Why Airplane Travel Skincare Routine Is Important
Last month during my flight to LA, I quickly shared my airplane travel skincare routine on my InstaStory. So I figured, why not share it again on the blog in case anybody missed it. Without a doubt I think it is so important to take care of your skin when you are traveling by plane. This is when your skin needs the extra attention.
There are 2 reasons why taking care of your skin and prepping it for take off is important.
- Planes are full of germs. The germs in airplane cabins are sooo bad. It is just full of bacteria and when your skin is exposed to this, it freak outs.
- Your skin will dry out. Being in the air, it lacks moisture and your skin needs moisture. The moisture acts like a barrier to protect your skin and of course when it is dry, it leads to skin issues. For me, my skin breaks out!
How I Discovered This
I discovered that airplane travel skincare was important when I used to travel a lot for work. As soon as the plane landed and I walked on the jetway, my skin would feel so dry. Sometimes, it felt crackly dry, which is very uncomfortable. Then of course, I would look in the airport bathroom mirror (I always have to go as soon as we land, does that happen to you?!) and I would see the most unwanted red dots on my face. UGH! And it never failed, this happened EVERY TIME.
I finally was fed up with how awful my skin would be after traveling, that I did some research. And that’s when I found out all that information I mentioned above. From then on, a good airplane travel skincare routine was a must!
As a disclaimer, this routine is primarily focused on domestic flights (or shorter plane flights). For longer flights, it is a similar routine but with some added products. I will go over that in another post. So without further ado, these are the products I use to have a good airplane travel skincare routine.
Removing your makeup is so important. Makeup holds onto dirt and environmental stressors. So not only will you be retaining the plane’s germs, but it also leads to free radicals (wrinkles & fine lines). I usually don’t wear makeup when I know I will be flying on a plane, but if you are coming from somewhere important (like for me it would be a work meeting), then the face wipes are so convenient to have in order to remove makeup. I love these face wipes because they are so gentle yet very effective. Most face wipes create that burning sensation on my face. This one doesn’t. It probably doesn’t because it is toxic-free. It is also biodegradable. I always love it when a product is eco-friendly.
This face mist is a great way to add hydration to your face throughout your plane ride. Whenever you are feeling like your face is tightening up and it is getting dryer, just spray this on. What’s great is that the spray is truly a mist. It’s not that harsh spray where too much product comes out. I specifically like the balancing face mist because it helps calm redness. So if your face is thinking about breaking out, this mist will at least try to calm the redness and balance the skin.
I love this face oil and I use it on a daily basis. If you don’t use one, I highly encourage you to. It is life changing for your skin so you bet I had to include this as part of my airplane skincare. It adds an extra layer of hydration to your face and adds nutrients that your skin needs. I specifically use the balancing face oil for the same reason I use the balancing face mist. This oil will help protect my skin from potential breakouts.
What would I do without this moisturizer! This moisturizer protects your skin from environmental stressors (such as dry climate, pollution, and wind). I started using this because living in the city, it is inevitable that the air is full of pollution and pollution is not good for your skin. So without a doubt, I can’t step outside the house without this moisturizer. I was also told it works great as a skin protection barrier on the plane.
The area around your eyes needs some love too. A good eye cream will reduce the puffiness, hydrate, reduce fine lines, and brighten the eye area. This Countermatch eye cream is amazing and it does that! I feel like my eyes look more awake and bright. And let’s be real, most flights are at the most inconvenient times. So when I land, I want to look like I’m Beyonce (or as close as possible haha) and not the tired, dehydrated-looking face.
This lip balm is seriously the holy grail! I’m sure you all are sick of me talking about it on Instagram over and over again but it is the best thing ever! This is the only lip balm I know that really works. It feels so good on your lips. And I honestly think it makes my lips look better. But anyways, besides this being amazing, a good lip balm is needed because your lips will get just as dry as your skin.
Since the airplane is crawling with germs, I wipe everything down. Obviously the first thing I wipe down is my phone screen and then the arm rest and tray. I love using these cleansing towelettes, because they don’t take up much space. It is small and compact. Although it specifically says it’s for electronics, it can also be used to sanitize your surroundings.
Last but not least, drinking lots of water is extremely beneficial as well. It will keep you hydrated from the dry air and helps you maintain your skin’s glow.
Hope this is helpful!