Your flights are booked, bags are packed, and you’re ready to enter out-of-office mode stat. But just when you thought your vacay plans were going smoothly, you’re asked to toss your full-sized (not to mention expensive) cleanser straight into the garbage because it doesn’t follow TSA guidelines. As if perfecting your skincare routine wasn’t already hard enough, now you have to try and pack it down into a few 3.4 oz bottles? Okay, so this may not be a new rule or anything, but we can all be forgetful sometimes. Let us spare you the pain and suffering next time you head through the mile-long security line with the following algorithm-approved list. Below, we’ve gathered a selection of essential, top-rated products perfect for tossing in your carry-on. From pressed serums and sunscreens to conveniently-packaged face masks, the following selection is a lot more fun than the one you’ll find in the trial-size aisle at your local drugstore. Before your next flight, be sure to scroll through the following list and snag the Top 10 TSA-approved skincare essentials below. Opening image: @julepbeauty
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March 13, 2019
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Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels
BEST EYE TREATMENT
BEST FOR: Depuffing, hydrating, and brightening those post-flight eyes
FROM THE EXPERTS: In a single five-minute-use study, 100% of participants said their tired eyes appeared awakened, revived, and revitalized.
Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum
WHAT IT DOES: Milk Makeup takes the guesswork out of traveling with serums with this on-the-go solid formula that evens skin tone, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and boosts skin’s glow—all while smelling like fresh watermelon.
USERS SAID: “This is a 100% winner! I love how it sinks right in my skin and it works great layered with my other skincare products whether I use it under or over them. I especially love that it's fragrance-free because I have so many allergies. “
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
LOVED FOR: The unique powder formula that’s incredibly gentle on all skin types—even sensitive!
HELPFUL TIP: Be sure to massage into skin for a full minute so the product can fully work its magic.
Glam Up Sheet Masks
BEST FACE MASK
WHY YOU NEED IT: Our skin can be unpredictable, especially when we’re on the go. With this mask combo in your carry-on, you’ll always be ready to fight any skin issue, from acne and redness to dullness and dryness.
HELPFUL TIP: Keep your sheet masks in the fridge for an extra refreshing feel.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil
BEST MULTITASKING MOISTURIZER
USERS SAID: “No lie: Every time I apply this nourishing oil onto my skin, my face instantly feels so bouncy and pillow-soft. The formula restores elasticity and instantly brightens the overall look of my skin. And it stays like this for hours.”
HELPFUL TIP: Use it as a foundation primer for smoother application and major glow.
Supergoop! Glow Stick Sunscreen SPF 50
WHAT IT DOES: This do-it-all sunscreen not only offers broad-spectrum UV protection, but also functions as a highlighter, hydrator, and glow booster.
USERS SAID: “The only holy grail *ever* for me was Chanel’s Instant Lash mascara—until today. I love this sunscreen. [...] There is no scent, no tackiness—just a super light balm that covers your face in seconds. It leaves a light sheen but it looks healthy and it works well under my liquid foundation and on my combination skin.”
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel
BEST FACIAL TREATMENT
BEST FOR: Improving texture and diminishing fine lines while on the fly.
HELPFUL TIP: Be sure to stick with it—it will take a few weeks to see visible changes, but the results are so worth it.
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
BEST FOR: Diminishing pores, fine lines, and imperfections for the perfect pre-makeup canvas, plus its solid formula makes this product the perfect travel companion!
FUN FACT: This unique primer provides a protective barrier between skin and makeup to help prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
Neutrogena Hydrating Makeup Remover Facial Cleansing Wipes
BEST MAKEUP REMOVER
LOVED FOR: While many makeup wipes only claim to get your skin totally clean, these actually do. We’re talking dirt, oil, makeup, and even your dreaded waterproof mascara.
FUN FACT: Packed with skin-soothing cucumber and aloe extract, these makeup wipes not only clean your skin but leave it moisturized and silky smooth, too.
Julep Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Balm Stick
BEST FOR: Clearing your complexion
WHY YOU NEED IT: Because cleanser is quite possibly one of the hardest and most annoying things to travel with, and Julep packed it into a handy and cute little stick perfect for your carry-on.
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