This Cure-all Serum Kept My Skin Hydrated From Palm Springs to the Egyptian Desert
The biggest skincare challenge when traveling, for me, is keeping my skin hydrated. Flying — whether it’s an hour-long flight up the coast or a 12-hour flight from LA to Sydney — dries my skin out phenomenally. And that’s not surprising, seeing as it’s roughly the equivalent of putting your skin in a vacuum-sealed container for the night.
Of course, if you’re traveling to a temperate climate — say, Santa Barbara — your skin has a great shot at recovering its moisture post-flight. However, I’ve traveled exclusively to deserts recently (namely, Palm Springs and then Egypt), which is as dehydrating to your face as a region can possibly be. And it’s not just the dry, desert vacations that really make your skin yearn for nutrients and hydration. Cold-weather vacations do it, too.
The trick is, of course, traveling with something that’s small enough to keep in your carry-on, but packs enough of a nutritional punch to breathe life back into your dehydrated skin. When I’m at home, I have a very trusted skincare army to handle any issue under the sun. But when on the road, I need one cure-all product so I’m not toting 18 products onto my flight.
I rely completely on Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra serum. Their B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum has a hefty dose of vitamin B and pineapple ceramide, and not only does it sink in quickly, but your skin literally drinks it up and is smoothed and replenished as a result.
Their travel size — which is .27 ounces, or 8 mL — is sold in Drunk Elephant’s The Littles kit, and their Rise + Glow Brightening Duo. I always buy the Rise+Glow duo, so for $23 on Sephora.com, I’ll get the travel-size B-Hydra, and a travel-size of Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum. (Their vitamin-C serum has a noticeable brightening effect, so I often mix it in with my daily SPF.)
To buy: sephora.com, $52
I’m all about the clean skincare trend, mainly because I really do think the all-natural products absorb into my skin better. The Drunk Elephant line, while pricey, is full of biocompatible ingredients and devoid of silicones, fragrances, and dyes, among other harmful ingredients. Further, from a budgeting perspective, B-Hydra is one of the more affordable Drunk Elephant products, which is just another reason it’s the unsung hero of the line, especially if you’re constantly traveling and in need of deep skin hydration.