Pack these travel beauty products in your suitcase and you’ll be ready for everything your destination throws at you. Discover 2015’s best travel beauty products that are quick to use, keep you looking refreshed as you travel and are packed with powerful, beauty-enhancing benefits. For each beauty category we’ve listed a department store pick and a drugstore pick allowing you to select the best option to suit your budget. Plus, every product on our list has been tested and tried in the field. Discover the best sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizer, and much more in this 50 Best Travel Beauty Products list.
2015 Best Travel Beauty Products
Best Travel Face Cleanser
Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths
Wash and hydrate your face in seconds with these easy to tote, skin-brightening cloths. Each cloth is packed with vitamin C and Coq10 that melts into skin as you remove makeup, oil and dirt with a few swipes. Skin feels fresh and no residue is left behind. The Clean Truth cloths result in a balanced complexion, won’t cause breakouts and never dehydrate skin. The cloths are also large enough for a quick body rubdown if needed. They are packaged in a cleverly re-sealable pouch and won’t dry out on even the longest trip. The best part? They smell like Smarties candy.
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Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleansing Wipes – Price: $15.00
Paraben and sulfate free, this skin-calming and softening formula removes makeup with ease.
Olay Wet Cleansing Towels for Sensitive Skin – Price: $4.99
The sensitive skin formula is best for balancing out dehydration from air travel and helps keep your skin in check when encountering environmental toxins. Travel Tip: If you choose this option, stow the container in a Ziploc bag for the duration of your trip to prevent any moisture loss.
Best Travel Lip Balm
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Lip Treatment
Combat chapped lips for good with this long-lasting, eight-hour lip treatment. A little goes a long way because the gel texture works quickly to increase circulation to the lips for a healthy glow − without any of the burning commonly found in lip-plumping formulas. It also nourishes delicate lip tissue over time to restore the natural moisture barrier leaving you without the need to reach for lip balm repeatedly throughout the day. This treatment is also packed with antioxidants and amino acids that guard against free-radicals and UV rays. Best of all, it’s paraben-free.
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Dior Crème De Rose Lip Balm – Price: $28.00
Soothing, calming and one of those products you will buy again and again because it delivers beautifully soft lips with a delicate rose petal scent.
Rosebud Perfume Co., Rosebud Salve – Price: $6.00
Gives a beautiful, healthy-looking pink cast to the lips that will have you looking natural yet polished all at the same time. Not overly greasy or goopy, it goes on easily with the dab of a finger and protects lips from drying out.
Algenist Complete Renewal Eye Balm
This eye balm combats dehydration like nothing else on the market leaving they eye area looking so youthful, you may find yourself doing a double-take in the mirror. It is also one of the very few to keep it’s promise not to irritate sensitive eyes should some drift during the day − as eye cream in the real world usually does. This product is potent, so the tiniest dab covers the eye area completely, knocking out puffiness, increasing circulation to banish dark circles and moisturizing deeply for an alert, youthful appearance. Over time, the Alguronic Acid in this product will also help prevent the signs of aging.
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Dior Hydra Life Pro Youth Sorbet Eye Cream – Price: $56.00
This gel sorbet formula will rapidly banish under eye swelling, hydrate the delicate eye area without any greasy residue and keep dark circles thoroughly in check.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Eye Cream – Price: $18.99
Packed with deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid, this new gel cream from Neutrogena is formulated to compete with department store brands. It proves comfortable for sensitive eyes, and fills in dehydrated areas resulting in a smoother eye contour.
Best Travel Supercharge Face Mask
Boacia Super-Charge Overnight Moisture
Long days, late nights, new climates, decadent food and more can all contribute to dull skin when you travel. This is why an overnight face mask is just the trick to help keep your skin in check. Quick to use and without fear of causing breakouts, you simply wash your face, apply a thin layer of product and head off to La La Land. You’ll wake with fine lines banished, skin hydrated, glowing and ready to take on the days adventure.
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AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleep Recovery Mask – Price: $60.00
Works just like the Boacia mask above and is also non-comedogenic, however this product is better for aging or more dehydrated skin because it targets fine lines more deeply. With this overnight boost, you’ll wake up rosy-cheeked with an even skin texture.
Neutrogena Lite Night Cream – Price: $11.99
This simple, no-frills night cream will double the moisture level in skin for up to eight hours. It’s fine to use on sensitive complexions too and won’t clog pores. Best of all, it’s an inexpensive way to pack a surge of rescue moisture in your bag for those just incase scenarios.
Best Travel Exfoliator for Face
If you get just one thing on this list, this is the one. Exfolikate is the only product on the market that truly delivers spa facial results at home in less than a minute. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not. Exfolikate banishes every flake, blackhead and dead skin cell better than any other product in this category with powerful fruit enzymes. Yes, you may be red for up to 30 minutes after use, but you’ll glow for days with just one treatment. Don’t be put off thinking this product is harsh, because it’s not. Exfolikate lets skin breath by removing all the dead debris blocking your natural radiance. Your skin will feel soft, your products will penetrate more deeply and you’ll quickly be a devotee. Here’s a hot tip, the 2 oz tube sells for a whopping $85.00, but there is a small 0.5 oz travel tube that retails for $22.00 and that’s the one you want. This product is so powerful that a nickel-sized dollop will treat your entire face, and the travel tube is guaranteed to last throughout your trip and well beyond.
Price: $22.00 for 5 oz
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GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate – Price: $19.00 for 0.5 oz
Technically an exfoliating mud, GlamGlow will leave behind a beautifully soft, smooth canvas for your makeup.
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub – Price: $6.99
You have to be careful with drugstore exfoliators because many of them actually microscopically abrade your skin, which is fertile ground for bacteria-causing breakouts. This scrub by Aveno is one of the most gentle of the lot. It’s also packed with vitamin C which is a great way to calm stressed skin.
Best Travel Face Moisturizer
Sephora Collection, Instant Moisturizer
A great moisturizer usually costs upwards of $100.00, so when you find one that competes in the Big Leagues for less than $25.00, it’s something to get excited about. Especially when you want to put more of your hard-earned money toward travel. This moisturizing cream does not feel heavy, yet it penetrates deep to deliver sustained hydration throughout the day and keeps skin nicely balanced. Suitable for any skin type, it won’t cause breakouts on oily skin, won’t irritate sensitive skin, and deeply hydrates even the flakiest of dry skin. Light-reflecting pigments in the cream quickly lift travel-weary complexions to a healthy radiance, plus this cream delivers instant improvements in skin tone and texture. As a bonus, it blocks environmental toxins and like any good moisturizer is paraben-free.
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Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Energizing Oxygen Gel Cream – Price: $37.00
Moisturizer in a gel-suspension is always great to keep skin in check when switching climates during travel. This product delivers oxygen deep into the skin, leaving it full of clean-feeling moisture that lasts and lasts. Get ready for glorious skin all day long with this pick.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion – Price: $10.80
Every dermatologist will tell you that this no-nonsense moisturizer gets the job done to maintain optimal skin health. If you find yourself on a tight budget, be secure in the fact that this one does just that. The non-greasy formula feels lightweight and leaves skin feeling fresh and moisturized for hours – even after harsh, tropical sun.
Best Travel Sunscreen for Face
Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense SPF 50
Travel is great, but what’s not so good is coming home with your face looking like the wrong side of a horse saddle. That’s why when it comes to sunscreen, you can’t ever go wrong by bumping up the SPF. Algenist’s Ultra Lightweight sunscreen formula outperforms other department store brands while keeping the price low in comparison. It rockets broad-spectrum protection up to 50 SPF, injects healing Alguronic Acid into the skin for anti-aging benefits and contains zero sulfates or parabens. This totally weightless sunscreen also won’t mess up your makeup when traveling because it was designed to be worn over or under any other cosmetic product. Either way, you’ll never know it’s there.
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Murad Essential C SPF 30 – Price: $60.00
This vitamin C infused formula protects from aging UVA and UVB rays, plus works overtime to repair existing skin damage and improve elasticity. So gentile you can even use it around your eyes without any irritation.
Murad also makes a product called Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30 that works like the sunscreen above with the added benefit of a primer that blurs skin imperfections. – Price: $65.00
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 30 – Price: $9.50 (SPF 50 also available)
This has been around for many years, but is still a fan favorite and with good reason. Unlike most drugstore sunscreens on the market, this truly feels weightless and does not smother pores or cause skin congestion. It won’t run or sweat into eyes and is completely dry to the touch after application. Most importantly, it gives broad-spectrum protection for both UVA and UVB rays. Best of all, it’s as good or better than most department store sunscreens.