If your skin suffers when you travel, know that you’re definitely not alone. Mine does. Here are my go-to products and tips to help minimize some common post travel skin care concerns.
Every time I travel, I run into the same skin care issues. First, my skin breaks out, then it gets congested and goes in waves of dryness and looking generally dull. With some research and trial, I’ve found a few skin care products to help remedy these issues.
My Favorite Post Travel Skin Care Products
Jet lag and dehydration can lead to puffiness. I keep a facial ice roller in the freezer and grab it immediately once I’m home. You can also always pack it with you and stick it in the hotel mini fridge.
Using a cold facial roller helps to improve blood circulation, reduce swelling and puffiness, and helps to brighten dark under eye circles. I always feel the puffiest around my eyes after travel, so that’s where I like to focus my attention.
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If your skin breaks out after traveling, be sure to add a detoxing product into your skin care routine. I like this mask from Kiehl’s. It contains Amazonian white clay to help to draw out toxins and dirt that can cause clogged pores.
Skin can get congested when traveling due to dirty airports, recycled plane air, and new pollutants that your skin maybe isn’t used to.
The jar is pretty large for travel, but you can scoop product into a reusable travel jar like this one.
Along with a detoxing mask, exfoliation is also key to help slough away dead skin cells. Exfoliate daily (or as needed for your skin type) in conjunction with a detoxing mask to help rid any skin congestion.
These Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Pads come individually wrapped, so they’re super friendly for travel.
(I also recently shared these as one of my favorite skin care products you can buy at Sephora – see the full post here.)
That dry plane air can really wreak havoc on the skin. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I always chug a bottle of water right off the plane, but I also use a hyaluronic acid serum to help hydrate my skin.
Because it holds 1,000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is a great post travel skin care product to help re-hydrate dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid moisturizes, but it also attracts water to the surface of your skin, making it even extra hydrated. This helps to reduce the appearance of those fine lines that may creep up the morning after your flight.
If you’re looking for an extra boost to replenish tired, post travel skin, try a sheet mask. Since sheet masks are soaked with serums and vitamins, they’re an effective, quick, and convenient way to replenish skin of nutrients.
Sheet masks have a number of different ingredients, so you can buy a variety based on your skin’s needs. For post travel skin care, I like to use hydrating masks or that contain caffeine to help re-energize jet-lagged skin.
Sephora makes great, individually wrapped and affordable sheet masks that are easy to pack in your toiletry bag.
Book a Facial as Part of Your Post Travel Skin Care Routine
If you’re traveling for a special event, consider booking a facial at your destination to help with any concerns you may have. Alternatively, you can always book a facial upon your return home as a nice welcome home treat to yourself. 🙂
Word of mouth is always best, but you can also ask your hotel concierge. I like to book beauty services through ClassPass, which is an app that lets you book fitness classes and wellness/beauty services in one convenient place. That’s actually how I found my new go-to facial spot in NYC! (To try ClassPass free for two weeks, click here.)