This powder, all-mineral sunscreen breezes through TSA and goes on easily over my makeup for all-day, on-the-go, reapplication.” 

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35


Dr. Chrisman also advocates for travelers to pack products that do more than just one thing, which is why she’s also a fan of the brand’s Total Eye Renewal Therapy SPF 35, a three-in-one tinted eye cream that conceals dark circles, reduces puffiness, and protects the sensitive under-eyes from the sun with its SPF 35 formula. 

“This product allows me to streamline my eye routine because it is a treatment serum, mineral SPF for the eyes, and concealer all in one product. The cooling applicator feels amazing on tired eyes and it helps depuff and make me look like I got eight hours of rest, even after a red-eye.”

RoC Retinol Anti-Aging Wrinkle Night Serum


Dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah (otherwise known as the @dermdoctor) has accrued a massive following on TikTok thanks to his helpful skincare advice and tips. I’m one of his 18 million followers, and I recently came across a video of his where he recommends these genius retinol capsules from RoC that he dubs “perfect for travel.” 

He went on to explain that you only need to use one capsule at night and that the formula is packed with incredibly potent anti-aging ingredients (retinol is great for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and more). They’re also incredibly travel-friendly as well. Snag a pack for half off at Amazon.

Mrsdry Travel Toiletry Bottles


Stocking up on travel-sized versions of your favorite products is undoubtedly convenient if you’re packing for a last-minute trip, but if you want to save money and space, Dr. Shah also urged viewers to purchase travel toiletry bottles or pouches to fill up with their go-to products. 

If you have sensitive skin and like to stick to a routine, this is a smart way to get the most out of your trip, and products. Plus, this specific set from Mrsdry is on sale for just $8 today if you want to kickstart curating your perfect travel skincare regime. 

Mirabella Defense CC Cream


Licensed aesthetician Serynne Evans Atwell, who is an in-house aesthetician and education lead at Mirabella, recommends paying extra close attention to your skin during transitional seasons and times when it’s put under stress (particularly during travel). As such, she recommends packing Mirabella’s Defense CC Crème Foundation because it’s a true “M.V.P. skincare and makeup essential for pulling double duty while traveling.” 

She went on to explain, “Infused with skin-loving ingredients, this multitasking wonder not only perfects and renews the skin’s appearance but also provides mineral-based sun protection equivalent to SPF 20, guarding against harmful UV rays. As you apply, vitamin E beads burst onto the skin, imparting a luxurious feel and creamy consistency that blends effortlessly to a natural finish.” Other key ingredients include bamboo extract, lavender, avocado oil, and rosemary to soothe, moisturize, and protect the skin, while salicylic acid keeps oil and breakouts at bay. 

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