Joanna's Tips and Tricks

8 Skincare Routines And Travel Tips for Glowing Skin In Every Zip Code

High school reunion, destination wedding, Caribbean cruise with the in-laws… let’s face it, traveling can be stressful. But we all want to step off that train/plane/ocean liner looking our age-defying best – especially when there’s high ‘running into an ex’ probability. Long plane trips can particularly stress your skin, but there’s also changing climates, more time spent in the water and/or sun, not to mention the effects of all those margaritas.


But the good news is, with a just a few key tips, you can feel confident that your complexion will look flawless crossing times zones– while giving those high school mean girls something to really talk about.

1.Moisturize

Plane-prep your skin and protect it against the dehydrating effects of cabin-pressure with a moisturizer that is deeply hydrating, like First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. Formulated with Colloidal oatmeal and shea butter, this cream ensures that you start your trip of right, with soft, smooth, hydrated skin. For extra flight insurance, boost hydration with a serum that penetrates deeply into the skin and delivers a high concentration of active ingredients and antioxidant protection. Joanna Vargas Daily Serum contains hyaluronic acid, which binds moisture to the skin and antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E to repair and prevent oxidative damage that contributes to visible signs of aging.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, 6oz., $30, firstaidbeauty.com
Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, $85, Amazon.com

2. Forgo the foundation

Skip the foundation until you reach your destination and re-apply moisturizer as needed, especially during a very long flight or after a nap when your moisturizer may have rubbed off on those luxurious in-flight pillows. Also, avoid anything that might dehydrate your skin, like in flight alcohol but if you must drink be sure to add water to the mix.

3. Show your lips lots of love

Pack your lip treatment in your carry-on and keep lips hydrated while flying. There’s nothing worse than going to put on your lipstick, only to find you have a dry, cracked canvas. A good lip treatment is also a must if you’re headed for a dry climate.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26, sephora.com

4. Drink lots of water

In addition to helping flush out toxins, which helps keep skin looking clear and fresh, water will also help keep bloating in check. You might want to request an aisle seat.

5. Slather on hand cream

Protect your hands from the drying effects of harsh soaps found in airplane/public restrooms.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $15, kiehls.com

6. Blot oily skin

If you’re oil-prone, using blotting papers instead of cleansers will keep oiliness in check without stripping skin of much needed moisture. Remember that eating tons of green veggies can help eliminate oily skin or something that seems contra-intuitive, like adding more oil to your skin. Like my Rejuvenating Serum as studies show that Argan oil and Jojoba oil can reduce oil production and acne.

Up & Up Oil-Absorbing Sheets, $4.49, target.com
The Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum, $100, Amazon.com

7. De-puff your eyes before you de-plane

Banish puffiness around your eyes with a concentrated treatment mask that hydrates and revives in flight. However, additionally you might want to swear off salt-laden foods, skipping that nightly glass of wine and going to bed early before you go on vacation. You will be preparing to look your best as we can image you will do your worst during your time off.

Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Firming Mask, 5 pairs, $60, Amazon.com
Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Hydrating Mask, 5 pairs, $60, Amazon.com

8. Mist your mug

Rosewater is deeply hydrating and great pick me up after a flight. It also works great as a primer for makeup and refreshes skin when you’re busy beach hopping.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, $16, herbivore.com