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A skincare routine becomes most necessary and least convenient during the same activity: traveling. Whether you cross the US or go overseas, traveling takes a toll on both mind and body. For instance, commercial transit involves spending great lengths of time in environments full of recycled air. Alternatively, foreign locales may have climates and products dissimilar to those at your home. Nevertheless, routine application of sunscreen, mist spray, lip ointment, and more can keep your skin healthy and glowing. Plus, getting a professional skincare treatment before your trip can further enhance and protect your appearance.

Below, we list crucial products—and some extra tips—for a healthy skincare routine during travel:

Facial Cleansers or Wipes

First, take care to bring along your preferred facial cleanser (or, at least, a suitable substitute), as the cleansers supplied in many hotels and resorts tend to be cheap brands that dry out users’ skin. Pay heed to airlines’ restrictions on liquids and toiletries. While plenty of such items can go in checked luggage, those in carry-on bags cannot surpass the TSA’s Liquids Rule.

Moreover, to avoid skincare emergencies arising from lost or delayed luggage, we recommend trying facial wipes for travel. They offer greater convenience than liquid cleansers and can fit in both checked and carry-on luggage. Wipes work particularly well on make-up, which you may want to forego altogether during your travels.


Given the drying effects of recycled air on planes and trains, you should pack and frequently apply moisturizer for your travels. Effective products help keep skin moisturized, which in turn prevents breakouts and other dry-skin problems.

Additionally, hydrating helps skin remain moisturized. During flights and rides as well as sightseeing tours, make sure you have plenty of water.


Skincare Treatments

Anyone who travels to the tropics will understand the importance of sunscreen. Nevertheless, this product’s protection can—and should—extend beyond the poolside. Skin care experts recommend applying sunscreen before boarding a plane, as that mode of transportation takes passengers closer to the sun’s UV rays. Applying sunscreen before a plane ride also helps you establish a daily habit of using this product.

Also, keep in mind that going overseas will entail shifts in your schedule and the availability of products. Do your best to follow your routine skincare schedule with preferred products, but prepare to adapt as circumstances demand.

Sheet Masks or Facial Mist Spray

You can further protect your appearance through sheet masks or a facial mist spray. The former offers a quick way to spritz moisture onto your face and provide it with a hydration boost (which works particularly well in colder climates). The latter offers a slower, deeper moisturizing effect for those who have a moment to relax.

You should try to avoid touching your face as much as possible during your travels. Doing so helps prevent drying it out and introducing novel germs or substances onto its skin.

Ointment for Lips

In addition to your facial skin, traveling also dries your lips. Once chapped, lips can crack or even bleed. Yet, as with sunscreen, frequent application of lip ointment protects your appearance. It fights dryness with moisturizing effects. Furthermore, simple products—such as Vaseline or Aquaphor—travel well and work wonders.

Finally, get plenty of rest during your travels. Sleep supports the health and longevity of all our bodies’ organs, including the skin. So, once you’ve arrived at your hotel or resort, treat yourself to a long evening of relaxation.

High-Quality Skincare Treatments Available for Washington, DC, Region Residents!

Although stressful and often rushed, travel need not become unhealthy. With effective products and careful practices, your appearance can remain as luscious and healthy as ever. Moreover, before or after your trip, you can seek professional skincare treatments and services at ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists of Shady Grove. Our team seeks to deliver excellent services to all patients so they can feel healthy and confident in their appearance. For more information, call us at (301) 679-7192 or schedule an appointment online now.

Suzel Hall

Suzel Siller Hall, M.D. is dedicated to providing exceptional care for her patients. She became part of the Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists family after moving to Washington, D.C. from her home state of Texas in 2011. She received a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She then received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed an internship in General Surgery and residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Hall joined the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio as an Assistant Professor.

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