6 Face Oils Perfect For Travel

Pack these high-potency skin-savers in your carry-on for flawless skin no matter your locale, or how many hours you didn’t sleep on a plane.


When it comes to your skin, not much wreaks more havoc on it than travel. Temperature changes, humidity differences, and can we say airplane air?! It all chalks up to seriously dry, sensitive and breakout prone skin. One way to curb all of those skin issues is with a moisture-rich, deeply-hydrating face oil. It’s something I swear by when I travel. I use my face oils as moisturizer, day and night (I pat an extra layer on at night), and I even use it on any bit of skin that is dry (i.e. lips, hands, elbows, etc.). If you’re a bit wary of face oils still, I get it. It seems counter intuitive in a lot of ways, but I read this Vogue article a couple of years ago and it got me on the bandwagon. Here are a few of my current faves.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

The ultimate in hydration has to been rosehip seed oil. Full of the vitamins and antioxidants your skin needs to replenish and reduce skin issues like dark spots and aging, this oil is ideal if you’re looking to get your skin back to a youthful glow. It’s also incredible for dry, itchy skin, which can sometimes arise when you’re experiencing different humidity levels.

USE FOR: Dark spot treatment, itchy skin, very dry skin.

Aesop Fabulous Face Oil

I mention this one all the time on my Instagram and other social media accounts. It has seriously transformed my skin and is my day-to-day go-to. This oil not only gives a major hydration boost, but it is also packed with botanicals that help detoxify your skin and decongest it (aka congested skin equals breakouts).

USE FOR: Daily use. This oil is lightweight enough to use every single day to help keep skin full of moisture.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

If you’re even a teensy bit prone to breakouts/it may be that time of the month while you’re travelling, this face oil not only gives your skin the hydration boost it needs, it also disinfects, killing any nasty bacteria that could cause a big ol’ pimple.

USE FOR: Problem skin that needs extra hydration and balancing, or if you have a breakout while travelling.

goop by Juice Beauty Enriching Face Oil
If you’re a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow and her growing goop empire, you’ll likely want to give this a try. But I gave it a go because I’m a fan of Juice Beauty’s organic products. This oil is a bit heavier, and so I save it for use when I’m seriously dry and need hydration stat. It makes tight skin instantly soft and supple.

USE FOR: As an extra hydration boost in your normal moisturizer, or pat on your face midday to keep your sin super soft.

Origins Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Defense Barrier Boosting Essence Oil

Think of this oil like a shield that protects your skin. It forms a barrier between your skin and the pollutants in the air, keeping your glow fresh, smooth and clear.

USE FOR: If you’re travelling to a big city that may be polluted, places that have humid air, and on the airplane (where recycled air is your skin’s worst nightmare!).

One Love Organics Oh Mega Calming Chia Oil

Given the fact that face oils are often very concentrated in vitamins, antioxidants and other botanicals, those with sensitive skin might be nervous about using them. That paired with travel conditions that can make your skin even more sensitive (or make normal skin feel irritated), this calming oil is your secret weapon. Major hydration, but made for those with extremely sensitive, or irritated skin.

USE FOR: Irritated skin, skin that is reacting badly to the new environment and elements, or for those who have sensitive skin in general.