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Traveling with only a carry-on suitcase, has really stretched me when it comes to packing efficiently and effectively. But let’s face it, there are just some things that are travel essentials no matter your suitcase size or destination. Your travel skincare routine can and should look the same as when you’re at home!
Despite varying beauty standards in each country I’ve visited there are a handful of travel size beauty products I must have with me. Below is a list and video counterparts of my absolute favorite travel beauty products and travel skincare essentials. Can you say travel + essentials?
*Disclaimer: After a year of consistently using and loving NuSkin products I became a brand distributor. Which means that, at no additional cost to you, if you choose to purchase a product I will receive a small commission. All videos and details below are based on my personal experience and use.
Garnier SkinActive BB Cream
I was in love the moment I first tried the Garnier’s 5-in-1 Miracle Perfector BB Cream. It’s oil free, evens my skin tone and has 15 SPF. I typically use it as my foundation before applying makeup and it’s perfect for my on-the-go personality. It also helps reduce the look of wrinkles while hydrating your skin.
It’s also usually pretty easy to find in stores. I found it in New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam and Switzerland so it can travel with you around the world in the perfect skincare travel set. It’s also pretty affordable around $11-15 in most countries. I consider this a top travel essentials for women.
Size: 3.2 fl oz
Perfect for: evening out skin tone, getting SPF coverage, replacing your foundation
Nu Colour Powerlips
I’ve NEVER been a lipstick girl…. until now. And that’s because I finally found a lip color product that DOESN’T leave my lips feeling dry, sticky or get color on everything my lips touch. Powerlips are my #1 makeup travel essentials!
The Nu Colour Powerlips come in Glossy or Matte, and they are seriously long lasting. I can throw on a shade (or mix and match shades) in the morning, go throughout my day eating, drinking, talking and still see color on my lips at night. Which I then I use a waterproof makeup remover to remove it. You know, just another travel kit essentials.
From Paris to New York City to Seoul– there is a color for every city, every personality and every season. My biggest issue with lipsticks has always been how it made my lips feel dry and the constant need to reapply. But the Powerlips do neither of those things and the featherweight finish has me forgetting I even have it on.
I don’t always wear makeup, but in times when I want to feel more put together I would simply put on mascara. Now I put on my curl & lash mascara AND my powerlips. They’re that GOOD. They are truly the perfect travel size beauty product.
Size: .64 oz
Perfect for: all day lasting color, every color for your mood, mix & match
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ageLoc LumiSpa Essential Kit
This is not the most practical travel skin care essential on the list of travel essentials, but one that I refuse to give up…. and that is my LumiSpa.
It packs on more space than any of the other items in the list, but the benefits are worth it. Through the light facial massage my skin is left feeling smoother and purer, while reducing the appearance of pores. It only takes 2 minutes a day and the charge lasts a long time, so you don’t need to charge it frequently. (I went an entire month without charging and it was still going strong).
There is a reason the Lumispa is the #1 cleansing device in the world and praised by specialists in skin care. Travel shouldn’t put your beauty routine on pause! The Lumispa is especially good if you’ll be traveling somewhere where the climate or air is really different than what you’re used to. It will help keep your skin clean and energized.
In addition, the head is embedded with antimicrobial silver which is more hygienic, less abrasive, and easier to clean than bristle heads commonly found on the market. So another win for including it in your travel bag essentials.
Size: Cleanser = 3.4 oz
Weight: Device = 7.5 oz
Perfect for: face massage, softer/smoother skin, reducing pores, skin cleansing
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LumiSpa IdealEyes Cream
A travel essentials for the plane is the IdealEyes Cream. It’s perfect for long flights or sleepless travel daysm making it my favorite inflight travel essentials. Put the cream and watch it deal with those pesky bags and fine lines around your eyes. It really helps eyes look awake and refreshed while minimizing the appearance of dark circles, puffy eyes, under-eye bags, and tired skin.
I also find it refreshing and it feels good around my eyes as it provides hydration. It’s recommended to use morning and night before putting on your moisturizer. And for even better results you can purchase it with the Lumispa Eye Accent* attachment for a daily 30 second eye massage. (*A Lumispa is not included in the accent bundle and must be purchased separately). The IdealEyes is definitely one of the best beauty travel products and travel carry on essentials.
Size: .5 fl oz
Perfect for: Late nights and early mornings. Stress, age, a busy lifestyle, and sun exposure. All these things can wreak havoc on the skin around your eyes.
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Sunright Insta Glow Tanning Lotion
This was one of the very first Nu Skin products I tried. I met my sister on vacation and kept commenting on how good her tan was! She passed me her tube of Insta Glow Lotion to try and I’ve never turned back!
I’ve used other tanning lotions/foams in the past as well as spray tans and this is honestly the best option I’ve found. It doesn’t have a weird smell, doesn’t turn you orange and it doesn’t stain your hands (seriously!). All you have to do is give it a few minutes to dry and you’re good to go. No showering or washing off required. As it doesn’t come in a carry on friendly size I’ve transferred mine into a carry on travel container.
You can use the tanning lotion on your face as well as your body. I love that it gives me an instant glow no matter where I’ve traveled to or the season in which I’m visiting. If you want a beautiful, golden glow year round this should most certainly be in your travel beauty case.
Size: 4.2 oz
Perfect for: instant bronze tan without the sun, low odor so can wear without showering after, goes on like lotion for streak free tan
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Those are my favorite beauty essentials for travel and that I make sure I pack in my travel beauty kit. I use these products on a regular basis and recommend them to anyone! They really are the best travel essentials to pack.
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Hi Tayler, I’m just wondering if you can bring the lumispa in hand luggage or it have to be in the checked baggage? Hope you answer this question. Thanks!
Hi Rachel – yes, I typically pack my lumispa in my hand luggage. I don’t want to risk that baby getting lost 🙂
You pretty much covered it all! I am definitely going to try some of the recommendations up there..
Awesome! They are all my favorites right now 🙂
Yay! I love BB cream but haven’t tried Garnier’s yet–love that it’s pretty affordable! That spa kit sounds awesome too!
Affordable and easy to find around the world. And yes, the Lumispa Kit is awesome!
Such a fun read! I’ve heard of that brand and will have to check them out. Thank you for all these tips!
I’m happy to answer any questions!
These are great tips!! We both just started getting more into skincare! We will have to check out some of your recommendations for ourselves! Thanks for sharing!
Isn’t it funny how you start getting into something and think- why didn’t I do this sooner?! That’s how I feel about my skincare routine. For the first time I love the ways my skin feels.
A lot of these I’ve never heard before. I would love to try out the instant tanning lotion.
I love it! It works so good. You can use the link in my post or send me an email at email@example.com and I’d be happy to order some for you.