Do you fly often? Here’s how to boost your skin

For frequent travelers, we all know the importance of maintaining an effective skincare routine while traveling. Passports, suitcases, and pillows might be common items on the travel checklist, but what should we pack when trying to supercharge our skin?

There’s nothing worse than landing in the city of your dreams with a dry, irritated complexion. Tedious wait times and little access to our favorite products mean that long-haul flights are far from conducive to healthy, nourished skin.

To land at your destination feeling cleansed, refreshed and radiant, Tahlia Seton from the Lounge spoke with Dr. Naomi McCullum, founder of Dr. Naomi Skin, about the best in-flight skincare tips.

The cosmetic doctor says her secret to effective skincare while traveling is to pack your everyday products into travel-friendly capsules.

So I always pack my minis from most of my regular skincare routine, so the full line in seven steps. I take eye cream, ABC, hyaluronic acid.

Dr. Naomi McCullum, Founder of Dr. Naomi Skin

Whether you’re traveling interstate or tied down for the long haul, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks to keep your complexion nourished no matter where you are in the world.

Destination

The first thing to consider is the exact destination of your flight, as different climates require different products. Colder environments with low humidity and blazing heaters often strip our skin of moisture, so be sure to pack all your moisturizing serums and lotions. Meanwhile, warmer, more humid environments tend to cause our skin to secrete more oil, resulting in an oilier complexion that can become prone to breakouts. This is when quality cleansers and light moisturizers come in handy.

Dr. Naomi says that to combat this, a range of different hydration-friendly products should be in your arsenal.

The flight itself is going to make people drier in their eyes and skin, so I make sure to pack a few important items. So Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid and many of our customers like oils for this situation.

Long-haul VS short-haul

Whether it’s flying 20+ hours halfway around the world or simply crossing state lines, the length of your flight will also determine what skin care you pack. Long-haul flights require more products with deep cleansing and moisturizing elements, while short-haul flights require more refreshing products, such as a face mist or lip balm.

Continue your care before and after the flight

The most effective tip to keep your complexion nourished throughout your long journey is to prep your skin before the flight. We recommend a deep cleansing face mask to keep you full of nutrients and skin benefits that last for the duration of the flight.

The most effective tip for keeping your complexion nourished while traveling is effective skin care before and after your flight. A deep cleansing face mask can keep your skin nourished for the duration of the flight, while Dr. Naomi recommends a slightly stronger product for post-flight recovery.

The other thing I do is I always take my LED mask because I like to use it for my jet lag and skin recovery.

Dr. Naomi McCullum, Founder of Dr. Naomi Skin

Knesko Diamond Radiance Face Mask

Formulated with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and jojoba oil, this face mask is packed with nutrient-rich ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. Made without parabens, sulfates and silicone, it’s the sheet mask of your dreams, without toxins.

Knesko Diamond Radiance Collagen Face Mask, $68 | Source: MECA

Dr Naomi LED It Glow Light Therapy Mask

Bring next-gen skincare to your doorstep or travel bag with this anti-aging therapy mask that will repair irritated skin and boost hydration.

It Glow LED Light Therapy Mask
It Glow LED Light Therapy Mask, $595 | Source: Dr. Naomi

facial cleanser

Give your skin a deep clean, before, after or during the flight. Whether you’re removing makeup to rest or freshening up, the right face wash will make all the difference in calming and hydrating the skin. Dr. Naomi says your choice of cleanser should be soothing to the skin.

The difference I have for traveling is that I use a mild cleanser and mild moisturizer, rather than an anti-aging moisturizer, just because of the dryness that can happen.

Dr. Naomi McCullum, Founder of Dr. Naomi Skin

It works in transit without traces of cleaning pads

Infused with rose water and water mint, these pads will not only remove makeup without streaking, but will soothe and calm your pores. Composed of allantoin and vitamin E, this cocktail of all-natural ingredients will nourish your complexion.

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It works in transit with no streaks 60 pads, $36 | Source: MECA

Hydration

By now, we should all know the crucial role water plays in our skin care. Dehydration can have a drastic effect on the skin, reducing its elasticity and other important self-preservation effects. To combat this, we recommend stocking up on all your favorite face mists and lip balms to maintain consistent hydration.

Augustinus Bader The Lip Balm

Cracked lips are never a good look or feel. This luxurious lip balm from Augustinus Bader is a hydration superstar, delivering plumping, nourishing and softening properties.

Augustinus Bader The Lip Balm
The lip balm, $58 | Source: Augustin Bader

Gucci Beauty Mist Glow Hydrating Mist

A hydrating mist spray is the perfect way to break up a long-haul flight while keeping your skin refreshed. This face mist from Gucci contains hybrid rose flower extract in a revitalizing natural skincare spray.

Gucci Beauty Mist Glow Hydrating Mist
Gucci Brume De Beaute Glow Hydrating Mist, $102 | Source: Sephora

A good night’s sleep

Sleep is intrinsically important for regenerating our body, mind and skin. In order to feel refreshed and radiant no matter what city you wake up in, we recommend using only the highest quality sleep masks.

Pink Silk Travel Set

This luxurious pink silk travel set is essential for a good night’s sleep, and it’s great for your skin too. Crafted from long-staple mulberry silk, the travel set is made from the highest quality materials, with no toxic dyes to irritate your complexion.

Pink Slip Travel Set
Pink travel set, AUD 140 | Source: Slide

Exfoliate

Exfoliation is an important part of any skincare routine to help get rid of dead skin cells, dirt, and debris. Given the proximity of flight cabins and the close proximity of other passengers, an exfoliation routine is an important part of your in-flight skin care.

Pestle and Mortar Exfoliating Glycolic Acid

For mess-free exfoliation on your travels, treat yourself to this Pestle and Mortar Exfoliating Toner. Instead of struggling with a full-scale skincare routine in the airplane bathroom, this toner stays on your skin, using glycolic acid with willow bark extract to refine your complexion.

Pestle and Mortar Exfoliating Glycolic Acid
Exfoliating Glycolic Acid with Pestle and Mortar, $69.95 | Source: Skin Clinic

Hydrate

A good moisturizer is essential to any skincare bag and will make all the difference in flight. Apart from its obvious moisturizing properties, hydration during a long flight will leave you feeling soothed and refreshed for a mini skincare routine.

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream

Made with anti-aging Japanese superfoods, this Tatcha moisturizer will deeply hydrate and brighten your complexion. Rice bran is rich in antioxidants and will reduce stressed skin while ceramides improve your barrier functions.

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream, $104 | Source: MECA

Repair and Brighten

Make the most of long drives and incorporate brightening and repairing serums in your carry-on. While you rest, these serums can work their magic and improve your complexion, for radiant skin from the moment you touch it.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

Refining skin in minutes, this lactic acid treatment is a multi-tasking serum that not only exfoliates, but also unclogs pores and reduces dark spots. This clinically proven product uses a purified form of lactic acid to work on your skin.

Good genes, lactic acid treatment
Good Genes, Lactic Acid Treatment, $85 | Source: Sunday Riley

Dr Naomi Let it B

Let it B serum is a powerful blend of vitamins B3, B5 and triple hyaluronic acid, targeting all facets of hydration possible. Perfect for dry, dehydrated skin, this serum will break up altered complexions and work to hydrate and restore radiance.

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Leave it B, $119 | Source: Dr. Naomi Skin

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