If you haven’t gotten the hints by now, I’ve been hinting that I am traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m not ready to reveal where just yet, but it is super exciting and I’m dying to tell you! In honor of college fall breaks and Thanksgiving travels coming up, I’m sharing how to take care of your skin while traveling, flying, or on vacation. Whether it’s the holiday treats, traveling stress, or final exams creeping up on you, your skin can take a toll for the worse which is why it is so important to know how to take care of your skin when life takes over.
My skin gets freaked out when I travel and I’m not sure if it’s because of the airplane, different foods I’m eating, or a different routine. Before we even get to the actual traveling part, lets talk about a few things:
have a skincare routine.
First things first: if you don’t have a skincare routine by now… you need one. Having a skincare routine is crucial to fighting aging, skin cancers, and acne. For a basic skincare routine, all you need is a gentle cleanser, toner, and a light moisturizer with SPF. After you get the hang of a basic routine, you can add a night serum or acne spot treatment if you feel the need. I’ve heard that vitamin C serums are great for every skin type and I’ve used this acne spot treatment for years now and I still recommend it to everyone! I’ll make a post all about my morning skincare routine soon, but for now, read my nightly skincare routine to see all of the products I’m currently using.
invest in travel sized products.
Before you even start packing for your trip, think about what skincare products you can’t live without and either decant them into travel sized bottles or purchase your holy grail products in prepackaged travel sizes. This Clinique gift set comes with three full sized products and three travel sized ones. I’ve used this set forever now and it’s still my favorite. You can also purchase these products separately if you wish. Personally, I just buy my skincare products in travel sized containers because it’s more convenient for me and saves me time, but feel free to do as you wish.
the night before.
The night before traveling it’s crucial to prep your skin by exfoliating and hydrating. the night before your flight exfoliate your skin with an exfoliating wash or mask. (I recommend the Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub. It uses rice granules instead of micro-beads so it isn’t harming the environment. It’s also fragrance free to avoid skin irritation.) After you have finished exfoliating, follow up with your typical skincare routine.
the morning before.
The morning before your flight is the perfect time to lock in moisture and hydrate your skin. I like to use a hydrating mask like the Garnier Moisture Bomb sheet mask or the Neutrogena Hydro Boost sheet mask. I prefer sheet masks over traditional ones because I can multitask and I can also bring one to do on the plane. Both of these masks are super hydrating and leave your skin refreshed and nourished!
My number one recommendation: if you can, avoid wearing makeup on the plane. Makeup can clog your pores and the air is super dry on an airplane which can cause breakouts. If you have a meeting or have plans after you land, bring a small makeup bag (I’m obsessed with this one) with your makeup basics along with a cleanser and moisturizer to apply in the airplane bathroom before landing!
Since the air is so drying on airplanes, it’s important to retain skin’s moisture, and there’s no better way to do so than with a facial oil. This Drunk Elephant marula oil is the one and only facial oil I’ve ever tried and it will aid in avoiding dehydration on the plane. I apply a few drops before the flight. (I have combination/dry skin so I apply 3 drops every hour on the flight but for oily skin I’s only apply 2 drops.)
Once you get to your destination, be sure to take extra care of your skin the first night. I like to exfoliate again and apply a mixture of the marula oil and a good moisturizer. I stick to my usual moisturizer which is the Clinique Moisturizing Lotion+. I don’t use a bunch of different products because of my sensitive and acne prone skin. If I feel the need I will also use another sheet mask that night too.
It’s so important to drink tons of water while traveling to avoid breakouts and keep your skin hydrated. Water really does wonders for your body and skin and when you’re traveling, take all of the moisture and hydration you can get! Don’t forget to take care of the rest of your skin while traveling: use body lotion daily, apply hand cream on the plane and before bed, (this Neutrogena one is my favorite and can be used on your knees, elbows, and lips too!) and always bring lip balm. (Extremely obsessed with this Burt’s Bees one!) There’s nothing worse than dry, chapped lips!
Whether you have dry or oily skin, hydration is crucial to maintaining your skin’s balance. Even oily skin can suffer from traveling due to producing more oil in order to overcompensate from moisture loss. With dry skin, moisture loss can cause skin flakes, painful breakouts, and cracked skin. Be sure to follow these steps to keep your skin happy and hydrated!
Do you have any tricks for taking care of your skin when traveling? Let me know them in the comments! Follow along @everyday_elizabeth_ for more fashion, beauty, and lifestyle inspiration.