My Streamlined Travel Skincare Routine

My Streamlined Travel Skincare Routine

If I could, I’d live in the sky. Apart from the frequent trips I take to Johannesburg, I do love to travel. Paris, Lucerne and Amsterdam are some of the destinations I’ve checked off my list, whilst Santorini, Marrakech and the Bahamas remain on my bucket-list. But long-haul flights aren’t too great for your skin which is why I’ve developed a somewhat handy routine to combat the dryness of cabin pressure and ready my skin for the change in climate that is to come.


When a meeting isn’t on the other end of a red-eye, I usually travel bare-faced. I need quick access to a hydrating sheet mask and some collagen-boosting eye patches. Garnier has recently come out with a trio for almost all skin conditions. Aptly named Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, each of these 15 minute treatments work to intensely hydrate. The pink sachet soothes, so if your skin feels tight and dry like mine after a long-haul flight, you’ll love the chamomile extract, hyaluronic acid and hydrating actives included in the ingredient list. Dehydrated skin types will gravitate toward the blue sachet which contains pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid and plant serum formulated to leave skin feeling and looking revitalized and radiant. But should your concern simply be rebalancing, the green sachet formulated with green tea extract, hyaluronic acid and hydrating glycerin will work to help pores look less visible and help mattify skin.

In an effort to combat puffy eyes just before touch-down, I like to indulge in an eye treatment. I’m not incredibly fussy but I have been loving the Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks. These provide a much-needed boost of radiance and smoothness to the under eye area. If you’re obsessed with Korean skincare, you’ll want to try the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Eye Patch. They much more affordable and also work to revitalize dark, dull patches around the eyes. And before I hop off the aeroplane, a quick spritz of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist is a must.


After a day of exploring, I’m pretty much ready to take the day off. It’s why the aptly named Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is first up in my evening routine. It’s soooo good at getting rid of all your make-up. I won’t ramble about it too much so be sure to click here for the review.  I then proceed to wash my face with my daily gentle cleanser which happens to be the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser – I have been using it for about two years now. I’m normally satisfied with this double-cleanse, however, I do prefer to also travel with an exfoliator. The Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash is a favourite but I have been loving the formulation of the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant. The latter is super ideal when dealing with multiple concerning environmental factors such as pollution. It’s also better to travel with as it’s a powder making airport security less likely to chuck it in the bin should your regular liquid exfoliator exceed the accepted 100ml.

When traveling, tightness and dehydration is also a major concern. It’s why the Clarins Hydra-Essential Bi-Phase Serum has become an absolute favourite both at home and “on the road”. It’s lightweight but manages to still quench skins thirst instantaneously. I’ve also been using it with the Clarins Hydra-Essential Silky Cream. It really is a great, no-fuss everyday moisturizer that leaves skin looking and feeling plump and radiant.

For the eyes, I’ve been loving the Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye SerumBesides the fact that they are so cute you’d confuse them for midnight treats, they pack a hardworking ECLX (Enhanced Ceramide Lipid Complex designed to help improve firmness, elasticity, texture, puffiness and under eye discolorations. For my lips, I always use my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant. 


My morning routine is quite similar to the steps I take in the evening. I do, however, skip my cleansing balm and jump straight to my Kiehl’s Utra Facial Cleanser. I then tone using the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner. I hydrate with my Clarins Hydra-Essential Duo and finish off with a hardworking SPF. Lately, I have been using the SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF50+ Broad-Spectrum Moisturizing Sunscreen

What comes along with you when you travel? Let me know in the comment section below.

Cynthia Gwebu & Aisha Baker-Parnell pictured in Reunion Island