The jetset life may be fun, but not always for your skin. Flying at high altitudes, exposure to radiation in a plane, different climates, foreign cuisines, strange water and other stresses that travel puts our bodies under – some self inflicted (hello, six cocktails) and others as a byproduct of what we’re doing (e.g. work trip related!) – can all have a bad effect on our skin.
The skin is the largest organ and when other things go awry, it’s often one of the first places it shows up! But no one wants a dull or congested complexion, especially when you’re away in some exotic or coveted destination.
Since I do so much travelling (for work and play) I’ve really honed in on how to take care of my skin whilst “on the road” and once you get the hang of it, it’s not hard at all to continue on your adventure fresh faced and glowing!
Invest in the Best Travel-Size Skincare
I never go away without my travel mini toxin-free skincare so that I always know what I’m putting on my skin. Usually I follow a 4 step skincare regime of cleanse, tone, apply serum, then moisturise to finish.
I use Edible Beauty botanical and organic skincare, which has personally given me the best results of any brand I’ve tried. Their Beauty on the Fly travel kit is perfect, as it contains small bottles of the 4 products I usually use each morning and night. They are all under 100ml so if you’re travelling light with carry on only, these work a treat for taking to your destination.
Edible Beauty Travel Minis, photo credit: @relauncher_alison
One of the best life hacks for keeping your skin blemish free and looking youthful is to stay ultra-hydrated at all times! Having enough fluids will not only help flush your body of impurities that could otherwise come out in the form of pimples, but it also keeps the dermis plump and helps prevent fine lines.
Since flying is very dehydrating (as is drinking alcohol at that beach club!), I always make sure I up my water intake to 3 litres a day while travelling. Coconut water is also incredible before and after a flight or if you’re in a hot climate where you are sweating extra, since it contains naturally occurring electrolytes to replenish the body’s hydration levels.
Disclaimer: I have a young coconut water addiction and usually have one a day whether I’m home or away.
Always Remove Make-Up at the End of the Day
There is no excuse for going to sleep with makeup on your skin. It stops the skin from breathing properly and clogs pores, which leads to spots and blackheads… no thanks! While travelling can sometimes make this hard – if you’re on a flight, camping, on the road, etc. – taking face wipes with you solves everything. In just a few quick wipes you will be makeup free and your skin will thank you!
I always pack Wotnot Natural Facial Wipes when I go away and take the travel case variety, which comes in a hard shell complete with a handy mirror.
Wotnot Travel Facial Wipes on location in Bali
Take A Shelf-Stable Probiotic
Travelling can upset the gut flora easily, which leads to skin problems, since our digestive system really impacts our whole bodies. I always take a shelf-stable (does not need refrigeration) probiotic supplement with me to help keep my levels of good digestive bacteria up.
Look for one that is high-strength with a variety of strains and comes in a capsule form for easy consumption.
Keep Your Intake of Alkaline Foods Up
Don’t skip on vegetable and fruit intake. Make sure you’re eating some with every meal to help prevent your body pH from becoming too acidic, which can contribute to dry skin and breakouts.
Fruit and veggies are readily available just about everywhere in the world and also make an affordable and delicious traveller’s snack.
Alkalising smoothie bowls from Nalu Bowls in Bali
Treat Yourself to a Facial
Sometimes your skin just misbehaves when you’re travelling and you can’t pin it down to one thing specifically. If it becomes extremely lacklustre or breaks out badly, then find a good local beauty salon and have a facial suitable to your skin.
I’ll often get one regardless, as it’s a nice little pampering treat for yourself. Go on, you deserve it!
Luxurious and ultra-hydrating 24k Gold Leaf facial at Goldust in Canggu, Bali
Protect Your Skin in the Sun
So important! Especially if you’re in a hot and sunny climate. When I know I’m exposing my skin to the sun for long periods of time, such as at the beach or a music festival, I always apply a thin layer of natural sunscreen.
Warning: conventional sunscreens are filled with a heap of chemicals that are absorbed into our bodies through the skin, creating toxicity. They are also terrible for the delicate marine eco-systems as they residually wash off in the ocean. My go to is Wotnot Natural Sunscreen, which is free of all the nasties and environmentally friendly.
Wotnot Toxin-free & Eco-Friendly Sunscreen
Have an All-in-One Healing Balm on Hand
Burns, blisters, beestings, cuts, rashes… they all happen to the best of us on holidays. Taking a one-stop product for all of them saves room in your luggage and gives you a solution no matter what skin aliment may arise.
My absolute favourite product for this is SkinFood by Passionate Skincare. It only contains 5 natural and mainly certified organic ingredients and is super effective. You can even use it after sun exposure to sooth the skin or as a hand and food balm. Love a multi-tasking product!
SkinFood on hand in Ubud!
Pack a Face Mask
Face masks are perfect for a quick DIY skin fix that you can do before going to bed or before going out.
For clearing congested skin I like ReClaym clay masks, which come in small individual pots that you just add water to when you’re ready to apply. These are convenient to pack when travelling.
If you want to boost your skin noticeably before going out, I adore Edible Beauty Express: Bloom of Youth Infusion Masks, which contains a botanical cocktail of ingredients that hydrates the skin and makes it look noticeably more youthful in 15-20 minutes. It is a bamboo sheet mask which you place on top of your skin whilst it infuses and works its magic. They come in flat packs so it’s a girl living out of a suitcase’s dream. It’s especially excellent post-flight to restore hydration.
Disclaimer: the companies credited here have supplied me with gifted product, however I have not been endorsed to promote any of the products and what has been shared are my own genuine opinions, beliefs and experiences.