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Keep Skin Healthy While Traveling

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The holidays are in full swing! And for a lot of us, that means we’ll be spending some time in the airport, traveling near and far to celebrate this season with our favorite friends, family and loved ones.

If you have spent any time in the airport, you know that the dry air can really cause some issues for your skin. That’s why we have decided to share some helpful skincare tips for those traveling during the holidays. So when “picture time” inevitably makes its way into your holiday festivities, you — and your skin — will be ready.


Before you make your way to the airport, there are a few things you can do in order to prepare your skin for the trip. Exfoliate the night before with a gentle face scrub to help get rid of excessive dead skin cells.

Then, follow it up with a pre-hydrating mask to ensure your skin is well hydrated for your trip. Finally, make sure you get plenty of rest before your wake-up call. A good night’s rest can make all the difference between a good skin day and a bad one.

During Flight

Contrary to popular belief, you should not use hydrating sprays or water-based products. When the air is dry, like it is on an airplane, it looks for water wherever it can. Which means, the air will literally rob your skin of its moisture.

Instead, apply a layer of moisturizer or facial oil every hour to avoid moisture loss. And make sure that you are drinking plenty of water during the flight. While an in-flight cocktail may seem tempting, a bottle of water is going to be much more beneficial for your skin.


Once you’ve arrived at your destination, continue to fill up on water. If you can, try to exfoliate and cleanse your face upon arrival and layer on that moisturizer.

Whether you’re at a tropical destination or deep in the snowy mountains, make sure you apply sunscreen. This will help lock in moisture and protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

It’s also important that you take time in between your skincare routine to really enjoy your time with your favorite people during this chaotic holiday season. And, of course, set aside some time to schedule your annual dermatology check-up for the New Year!

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