Skincare on the go – pt. 2

Travelling constantly sounds really glamorous, but logging all of those airline miles can take a toll on your skin. Whether you are an occasional traveler or constantly on a plane, traveling for business, or going on vacation, we have some tips for what skin care to pack and habits to get into on the plane to help your skin look and feel its best while on the go!
You’ve followed our tips in part 1 of the blog on what you need to prepare ahead of time so you are packed and ready to go. In this part of the blog, we discuss what you need to do to protect your skin before and during your flight.

Prepping skin before you go:

Avoid using harsh products
in the days leading up to trip and while on your trip that might cause an unexpected breakout or irritation. Avoid any harsh peels, skin resurfacing treatments or acids that can irritate or aggravate your skin.

Do not introduce a new product right before or during travel to avoid a last minute break out or reaction. If you’re changing up your regimen for your trip due to climate or activity, it is a good idea to give your skin a few days before leaving to get used to it.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Airplanes are dehydrating to skin because of the low humidity in the cabin. The air will look to take moisture from wherever it can, including robbing your skin! To combat the dry air, apply a moisturizing serum and heavy moisturizer the night before and the morning of your flight. The serum adds an extra level of moisture while providing an occlusive seal to help skin retain the moisture. The heavy moisturizer will help increase hydration in your skin before you’re exposed.


Wear SPF 15+ on the plane to protect your skin from UV rays which are stronger at high altitudes. Even when you’re not in direct sunlight your skin can be affected.

Skip foundation the morning of your flight. Keep skin as clean as you can so you can add hydration during the flight. At the end of your flight you can apply a tinted moisturizer for a healthy glow.

During the flight:

Apply lip balm constantly.
The skin on your lips is very thin and can dehydrate quickly. Applying many times during the flight will help combat moisture loss.

Reapply moisturizer mid-flight both to your face and to your hands. Applying an additional layer of moisturizer mid-flight is more effective than using a hydrating mist. When you mist, the air will rob your skin of the moisture before it can be absorbed. The moisturizer will absorb more quickly. Applying hand cream is important mid-flight to keep hands from drying out. Especially if you wash your hands with the harsh, commercial soap found in public restrooms in the airport and on planes.

Avoid touching your face. Bacteria and dirt from the plane can cause break- outs. Before you touch your face, wash your hands or use cleansing wipe to remove any dirt that may have accumulated on your hands.

Blot your face with blotting papers if your skin is oily, n addition to drying skin out, flying can also increase breakouts for people with oily skin. If oily skin is dehydrated, oil production increases to combat dryness. It’s important to blot skin with tissue or oil-blotting papers to reduce oil and acne-causing bacteria. Oil is a breeding ground for bacteria and the increased oil may exacerbate breakouts. When you arrive at your destination, immediately exfoliate and cleanse to keep skin clear.


Freshen up after a long flight. Whether your skin is oily or not, after a long flight you may feel a bit grimy. Before landing, use your face wipes to clean your face. Face wipes are a much easier option than trying to wash your face in an airplane bathroom sink. After cleansing, reapply moisturizer, follow up with tinted moisturizer or foundation. You’ll be fresh faced and ready to go!

Keep it healthy. As always, maintaining a healthy diet and drinking lots of water is important for skin health. Not all airlines offer healthy options so take some time to stock up at the airport on healthy snacks and bottled water for the plane trip.

Now you’re ready to travel like a skincare pro! Follow these tips to keep skin looking and feeling its best even after the longest flight. And remember, it’s easy to track your skin health progress while you are on the go with OKU. Totally portable and easy to use anywhere – add OKU to your carry-on!
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