If you're lucky enough to have been vaccinated and therefore are considering travel, it may almost seem too good to be true! But once those travel arrangements are booked and you are getting your packing list prepared to execute, it's important to make sure your skin is going to be just like happy to jet-set when you are. Here are a few important skincare tips to remember before that boarding pass gets scanned.

Always Apply SPF

You're physically closer to the sun's rays in a plane than you are on the floor – even more reason never to neglect your SPF. Research has even shown an increased chance of skin cancer among flight attendants and pilots, so be sure to keep your window down if you can help it to and apply your sunscreen as directed. And since that suitcase space matters, it helps to have a multi-tasking sunscreen inside your lineup, like Light Hearted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. It keeps skin resistant to harmful UV rays and excessive blue light, and in addition it offers a hydrating, velvet-smooth finish that doubles as a makeup primer.


Light Hearted

Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Consider the Climate

If you're heading somewhere warm and humid, make sure that these products you're bringing are all non-comedogenic, meaning they will not clog the pores and lead to breakouts. Conversely, if your destination is dry and/or chilly, be sure you have an all-star moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and ceramides inside your routine to maintain your skin balanced, hydrated, and equipped to higher handle potential changes in temperature.

Facial Wipes Aren't Always a Must

Many facial wipes will depend on their travel-friendly nature like a selling perk (they do not count as liquids, after all), but it is important to not put an excessive amount of stock in their (and questionable hotel soaps') abilities to maintain your skin clean while you're traveling. Instead, bring your normal cleanser and if you feel the necessity, supplement your cleansing routine with facial wipes while you are jet-setting. Better yet, rather than facial wipes, consider antibacterial wipes to ensure both hands (and armrests, trays, etc.) stay as germ-free as possible and wash your face as soon as you reach your accommodation. “Although the air quality on planes is generally quite good, I will always wash my face when I recieve to my destination,” says Craig Starling, Education and Training Manager for Sunday Riley. “Planes, trains, and cabs could be unhygienic and we wind up touching lots of gross stuff and then our face,” he explains.


Blue Moon

Clean-Rinse Cleansing Balm

Add Hyaluronic Acid or Hydrating Oil For your Lineup

If the skin has a tendency to dry up on flights, add a humectant like acid hyaluronic or a hydrating oil for your pre-flight skincare regimen. Along with hyaluronic acid's water-retaining powers (it can hold up to six liters!), it also supports the skin's natural moisture barrier against telltale indications of dehydration, such as the appearance of proper wrinkles.

You can also think about a quick masking treatment for your flight with a moisturizer like Sunday Riley C.E.O. Afterglow Brightening Vitamin C Gel Cream. “I’ll sometimes put a lot more than I would on and let it take a seat on my face for twenty minutes before massaging it in properly,” says Starling. “Depending around the entire flight, I'll add a few applications of C.E.O. Glow Oil as well as Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream through the flight.”

Flying can dehydrate the skin, so be sure to bring your personal sealed water bottles or order water in the beverage cart.


C.E.O. Afterglow

Brightening Ascorbic acid Gel Cream


Ceramide Moisturizing Cream


Glow Ascorbic acid + Turmeric Face Oil

Make Your Favorites Travel-Sized

Before you go down a rabbit hole of products marketed specifically for travel, consider your routine because it is. Unless you're experiencing concerns or signs that it's time for you to try something new, you shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel. Instead, opt for travel-sized bottles of the current routine. If you're currently using Sunday Riley products or considering a change, the Awaken Beside me and Go to sleep Beside me kits each feature-complete morning and evening routines, both ideal for the TSA line.


Sunday Riley

Wake Track of Me, Complete Morning Routine

Sunday Riley

Go To Bed Beside me, Complete Evening Routine

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