Skincare Tips for Traveling

Keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy while traveling can pose a challenge, especially if specific conditions like dry, oily, acne-prone or aging skin are of concern. But by simplifying your skincare regimen and remembering to pack the essentials, you can maintain smooth, clear and healthy-looking skin even when you’re hundreds of miles away from home.

1. Keep It Simple

Packing every single skincare product you own just isn’t practical while traveling. Moreover, many people are often surprised to find that the vast majority of products that they’re using might not even be necessary on a daily basis, even at home. Sorting through your skincare products when preparing for a trip can sometimes be an excellent opportunity to discover which products are working for your skin and which ones may just be taking up space.

Keep your travel skincare simple, packing only your must-have products.

That said, be sure you have a basic cleanser, moisturizer and any specific treatment creams or serums that you use on a daily basis. But you can likely leave facial masks, scrubs and other less frequently used items at home.

2. Don’t Forget Sunscreen

Even if you’re headed on a skiing trip in the snowy mountains, remembering to pack sun protection is crucial. In fact, the white snow can reflect the sun’s UV rays, therefore strengthening their potentially harmful effects (Skin Cancer Foundation). Not only can overexposure to UV light significantly increase the risk for developing skin cancer, but it’s also been shown to cause photoaging of the skin, leading to premature wrinkles, discoloration and uneven skin texture. So no matter your destination, bringing along sunscreen is a must.

3. Avoid Using Hotel Toiletries

While you don’t want to over-pack, it can be well worth it to pack your skincare essentials.

Although sometimes convenient, hotel skincare items such as soaps, face washes and lotions may cause skin irritation or dryness. While you don’t want to overpack, it can be well worth it to pack your skincare essentials, even if that means bringing along your moisturizing day and night creams so that you can avoid being stuck with hotel lotion that isn’t likely to help your skin.

Skinbetter science Daily Treatment Cream FACE and AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE are two anti-aging creams that can be easily packed for travel so you don’t have to sacrifice the look and feel of your skin’s smoothness and radiance while you’re away.

Daily Treatment Cream FACE employs revolutionary InterFuse™ technology to deliver a super potent blend of messenger peptides to nourish five types of collagen, helping to minimize the appearance of skin sagging, lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. Additionally, this product contains shea butter and mediterranean olive extract for a moisturizing and antioxidant protection.

Pair this day cream with AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE, to be used in the evening, for a comprehensive skincare routine perfect for traveling. AlphaRet™ is a proprietary formula that is the result of combining a retinoid and an alpha hydroxy acid, two gold-standard anti-aging ingredients, to create a double conjugated retinoid. AlphaRet™ also contains an ultra hydrating blend of squalane, niacinamide, ceramides and fatty acids to provide deep moisture.

4. Stay Hydrated

One of the best things you can do for your body and your skin while traveling, especially on a plane, is to stay hydrated both inside and out. Because the cabin air in airplanes contains significantly less moisture than typical indoor spaces, your body and skin can lose moisture much more quickly in this environment (Indoor Air). Thus, not only is it important to use an effective moisturizer on your skin to help seal in water molecules, but it’s also essential to make sure you’re drinking enough water so that your body stays hydrated from the inside, too.

The Bottom Line

Leave the nonessentials at home.

Planning your home-away-from-home skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated and frustrating. You shouldn’t ditch your skincare regimen altogether just because you’re going away, but you also don’t need to burden yourself with a complicated routine. It really can be as simple as taking a few minutes ahead of time to choose the products that you can’t live without, and leave the nonessentials at home.