One of the biggest problems with travelling so much is the toll it takes on skin. Being exposed to that harsh and dry plane air-conditioning when you’re travelling long haul can really rain on your parade, that parade being your dreams of looking fresh and feeling relaxed when you land. In the past I was pretty lax about it, I pretty much only took lip balm on board and barely drank any water when I was on a flight – something I used to notice straight away with dry and cracked skin that stuck around for weeks (just in time to go back and do it all over again). But in the last few years I’ve become a bit more serious about my travel skin routine, and it has made such a difference!
Recently I travelled down to Sydney for the launch of Dermalogica’s two new skin primers, Hydrablur and Redness Relief and had a great opportunity to really experiment with my travel skin regime, with the help of make up artist Max May. I got some Hydrablur to use on my flight, which is the ultimate test for a moisturiser/primer, don’t you think? Read on for few tips for how I keep my skin fresh and hydrated when I travel, including a few tips and tricks I picked up from Max and the team at Dermalogica.
Ditch the make up
I’ve seen such a difference in my skin since I’ve ditched make up the day of flying (when I can!). In the past I’ve just used a heavy moisturiser, but for this trip (and definitely in future) I used the Hydrablur Primer as both skincare and make up. It has a soft mattifying effect that seems to smooth skin and minimise pores without you having the wear foundation. I found it also lessened the appearance of my dark circles, something I get from my Sri Lankan side of the family (thanks dad!). Naturally it also works really well as a base for foundation in the event I need to get glammed up as soon as I land (#werk).
Hell yes h20
Yes yes I know, this one’s obvious. But funnily enough I used to skip drinking too much water on the plane because my addiction to sitting in the window seat meant it was always hard to get to the bathroom. Fast forward a few years and man priorities have changed. Hydrated skin and insides are way more important to me now than seeing outside, and these days I aim to drink a quarter of a litre every hour. Usually therefore coveting the aisle seat and accepting that I’ll be up and down, but so worth it! Even though you sometimes can’t take drinks onto the plane when you’re flying internationally, these days I bring on a bigger bottle and have the hostess fill it up, that way I know it is right there and I don’t have tp rely on those tiny cups they give you. Anndddd although most people say skip alcohol entirely, which I am sure reduces dehydration a lot, I just can’t seem to go past a glass of red while eating my vegetarian Indian meal, so perhaps in this case you should do what I say and not what I do? 🙂
Rule of three
When you’re packing your carry on, make sure you check off the rule of three when it comes to moisturisers – eye, face and lip. I always look for something really hydrating without being too oily, and obviously it needs to come in handy packaging so I’m not decanting into something else. Wayyyyyy too lazy for that!
Moisturise: face, neck and chest
Max imparted many many gems of wisdom when we spent time together at the event (here’s me: *wait wait I’m just writing that down*), including a different technique for applying mascara, a contouring approach I’ve been attempting to recreate ever day (getting there, getting there) and the five products you need in your life (more on that soon). Something else that he told me that I took on board, both mentally and physically when I got on the plane on my way home, was to apply your face moisturising products on your face, neck AND top of your chest. Call me lazy but I was more of a face girl, however I did this on the plane and I noticed when I got back how much more soft and hydrated my skin was where I had applied moisturiser and primer.
More is more
These days I always apply a thick layer of moisturiser just before I pull down my eye mask on a long haul trip. That way when I wake up my skin is super soft, with the product creating a shield between the aircon and my skin during those sleeping hours. Just make sure it’s not something greasy, as you might get pimples. I found the Hydrablur worked really well for this, keeping my skin nice and moist whilst not being too sticky or oily.
Once I touch down in my destination, I’ve found it’s a really good to take it easy on your skin for a few days by not wearing too many heavy products. I’ve found a great way to feel more fresh is to just apply a primer to smooth out imperfections, and then add a tinted moisturiser over the top if you want to freshen up a bit. This is pretty much my go to routine these days unless I’m doing something fancy, but if you usually wear something heavier its a good idea to think about this. I do this for a day to allow my skin to recover from the flight and it really helps fight dryness and breakouts.
I hope this helps you guys when you fly next, and you feel refreshed and hydrated when you land. Check out this video from the Dermalogica youtube channel for more insights on how to use this product, demonstrated by Max May on me. Such a fun day!
On an unrelated note, this is some of the mud cloth I got from Etsy, I love it but it has a certain fermented river mud odour that I’m going to have to remove somehow. Can’t wait to show you what we’re going to make with them!
I got to try a few of the other Dermologica products when I was there and I wanted to share two that I really like. One is this serum, which is basically a sunscreen aimed at stopping pigmentation – you know you’re growing up when you worry more about pigmentation than you do about pimples! And the other is their natural deodorant. I’ve been looking for an aluminium free one for a while (it’s scary when you learn about what aluminium does to stop you sweating) but after trying like, all of them, found most don’t work. This one does! I’m wearing it now…
I’d love to hear if you have any other tips for keeping your skin healthy when you’re travelling – although please don’t tell me to skip my glass of red wine. Somehow it keeps me going 🙂
This post is in collaboration with Dermalogica