Planning a getaway? You’ve been thinking about your outfits for weeks, but what about your skincare wardrobe? Don’t forget to plan ahead; between stuffy airplanes and serious vacation sun exposure, your complexion needs all the help it can get! Here are a few things to always remember when jet setting.
Prevent Breakouts and Moisturize
One of the worst ways to start a vacation is by finally reaching your destination only to find an enormous breakout on your face! Airplanes are crawling with acne-causing bacteria. Because of the drying effect of recycled airplane air, skin goes into sebum overdrive in an attempt to restore its moisture balance. Sebum creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive, leading to painful acne. To avoid post-flight breakouts, the night before your flight exfoliate your skin with your Dermaplaning Tool and apply our TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel to gently exfoliate and dislodge pores.
Another huge benefit to exfoliating the night before is allowing for greater product penetration. By removing that dead layer of skin, you are not only preventing breakouts, but more importantly, your skin will absorb hydrating products to prevent dryness typically cuased from air travel.
The day of your flight, be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly, apply a healing serum and a Hydrating Serum and ample SPF. If you are taking a long flight more than 5 hours, I recommend cleansing your face mid flight and re-applying your serums and SPF. Immediately cleanse your skin when you arrive to your destination and re-apply your serums to control oil production and breakouts.
Dry air, long plane flights, and sugary cocktails can leave skin thirsty and cracked. On average, the moisture hydration level in an airplane is only 10%, so your skin is going to need as much hydration as possible. For long trips, it’s best to remove your makeup before boarding, cleanse your face, and apply a hydrating serum and the appropriate moisturized for your skin type. If you have dryer skin, go for a shea butter, and those with oily skin, I recommend a water based moisturizer. Just before landing, re-apply your hydrating serum, moisturizer, and SPF if needed.
Lips also tend to get super dry and chapped on planes, our Hydrating Lip Peel fits right in your purse or carry-on bag and gently exfoliates and hydrates your lips! Make a habit of exfoliating prior to boarding, and then applying 100% organic raw shea butter on your lips and hands during flight. Shea butter is known as a miracle beauty balm that can be used all over the body, so it should be one of your travel essentials! Raw, unrefined shea butter contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and E, as well as essential fatty acids that keep skin super hydrated and happy.
Protect Your Skin
It should go without saying, but you must protect your skin from the sun. Whether it's a beach vacation or your hitting the slopes, protecting against the harmful UV rays is the most important. Hats, umbrellas, SPF—do it all! We recommend a sunscreen with physical protectants like zinc oxide, as these ingredients are less likely to cause skin sensitivity than their chemical counterparts. Just remember to reapply every few hours if you're out in the sun and avoid spray formulas; they simply don’t provide the reliable coverage you need. If you want more advice on how to choose the right SPF for your skin, read up here!
Finally, CBD is also an excellent ingredient to protect, hydrate your skin and keep acne at bay due to its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Apply a layer of our Calming CBD Elixir before, during and after your flight to combat dryness and acne and to reinforce your skin’s barrier.