After countless flights and trips, I believe I have mastered the art of the carry-on—right down to looking restored and rejuvenated after a flight. So what do I bring with me at all times? Here are my 4 carry-on travel essentials.
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I am a bit of a fanatic when it comes to my in-flight beauty regimen. Traveling constantly alongside recycled air and high altitude on flights means dry skin, cracked lips, and impending breakouts, so it is important that I have my most trustworthy and hydrating products on board with me. After years of traveling, I have finally mastered the step-by-step beauty routine required for both long- and short-haul flights that will ensure you remain fresh-faced from one time zone to the next. Amongst my array of carry-on products, from contact lenses and eye drops to sanitizing wipes and deodorant, come my 4 must-have carry-on travel essentials, including my favorite Zero Chemical Skin Care OY-L.
1. SKIN (& LIP) HYDRATION
My newest beauty discovery is OY-L and it sits in my carry-on bag with me at all times. Launched by Andrea Pierce-Naymon, it is a Zero Chemical Skin Care line. Inspired by her daughter’s sudden unexplained weakness, pain and discomfort, Andrea sought out to create natural beauty solutions without toxic ingredients. She ultimately created beauty without secrets. My story is similar: following an allergic reaction I had to an ingredient in a beauty product in 2015, I became extremely conscious of the products I was putting on my face, hair and body. 2 years later I came across this life-changing brand, OY-L.
Not only is OY-L’s beauty line amazing, but it comes in travel sizes too. My favorite and the one I bring with me on all my trips is the Bon Voyage kit, which features a Manuka Honey Face Wash, Hydrating Facial Mist, and Face Cream.
If you have not washed off your makeup before getting onboard, do so immediately. My go-to is the Manuka Honey Face Wash. Before I get on a flight, I always make sure my skin is purified, cleansed and restored.
Whether you use it in-flight or right before getting off a flight, the Hydrating Facial Mist is the Holy Grail for dull, thirsty skin. The scent? It’s more of a fresh garden than a skin-care product and completely natural! The rosewater stimulates the skin and heightens the blood flow, while the Aloe Vera Juice, Witch Hazel, and Lavender Oil work to regenerate skin and reduce redness. The cherry on top? The Prickly Pear Oil and Abyssinian Oil help stimulate collagen production and maintain moisturized skin.
For eyes and a face that looks awake and hydrated, I slather on OY-L Face Cream rich in age-defying antioxidants that promote skin renewal before and after I land. Carrot and Rosehip oil give it powerful antioxidant properties, while the Avocado, Jojoba and Primrose oil help battle inflammation, bacteria, and dark spots.
Lips are probably the number one casualties on flights. I always make sure my lips stay hydrated with OY-L’s Manuka Latte Lip Balm. On top of the honey’s anti-inflammation properties, the coffee butter helps keep lips highly moisturized and repairs dry skin from harsh elements. My lips have never felt better and more moisturized then when I wear OY-L’s lip balm!
Last but not least, if you feel like you need to hydrate your hands or neck while on flight, I recommend OY-L’s famous Body Butter (I went with the unscented, but their are a variety of scents available). Their high absorption formula quickly enhances your skin’s health and softness helping you stay hydrated throughout your entire flight.
2. BOTTLES OF WATER
One of the most important things to do is to drink lots of water. It will keep your skin looking hydrated and clear when consumed alongside the OY-L Hydrating Facial Mist. I usually purchase water bottles before boarding so I don’t have to keep asking the flight attendant to refill my small airplane cup.
3. EYE MASK
It’s in everyone’s best interest to sleep on flights. In order to get your best quality zzz’s and give your skin time to supercharge with the power of your OY-L ingredients, you will need a silk eye mask. For those of you who believe you don’t need an eye mask to get proper shut-eye, think again. We all know that no matter how dark an airplane gets, dim lights will be on at all times and there will always be someone watching TV or keeping their reading light on. Eye masks function by covering the light receptors within the eyes, which results in a change from the body producing serotonin to melatonin. This helps fortify the body’s defense mechanisms and reduce the chance of health issues. To avoid those unnecessary sleep mask wrinkles, I opt for silk eye masks that are gentle on the delicate skin around the eyes and have been said to improve skin hydration levels. Lastly, silk is a hypoallergenic fabric, which is a plus for people like me with sensitive skin!
4. INFLATABLE TRAVEL NECK PILLOW
If you aren’t lucky enough to get a window seat to rest your head on, you’ll be super thankful for the travel pillow or neck pillow. To avoid a stiff neck and get a better quality sleep, I definitely recommend you invest in one of these neck pillows. It inflates in a couple of breaths, which allows you to customize the firmness. I like neck pillows with an extra bump at the top, so I can turn them to the side and use them like a small side pillow to rest my head on.
If you feel like I’ve given more emphasis to beauty products and sleep than to any other element in my travel essential carry-on guide, then you are right. Hydration is my number one key to looking restored, rejuvenated, and refreshed after landing from a long- or short- haul flight. Followed by some great shut-eye to help the products work their magic.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for OY-L. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
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