Destination: Flawless Skin

Beauty editors and bloggers have published countless lists of various serums, masks, and other must-have in flight items. While I’m sure their arsenal of products all work wonders, I prefer to keep these types of things to a minimum. The fewer products taking up space in my carry-on bag, the better.

Below are the basic can’t-travel-without-em skin savers I always have on hand as well as some common sense tips. So no matter where you are going, you arrive with your freshest face.

My #1 rule: No Makeup. If you’re flying straight from work or an event, or you want your babe to see the best painted version of you before saying goodbye at the drop off, okay fine. But wash it off before stepping foot on that flight. If you’re incredibly uncomfortable going without, a tinted-moisturizer, rose-hued lip balm, and a touch of mascara will do the job.

When I’m still at home, I gently wash my face and smooth on multiple layers of thick moisturizing cream. I also dab an extra layer of eye cream under my eye and up around my lower brow.

Drink lots of water! Flying can be super drying for your skin and body. It is worth the additional trips to the loo to keep you quenched from the inside out.

Here’s everything you will need in one clear, sealable bag:

Hand Wipes
This one goes beyond clear skin. After touching in-seat screens, tapping tray tables, snapping seatbelts and so on, your hands are basically BLECH. Give them a good wipe down before you even think about touching your face (or food, for that matter).

Cleansing Wipes
About halfway through a long flight or right around landing, I like to refresh my skin with an invigorating cleansing and toning pad. This removes any excess oil and overall feeling of grossness. Single sealed pads are the way to go because they’ll never dry out, you only take what you need, and you know they’re clean enough to touch your face.

After refreshing, I reapply a thick moisturizer to retain hydration and protect my skin from the super dry plane air. Since tubes can compress and make a mess when opened, I prefer small pots, pumps, or individual packets. Rub any leftover moisturizer into your hands, which need love too.

Consider a moisturizer that has an SPF. Being in the sky, you’re closer to the sun and getting full-on exposure when sitting in a window seat.

Lip Balm
Lip balm is a must when it comes to protecting your pout. Glosses won’t last as long and they aren’t meant to keep you from getting chapped and dry.

With those few items, you’re all set to fly the friendly skies. Safe (and gorgeous) travels this holiday season!

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Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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  • Nikaila

    I wash my face every morning and every night! It makes me feel so clean and refreshed! I use CeraVe and Neutrogena. I’ve never tried any of these face/skin cleaning products. But it looks and sounds good, so I’ll give them a try 🙂 Thank you for the new ideas Julianne!

  • Nikaila

    always gotta keep your skin clean and healthy!!

  • Kate

    Love these tips!

  • Madison

    Loved this post! I think for an upcoming post a gift guide for Christmas would be fun! Or even your wish list for the holiday season 🙂

  • Christina

    Great tips! I’ve been consistent about taking better care of my skin lately, and I’ve noticed such a difference. 🙂

  • Julia Robinson

    These are some great tips! I’m going to be traveling a lot soon so this was great! Thank you so much!

  • Camilla❤️

    “Consider a moisturizer that has an SPF. Being in the sky, you’re closer
    to the sun and getting full-on exposure when sitting in a window seat”
    I never really thought about this. I always prefer the window seat when I am traveling, and I have traveled a lot the past year! but I never really payed attention to the fact that my skin could be affected even though I am sat inside the plane. I partly blame this on the fact that I always fall asleep as soon as the plane has left the ground and usually never wake up until we are about to land(oops). I am def going to remember this for my next flight 🙂
    Many thanks from Norway 🙂