How To Pack Skincare For Travel? The Ultimate Guide for Ruin-free Travels!

The travel skincare packing regimen? The more challenging part is deciding which skincare products to take and which to leave at home. The hardest one is figuring out how to pack the stuff in a way that allows you an easy carry-on and quick application whenever and wherever you want.

If you’ve never been in practice, you don’t want to leave an item that is a must-have. After all, you have people to meet and places to go. You always want to look gorgeous and feel all-comfy throughout your trips.

It’s not a thing of worry – many of us have been there. The truth is: that packing skincare for traveling is easier than you think. You need to follow this step-by-step, short, and sweet guide, and no one can stop you from receiving compliments on your looks while you’re feeling comfy all day – and night – long throughout your trips!

The highlights of the guide are:

  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines and skincare – The rules may seem strict, but we’ve got the tricks for you!
  • Seven tips on how to pack skincare for travel – This includes packing items that matter the most and packing them in a way that’s compact, secure, and makes pick-and-apply a matter of seconds!
  • Bonus tips on maintaining the health of your skin while traveling – This includes skincare best practices that you can incorporate into your daily traveling move-on.

So, are you ready to lock the zipper with confidence?

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Guidelines & Skincare

TSA is a U.S. government program that allows air travelers deemed low-risk to enjoy an expedited security screening process at U.S. airports. The organization can serve this purpose only when you’re cooperative enough – adhering to rules would determine your convenience levels pre-take off! And you can do that only when you’re following the easy-to-adapt guidelines below:

  • Liquids – You can only bring small amounts of liquids onto planes because liquids are an aviation security risk. The liquid rule applies not only to liquids but also to creams, gels, pastes, and aerosols. You can only take such skincare products on the plane if they’re packed in containers less than or equal to 3.4 ounces (100 ml) inside your one quart-sized carry-on bag. You’ll soon find how we saved your time and effort by finding the TSA-approved skincare traveling bag below.
  • Medically Necessary Skin Care Products – If you have a medical skin condition and taking a specific product is inevitable, you need to tell the security staff at the airport checkpoint about the matter. If you prove a medical prescription for that product(s), then the 3.4 os limit doesn’t apply to you.

Also Read: How to Hide Dark Spots on the Face Naturally

Skincare Packing Tips While Traveling: Complete the Regimen in Just a few Minutes!

1. Replace Liquid Cleanser with a Balm Oil Cleanser

No matter how dear your favorite cleanser (liquid) is to you, it’s likely to cheat you anytime on the way.

The issue isn’t with cleansers themselves. Instead, the bottles they come in are delicate and are prone to breaking with even the slightest pressure. Though taping is a good idea, sometimes, even the best quality tapes fail to stop the liquid from spilling out, or you may often have to take extra time untaping it.

So to make things easier and faster, you need to choose a cleanser with balm oils that is dense enough not to leak out of the bottle and create any mess in the luggage bag.

Never let the misconception bother you – balm oil cleansers aren’t supposed to benefit the dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin types only; instead, they’re as equally servable to all skin types as your specific skin type liquid cleanser is.

Do your research and find the best one that suits your skin type. The brand you love for your liquid cleanser may also have a balm type. Ask them, and you’re on your way to going with confidence!

2. Pre-soak Cotton Pads with Toner

Neither splashes nor certain skincare products are the only instant-refreshing options when traveling. They could demand you put extra time and care into it when used. The worst part, a giant toner bottle can’t be taken onto a plane.

So the best way to make things favorable is to keep the cotton pads pre-soaked with the toner and use one or two whenever you need a quick boost of refreshment!

Remember to lock the soaked pads into a ziplock bag to prevent the toner from evaporating and the nearby stuff from becoming damp.

Finally, we’d love to do you another favor – the cotton pad you pick matters a lot. If the pads cannot absorb too much of the toner, the liquid will spill out easily. The result: the ground and the air will share more, and your face will have less of the toner. That kind of sharing isn’t caring!

So, we did the homework and brought out this 60-count ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads package. The best thing about these pads is that they aren’t designed for the very purpose of soaking the toner/or liquid; they’re designed to be a helping hand of your skin toner and perform a dual action to smooth, resurface, and exfoliate your skin. Formulated with Lactic Acid, Probiotic Ferment Complex, and a measured dose of patented Tri-Enzyme Technology, these pads help reduce the look of dark spots, pores, and uneven skin texture, as well as lift away dead cells and gently exfoliate, leaving the skin looking significantly smoother and brighter.

3. Pack Eye Cream in a Contacts Case

Pollutants, harsh sun, and physical and mental stress, or all of them, can take a more significant toll on your eyes. In such hectic travels, having some eye cream handy becomes crucial. Again, keeping a big bottle in your bag isn’t allowed and is convenient.

The safest and easiest hack is to store the eye cream in an old contact case. The case can reduce the cream quantity enough for 3-4 uses, and it barely takes up any space in your packaging bag.

4. Take Your Lip Care Product

When traveling, a gorgeous – and confident – smile matters a lot, attraction-wise.

Again, the outside environment and climate change can suddenly impact the feel and look of your lips. So you must keep something handy that’s easy to use and offers your lips a boost of freshness and radiance all day long.

If you want something like this and have less space in your bag simultaneously, we brought LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask for you. Packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, Berry Fruit Complex™, Murumuru seed, and Shea butter, this leave-on lip mask delivers intense moisture while you sleep. On getting up, you’ll be astonished to find how smooth your lips have become at first sight and baby-soft on the first touch!

5. Use an Eye Dropper for Your Facial Oil

Like cleansers, most facial oils come in delicate, easily breakable glass bottles. You’ve guessed what would happen if one broke inside your bag.

So having an eye dropper to store the oil is the best idea. Not only does a dropper keep the oil from spilling out, but it also makes product usage more accessible and faster.

You only need to have a watertight dropper so that the oil never spills out, even if it’s squeezed by the stuff around. Another vital thing to remember is that when applying the oil onto the skin, especially on the face, ensure the dropper doesn’t touch your skin as you could contaminate the remaining unused oil in the bottle. As natural microorganisms reside on our skin and sebum is continually produced by our bodies, they could be easily ‘transferred’ onto the tip of the dropper when it touches our face. And when the oil is returned to the dropper bottle, this could affect the remaining unused product.

Though such contamination is not immediately noticeable, the product’s efficacy could be compromised over time.

Hence, we recommend dripping the oil onto your hand and gently applying it on your face using your fingertips. Avoid direct contact with the dropper to prevent any possible contamination. But for those who can skilfully use the dropper over your face without ever touching your skin, kudos to you!

6. Mix Your Serum With Moisturizer

No, mixing both won’t degrade the efficacy of any. It would make for an even better combo and eliminate the effort of putting on your skincare routine while traveling.

7. Self-Tanner For Your Body

Whether you have a beach or not in the area you’re heading to, you can still have an impressive tan.

Even if you find the beach, you don’t need to bake your body in hopes of getting one, or if you don’t, go for the sunless tan. We recommend this sunless self-tanning mousse that offers a natural-looking, gorgeous tan that nobody could ever judge was achieved when the sun was off the scene!

How Should You Store Your Products?

The best way is ‘together’ in a transparent cosmetic hand-carry bag. 

Clear cosmetic bags do you other favors, including being easy to clean and compact. Plus, these bags save you time – instead of digging through your makeup bag to find what you want, you can see everything from the outside to remove what you are searching for. Such bags also make it easier for the security staff to complete their formalities quickly.

But not all transparent bags will do the trick for you. It would help if you had a durable bag that contains enough space to avoid causing your products to become messed up with each other. We recommend this Quart-size, TSA Approved Toiletry Travel Sized Bag that easily stores your products and is easy to carry. Made of 0.5mm thick transparent PVC, this bag makes it easier for the security staff to spot your items quickly. Moreover, the Reinforced seams prevent the bag from splitting easily, effectively reducing the liquids leaking from this bag.

Skincare Tips While Traveling: The Big Difference Makers!

Your smartness and efforts toward packing your skincare for travel aren’t of any use if you don’t follow the tips below:

1. Stay Hydrated

Though this tip goes without saying, you need to focus on internal and external hydration. Your serum-mixed moisturizer and facial oils will keep your skin hydrated only when you stick to the proper skincare hydration routine.

Drink at least 2 liters of water, the minimum requirement for the skin to stay fresh and function well throughout the day. Plus, increase intake of juicy fruits.

Also Read: How To Hide Dark Spots On Your Face Without Makeup

2. Eat Healthy Foods

Unless it’s your cheat day, you’re bound to resist the temptations of eating delicious-looking but unhealthy foods. What’s not good for your body can never be good for your skin!

3. Keep Your Skin Clean

A cleansing session in the morning and one in the evening is a must, especially on humid days. Keep your skin clean throughout the day using your toner or facial mist.

Also Read: How to Take Care of Oily Skin in Winter

4. Wear Sunscreen Religiously

Even if it’s cloudy outside, your skin needs sunscreen protection as the sun is always behind the clouds, throwing UV rays at you.

5. Avoid Touching Your Face

Those repeated throughout the day, Involuntary touches to your skin could mean you are voluntarily fading the products’ effects and inviting many skin conditions.

you have to touch hundreds of objects during your travels, like doorknobs, car keys, grocery carts, etc. These objects contain millions of microbes and potential allergens. These microbes can enter your body through microscopic tears when you rub your eyes or scratch your cheeks.

If you have oily skin, face touching can cause the oil to spread from one part of your face to the other. The act of face touching can also clog your pores, which can lead to an acne breakout.

Also Read: How to Use Fragrance Oil on Skin

6. Focus on Skincare Before and After a Flight, Not During

Aircraft environments are filled with air that lacks moisture. And this dry air causes the water to be pulled out from anywhere and everywhere—and your skin is a prime target.

The urge to want hydration is understandable at this point, but it gets complicated here.

Most beauty products contain humectants like glycerin, butylene glycol, or hyaluronic acid in their formulations. These ingredients attract water from the environment, holding up to a thousand times their weight in water.

In normal circumstances, they pull water from the air into the outermost layer of your skin, giving your skin that juicy feeling of delicious hydration. However, because airplanes are so dry, humectants have the opposite effect, pulling out moisture from your skin into the air instead and leaving you feeling more dehydrated than before. Once you’ve boarded your flight, it’s too late.

Final Thought

Your wonderful trips aren’t without the toll they take on your skin. You may get breakouts, puffy eyes, and dry patches, to name a few. But by adhering to The traveling skincare packing guide above, we’re sure you’ll come back home with the same glow and shine on the skin that you left with. Till then, happy, safe travels!

Also Read: How to Prevent Skin Darkening After Shaving

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