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Your Holiday Checklist: What to Pack for Radiant Skin

With the Easter holidays upon us, it’s time to swap the hectic school runs and weekend sports marathons cheering on the kids for some well-deserved family adventure. But let’s face it, while the idea of travel sparks excitement, the reality of packing—especially considering your skincare routine amidst a family’s worth of luggage—can seem daunting. Fear not. As your skin doctor, I’m here to guide you through maintaining your radiant complexion, even on the go.

Hydration: Your In-Flight Companion

Firstly, hydration is an essential. The cabin’s low humidity is infamous for its dehydrating effects on our skin. To combat this, staying hydrated internally and externally is paramount. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your flight, and apply a hyaluronic acid-enriched moisturizer to lock in moisture. Consider this your skin’s invisible, protective layer, much like the patience you muster when dealing with backseat arguments over who’s touching whom.

Antioxidants and Sunscreen: The Power Couple

Increased UV exposure due to higher altitudes means your skin needs extra protection. Antioxidants such as  Vitamin C offer a shield against environmental aggressors, while a broad-spectrum SPF is non-negotiable. I recommend applying this before you travel and then reapplying your sunscreen on the flight every 2 hours. This is because UVA rays the rays that cause ageing and skin damage can penetrate through the airlines windows. So chasing that coveted window seat for the best views might just come with an unexpected plus: a front-row seat to ageing UVA rays. Aisle seats, it turns out, are the skincare MVPs we never knew we needed.

Simplify Your Skincare Routine

Traveling is an opportunity to simplify your skincare routine without compromising effectiveness. A micellar water can serve as a gentle makeup remover, while a versatile cleanser can do double duty, helping you keep your skin clean both morning and night. Your antioxidant serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen are your travel essentials. This paired-down kit ensures your skincare routine is as manageable as keeping an eye on the kids at a buffet—doable, with a bit of focus.

Post-Flight Recovery

Just as you decompress after herding your family through airports, your skin needs to recover from the journey. Post-flight, cleanse your skin as soon as you can followed by reapplication of your antioxidant serum and a more intensive moisturizer, this will help your skin’s recovery  from the flight.

Adapting to Your Destination

Consider the climate of your holiday and adjust your skincare accordingly. A lighter, non-comedogenic moisturizer may be more appropriate for humid destinations, while a richer formula is necessary for cooler climates. It’s all about adapting to your environment, much like switching from referee to peacekeeper as your children explore new surroundings.

Prepare for Skin Care SOS

And because sometimes our skin likes to keep us on our toes, if your skin has a tendency to break out or becoming quite dry or develop redness  or sensitivity in new climates, pack your usual product you would use to treat these as a ;just in case’ so you can nip those skin dramas in the bud early.

The Power of Hydrating Masks Post Flight

After travelling your skin often needs some extra TLC in the first few days. If time allows consider a hydrating mask. Why are these masks so beneficial? Picture this: you’ve just spent hours in a plane, where the air is drier than your humor after repeating “Please put your shoes on” for the tenth time. A hydrating mask acts like a refreshing drink for your skin, providing intense moisture and helping to revitalize your complexion. It’s the perfect remedy for counteracting the cabin’s dry air, supporting your skin’s barrier, and adding that extra boost of hydration ensuring your skin gets that holiday glow.

Now to save you from falling down the rabbit hole of endless skincare product research (because who really has the time between packing socks and preparing for the “Are we there yet?” chorus?), I’ve handpicked the ultimate travel companions for your skin. Trust me, these are the crème de la crème to keep your complexion as happy as you feel when you find that secret chocolate stash the kids haven’t discovered… yet.

Here’s to journeys filled with laughter, discovery, and impeccable skin care. Happy Travels!

Recommended Antioxidants

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic



Obagi 10% Professional C Serum


Recommended Cleansers

Skinceuticals Simply Clean Cleanser


Teoxane 3 in 1 Micellar Cleanser


Recommended Moisturisers

Obagi Hydrate Luxe


Zo Renewal Creme


Hydrating mask (in clinic favourite!)

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 mask

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