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How to Do In-Flight Skincare While Traveling During the Holidays

Well everyone, travel season is officially upon us, and my skin is already feeling repercussions from the cold, dry airplane vent. There’s really nothing worse than getting off a plane, train, or even out of a car after a long ride, and just feeling your entire trip on the surface of your skin. So, in order to prevent the inevitable toll traveling is going to take on your skin, here are a few ways to keep things fresh while you make the journey home for the holidays. 

1. Wipe down ALL of your surrounding surfaces 

Hit the window, tray table, the seat in front of you, the seat you’re sitting on, EVERYTHING, with a handy antibacterial wipe. Basically, if you’re gonna touch it, wipe it down. It’ll keep you from spreading harmful bacteria all over your face and neck. It also doesn’t hurt to keep makeup wipes and hand sanitizer in your carry-on, just in case you touch something you might regret later. 

2. Bring along your favorite sheet mask

When you’re flying, the dry air is so dehydrating for your skin. If you’re traveling during the day, use a sheet mask to cool and refresh your skin, and combat the stuffy airplane air. If you’re traveling overnight, I definitely suggest you bring along a dependable over-night mask to pack in extra moisture. It might not be the most attractive thing to mask among strangers, but your face will definitely thank you in the morning.

3. Use a face mist regularly

Plenty of brands offer facial mists in travel sizes, and 3.2 ounces and under is good to fly with. Honestly, what feels more luxurious than misting your skin in an airplane bathroom? If you’re looking for something to calm your skin, and give you a fresh bit of moisture, a facial mist is definitely the way to go. Everyone around you will appreciate a clean scent too. It’s a win-win really.

4. Don’t forget your lips

There’s nothing worse than chapped lips on vacation, especially when you’re visiting your loved ones. No one wants a kiss from cracked lips, and no one wants to kiss with cracked lips either. So, protect your lips from the second you get going by regularly applying a heavy lip balm.

5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

You’ve heard it a thousand times, but it doesn’t hurt to hear it again. Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your entire body, but especially your skin. When you’re traveling, it is vital to keep hydrated in order to keep your energy up and get yourself going. Drinking water helps prevent you from that gross post-travel feeling of gritty skin, tired eyes, and all the things that make us feel run down. So make sure you’re waving that flight attendant down every chance you get (or bring your own refillable water bottle). 

Makenzie is a current Senior at Emmanuel College studying Communications + Media Cultural Studies and Performing Arts. (Try saying that three times fast...) She's been a part of her school's Her Campus chapter since it's very first semester, and has been chapter advising for 2 years. Makenzie is also a National Writer for HC's beauty section, Campus Trendsetter, and former HC Community Development Intern. Makenzie is incredibly excited to be finishing up her last semester as Co-Campus Correspondent of HC Emmanuel. Interested in joining yourself? Hit her up anytime! 
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