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The 8 Best Face Moisturizers for Travel

It’s almost inevitable, when you are traveling, your skin dries out. Luckily, there is an easy solution for that! Packing some moisturizer will do wonders for your skin while you’re away. We recommend packing it in your carry-on, so you can use it while flying, because there is something about that recycled airplane air that seems to suck every once of moisture out of your skin. Here are our top picks for moisturizers. 

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fresh Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer


We often get caught up in the moment while on vacation, and our beauty routines can fall to the wayside. Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer from fresh is one of the best face moisturizers out there, and will last you seventy-two hours, so if you forget to moisturize for a day or two, it won’t be the end of the world. Not only does it have time-release technology to keep your skin hydrated over seventy-two hours, but it also provides immediate hydration. 

Olay Regenerist Cream


A classic when it comes to face creams, Olay Regenerist is chock-full of ingredients like carob extract and micro-sculpting cream that will remove dead skin cells and give you firmer, younger looking skin.  The perfect no-nonsense, basic moisturizer, no matter what skin type you have. 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask


The name of this moisturizing mask says it all—we can all look a bit haggard when we travel to a new time zone, so stay refreshed with the Jet Lag Mask from Summer Fridays. Don’t be deterred by the term “mask,” there is no need to wash it off! Simply apply, and let it do it’s work, no need to rinse off! 

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30


We love products that let us combine two in one, and this moisturizing lotion from CeraVe is the perfect blend of moisturizer and sun protection. Simply apply to your face before heading out for the day, and you won’t have to worry about putting on sunscreen after the fact—which is ideal when you are on vacation and the weather may change at any moment. The zinc oxide sunscreen gives you UVA/UVB protection, and the Hyaluronic Acid keeps your skin moist. 

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer


Has your skin ever felt so dry you feel like you need to drench it in moisturizer? Look no further than Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer—the name says it all! Made up of 30% hyaluronic acid complex to keep your skin looking fresh, and pentavitin, which will provide up to seventy-two hours of hydration, making the perfect combination for your skin while traveling. 

Lazy Day All in One Moisture Pads

Peach & Lilly

After a long day of sightseeing, sometimes the last thing you want to do is your daily skin care routine. These all-in-one moisture pads from Lazy Day are the answer to your skin’s prayers. Whether you have oily, normal or dry skin, these pads are perfect for you. Vegan, cruelty free, and filled with ingredients that will refresh and revitalize, these pads are like a toner, essence and moisturizer all in one, so you won’t have to worry about bringing three different products while on the road. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost


It’s probably impossible to talk about skin without mentioning Neutrogena. Their Hydro Boost does just that, gives your skin a nice boost when you need it most. The gel moisturizer formula absorbs quickly and locks in moisture, and is oil-free, dye-free, non-comedogenic, and suitable for all skin types. 

LA MER the Moisturizing Soft Cream


If you want to splurge, this moisturizing cream, formulated with miracle broth and lime tea extracts, will leave your skin hydrated, vigorous and feeling younger than it was before. Its lightweight formula is easy to apply, and will keep your skin refreshed. 

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