Not only are beauty editors vastly knowledgeable about beauty products, they also travel often for work and usually have a carefully curated collection of products that have made the cut and deemed worthy of packing into their suitcase or carry-on. And while it might be the equivalent of asking them to choose their favourite child, 100 ML tapped ten Canadian beauty editors to share their current favourite travel-friendly products.
Lesa Hannah, beauty director, FASHION Magazine
Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar with Aloe Vera
It’s one less liquid to travel with and there’s no plastic packaging to feel guilty about. Plus, it still feels luxurious to use, developing into a lovely lather that never feels like it’s stripping my hair.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
I can pretty much get by on any lip balm – save for anything made with petroleum, gah – but if I truly want to feel like I have my ride or die, I need this one with me. Its lanolin-based formula is thick and concentrated so just a tiny dab is all I need so I can sleep at night.
Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20
Obviously I need sunscreen wherever I go, and this one checks all the boxes for me: zinc oxide only, provides a slight tint and is not super greasy
Victoria DiPlacido, beauty director, ELLE Canada
My top priority when travelling is to prevent a face full of acne, so I never, ever travel with face makeup on. (Mascara is OK if you need to look awake, but I prefer eyelash extensions if it’s within my budget.)
Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Pre-flight, I use Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel, then I put on a vitamin C serum, hyaluronic acid serum and sunscreen.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intense Hydration Serum
When I land I wash my face as soon as possible, then do a hydrating sheet mask or slather on five more layers of a hyaluronic acid serum. I’ve been using the Drunk Elephant one lately, but there a billion good ones out there at every price point. I do not do any sort of skincare on the plane. Realistically, there is absolutely no room. (If you are in business class, this is a totally different story). I hate jostling around in my seat. Plus the amount of germs… I avoid touching my face at all costs. If it’s a reaaaally long flight, like eight hours or more, I might aggressively use a face mist.
Lano Lips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Balm
Another key is lip balm and hand cream. I can’t tell you how much I love the original Lano Lips, which I slather everywhere.
Ingrie Williams, beauty & style director, Best Health
Beautycounter One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes
I love to travel with makeup wipes because it eliminates an item from the stress of packing a carry-on baggie of beauty essentials. Seriously, whoever ordained the size of that super small bag did not have beauty priorities in order! I tried these biodegradable wipes recently and was equally impressed by the plush feel of the fiber and the removal ability of the aloe vera-infused concoction.
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
A mist is an on-flight must-have! I love to hit this hydrating spritz because it’s alcohol-free, has a lovely scent of rose, orange and sage waters, plus – and this is important – it exits the luxe glass bottle as an ultra-fine diffusion. The whole experience is very soothing.
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque
TBH, I use this as a cream while flying. It’s loaded with hyaluronic acid, aka it’s ultra-moisturizing, so it plumps and protects against savage cabin air. I love that the gel texture excels at sinking into skin, and on long haul flights I’ll apply a layer every few hours. Then I’ll use it a nightly treatment once I reach my destination.
Katherine Lalancette, acting beauty director, The Kit
A few years ago, I decided to only travel with a carry-on and it completely changed my life. No more arriving early to check my bag or anxiously waiting by the luggage carrousel to spot my luggage… I feel so light, so free!
The biggest challenge, though, has been keeping liquids to a minimum. Enter these nifty alternatives: a powder cleanser (Rodin Olio Lusso Facial Cleansing Powder), toner stick (Milk Makeup Matcha Toner Mini) and solid shampoo and conditioner duo (Unwrapped Life Daytona Travel Set) that have become must-haves in my clear, regulation-size toiletry bag. They never fail to leave my skin and hair softer than a cashmere scarf (oversized to double as a blanket, natch).
Caitlin Agnew, retail and beauty columnist, The Globe and Mail
Céla Essential Face Mist
The head of one of the world’s most beloved French skincare brands once told me that he moisturizes on the plane every two to three hours, and I really took his advice to heart. When I have a flight, I skip any makeup and hydrate like mad, first with a spritz of face mist followed by a moisturizer. Céla’s new mist fits into my carry-on makeup bag (I always use clear toiletries bags so I can find things quickly), smells good and is gentle.
Radford 24K Gold Hydrogel Face Mask
I don’t typically use sheet masks at home but will always throw at least one into my suitcase; they’re super light and don’t count towards my carry-on liquid allowance. After all that stale plane air, wearing one is a great way to treat my skin and also makes for a nice self-care ritual when I’m away from the comforts of home. Victoria Radford’s hydrates and soothes redness, so I’ll usually apply it the evening I land, ideally while soaking in the tub.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk and Walk of Shame
I’m always tempted to pack a lipstick to suit every whim I could potentially experience while I’m away (which is a lot), but have been trying to exercise restraint lately. Choosing between too many lipsticks equals time wasted when you could be out exploring! These two long-lasting shades from jet-set queen Charlotte Tilbury can handle pretty much any situation gracefully, with Pillow Talk being my favourite for day or to wear with a smoky eye and Walk of Shame ideal for after dark, especially when I don’t have a ton of time to zhuzh before heading out.
Wing Sze Tang, founder of FLEETSTREET
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
This OG micellar water comes in a mini bottle, perfect for quickie mid-flight cleansing. If I’m really trying to save space in my carry-on beauty kit, I’ll pre-soak a trip’s worth of cotton rounds and stash them in a Ziploc.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Since I almost never check baggage, I minimize liquids as much as I can. This rice-based exfoliant is a long-time favourite (and comes in travel sizing, too): it’s a powder you mix with a teensy bit of water to make a gently scrubby paste.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Macaroon
I favour an unfussy makeup routine when travelling, and this is as effortless as it gets. It’s super easy to apply (swipe onto lips, blend onto cheeks with fingertips), and the pretty rose shade is classic.
Jill Dunn, co-host of the Breaking Beauty podcast
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
I can’t live without a thorough cleanse when I’m on the road (bye, plane grime) and I swear by the travel-size of Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – it removes everything and isn’t drying. Bonus if I can use in tandem with a black face cloth (I noticed a lot more hotels are providing those) so I don’t feel guilty about mucking up white hotel linens with my long-wear makeup!
Madewell Rosewood Cassis Candle
I always have a travel candle at the ready when I need to hygge a hotel room in a hurry. My new fave is a Rosewood Cassis that my friend Heather gifted me – it’s kind of like you’re in the south of France (even if you find yourself in the frozen Prairies).
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette
I want to reduce makeup bulk so I always have a multi-purpose palette in tow. I love this one from Charlotte Tilbury with 3 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, highlight and bronzer. Sadly, it’s a limited edition (fingers crossed for a re-stock!) but until then, I spied this one from Beauty Pie that looks like a really good dupe.
Emily MacCulloch, contributing beauty & fashion editor, Chatelaine
Klorane Aerosol-Free Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
I’m always on the hunt for an ace dry shampoo since I only wash my hair once a week. This one from Klorane contains their much-loved powder formula in a non-aerosol, recyclable bottle (a must for me). I never travel without it since airplanes always make my hair flat and greasy, even if the flight is only an hour or two. Plus, since it’s non-aerosol, I don’t need to put it in the special carry-on baggie, which frees up more room for other beauty goodies.
RMS Living Luminizer
I’m a big makeup lover and trying to whittle down what I’m going to bring with me when I travel is stressful (sometimes my suitcase is filled with 50% lipstick, no joke). RMS’s Living Luminizer is the perfect travel companion as it does double-duty on cheeks and eyes, and is really all I need to look fresh and put-together. It also saves me from having to pack a big eyeshadow palette.
Biotherm Life Plankton Essence-in-Mask
Hydration is key when travelling (duh) so the moment I’m able to re-up my skin’s moisture levels post-flight I reach for a face mask. I opt for packing sheet masks as they take up so little room in my suitcase and don’t count as a liquid so you can bring as many as you want. This one from Biotherm is made from biodegradable organic cotton and is dripping in life plankton — a hydrating, soothing, radiance-boosting essence that helps my skin recover after a long, drying plane ride.
Julia McEwen, fashion and beauty director, Canadian Living
Getting overwhelmed with beauty products comes with the territory when you’re a beauty editor. Case in point; my purse, desk and gym bag currently house so many products I’d likely have enough merchandise for my very own kiosk at the mall. So when it comes to traveling, especially with a carryon, I’ve learned to channel my inner Marie Kondo.
Avène Soothing Moisture Mask
On long-haul flights the more moisture I can bestow on my already dry skin the better so I focus on my glow and always bring a face mask. I often wear a sheet mask (For Beloved One Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalene Bio-Cellulose is a favourite) but I realize not everyone wants to startle the flight attendants so my other go-to is Avène Soothing Moisture Mask. Usually an hour into a flight I’ll remove my makeup and apply the mask and leave it on for the duration.
Céla Essential Face Mist
Continuing with the hydration theme, I don’t leave home without a facial spray. I skip the mineral water versions (such as Vichy and Evian) and opt for mists that have humectants for the extra boost of moisture. I’m never disappointed with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, especially fond of its 30 mL travel size but recently I flew with Céla’s new face mist and I loved it. I spray it on my face constantly and have been known to share with curious seatmates.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask
Finally, we all know the importance of beauty sleep so after popping a sleeping pill (Donormyl is all I take but you only can get it at French pharmacies) I apply under eye masks and then put my Slip Silk sleep mask on top. I adore Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask – the arnica extract reduces puffiness and inflammation, while hyaluronic acid and dragon’s blood (a resin from danger de drago tree) plumps fine lines.