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How to Have Healthy Skin While Traveling

If you are an ardent traveler or a frequent flyer, you might be aware of the fact that traveling and skin problems go hand in hand. There are many outside factors that cause us skin problems from long-haul flights to unsanitized compartments but there are a few skin care tips that can help you maintain your skin while traveling and help your skin survive a long journey. But whether you are a man or a woman, no one desires to see a huge zit after a long and excruciating journey. Traveling can be extremely stressful with all the uncertainty that lies ahead but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any ways to stay safe from the notorious skin issues that come from a long journey. With that being said, here are some tips on how to take care of your skin while traveling.

Always have the climate in mind


More often than not, a lot of travelers underestimate the influence of a new climate on their skin. Coming prepared plays a vital role in helping our skin adapt to the changes that come along while we travel. For example, if you’re going somewhere cold and dry, packing some good moisturizers for your skin and a good lip therapy can hamper the chances of getting chapped skin. Likewise, if you are traveling somewhere with hot and humid weather, it’s very likely that you’ll get greasy skin, and be more prone to breakouts. So, packing some light & oil-free products is always a great option.

Moisturize & Moisturize

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The cardinal rule of good skin regardless of the circumstances is a good base of moisturizer. Simple & light moisturizers work the best. There are so many factors that can hamper the PH level of your skin while being under a confined and tight space such as a a train, bus, or flight. That’s why applying some moisturizer before going on a trip (and to keep applying it as you go), is always a good idea.

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 If possible, skip foundation

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There are so many great alternatives to a heavy foundation, such as a good tinted moisturizer, a light BB cream or an oil-free mineral powder. Foundation tends to get super greasy after a few hours and would inevitably clog the pores, causing more skin problems and leaving the skin looking tired and exhausted. There are some great products available like all-natural eye lift crème to avoid this type of crisis and make your face and eyes appear brighter and fresher without tons of creamy make-up.

To take care of your skin while traveling, you have to stay hydrated

reusable water bottle

This may come as a surprise but drinking enough water does miracles to our body and our skin. Many people drink rich-in-sugar beverages while traveling to hydrate their bodies, but this certainly isn’t helping your skin. Drinking enough water, on the other hand, can do some miracles for your skin.

On average, when on a flight, men lose around two liters of water while women use around 1.6 liters of water which is roughly 4% of our total bodily water. That’s why your mouth is always dry after a long flight. This means that you need to, not only drink as much water as you do at home, but also make up for the water you’re losing while flying.

Don’t forget to carry a purifying water bottle along so that you can hydrate whenever and where ever. If you have extremely sensitive skin, using mineral water as an alternative face mist can also help to freshen up your looks.

Make sunscreen your best friend


Many people don’t like applying sunscreen but no one can deny its importance, especially if you’re one of those people that get sunburns the second their skin gets some sun exposure. Thankfully, we got so many different alternates like; sunstick, sunscreen in spray and sunscreen in make-up, if one doesn’t like to apply a gooey white substance on their face and body. However, don’t forget to research your skin type before you choose a particular sunscreen.

Pack in travel size

There is only limited space in your suitcases with all the travel gadgets, shoes your cameras, etc. and packing the essentials is a vital rule for a great trip. But how do you pack all of your essential skin products without taking too much of space? You put all of your essentials in little travel-size eco-friendly containers. What if you can’t find the perfect travel-size containers for your essential? You can always DIY or use any reusable containers.

Blot out oily skin

Traveling means going to new places and this means trying new food and consuming things that might not be suitable for your skin, leaving you more prone to various skin issues. Blot papers are the go-to skin toner and most people don’t even have a clue what blot papers are actually used for. If you are one of those people don’t worry; it’s never too late to gear up your skincare routine. If you are one those people who don’t like trying new products or have sensitive skin you can always make your own DIY blotting papers by simply using any rice papers, tissues, baby wipes or paper towels.

If you can’t avoid it, use subtle make-up


Many people would endorse leaving the make-up behind if you’re going on a trip but you don’t have to travel bare face if you don’t want to. However, choosing the right kind of makeup for you plays an important role. It’s always advisable to start with mineral-based makeup and avoid dark colors for the face like black, red or pink. Instead, consider choosing a color similar to your skin tone. Packing multitasking products while traveling is always a good idea, you’ll save space in your bag and you’ll simplify your make-up routine. Some make-up can even act as skin benefactor. A couple of examples that come to mind are picking a tinted moisturizer with antioxidants and sun protection or choosing a tinted chapstick which adds color but also provides hydration and sun protection.

Consider a mid-journey face wash

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Have you ever consider washing your face while you board a long international flight? Flying makes your skin vulnerable to bacteria on the surfaces like seats, tray tables, and magazines and maintaining hygiene while traveling is very important. A lot of beauty experts have confessed that whenever they spend an entire day on a long flight, they’ll set a reminder to head the restroom to do their usual cleansing routine and reapply their moisturizer. However, washing your face in a confined space is not for everyone so, cleansing with a mild facial cloth would be the next best alternative.

Avoid touching your face

The average person touches his/her face about 20 times an hour. Considering the number of bacteria living on the surfaces of planes, you’ll be passing thousands of those bacteria every time you touch your face. Most of the time, this happens unconsciously and you can’t really stop it, but you can sanitize your hands as frequently as you can while you travel.

Did you like these tips for skin care while traveling? What does your routine consist of? Do you think we forgot to mention something? Let us know in the comments!

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Christopher Mitchell

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

I think it really makes sense to invest in good quality sunscreen because you realize after a while that crappy sunscreen just makes you break out in pimples! Good tips here! And drink TONS of water.

Passport Symphony

Wednesday 13th of November 2019


Epepa Travel Blog

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

I also try to avoid make-up foundation, not only when traveling. Instead, I use some matting powder. I noticed that since I do this, my complexion looks much better. I also always have my favorite skincare products with me. I pack them into smaller bottles so that they don't take up too much space in the luggage.

Passport Symphony

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Great tip. Thanks for sharing it with us.


Saturday 9th of November 2019

These are some wonderful skincare tips! I also carry rice papers to soak all the oil from my skin as well as can't travel without sanitizer!

Passport Symphony

Tuesday 12th of November 2019


Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions

Friday 8th of November 2019

This is such a good topic for a post. I've noticed a ton more breakouts since moving to Southeast Asia earlier this year, and I think it's seriously taken over six months for my skin to really adjust. Staying hydrated on planes is critical, and that's why it's such a pet peeve of mine that most airlines in Asia charge for water on board (and in some places, don't even allow you to bring a full bottle purchased in the terminal).

Passport Symphony

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Thanks, Kevin.