Even if you’re jetting off to some fabulous destination, traveling itself is still stressful. There are new germs, security lines, potential weather delays, cramped seats, crappy airplane food — the unpleasant list goes on.
Maybe flying was fun back in the day, but now it’s just a trial to endure to get to where you’re going.
And all the stress that comes with airline travel can wreak havoc on your body’s equilibrium, including your skin (particularly if it’s sensitive to begin with). From different climates to carry on restrictions, there’s a lot to consider if you want your skin to stay healthy and happy while you’re on-the-go.
Keep reading to learn how best to protect your skin and adapt to new environments, how and what to pack, and some handy tips that can make your travel skin care routine a hell of a lot easier.
IN A NUTSHELL
Main Takeaways: It’s important to take care of your skin while traveling. If space is limited, be sure to at least bring your cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
Good to Know: Flying can dehydrate you (and your skin!), so be sure to drink plenty of water while on the plane.
Why Your Travel Skin Care Routine Is Important
Cabin pressure is a huge part of the problem.
Here’s how it works: because of pressurized cabin air, humidity levels on an airplane are significantly less (some 20%) than on the ground.
The dry, recirculated air causes your skin to produce more oil in an attempt to compensate. But instead it usually leads to oily skin or breakouts — plus dry eyes, congestion and other unpleasantness.
By planning in advance and taking steps to combat the dry air issue, you can avoid a lot of physical discomfort — which will totally put you in a better mood ahead of wheels down!
Skin Care Tips While Traveling
In order to keep your skin looking its best — and avoid long-term consequences from that dastardly dry air, there are several steps you can take to give yourself some extra TLC and prep for your travel skin care routine.
Drink a lot of water!
Yes yes, we know you probably hear that every day, every way, from everyone. But it particularly applies when flying and traveling in general. Water is the antidote to dry air, and it can help fight excess oil production that can cause build up underneath dehydrated skin cells. Plus water’s just great for you in general … but you knew that! 64 ounces a day is a good go-to, but try to increase it while you’re traveling. And maybe skip the airport/airplane alcohol! Sadly, it can make dehydration worse. Carry along a reusable water bottle so you can keep filling up at airport and public fountains.
Keep your skin clean and exfoliated.
Make sure you’re properly shedding those dead skin cells and other icky stuff on the surface so your skin is clean and fresh when you hit the road. Your regular toner and vitamin C serum both have natural exfoliating capacities, so make sure you keep using them ahead of (and during) your trip. Clean, polished skin is the perfect canvas to make sure all of your products perform to their full potential.
Wear sunscreen religiously.
Another obvious suggestion, but c’mon — how many of us have gone on a beach vacation and conveniently forgot to apply (and re-apply) sunscreen? We’ve all felt the pain of lobster face. Make sure you wear at least SPF 30 or preferably even higher. And don’t forget your neck, hands, and any other skin spots that’ll be exposed to the sun. Hats are also a wise idea!
Avoid touching your face.
When you’re traveling, you’re exposed to all kinds of new germs — and your hands tend to be the first place you pick them up. Try to avoid touching your face until you’ve washed your hands — and carry some hand sanitizer, too!
Eat healthy foods.
Traveling can bring a lot of temptations in the form of food (and drinks), but try to keep to a healthy routine as much as possible. It’s amazing how crappy food and drinks can show in your face! Too much sodium, too much alcohol, too much grease — it can all result in puffiness, blemishes and a less-than-glowing complexion. And while there’s nothing wrong with an occasional splurge, try to plan ahead so you’ll still be eating good-for-you fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and farm-to-table foods. Prep some healthy snacks for the trip, too, like cut up veggies, trail mix, whole fruit, and natural protein bars that are packed with garden grown goodies (not fat and sugar).
Skin Care Routine On the Go: How and What to Pack
The biggest issue you’ll face when trekking your skin care supplies around the world is the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). As any flier is aware, there are a lot of rules and regulations surrounding what we can and can’t bring on airplanes these days. As far as skin care, the most significant law has to do with size.
Here’s what the exact law states, according to the TSA:
“You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.”
Liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes pretty much sums up any cosmetic or skin care product, so that’s why we’re getting down to the nitty gritty. You can put larger items in your checked bag, but if you’re looking to travel light — everything has to stick to the 3.4 ounce rule. This can prove problematic when all of your products are on the larger side and you need your skin care routine to travel with you!
Unfortunately, high quality skin care products don’t usually come in travel sizes, and while you can buy mini reusable travel bottles, they’re typically made out of cheap plastic.
So, if you’re wanting to take your Fleur & Bee or other skin care or beauty products with you, invest in a set of small glass jars (you can easily find them online). You can transfer some product into the jars for travel; that way you can bring along anything you might need.
Pro tip! If you’re feeling tired or bleh while traveling, a little spritz of Rose & Shine toner can be just the refresher you need! Carry it with you for an on-the-go pick-me-up.
Also, it’s worth opting for a TSA approved skin care bag. Traveling with a bunch of little glass bottles can get dicey if they’re not well packed. No one needs a luggage spill on their hands! But lots of companies offer cosmetic bags with zippered pouches and handles — perfect for toting your skin care routine on the go.
Skincare Routine Must-Haves Versus Might Haves
If you have limited space and need to minimize, it’s ok to stick to the basics. You can temporarily live without certain items in your skin care lineup, particularly on a quick trip.
Your absolute must-haves include face wash, moisturizer and sunscreen. These aren’t optional if you’re going anywhere you’ll be exposed to sun!
Toner, vitamin C serum, face masks, eye cream and other goodies can be left behind if your trip is on the short side. Longer trips lend themselves to checked baggage — so bring your full lineup along if that’s the case.
Whatever your trip entails, consider your available space and weigh what you need to take!
Stick to Your Healthy Skin Care Routine While Traveling
We hope you’ve gotten some useful info about how to make traveling easier on your skin — and your wallet! Because who wants to buy a whole new batch of products in your final destination? Or deal with skin issues while you’re trying to enjoy yourself?
Just plan ahead a little bit, stay straight with your H20, and you’ll be golden (hopefully with a healthy glow thanks to some outdoor adventures!).
Frequently Asked Skin Care Tips While Traveling
How to pack skincare for travel
When you’re traveling it’s super important to remember that any liquids, gels, creams, and pastes can only be taken in carry-on luggage in containers of 3.4 ounces or less, and they all must fit in one quart size clear ziplock bag. If you have too many products, and they don’t all fit in one bag. Consider pairing down to the essentials: cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. If you have a little more room, add your toner, so you can give your skin an easy refresh while you're traveling.
If you don’t want to pair down your skin care essentials, then your best option may be to check your bag as there are no size restrictions on liquids.
Which skin care items should I bring when I travel?
It’s super important to keep your skin clean when you travel so cleanser is an absolute must as is moisturizer (trust us--traveling is tough on the skin and you will definitely need to hydrate at some point). And quite honestly, don’t even think about zipping up that suitcase unless it has sunscreen in it!
Although, if you’re taking just a short trip, you can probably skip the eye cream, serum, and face mask, but if you’ve got the space, try to fit in your toner. Traveling can get dirty (and hot depending on where you’re going), and a little spritz of toner every now and then is very refreshing!