6 TSA-Approved Beauty Products For Easy Travel
Culling the best beauty products to stash in a carry-on is not for the faint of heart. But when I gave up my apartment, put my things in storage, and agreed to leave New York City and live out of a suitcase for 10 months while traveling the country, I knew I’d have to pare down the trove I consider my everyday beauty essentials.
Packing beauty favorites for a trip can be difficult for anyone, but I am the type of woman who delegates specific cleansers, moisturizers, and oils for morning and nighttime. I use a variety of eye creams for different times of the day. I’ve never fallen asleep without washing and moisturizing my face. Ever.
So I re-assessed, re-packed, and purged, consolidating my beauty routine and developing a new travel strategy. The criteria? Each beauty item must be no larger than 3.4 oz. and it must be useful all day, every day, for a multitude of occasions—whether I’m flying across the country or need a touch-up on the go. Remarkably, it takes little preparation (and only a handful of items) to land at your destination looking bright eyed and ready—if only in appearance—to tackle a new city.
1. The Glow Getter
Clarins Radiance Plus Golden-Glow Booster, $27.77, Amazon
This natural-looking bronzing serum can be mixed with any moisturizer to provide a radiant, sun-kissed glow. At only 0.5 oz., it fits into the corners of your dopp kit and can be used year round. (Fool them into thinking you went to the beach.)
2. The Color Kicker
Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler, $9.99, Amazon
I don’t wear mascara when I travel for fear of reaching eye-rub status before my plane touches the tarmac. Curling lashes—especially without mascara—can brighten your entire face in an instant. I keep a curler in my purse for when my droopy eyes need an extra lift.
5. The Hair Saver
ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray, $22, Space NK
We all know that dry shampoo is a lifesaver, but this travel-sized spray does double duty. Part dry shampoo, part texturizer, it can be used on clean or dirty hair to achieve a look that says, “I just woke up like this. No, really.”
6. (Bonus Pick) The Anti Aging Powerhouse
Immunocologie Travel Set, $145, Immunocologie.com
Make it count. That's how I feel every time I use Immunocologie products. A unique, powerful delivery system deposits the formula layers-deep to help transform skin, quite literally, from the inside out.
Their Super 7 Elixir Serum, made with snail mucin, is one of my all-time favorite serums because my skin is visibly brighter, smoother, and softer after each use. No joke. I think it may be one of the most transformative products on the market. The Essentials Travel set includes this product as well as the Cleansing Lotion and Exfoliating Lotion.
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