Great Skincare While Traveling

July 2024

A Portable Skincare Routine to Maintain Your Glow On-the-Go

It’s summertime – that wonderful season of vacations and weekend getaways. Vacation is for relaxing, shedding the stresses of everyday life, and perhaps indulging a bit more than usual. It’s refreshing to leave certain responsibilities behind, but some things should come along for the trip, like your skincare routine.

Packing up your at-home skincare routine isn’t the easiest to do – available luggage space is at a premium, and how can you possibly choose which products to bring and which to leave behind? Not to mention those pesky TSA liquid restrictions for carry-ons.

Plus, we know it can be challenging to keep up with routines when you’re on vacation, since letting loose is kind of the point, but the extra time in the sun and heightened activity only increase the need to maintain your skincare.

Luckily, our providers and estheticians have some great tips and guidance for maintaining a skincare routine while you’re on the go.

Traveling’s Toll on Your Skin

Vacationing is wonderful! But for your skin it can be quite the opposite, which is why your skincare routine shouldn’t take any time off.

There are a few ways traveling can impact your skin – even before you get to your destination – but there are ways to stay fresh, hydrated, and glowing on the go.


    Our skin needs a little extra TLC while in flight, thanks to the depressurized – and therefore dry – cabin air. This low-humidity environment can leave skin dry, itchy, and even flakey, especially during lengthy flights.

    Different Climates

      Depending on where you’re traveling, you might be going to a completely different climate. Switching from a cold climate to a hot one, or from a humid climate to a dry one, can wreak havoc on your skin since it has little time to adjust to the change.

      Different Environments

        Planning to sit on a beach for several days? Maybe you’re headed into a big city. Environmental factors like sand, wind, and pollution can give skin a run for its money, especially exposed areas like the face.


          Let’s face it – no matter how relaxing it is once you get where you’re going, there is always some travel stress you can’t avoid. Packing, leaving in time, catching a connecting flight, or long travel hours will cause some stress that can manifest on your skin, especially if you’re prone to stress-related breakouts.


            Summer vacation and sunny days go hand-in-hand, but going from a 9-5 workday spent indoors to a 9-5 beach day under the sun is a shock to the skin and requires extra attention to prevent burns that can quickly put a damper on your trip.

            Whatever factors might be at play on your vacation that can impact your skin, you can be prepared with skincare products that can take on anything your trip throws your skin’s way.

            Overcoming the Challenges of Skincare While Traveling

            Here are the top tips for overcoming some of the biggest challenges of maintaining your skincare routine while traveling.

            Pack products to tackle your travel challenges. Whether it’s a change in climate, days in the sun, or a long flight, consider what you’ll need to care for your skin while you’re away. Here are a few recommendations for different travel situations.

            • Hydration is critical for battling that dry cabin air. Pack a moisturizer you can apply before and during your flight to keep skin hydrated all flight long.
            • If you’re headed to a sunny, warm destination, pack that sunscreen, moisturizer, and after-sun skin cream to protect and nourish your skin during and after time in the sun.
            • If you’re prone to breakouts, make sure you’re traveling with the products you’ll need to manage it if it happens.

            Decide how you can downsize your routine. Chances are you’re not going to pack up your entire skincare collection. What do you really need for the time you’ll be away? Our dermatologists recommend bringing at least these three essentials:

            • Sunscreen or sunblock rich in antioxidants; make sure to reapply every 2 hours, protection is key to prevent burns, skin cancer and signs of aging! There are many SPF products out there, read on for some of our provider’s favorites.
            • Cleanser to remove impurities such as dirt, oil and sunblock to keep pores clean.
            • Hyaluronic Acid (HA) serum is lightweight, hydrating, plumping and gives a beautiful glow.

            Invest in travel-size containers. If you can transfer some of your skincare products to smaller containers, consider purchasing some TSA-friendly sizes for your essentials.

            Try new products before you leave. The last thing you want is to have a bad reaction to a new skincare product while you’re away. Try any new products ahead of time to make sure they work for your skin.

            The Best Skincare Products to Bring on The Road

            Some of our expert providers have weighed in with their favorite skincare products that they wouldn’t leave behind while on the road.

            Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner, Sarah Winholt, NP-C, from our Milford, OH clinic, always travels with:

            • Skinbetter TONESMART SPF 75 Sunscreen Lotion
            • Skinbetter Alto Advanced Defense and Repair Serum

            Licensed Esthetician, Michelle Nunez, from our Bedford, NH practice recommends the following products as must haves for summer on the road!

            • Revision’s Gentle Foaming, or Revision’s Papaya cleanser for light exfoliation
            • Revision’s C+ Correcting complex 30%  
            • Alastin’s HA Immerse Serum
            • SPF:
              • EltaMD Aero spray
              • Isdin mineral brush – easy to reapply over makeup
              • EltaMD sheer SPF stick for face and body – easy to pack!
              • Isdin Eryfotona, a 100% mineral SPF 50 sunscreen with an innovative blend of peptides, antioxidants and DNA Repairsomes, helping repair existing sun damage and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

            Finally, Medical Aesthetics Provider and Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner, Jill Bickford’s three must-have products when traveling are:

            • Alastin’s Gentle Cleanser
            • Alastin’s Restorative Skin Complex
            • Alastin’s Hydratint – Hydratint doubles as SPF and light foundation and has become a favorite amongst the team in Stratham!

            You might be taking a vacation, but your skin isn’t. Pack your skincare products for your trip and treat your skin just as lavishly as you treat yourself