There are plenty of factors that can wreak havoc on the skin from weather changes and eating habits to hormones. One factor we may not realize is travel, air travel in particular. We all know the airport can be an extremely germy place, although that may not be your skin’s number one concern. In fact, the changes in the air can really put your skin through a loop.
Cabin air is very dry, containing significantly lower levels of humidity than regular air. Longer flights especially will leave your skin looking and feeling dull and dry without the proper care. This coupled with forgetting your favorite moisturizer, using hotel beauty products and the stress that often accompanies travelling my have your skin in a whirlwind of trouble.
Basic Travel Skin Care Rules to Follow
Hydration is Key. Cabin air is extremely drying and can be stifling to the skin. Cleansing and hydrating the skin properly will decrease any impact dry air can have on your skin. On especially long flights, you’ll want to refresh and hydrate the skin with light moisturizers. This means using light, hydrating mists and drinking plenty of water. For this, we recommend the Define Beauty Jewel Cream Mist which acts as the perfect mid-day refresher for dry skin.
In with the old, out with the new. One mistake many people make when it comes to travel skin care is buying new products just for travelling. Using new products for this purpose can disrupt your skin care routine and actually cause breakouts. It’s best to stick with your main products and simply downsize using TSA-friendly containers.
Simplify but don’t neglect. When travelling, there are certain products you can go without such as a toner or a facial mask. However, you don’t want to forget your main skin cleanser and moisturizer. These two products are essential in keeping your skin balanced and healthy. Your cleanser will eliminate all dirt and impurities from the skin, while your moisturizer replenishes and protects the skin against dehydration and environmental toxins.
*Pro Tip– If you’d prefer to take a mask with you, we’d recommend using sheet masks which are especially convenient when travelling and are great for hydrating the skin during long flights.
Makeup Wipes. While we don’t recommend using makeup wipes as a substitute for cleansing, they certainly come in handy during those eight hour flights! These are great to use on the plane when your skin begins to feel dry or heavy.
Sunscreen. While it may be convenient to purchase sunscreen when you get to your destination, you’ll want to prep your skin for the flight. Being thousands of feet closer to the sun puts your skin more at risk for sunburn than you were on the ground. You can always shut your window shade, although the person next to you may not. Therefore you’ll want to use the same skin precautions on a flight as you do on the ground.
Don’t leave your treatments. While you can certainly simplify your skin care routine when you travel, there are certain items you won’t want to leave behind. If you use an exfoliating serum or treatment at night, it’s best to keep this with you. These treatments help to unclog the pores, balance and exfoliate the skin. Abrupt disuse of these can cause breakouts, especially for acne-prone skin.
We hope you found some of these travel skin care tips helpful! For more advice on factors that can affect your skin, check out our post on 5 Makeup Mistakes that May Be Affecting Your Skin.