Celebrity Facialists Never Travel Without These Carry-On-Friendly Beauty Staples

With summertime coming to an end, frequent and first-time flyers are making the most of the travel season. For many, traveling by plane is often the least time-consuming option, but like any popular mode of travel, it comes with its own sacrifices. Your already delicate skin is suddenly at the mercy of recycled air, which can deprive it of hydration and nourishment for hours. Yes, accepting a plastic cup or two of water can help combat the environmental aggressors present in the cabin, but taking extra steps to not only bring hydration to your skin but lock it in for the long run can make a major difference in your appearance as your step off of that plane.

We reached out to celebrity facialist Cynthia Maria Crawford and celebrity aesthetician Joshua Ross, two of the industry's most reputable and recognizable skin experts, for their travel skincare recommendations. If this sounds interesting to you, prepare to buckle up and enjoy the rest of your smooth and informative journey to healthy, hydrated skin.


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Cynthia Maria Crawford's Tips + Must-Have Products

The first skincare expert I had the pleasure of connecting with to learn more about the best skincare practices for traveling was celebrity facialist Cynthia Maria Crawford. Her work can be found on the most recognizable faces of Hollywood, including the likes of Olivia Wilde, Barry Keoghan, Jenna Ortega, and Ana de Armas. "Try not to switch up your skincare routine too much while traveling—keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun (even on the airplane)," says Crawford. "Stay hydrated! Drinks lots of water and electrolytes before and drying a trip. Make sure to use products that balance and hydrate your skin. A great cleanser, serum, toner, moisturizer, and SPF is all you need! Keep it simple!"

Discover Crawford's top skincare recommendations below, including a brightening vitamin C eye cream, a refreshing collagen-infused toner, and ultra-hydrating SPF.

Joshua Ross' Tips + Must-Have Products

I also had the opportunity to connect with celebrity aesthetician Joshua Ross of SkinLab in Manhattan Beach, CA, for his advice on putting together the ideal skincare routine for long-haul flights. "My two skincare staples I recommend for clients traveling are always hydration and sun protection," Ross begins. "Changes in climate can wreak havoc on your skin, often leading to dryness, and chances are you will be outside more than you are in your normal day-to-day life." He highlights hyaluronic acid as the biggest player in maintaining your skin's hydration while traveling, recommending two hyaluronic acid-based products that can be layered with others that are deeply moisturizing and fast absorbing. Discover his favorite products below.

More Travel-Friendly Skincare Favorites

1. Caudalíe Grape Water Moisturizing Face Mist

2. RéVive Vitalité Energizing Hydration Mist

3. Tata Harper Bio-Barrier Anti-Aging Eye Crème

4. Caudalíe Vinoperfect Dark Circle Brightening Eye Cream


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5. Violette_FR Dieux Skin Forever Eye Mask

6. Shiseido Benfiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

7. MDSolarSciences Solar Stick SPF40

8. Jane Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33

9. Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

10. Murad Rapid Spot Correcting Serum


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11. EltaMD UV Lip Balm BroadSpectrum SPF 36

12. PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster

13. Dr.Jart+ Dermamask Water Jet Vital Hydra SolutionTM Face Mask

14. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for Parade.com as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, Itsmayalala.com. When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.