WHO’s top travel beauty essentials to keep you glowing on holiday

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Euro-summer season is back for another year, and if you haven’t already been inundated with pics from everyone you’ve ever known visiting some postcard-perfect beach, you (and us) will be dreaming of your next summertime getaway.

As lovers of a bit of holiday self-care, the WHO team have been through many years of trial and error when it comes to perfecting their in-flight and on-the-go travel beauty regime and not to toot our own horns, but we’ve finally mastered the art of compiling a uber-hydrating, breakout-busting, and sun-savvy travel skincare routine.

If you’re stuck on what to pack or just want some carry-on skincare inspo, scroll down to see our top five travel beauty essentials for any holiday.

WHO’s Top 5 Travel Beauty Picks

Ultra Violette Preen Screen Sunscreen Spray on purple gradient background
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Ultra Violette Preen Screen SPF 50 Reapplication Mist

$42.00 at Adore Beauty

If you’re planning on spending the majority of your travel time exploring the outdoors or catching some sun by the beach, sunscreen is the #1 beauty product you should be packing at the top of your travel bag.

While some SPFs can be sticky or make your holiday makeup slip right off, the Ultra Violette Preen Screen Mist is our go-to choice for regular SPF re-application (because yes, you do need to re-apply your sunscreen!)

Formulated with vitamin E, niacinamide, and aloe vera, this skincare-focused sunscreen soothes and nourishes your skin while simultaneously offering SPF 50 protection.* Spray before or after makeup for an added hit of sun protection, or spray onto your part/hairline to save yourself from a burnt summer scalp.

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*Always read the label. Follow directions for use. Avoid prolonged high-risk sun exposure. Re-apply frequently.

COSRX original clear pad on a purple gradient background.
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COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad

$28.21 at Amazon Australia

For those of us with temperamental skin, a long-haul flight almost always guarantees the arrival of a new pimple or two as soon as you reach your destination.

To combat in-flight congestion, the COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad is a great all-in-one toner pad to cleanse, soothe, and minimise the likelihood of any new breakouts. Formulated with willow bark water and tea tree extract for a natural BHA exfoliant, these toner pads are a great way to give your skin a quick hit of calming and clarifying ingredients.

Gentle enough for everyday use, our favourite way to use the One Step Original Clear Pad is as a miniature mid-flight sheet mask, followed by a generous dose of barrier-restorative moisturiser.

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Mediheal Centella Niacin Sheet Mask on purple gradient background.
(Credits: Oz Hair and Beauty)

MEDIHEAL Centella Niacin Ampoule Sheet Mask

$4.50 at Oz Hair and Beauty

Sheet masking on a flight may be slightly embarrassing, but the look of juicy, hydrated skin will be the envy of all your fellow passengers.

Starring their two hero ingredients, centella asiatica and niacinamide, the MEDIHEAL Centella Niacin Ampoule Sheet Mask is a quick and affordable way to add an extra hint of hydration during your travels.

Whether you commit to the full in-flight skincare routine or just want a soothing self-care evening after a day in the sun, this sheet mask is our go-to for dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin that needs some fuss-free TLC.

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amika perk up plus dry shampoo on purple gradient background
(Credits: Sephora Australia)

Amika Perk Up Plus Extended Clean Dry Shampoo

$27.00 at Sephora Australia

We’ve all reached that point on a holiday where the shower pressure just isn’t cutting it for your typical hair-wash routine but fortunately, a spritz of dry shampoo can help prolong the time between washes and keep your hair looking as fresh as day one.

Formulated with a blend of gentle AHA exfoliants and scalp-loving ingredients, the Amika Perk Up Plus Dry Shampoo helps to absorb and minimise the appearance of excess scalp oil while keeping your locks free of sticky product build-up or a powdery white cast.

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revolution clear mini makeup bag on purple gradient background
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Revolution Travel Mini Makeup Bag

$14.00 at ASOS

Whether you’re on a plane or at your hotel, a clear makeup bag is a must-have travel accessory for all skincare fanatics.

Perfect for both TSA and the aesthetic Instagram snaps of your hotel vanity, we love the Revolution Travel Mini Makeup Bag.

Compact enough to fit easily into your carry-on bag, but with enough room to store all your travel-sized essentials for easy access.

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