Traveling is the healthiest addiction, don’t you think?  And with country borders slowly opening up to South Africans again, that getaway you have been dreaming of is almost within reach.

Before we jetset, let’s talk about our skin when travelling.


The Changing Air

The skin breaks out when it lacks moisture.  Whether it may be the dry air in the plane or that the air at your final destination is dry, it is going to affect your skin.

Always check the weather of the place you are traveling to and adjust your skincare accordingly.  If it is cold, the air will be dry, and your skin will dry out quickly.  If it is a warm place, it will be humid, and your skin will release sebum and be prone to comedones (clogged pores).


Unnecessary Changes In Your Skin Care Products

You have checked into your room, and just when you plan to have a relaxing bath or shower, you see these small skincare products provided by the hotel.

While it is hard to resist the temptation, you need to remember that these products don’t address specific skin problems or are not designed to suit your skin type.

Using them will only lead to breakouts and other skin issues.


A Change In Your Schedule

When you are traveling, your sleep cycle becomes erratic.  Hence, you might not be able to follow the usual skincare routine that you do when at home.

Okay, so the good news is, there are fixes for all these travel skincare woes.

You don’t need to invest in new skincare products while traveling.

All you need to do is tweak your routine and take along only the “must-have” products.

Here is how you can do that.


  1. Carry Towelettes

If you don’t want to carry a cleanser or use the cleanser provided by the hotel, pre-moisten some facial wipes saturated with your usual cleanser. Carry them in a ziplock bag.

You can use them anywhere – in the airplane, while traveling in a bus or car, while sitting at the beach, or in your hotel room.

iS CLINICAL CREAM CLEANSER was designed as a waterless cleanser and is ideal for travelling.


  1. 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.

COPPER FIRING MIST is the ideal travelling mist that comfortably fits into any handbag or travelling bag.


  1. Don’t Forget Moisturizer

A good moisturiser is essential.  It keeps your skin hydrated, which prevents breakouts and skin issues caused by excessive dryness.

Remember to moisturise your skin before you board your flight.   The air inside planes is drying and can damage your skin.

A great travel moisturiser is REPARATIVE MOISTURE EMULSION: It contains our scientifically formulated Extremozyme Technology, which I call the “ bubble wrap for your skin and cells”.


  1. Don’t Ditch SPF

The one product I cannot go without is sunscreen.

Sunscreen goes a long way in taking care of your skin.   It doesn’t just protect us from your everyday sun, but against all UVA/B and C as well as the now common blue light found on all our devices.

iS CLINICAL has a wide variety of SPF’s available.

Speak to your iS Clinical Skincare Professional to advise on the best options for your skin.


  1. 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.


  1. 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 normal moisturiser and SPF to let your skin breathe.

If you are stuck on makeup, PerfecTint Powder Spf40 comes in 5 tints to suit any complexion. And is your alternative to cosmetic powders.


7. Don’t Compromise On Your Beauty Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can make your skin more prone to issues.

So, try to get a good night’s sleep even when you are traveling.

We all want to look good in our vacation pictures. If you take good care of your skin while traveling, you don’t need to rely on foundation to make your skin look and feel good.


Be prepared when packing your products

Bottles (100ml) of all liquids, aerosols and gels that are enclosed in one quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag per passenger to be carried on board.

Which means, unless you are packing your beauty products in your checked baggage, you need to either buy travel-sized beauty products or get refillable plastic containers.

Get a plastic-lined toiletry bag that has a lot of zipper compartments and dividers (at least three), which will come in handy if anything does break or leak

When the air pressure changes in an airplane due to elevation, your beauty products will react. To keep the products in their respective bottles and not all over your suitcase, make sure to release the air from your bottles and quickly close them back up before packing them. Then “tape the tops of your liquid containers to prevent leaking and exploding, and for double protection, recycle old grocery bags and wrap your liquids individually,” before packing them away,


IS Clinical has got a few travel sizes available.

We also have a selection of travelling kits.

Speak to your IS Clinical specialist for more information on these options available.



These are some of my tips for travelling…safe travels and enjoy your well deserved break away.

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