Frequent travel always sounds super glam but the one thing it can really take a toll on is your skincare routine. For one thing, your skin reacts differently to the cabin air in airlines and if you’re not careful, it’ll end up severely dehydrated and bring up all sorts of other problems.
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If you travel enough either for work or play, you’re bound to pick-up a few skincare tips and tricks during your travels that work best for you. That’s why we spoke to four frequent travellers and got them to give us a peek into their travel kits and share some tips on what works for them when they’re up in the air.
Letitia Tandean, 26, Associate Account Manager, The Ate Group
“For some reason, flying always gives me breakouts, so it’s important for me to take care of my skin so I don’t look like a hot mess on arrival. I wear minimal makeup to a flight, and once I’m in the air, I remove it and put on moisturiser and an eye mask. Before we land, I blot my face and re-apply some makeup, including CC cream, eyeliner, lip balm and lipstick).”
“The plane is a very hostile environment for people with combination skin like mine. My T-zone gets very oily, so that’s why I make it a point to cleanse and wash my face.”
- Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser
Korres has amazing travel-sized packs that you can stuff in your beauty bag. I use their White Tea Gel Cleanser, then put
- Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-free SPF 50
Always put on sunblock! I hear UV rays are actually worse in the air. This sunscreen is oil-free so it doesn’t clog your pores.
- Chanel Les Beiges All-in-One Healthy Glow Cream
I swear by this cream. It’s lightweight but still provides sheer coverage, while letting your skin breathe. It also comes with a little bit of SPF which helps.
- Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturiser
This is is my go-to moisturiser that balances your skin and hydrates, without making your face oily.
- Sephora Yuzu Cleansing Wipes
I always clean my face on a flight longer than four hours, and these wipes do the trick without stripping my face of its natural oils.
Kay Li Fong, 30, Fashion Buyer
“As a fashion buyer, I fly to Milan six times a year and it really takes a toll on my skin. A 12-hour flight to Europe is no joke, so taking care of my skin is my top priority! I have combination skin – it’s oily around the T-zone but painfully dry around the cheeks, lips and under the eyes. Hydration is key when you’re on a flight, so my in-flight skincare routine focuses on getting my skin as moisturised as possible.”
“This might sound OTT, but I bring a small, portable humidifier on flights to counter the dry cabin air and prevent my skin from dehydrating. They’re also great for dry hotel rooms!”
- Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
I just throw this on and doze off. It helps to keep my skin moist, especially on long flights.
- Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Toner Mist
I always spritz this on throughout the flight to keep my skin hydrated and refreshed.
- Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum and Sublimage La Crème Yeux Eye Cream
I use these every day to nourish the delicate skin around my eyes. Being on a plane doesn’t mean you should forego your usual skincare routine!
- MegRhythm Steam Eye Masks
These soothe my eyes and keep them warm. The gentle lavender smell also helps with that awful “plane smell”.
- Bifesta Oil-In Cleansing Sheet
The bathrooms can be too cramped to properly wash your face, so this is great to have.
- Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light
This beauty tool harnesses the power of LED Chromotherapy to give your skin a much-needed boost.
Eunice Tan, 28, Flight Attendant
“It’s my job to travel often! I’d say I spend 50 percent of my time on a plane and usually fly seven to eight times a month, and spend on average of 70 hours in the air. My skin is dry so it doesn’t help being in a dry cabin most of the time. I try and use
things that are quick to apply like spray products, because I need to hydrate often… and also because I can be lazy sometimes.”
“If you’re flying long-haul, hydrate your skin the night before. I’ll apply raw honey on my skin and wash it off after 10 minutes. This works better for me than off-the-shelf face masks.”
- Kangen Water Ionizer
At home, I’ll fill a small spray bottle from a water ionizer with PH2.5 acidic water.
- DHC Lip Cream
I usually buy this in bulk when I’m in Japan.
I apply this on my neck and arms and sometimes use it to substitute hand creams. I find hand creams a little too sticky and the non-sticky ones not moisturising at all. My skin seems to absorb this product quicker when the air is very dry, especially on flights.
- The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
Just in case a pimple decides to visit.
- La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray
I love how convenient it is! I’ll spray it over makeup to keep my skin hydrated.
- Dr Morita Face Masks
If I’m travelling as a passenger, I’ll put on a mask and relax. I find this the best way to keep my face moisturised. I usually buy this in bulk when I’m in Hong Kong.
Yina Goh, 30, Lifestyle Blogger and Founder of online boutique The Velvet Dolls
“I fly every few weeks, and took more than 26 flights in 2017! Moisturising is the most important step in my skincare routine. I suffer from dull and dry skin that’s prone to redness, so it’s very important for me to use skincare products that are gentle yet effective.”
“Remove your makeup or better yet, don’t wear any when you’re on the plane!”
- Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
This is my go-to serum whenever my skin needs a dose of goodness. It’s so intensely moisturising and keeps my skin supple and hydrated.
- Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray
Great for freshening up on-board or after a long flight, I lightly spritz this on and feel instantly rejuvenated and ready to go.
- Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++
I like this as it’s lightweight while still offering high protection from damaging UV rays. It doesn’t feel greasy, nor does it leave a sticky film after application.
- Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
These come in little single-use sachets that are perfect for the plane. They aren’t too drying either and leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed.