8 Tips For Downsizing Your Skincare Routine When Traveling

A different skin care routine when traveling is the only remedy.


Whether you are in first class sipping on a cocktail or trying to get some sleep on a coach seat in economy class, you have to deal with low humidity. A different skin care routine when traveling is the only remedy.

While the humidity in a normal room is between 40 and 70 percent, most airline cabins’ humidity is 20 percent. This significant decrease in humidity is the reason as to why the radiant glow you have when buckling up ahead of a long flight, disappears along the way. By the time you land your skin is rough, dry, and sometimes irritated and/or inflamed.

Preparing Your Skin for a Flight

Other than stripping your skin of essential oils, cabin air causes the epidermis (outer layer of skin) to dry up and crack. These skin preparation tips will help you downsize your skincare routine to ensure your beautiful skin survives the long flight:

  1. Exfoliate the night before and then apply a moisturizing facial lotion.
  2. Dry brush your body to get rid of dead skin and stimulate circulation, and then slather on a generous amount of moisturizing body cream.
  3. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure to the sun, reapply it every one and a half or two hours, and take all the other necessary precautions against exposure to the sun.
  4. Exfoliate your lips by gently brushing them with a brush that has been dipped in an organic oil (vegetable oil, coconut oil or olive oil work perfectly) and then apply an emollient lip balm—liberally.
  5. Eat veggies and fruits because your body cells will easily absorb their water content.
  6. Eat foods and snacks rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they reduce the loss of moisture, prevent skin dryness and itchiness, and soothe inflamed skin. Sources of EFA include sunflower seeds, safflower, primrose, flaxseed oil, tuna, mackerel or salmon.
  7. Drink at least eight glasses of water.
  8. Avoid fatty, sugary and salty foods because they dehydrate the body.
  9. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Alternatively, drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol or cup of caffeinated drink you have.

Best Skincare Routine on Travel Days or Nights


Your normal skincare routine will not suffice when traveling. You would need to layer your skin with lots of products to keep your skin beautiful and healthy during a flight. It’s a lot of work and chances are high your makeup will still end up looking patchy and dry after a couple of hours on a plane. The better idea is downsizing and this is how to do it like a natural skincare pro:

Downsizing Your Skincare Routine

As the skin dries up, makeup loses its perfect finish. It gets worse for those who use a lot of powder or heavy foundation – because it cracks, leaving the skin looking rough. This means your regular makeup set is not only less useful when traveling, but you also risk having to dispose of some of your products at the security check for exceeding the 3.4 ounces cap. Additionally, with full makeup on, you are unlikely to moisturize as often as required—your makeup will either run or seem cakey.

Opting for these skincare products instead will help you downsize – by carrying with you only what you need:

  1. Makeup remover – Once aboard, you will need to clear your face of all makeup to be able to apply other products that will protect your skin through the day or night in the cabin. A makeup remover that doubles up as a cleanser is a good choice.
  2. Hydrating face mist – the best face mist hydrates the skin, neutralizes oiliness, and provides humectants (the proteins on the skin which help in binding water). For a healthy spritz, go for a face mist that has propylene glycol, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. Some tone your skin too, so you won’t need a toner.
  3. Nourishing moisturizing spray – these often come with plant extracts, natural oils like olive and jojoba, and natural antioxidants, e.g., Vitamin E and C. While regular water will leave your face dryer after spritzing, a nourishing spray with moisturizing ingredients will keep your skin hydrated longer. This makes it a two-in-one product. You don’t need a
  4. BB or CC face cream – in place of foundation, go for one of these. They have added benefits yet serve the same purpose as They are lighter though, especially BB cream. CC is darker and thus more of a color corrector. When shopping for one of these, look for benefits like “moisture surge,” “hydrating” “SPF,” etc.
  5. Antioxidant Serum – retinol, contained in the best serums, protects the skin from free radicals and damage from the elements. They also have algae, hyaluronic acid, and natural antioxidants; all of which keep the skin from drying. Better yet, they contain sunscreen – to shield skin from UVA and UVB radiation.
  6. Oil – the best way to lock in moisture is covering your face with a nourishing face oil. Some oils, like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, can be sprayed on the face, body, and hair. Therefore, you won’t need any separate creams.
  7. Mask – effective face masks rid the skin of excess oil, act like a moisturizer if applied after serum, or as a mask or shield when applied and left on. Style and beauty bloggers,   celebrities, and top models are making it okay to wear a sheet mask. However, if you don’t plan on “scaring children” like Chrissy Teigen, go for the discreet transparent masks.
Chrissy Teigen
  1. Nourishing tinted lip balms – tinted lip balms containing SPF, moisturizers and natural extracts like coconut oil, green tea seed oil, honey, and essential oils are a must-have. They are an in-between of lipstick and lip balm. With a tinted lip balm you will still have your usual lipstick look—with that favorite color on—and well-hydrated lips, originally only guaranteed by the good ol’ Chapstick. If you go for tinted lip balms with an SPF value of 30, you will not need to carry your lipstick.

Bonus: Broad spectrum SPF 30 hand cream – your best bet would be a glycerin-rich one, or if you prefer natural extracts – a hand cream with Shea butter, sesame oil, cocoa butter, antioxidant fruits, aloe vera, almond milk, and such. Slather on generous amounts on all exposed parts. 

For a downsized skincare routine when traveling, you need a makeup remover, an oil that can be sprayed on the face, body and hair, a nourishing mist spray, SPF products to shield your skin from the sun’s radiation (although layering different SPF products does not increase the value, you are likely to get maximum coverage on all parts).

Remember to cleanse and moisturize your face at night and to wear a mask to clear the pores, rehydrate the skin, and shield it from low humidity.

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