The last few months happened to be very intense when it comes to traveling. While I’m super excited to have the opportunity to travel that much, my skin is not happy when I spend so much time up in the air. Luckily, over the years of intense traveling schedule, I came out with a few strategies that help me to minimize the damage. Today, I’m sharing my list of travel skincare essentials that help my skin to look more or less presentable while traveling.
Perhaps, the most important lesson I learned when it comes to travel skincare is that my skin absorbs all sorts of dirt while at the airport and filthy airplanes.
I remember swiping my face with a toner after a flight, and the cotton sponge was so dirty that I decided that I need to incorporate at least one cleanse during the flight. You’ll all agree, though that washing your face in the airplane bathroom is close to impossible. It’s too inconvenient.
These days I’ll just pack a set of cleansing wipes to sanitize my skin during the long flight and call it a day.
Regular makeup wipes will not do the trick, though. You need something with an acid in it to purity the pores and a hydrator to avoid moisture loss.
Lately, I’ve been all about Patchology Clean AF Wipes as these contain all the above (Vitamin B5 as a moisturizer and Folic Acid as clean purifier) and more (for instance, Biotin aka Vitamin B7 that is usually used in supplements to promote skin radiance).
I never wear makeup on the plane, so I’ll just use one wipe to clean my skin before applying toner and a face mask. The formula is designed in a way that your skin doesn’t feel sticky after using these wipes, so you don’t need to wash your face after using them.
Face mists might not be the most neighbor-friendly when it comes to spritzing on the plane, but you should indulge in those in the airplane’s bathroom. I usually bring my travel skincare pouch with me, so I spray my Garnier Rose Mist right after cleansing my skin with a wipe.
By doing so, you restore the pH level of your skin and prepare it for the upcoming treatment. Let’s confess here: I reapply this spray every hour or so as it feels and smells delicious, and I notice the difference when it comes to how hydrated my skin is.
The Lip and Hands Talk
I don’t know about you, but my lips and hands struggle the most when it comes to flying. When it comes to dry hands, it’s easy to figure out the reason. Since you can only find sanitizing hand soap in the airport and airplane bathrooms, no wonder your skin dries off.
To avoid the dry hands’ effect, I make sure to have hand lotion or two on me – and reapply it every time after washing hands.
When it comes to lips, it’s because I’m not drinking enough water while flying. I’m trying to improve, but meanwhile, a great lip balm is a must. If I have to pick just one in-flight lip balm favorite, it would be Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment. It’s super hydrating, not sticky, and comes in cute packaging.
Okay, this last tip might not be for everyone, but there is nothing better for my skin than applying a face mask. Usually, I wait until the plane takes-off and apply either a sheet mask or an overnight mask.
Lately, a few brands came out with a dedicated in-flight leave-on mask (like Volition Beauty JetSet Mask), and these happened to work beautifully for my skin too. These lock in moisture into my skin while on the flight, so by the time the plane lands, my skin feels refreshed.
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I hope you enjoyed learning about my latest in-flight skincare routine. Do you have any travel skincare tips and tricks? Please share these in the comments area below!