A 14-hour flight is the worst thing about traveling, especially for you skin! You’re going to be soaking in sunlight and enjoying the outdoors so it’s important to take care of your body’s largest organ on your vacation. Here is the ultimate skincare guide for taking care of your skin. 10-steps for prepping your skin at night before your flight and before leaving for the airport. Most of the products can be used on any skin type and cost less than $20, with most products falling under $10!

Step 1 — Oil Cleanse

Jojoba Oil for $7.76

Fighting oil with oil. The idea behind slathering your face with oil is that it will attract to the dirt, oils and gunk that has piled on your face throughout the day. Because of jojoba’s natural anti-inflammatory properties, it helps reduce redness, hydrates your skin and even helps with eczema and rosacea. The Vitamin E and B in the oil helps repair your skin. And if you’ve been losing eyelashes, jojoba oil is great for building lash strength and even helps you grow longer, healthier lashes.

How to use: 7–8 drops of jojoba oil on your palm. Rub the oil to warm it up and gently rub it all over your face. This is one of the few oils that you can use around your eyes. After a thorough rub, take a warm washcloth and wipe away.

Jojoba Oil: https://amzn.to/2JCnxV8

Step 2— Double Cleanse

COSRX Good Morning Gel Cleanser $9.80

Water with water. After cleansing your face with oil, now you need to tackle your skin with a gentle wash. My esthetician recommends not using a foaming cleanser because the chemicals used to make that soft cloudlike bubbles can irritate your skin. So if you’re acne prone, have sensitive or dry skin like me, skip the foam and go back to basics. Use CeraVe Hydrating Face WashKrave Beauty’s Matcha Hemp Cleanser or COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel CleanserPaula’s Choice Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser is also popular but I have not used this before.

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser: https://amzn.to/2JwLsoV

CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash: https://amzn.to/3bNrFNX

Krave Beauty’s Matcha Hemp Cleanser: https://amzn.to/3dT91Gb

Paula’s Choice Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser: https://amzn.to/2X4Kist

Step 3— Exfoliate

The Ordinary Lactic Acid $12.74

I use to love the black sugar scrub and apricot seeds but these are all physical exfoliators that can be harsh for your skin, cause microscopic tears and remove healthy skin cells. Best to use Japanese Cure Natural Aqua Gel which is gentle. Chemical exfoliators sound dangerous but are actually more gentle for your skin. I use Blithe Patting Splash Mask Soothing & Green Tea which is $30 however I also recommend The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + Ha 2% which is less than $13 and leaves your skin so soft.

How to use: Blithe splashing mask is based on the Korean tradition of splashing water to moisten face after a bath. To use this, fill a basin with almost 3 cups of water (~23 oz) and add a capful of the Blithe splashing water and splash and pat your face for 15 seconds. Pro tip — In the shower, pour the Blithe onto your hand and splash on your face while diluting it with the shower water.

Blithe Green Tea Splashing Mask: https://amzn.to/2wYfmzE

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5%: https://amzn.to/3bYhFBN

Cure Natural Aqua Gel Link: https://amzn.to/2X3FhjX

Step 4— Toner

SoonJung ph 5.5 Toner for $13.90

Your skin has many layers and toner can penetrate to the deeper levels. Important step for acne prone skin. ETUDE HOUSE SoonJung pH 5.5 Relief Toner helps to balance your skin’s natural pH level. Keep this product refrigerated for extra cooling effect on your skin.

Other popular brands include KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial TonerHadalabo JAPAN Skin Institute Gokujun premium hyaluronic solution, and Son & Park Beauty Water.

ETUDE HOUSE SoonJung pH 5.5 Relief Toner: https://amzn.to/2JzQKQr

KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner: https://amzn.to/2V08QQH

Hadalabo JAPAN Skin Institute Gokujun Premium: https://amzn.to/3bOdzvS

Son & Park Beauty Water: https://amzn.to/2xMhOco

Step 5— Essence

Primera Miracle Seed Essence for $15

Essence targets wrinkles, fine lines, and dull and uneven skin tones. A popular ingredient used are snails! The glycolic acid in snails helps with your skin’s elasticity and to promote collagen growth. It’s great for anti-aging. I use COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence.

If you’re grossed out by snails or looking for a vegan friendly alternative, use Primera Miracle Seed Essence.

How to use: Tap this onto face.

Primera Miracle Seed Essence: https://amzn.to/343MMJl

COSRX Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence: https://amzn.to/3aF7Ub9

Step 6— Ampoule/Oil

Pure Tamanu Oil for $16.18

Ampoule is a supercharged serum or booster for your skin problems. Instead of using an over the counter product, you can use tamanu oilTamanu oil is amazing for skin regeneration, reduces the appearance of acne scars and even helps with athlete’s foot. You want to go for 100% pure tamanu oil that has been cold pressed.

This is great for spot treatment and can be mixed with tea tree oil.

How to use: Put a few drops on your hand and rub on the trouble areas of your face, back and neck acne. Use sparingly.

Life-flo 100% Pure Organic Tamanu Oil: https://amzn.to/3dOX6cD

cheaper tamanu oil can be found for $9.99https://amzn.to/3azOuEF

100% Pure Tea Tree Oil: https://amzn.to/2X4OloF

Step 7— Serum

The Ordinary Niacinamide for $12

Serums are more potent and works deep into the skin. When finding serums, Hyaluronic Acid is a magical water attracting ingredient. My boyfriend loves this French brand La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid SerumPolyglutamic Acid holds 10x more moisture than Hyaluronic Acid. Use Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum. Another popular ingredient is Niacinamide which minimizes large pores and blemishes. Use The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

How to use: This should also be tapped onto the face.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: https://amzn.to/2UCDY9Y

Inkey Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum: https://amzn.to/2JCu2Hr

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum: https://amzn.to/2UVjAA8

Step 8— Face Mask

Glamglow Supermud Mask for $8.94

For oily skin, you should use a clay mask to detoxify and draw out impurities in the skin. People love the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. This is a Bentonite clay formed from volcanic ash. Mud masks are hydrating for dry skin. I love Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mud Mask with activated charcoal because you can see every single pore. It also has AHA and BHA. AHA is derived from sugarcane and helps with collagen growth as well as the skin’s natural turnover process while BHA helps kill bacteria and can be used to treat warts or calluses.

How to use: To use the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, do NOT use any metals to mix this because the metal will neutralize the charged particles. Use 1:1 parts 1/2 spoon of clay to 1/2 spoon of apple cider vinegar and mix thoroughly. Place on your T-zone. Pro tip — You only need a thin layer and you do not need it to completely dry before washing.

Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask: https://amzn.to/2X5TJIs

New Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay: https://amzn.to/2xImhwP

Step 9— Eye cream

Radha Rosehip Oil for $16.95

My primary eye concerns were these stubborn milia bumps under my eye that appeared a year ago and decided to stay. Milia is formed from sebum, oil buildup and dead skin. Usually it’s removed with a needle by a dermatologist. They can also freeze them.

I wanted to find a natural way of ridding them. The skin around the eyes are so sensitive that using rosehip oil can increase cell metabolism and rid of these annoying cells as it contains Vitamins C, D, E and B-carotene.

How to use: Get one of those free mascaras from Sephora or take a clean small scrub and use one drop of rosehip oil with a drop of lemon juice and gently scrub over the milia bumps. This is also great for reducing dark circles.

Radha Rosehip Oil: https://amzn.to/346O3iF

cheaper rosehip oil for $7.99: https://amzn.to/2UBztN8

Step 10— Moisturizer

SoonJung 2x Cream for $12.97

To add extra moisture, I use a few drops of rosehip oil onto Etude House SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream. Your body naturally produces less sebum at night so your skin can be dehydrated when you wake up. Adding rosehip oil reduces hyperpigmentation, encourages collagen growth, brightens and hydrates skin and protects it against sun damage.

Make P Hydrate Me Micro Tension Cream is great for drier skin has been proven to increase your moisture by 80%!

Etude House SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream: https://amzn.to/3dOfJxf

Make P:Rem — Hydrate Me. Micro Tension Cream: https://amzn.to/3dTu5fZ

Mornings: Sunscreen

Purito Centella for $14.90

Sunscreen is one of the most important products for your face. The UVA and UVB rays from the windows on planes can be even more dangerous for your skin. Highly recommend this Purito Centella Green SPF50+. The higher the SPF, the better! One of the best things about this sunblock is that it’s for all skin types and it’s reef safe! There are so many coral reef diving and swimming sites that will not allow you to swim unless you are wearing reef safe sunscreen. Protect your face and protect the ocean!

PURITO Centella Green SPF50+: https://amzn.to/2RhxdIE


Morning Skincare

Before your flight

Step 1 — Wash face with just water

Step 2— Toner

Step 3— Essence

Step 4— Serum

Step 5— Moisturizer mix in 3 drops of rosehip oil

Step 6— Sunscreen


Night Skincare

Day before your flight

Step 1 — Oil Cleanse

Step 2 — Double Cleanse

Step 3 — Exfoliate

Step 4 — Essence

Step 5 — Ampoule/Oil

Step 6 — Serum

Step 7— Exfoliate

Step 8— Face Mask

Step 9— Eye Cream

Step 10— Moisturizer

Remember to drink plenty of water especially coconut water.

Happy & Safe Travels!

xoxo: Stephanie Cheng

For inquiries: email webackpacktravel@gmail.com

— YouTube Channel References 

Beauty Within YouTube
Liah Yoo from Krave Beauty
Gothamista

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