The Best 9 Skincare Face Masks For Travel

the best skincare masks for travelling

These are the best travel skincare masks, to ensure your skin stays soft and smooth no matter where or how far you go.

When travelling, long-haul flights,  hotel air conditioners, shifting time zones and changing water can effect the skin.

Whether you are prepared to mask up pre-flight, in the airport lounge during a stop over or at home, or prefer to reserve it for when you’re relaxing at your destination, here are nine face masks designed to help you detox skin, nourish and hydrate skin and even deeply exfoliate dirt and grime in minutes.

Pre-Flight Travel Skincare Masks:

Heartwood Natural Harmony Royal Treatment Sheet Masks RRP $60 for 4 sheet masks

Infused with nature’s rare and active Indian Sandalwood, these travel skincare sheet masks are designed to calm and brighten the skin, as well as your mind and your senses, making them ideal before a flight.

Sandalwood contains antioxidants and can reduce dryness and replenish moisture into the skin. It can also help increase elasticity. It helps fight free radical formation, critical when exposed to low quality air for long periods of time.

Sheet masks are easy to use either pre-flight, or during a long layover between flights when travelling. 

The scent alone of these sheet masks will help calm your mind and help you prepare for your flight.

Ella Bache Intense Extreme Regeneration Sheet Mask RRP $31 per mask

Designed to instantly plump and enhance moisture absorption in the skin, these travel friendly sheet masks use the super  active ingredients of Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen and Aloe Vera which work together in a powerful synergy to energise and hydrate the skin, resulting in a radiant, softer looking complexion

This skincare face mask is designed to instantly hydrate and plump skin, if you’re in first class in your own cabin and you feel comfortable to use an hour before landing, then do it.

Otherwise it can be used as soon as you get to your hotel to help restore skin to it’s glowing self after a long journey.

Caudalie Vinergetic C+ RRP $48

This detox mask is ideal for using pre-flight at home before your flight. It will prep the skin by detoxing the skin, removing excess dirt and grime, and using coffee and grapes to purify.

It can be used in the airport lounge if needed, however, clay masks can be a little challenging whilst travelling, so best to use pre-flight at home before travel.

Apply to clean skin and let it sit for at least 5-10 minutes before washing off and applying your normal skincare products afterwards.

Habitual Beauty Hydrating Sleep Mask RRP $95

This travel skincare mask works really well if you like to clean any makeup off pre-flight or even during the flight, before the lights go out for sleep and want a moisture infusion straight afterwards. 

After cleansing skin, you apply the Habitual Beauty Hydrating Mask instead of your regular moisturiser for a hydration boost and skin protection against the air conditioner and subsequent dry air.

It contains probiotics, grape skin extract and skin boosting vitamins, all designed to nourish and protect.

A’kin Hydrating, Replenishing Antioxidant Night Cream RRP $34.99

Another rich night cream which is idea for in-flight, is the Hydrating night cream by A’kin. 81% of users have claimed they experienced long-lasting hydration into the next day after applying the night before.

It contains Niacinamide, the new-ish holy grail ingredient for skin hydration, and organic coconut water to help nourish and replenish the skin whilst you sleep.

It also contains green tea and vitamin E which helps to protect skin from free radicals and pollution.

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial RRP $70

Not for everyone, this is a deeply exfoliating face mask, which will require some downtime either at home before your flight, or in the business or first class lounge. bathroom, , as it can be a little messy exfoliating the mask into your skin.

You apply the mask onto clean skin and use your figures to massage deeply until it transforms from its white colour to pink. Then you let it sit for at least 10-15 minutes before washing off. 

The result is a fresh and dewy complexion which is soft and glowing and well cleansed from dead skin cells, dirt, and grime.

Laneige Sleeping Care – Lip Sleeping Mask RRP $31

Your lips could need a little TLC whilst in-flight, and this is a great solution.

This lip mask works like a face night mask. You apply to the lips before sleeping and wake to soft and supple lips worthy of wearing your favourite shade of lipstick for landing.

Luk Beautifood Sweet Dreams Lip Mask️ RRP $29

Made from ingredients good enough to eat, this nourishing lip mask is designed to melt away distressed skin cells and flakes revealing, to reveal supple lips by morning.

It uses volcanic ash to soften lips, apricot oil to rejuvenate, hyaluronic acid to hydrate the lips, and Kaolin clay and Kakadu plum to clarify and provide a healthy dose of antioxidant.

At-hotel Masks:

Dr Barbara Sturm Face Mask RRP $166

This creamy white clay mask provides intensive moisture and hydration, while calming the complexion, making it the ideal way to soothe skin and relieve it from the stress of everyday life in just 10-15 minutes.

It contains aloe vera and chamomile extracts to nourish, calm and provide intensive moisture, and kaolin (China Clay) which helps boost skin’s smoothness to leave it silky-smooth and supple.

It’s loaded with antioxidants, so perfect at the end of the day, when you’ve been out exploring your holiday location and your skin needs a deep cleanse.

Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask with Rosemary and Honey RRP $133

This super luxe black Kaolin clay travel face mask has been infused with skin nurturing botanicals designed to help balance the skin and reduce the sizes of pores. 

If your hotel bathroom has a bath, this is the best mask for relaxing in a hot bath.

This French skincare brand crafted this product in Switzerland from the highest quality ingredients, and the mask works to cleanse away the day, whilst purifying the skin.

Clay masks work best with hot steam, which is why this mask is perfect when you’re taking a bath, as the heat from the bath will help open pores, allowing the nutrients of the mask to soak deep into the pores.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque RRP $58

Be aware this deeply purifying face mask needs a lot of drying time to work its magic on the skin.

It is best used for a night when you are not out too late and opt to get an early night watching an in-house movie or reading a book in bed. 

It’s a white clay mask, sourced from the riverbeds of the Amazon, in Brazil. It’s mineral rich and works to eliminate toxins from the pores, for a deep cleanse. Best kept on the skin for at least 10 minutes so it can work its magic.

Enbacci Detoxifying Clay Deep Clean your Pores Clay Mask RRP $44

Ideal for use right after a long haul flight, to help cleanse away dirt, grime, makeup and anything else stuck in the pores from being stuck inside the plane with air conditioning (or an airport) for long hours.

After cleansing, you apply to the skin and leave on for at least 10-15 minutes to let the mask work it’s magic by helping to detoxify, exfoliate, hydrate and moisturise the skin. Skin will feel soft to the touch after using mask, and simply glows.

Prato Botanico Purifying Face Mask RRP $119

This hyaluronic based travel face mask is made with botanical extracts, hyaluronic acid, Aloe Vera, Sea Fennell, Lavender, and Pomegranate. 

It’s been specially formulated to moisturise, calm, soothe, protect and nourish the skin, whilst purifying cells with the green clay component which also helps to balance skin tone and help keep blemishes at bay.

This luxurious mask is effective at the end of the day to help rebalance skin, especially if you are wearing foundation daily, and have been out in the elements, and skin may be inflamed and irritated after a long day of exploring.

ESMI Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Mask RRP $95

Perfect for sensitive skin, this travel face mask is formulated with charcoal which detoxifies the skin from bad bacteria, kaolin clay which helps sooth irritated skin, bentonite clay which neutralises harmful bacteria on the skin, almond oil which helps heal skin and protect it, and Jojoba seed oil which is incredibly skin repairing.

Inflamed skin can be hard to manage whilst travelling, especially if you are outside all day in the elements, at either end of the temperature scale. Irritated skin can often result in eczema, blemishes, or red spots.

Green clay masks are known for their skin balancing and calming benefits, so this mask is a must for travel. 

It does weigh a bit with its packaging, so you can always scoop some into a travel sized airtight container.

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