With holidays around the corner, you may find yourself booking tickets and making travel plans. Whether you’re visiting family or vacationing to a tropical retreat, it’s important to take care of your skin and maintain a balanced skincare regiment when changing your regular schedules and time zones.
I love to travel, but I absolutely detest packing. I tend to leave the dreaded task to the last possible second, then find myself haphazardly throwing random items into my suitcase until my luggage is bursting with excess clothes— and yet I still manage to forget critical items, like socks, a toothbrush, or *gasp* my face creams.
If you’re anything like me, planning in advance is necessary to ensure you have everything you need when traveling—and this is especially true when it comes to in-flight skincare. To make your upcoming travels stress-free, I put together an easy list of skincare essentials and beauty hacks for flying, so you can hop off the plane and proceed to your destination feeling confident in your skin!
Not to freak out any germaphobes, but being in close quarters with dozens of other passengers can expose you and your skin to a range of bacteria, fungi, and viruses from the air. These germs can cause breakouts, and it’s no fun starting out your vacation stressing over a pimple. I recommend bringing a mini version of the face wash you regularly use, so you already know how your skin reacts to the product. Face wipes are another viable option, as they’re light and easy to take on-board a flight- however, they may not cleanse your skin as thoroughly as a face wash.
Applying tea tree oil to your face at the start of your flight is another effective way to protect your skin from breakouts. Tea tree oil is a natural oil with anti-inflammatory and antibacterialproperties, healing existing blemishes and killing off germs to prevent future breakouts. Before using tea tree oil on your face, test out a small sample patch on your arm to make sure it doesn’t cause irritation.
On the same note, by touching objects on the plane with your hands (especially your seatbelt!) then touching your face, you are putting your skin in direct contact with germs and in danger of post-plane breakouts. To prevent this, make sure to wash your hands during your flight, and it’s always safe to throw hand sanitizer into your carry-on.
Exposure to airplane germs can cause breakouts, but it can also make you sick. To stay healthy and ensure that your vacation can be an opportunity to relax - without a running nose or ceaseless cough - pop an airborne before boarding your flight. Airborne tablets contain vitamins, minerals, and herbs that boost your immune system, protecting you from the sneezing passenger to your left, and any other airplane germs.
Flying is known to dehydrate and dry out your skin, due to the high altitudes and low humidity levels. That being said, I advise going great lengths to keep your skin hydrated and maintain your glowing complexion. Leave room for a travel-sized serum or lotion and your favorite chapstick to avoid dry skin and chapped lips. Argan oil, an essential oil that nourishes your skin and regulates natural oils, is the perfect way to stay moisturized throughout the flight. Apply argan oil to your skin and lips for a radiant and hydrated look!
What’s another simple way to maintain your skin’s hydration? Drinking lots of water! Buy water before boarding your flight, or bring a reusable water bottle that you can refill once you’re through security. For increased hydration, you can also try mixing a water booster into your drink. Water boosters, like Hydrant, contain electrolytes and nutrients that help your cells absorb water more rapidly, replenishing your skin’s hydration.
If I have space, I always throw in a sheet mask and mini face mist for during the flight. Their hydrating effects leave your skin feeling dewy and refreshed. Look for products containingessential oils, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid to moisturize your skin.
Whether or not face mists and sheet masks are valuable to bring on planes is up for debate. Although these products often have moisturizing ingredients that should have hydrating effects on your skin, some dermatologists argue that the high altitudes and lack of humidity cancel out these skincare benefits.
Even though you’re in the air, sunscreen is still important when flying. Although you’re technically inside, higher altitudes bring you closer to the sun, leading to increased sun exposure. Use a mini sunblock or face powder with SPF to protect your skin from UV rays!
Looking for a natural substitute for drug-store sunscreen? Marula oil, a lightweight natural oil, works as an effective sunblock as it’s powerful antioxidants (VItamins E and C) shield against the sun and prevent sun damage.
Getting enough sleep while traveling is essential for maintaining your skin’s natural glow. Chamomile oil is known for its calming effects, and studies have found that it helps promote sleep. For longer flights, I bring a lotion or body mist containing chamomile oil to relieve stress and help get some much-needed beauty rest.
Most experts advise against wearing a full-face of makeup on flights, as this can dry out your skin and clog your pores. When traveling, I always bring a number of mini makeup products— including a concealer stick or travel-sized liquid coverup, an eyelash curler, and mascara— so I can do a quick touch-up in the airport bathroom before heading to baggage claim for the rest of my luggage.
As you’re packing for your upcoming trips, I hope this list of carry-on essentials and beauty tips eases any travel-stress— unfortunately, I’ll still be packing up until the very last second. No matter what you throw in your carry-on, remember to keep your essentials travel-sized (under 3.4 ounces) so your beloved products don’t get confiscated before the flight— speaking from experience!
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