How I Fight Dry Skin When Traveling


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Caleb and I travel frequently for work, but also just for fun, and more often than not, my skin hates it. I have dry skin and it seems to get even worse the minute I step foot on an airplane.

Something that I learned through my battle with severely dry skin is to be patient and consistent with my skincare.

How I Fight Dry Skin When Traveling

A travel skincare routine is so important because my skin goes a little crazy when I fly to different environments. If I don’t stick to my routine my face will start to snow. Everything around me will resemble the basket cases’ cabin drawing from the Breakfast Club. You know, the part when she scratches and makes it snow? #yuck



Although there isn’t a solution that will make my crazy dry skin repair within seconds, my consistent skincare routine does make a difference.

My current skincare travel bag is equipped with a travel-friendly cleanser, face mist, face masks, SPF, and moisturizer to keep my skin fresh and dewy.

Here are my notes and tips for how I maintain healthy moisturized skin while traveling!

Air Plane Necessities 

The recycled air on the plane causes my skin to become dehydrated very quickly. I like keeping a moisturizer and facial spray throughout the flight.

I use my insanely great smelling and refreshing Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng’ Mist facial spray when I am waiting to board my flight, heck! I use it whether I am traveling or not because I love it so much. It is a perfect size and fits right in my carry on luggage. 

Paraben-free, this cooling, refreshing mist purifies and hydrates my skin. It is made with cactus flowers to keep your skin hydrated even under dry conditions and Tibetan Ginseng to increase skin-cell respiration, this formula helps skin maintain its essential moisture to keep it soft and smooth.

Keeping my skin moisturized at the start of my travels is the first step in making sure I don’t turn into an alligator by the time I reach my destination!

Bye Bye Germs

I am a certified germ-freak. But, anytime you are traveling your hands around bound to get dirty and at some point are bound to touch your face, so I take precaution to keep my hands as clean as possible.

I just can’t get over how many germs and bacteria are floating around on an airplane and even worse, what is on my seat!

From the minute you get on the plane you touch so many dirty things – the seat belt, the seat tray, the air vents, and the window shade. I don’t even want to think about the bathroom door handles. 

I like bringing hand sanitizer + antibacterial wipes in my carry-on.

I don’t care if I look like a psycho, I’ll be that girl wiping down handles and surfaces whenever possible. I don’t just wipe when I go on plans, I sanitize door handles and furniture at my photography studio and in my own home all the time.

If I don’t have a way to clean it I’ll slide my hand into my sweatshirt sleeve and use that to open doors/turn knobs.

I keep my hands away from my face, mouth, and nose as much as possible because I want to limit the risk of getting sick and lower my immune system. I am convinced my immune system plays a huge role in the moisture level of my skin. This article was a really interesting read if you struggle with eczema.

Get Gooey

After using dozens of different skincare brands, I found that natural products like Castor Oil, Argan Oil, and Aloe work best on my skin! Everyone’s skin is different, so you may have to try out a few different things to get your skin balanced.

I buy all of my face moisturizers from Kiehl’s and then I add in oil before applying.

I use castor oil on my face, eyebrows, and eyelashes at night.

I use 100% aloe vera gel all over my body after I get out of the shower.

And I use argan oil in the morning when I am applying my face moisturizer and sunscreen. Ps: Shake the sunscreen well! It separates. 


Sunscreen is an absolute MUST in my travel skincare routine to keep my face healthy and moisturized.

SPF helps protect your skin from damage from the sun and I love that Kiehl’s has a travel size one. I lather face sunscreen all over several times a day & I apply it to my full body throughout the day. 

When we were in Arizona last week I applied sunscreen once every hour that I was awake until the sun went down. We spent a lot of time outside and I am so afraid of sun exposure ruining my skin.

travel to arizona

I Love My Bedtime Masks

Change in temperatures, eating habits, sleeping conditions, and humidity levels always irritate my skin, so I do weekly face-masks to keep my hydration levels in check.

I use the Hydration Rael Bamboo Sheet Face-Masks. They were featured on Forbes and I love them!

Caleb occasionally uses the ones with salicylic acid or tea tree oil to help with the chance of a breakout. Tea tree oil is literally magic for any skin conditions, so I totally get why he likes it.

I love putting my face-masks in the refrigerator to add an extra level of relaxation before bed.

We love Rael Bamboo Sheet Face Masks because the brand is built by women and uses only organic materials.

Happy travels! Do you have a skincare travel routine or tip to share with me?

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