I’ve been accruing the sky miles with travel to Morocco, Atlanta, Asheville, Portland, and Salt Lake City - all in the last 30 days. You can imagine the multiple climate adjustments I’ve navigated to keep my skin looking and feeling its best. After a four-hour flight, my skin needs a pick-me-up and, luckily, the Lexli Starter Kit is always packed inside my purse. In my travels I have learned so much about my own skin, as well as what other women do to nourish and take care of theirs. Here are my seven travel skincare tips to keep your skin nurtured, soft, and protected while en route.
Water. Water. Water. At 30,000 feet in the air, it is easy to become dehydrated. It’s no secret I love to drink a glass of champagne or Prosecco on my favorite airline, however I always have a bottle of water with me. Drinking water will not only helps your skin's resiliency, it will also help with jet lag.
2- Skip the Foundation
This might sound controversial to some, as foundation is often sold as a protectant for the skin. I find my skin responds better if I skip the foundation on a flight. For me, it is important for my skin to breathe. I actually try to skip all makeup, besides mascara and perhaps some eyeliner. If I am flying on a redeye (overnight), I skip all makeup. What do I do instead? I wash with Lexli Cleansing Lotion, use AloeGlyC® exfoliator, and follow it up with a day or night moisturizer based on my flight time.
3- Eye Do
When I arrive to my destination, I dab a little eye cream under and outside the corners of my eyes. It makes me feel refreshed and awakens me a bit after a flight, but most importantly it lessens the appearance of any puffiness that can easily appear.
4- 6 Hour Rule
If I am on a flight longer than six hours, I always wash my face. No questions asked. Planes are full of germs. During a flight I have put my hand towards my face to put on headphones, fallen asleep against a window, or flipped through magazines others read previously. To protect my skin, I follow face washing with application of moisturizer, and will often carry a small compact of powder to apply under my eyes.
5- Sunkissed and Protected
“Don’t talk to me, I’m in ocean mode” is often a state you can find me in whether poolside or on a sandy beach. I love a great tan, however I never travel without sunscreen. Where I live, we are #1 in the nation for skin cancer, so I apply often at home, as well. If you are going to the beach, golfing, or adventuring in the mountains, be sure not to miss applying to your ears, in between your toes, and every other area that will be exposed to the sun.
It is impossible not to touch things when traveling. While it is easy to reach for the hand sanitizer, the reality is most dry out our hands and sometimes do more harm then good. In December 2017 the FDA banned triclosan, an active ingredient in hand sanitizers. It is good to check any hand sanitizers tucked away in a drawer or container prior to use. What do I use? Theraworx Protect. It is my secret weapon in protecting my skin from germs, especially when I am flying as much as I have been.
7- Swimsuit Ready
We are coming upon the summer months, and for me personally I am always concerned about how my skin will look while I am wearing my bathing suit. My girlfriends and I joke that skin looks better tan, however we are all concerned with its overall vitality (hence the sunscreen). So pre-beach or lake time, I use an exfoliator (AloeGlyC®) on my hamstrings and glutes (also great for your feet) for a week leading up to the outing. If it is a last-minute plan, I reach for Lexli’s Lightening Lift. My travel companions have similar routines.
No matter where you travel, hyrdation and moisture are the two most important things you can do.
See you in the clouds!
Mandy Murry is an accredited international travel, lifestyle, health and wellness writer, with features published in Thrive Global, Bella Grace, 24Karat, NC Living, X Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Yucatán Times, Live and Invest Overseas, TravelAge West and more. Her captivating story-telling adds magic to her words and her passion for writing is as contagious as her passion for life and cloudsurfing (aka flying). Mandy blogs at cloudsurfing.life.