Even if youʻre a little bit into skincare, you’ve probably thought a lot about exactly what type of products to bring on the plane. Do you go minimal and only bring a couple? Do you whip out your entire Ao Organics collection? Do you simply drink 100 gallons of water and hope for the best? With all the skincare travel tips floating around on the internet, I know how difficult and confusing it can be to navigate all that information. Needless to say, it can be difficult to choose the routine that actually makes sense for you—and to discern which tips are legitimate and which are, well, total BS. After doing my own research, and speaking with some skin experts, Iʻm going to share with you the skincare travel tips that are actually worth it and the ones you should probably skip on your next vacation.

Between the dirty cabin air with unnaturally dry air, change in humidity level, lack of sleep, and uptick in travel-induced stress, your skin becomes compromised [during travel], leading to breakouts. Even though breakouts while traveling may ultimately be impossible to ignore altogether, it’s still worth the effort to avoid as many of them as possible. Which is why I want to share these tips.

Do: Wear sunscreen—even in the air

“Airplane windows are typically made of polycarbonate plastic or layered composite glass,” New York City-based dermatologist Cherise Mizrahi-Levi told TPG. “While there is negligible transmission of UVB rays through plastic and glass windshields, UVA transmission through these windows is significant.”

Why is that important? Well, though you won’t necessarily get a sunburn since that’s caused primarily by UVB radiation, UVA rays penetrate the deeper layers of skin and are known to cause photoaging (sun spots and wrinkling). And since you’re closer to the ozone layer — almost six miles closer to be more exact — the sun’s rays are simply more powerful. Plus, extended exposure to UVA rays can contribute to the development of skin cancers.


Don't: Use a makeup wipe to remove your makeup

Makeup wipes are full of harsh and harmful chemicals that disrupt the pH balance of your skin and its acid mantle. The acid mantle is a protective layer of your skin that keeps out the dirt and impurities, and seals in the moisture and natural oils.

Instead reach for our Get Naked Makeup Remover, which is 2oz and TSA approved to be packed in your carry-on luggage. This oil gently melts away stubborn, waterproof makeup without stripping the skin's naturally protective barriers, leaving skin soothed, refreshed and balanced. It also dissolves impurities and cleanses skin without clogging pores, leaving your skin soft and radiant.



Do: Carry A Facial Mist Spray

This is a must-have for everyone! Whether you are on a weekend trip or a long vacay, never forget to carry a facial mist. It is hydrating and will keep your skin refreshed throughout your trip. When you spritz it on your face, you add moisture to your skin. This is especially helpful if you have dry and combination skin or if you are traveling to a colder climate.

We have three Facial Mists to choose from:

Rose Water Toner: For Sensitive Skin

Hibiscus Mist Toner: For Dry or Combination Skin

'Ōlena & Honey Facial Toner: For Acne Prone, Oily, & Combination Skin

Donʻt: Avoid Touching Your Face Often

Keeping your hands off your face helps minimize breakouts. Strictly abide by this rule when traveling. This is because you might pick up unknown bacteria that can cause multiple skin issues. Wash your hands with an antibacterial hand wash or sanitizer as much as possible.

Do: Bring Your Favorite Facial Cleanser

A facial cleanser is more important than your serums and under eye creams. A daily cleanser makes sure that at the end of the day, your skin is devoid of dirt, pollution, and impurities. Unclean skin is a strict no-no wherever you are!

All of our Cleansers in the 2oz size are TSA approved for your carry-on so you never have to leave home without it.


Don’t: Forget Moisturizer

A good face moisturizer helps maintain your skin’s health. It keeps your skin hydrated, which prevents breakouts and skin issues caused by excessive dryness. Remember to moisturize your skin before you board your flight. The air inside planes is drying and can damage your skin.

Our Ili Hydration Moisturizer is the perfect daily moisturizer for all skin types, including combination and dry, irritated skin with eczema and psoriasis, ‘Ili is specifically formulated to keep your skin hydrated, supple, and flawless.

Do: Skip Makeup

Whether you are about to board your flight or check out some tourist spots, makeup is a strict no-no. Many prefer using a tinted moisturizer while traveling, but it is better to stick to your daily day cream and SPF to let your skin breathe. This is because the changing weather conditions and atmosphere may cause your skin to break out.

The Ultimate AO Travel Essentials Set

Our AO Travel Essentials Set includes

  • 'Ōlena & Honey Gel Cleanser (2oz) *perfect for all skin types
  • Get Naked Makeup Remover (2oz) *if you don't wear makeup this is great for double cleansing & removing sunscreen
  • Rose Water Facial Toner (2oz) *Chelsaʻs Go-To toner when she is on the go or traveling
  • Ili Hydration Moisturizer (1oz)
  • Reusable Bamboo Cotton Pads (set of 10)
  • Free AO Reusable Zipper Bag
July 26, 2021 — Chelsa Davis

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