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Essential Skin Care Tips for Travelling

We all look forward to our holidays, but long-haul flights, sleep deprivation, sun and saltwater can play havoc with our skin. You want to travel light, but at the same time your skin needs maximum protection from your holiday activities. So the question remains, which skin essentials should make their way into your toiletry bag?

So you can look fresh faced in all those selfies, Australia’s top skincare and beauty experts offer their essential skincare tips, as well as the best products to use on your travels.

Polished Beauty

Polished Beauty is a luxury beauty salon in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide, owned by award-winning nail professional Jessica Kidner. They specialise in skincare products and services that give the best results in the shortest amount of time – perfect for when you’re on the go!

Skin care travel tips: Sun protection is the most important thing to remember every day, says Jessica, but especially when travelling as you are likely to spend a lot more time outdoors. It’s also really important to cleanse your face thoroughly before bed each night, as removing all the day’s grime and makeup will allow your skin to repair during the night.

Must-have travel products: Jessica recommends cutting down on space in your luggage by looking for two-in-one formulas. Ultraceuticals Hydrating SPF 30+ is a daily moisturiser with a high sun protection factor, saving the need to carry a separate sunscreen.

For cleansing she suggests Ultraceuticals Micellar Solution, a three-in-one product that removes makeup and impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural balance.

Urban Swagman

Based in Brisbane, Urban Swagman specialise in grooming products for Australian men, including natural soap, cologne, beard oils and gift packs. Their products are handcrafted from the highest quality ingredients to keep you looking and smelling great.

Skin care travel tips: Moisturising is really important for men and women, especially on planes, which dry out your skin and throw out the natural balance. Urban Swagman recommend using an oil-based moisturiser to combat the air conditioning and keep your skin radiant.

Must-have travel products: Urban Swagman’s No-Beard Oil comes in a 30ml bottle, so it easily adheres to most carry-on luggage restrictions. This is a daily moisturiser and aftershave in one, they point out, which allows you to travel light.

Its well-balanced mixture of natural oils is quickly absorbed into the skin, leaving no greasy feeling or shine. It also has an enticing masculine fragrance.


An award-winning day spa, MISS FOX offers a peaceful space for the ultimate in relaxation and pampering in the heart of Melbourne. The spa offers a variety of soothing and rejuvenating treatments including body scrubs and massages with organic essential oils.

Skin care travel tips: Travelling can dehydrate your body and impair your circulation, which can lead to swollen hands and feet and dry skin. The beauty experts at MISS FOX recommend starting your beauty routine from the inside out by drinking plenty of water during your flight. It’s also important to hydrate your skin from the outside, with a face mask, serum or nourishing moisturiser.

Must-have travel products: Plan ahead, says MISS FOX. They recommend starting your journey to healthy skin before you take off with CosMedix Rescue+ Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask, then boosting hydration mid-flight with Jane Iredale Pommisst Hydration Spray.

When you arrive at your destination, help protect your skin with a moisturising sunscreen like CosMedix Hydrate+.

La Mav Organic Skincare Science

La Mav Organic Skincare Science is the first Australian skincare brand to be certified organic. Developed through years of research and blending modern science with ancient practices, La Mav’s products aim to work with nature to defy age and reveal your inherent beauty.

Skin care travel tips: La Mav advises using a serum containing hyaluronic acid to protect your skin from the ravishes of a long airplane flight. This product has long been promoted as a ‘fountain of youth’. Follow the application of serum with an intensely hydrating moisturiser and drink plenty of water on your flight.

Must-have travel products: ‘Face mists refresh your complexion immediately, enhancing skin's natural radiance,’ say the professionals responsible for La Mav Organic Skincare Science.

They add a face mist formulated with rosewater and aloe vera is the best instant fix for dehydrated skin. Make sure to look for a travel-friendly spray bottles of 50ml or 100ml to fit easily into your carry on.

Fleur de Lys Medi Spa

Fleur de Lys Medi Spa offers a wide variety of spa treatments and pampering packages for singles, couples and groups in a luxurious setting in the vibrant suburb of Woollahra, Sydney.

They specialise in skincare, utilising the latest dermatological science in a nurturing environment to perform skin peels, microdermabrasion and skin rejuvenations, amongst other treatments including their popular Moroccan-style Hammam.

Skin care travel tips: Sun, pollution and air conditioning are all damaging to the skin, so make sure your skin is as clean and pure as possible to start with. Fleur de Lys Medi Spa are the first in Australia to offer a ‘Gold Facial’ that uses pure 24 carat gold to deliver that holiday glow and radiance to your skin before you even check in for your flight.

Must-have travel products: If your skin needs an instant revival while away, Elizabeth Arden PRO Hydrating Antioxidant Spray and Payot Brume Anti-Pollution Hydration Spray are Fleur de Lys Medi Spa’s favourites, while Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Action Protector with SPF50+ offers a high level of protection.

For a great all-round travel skincare product, HydroPeptide’s Soothing Balm will give you a complete facial on the go and also doubles as a body lotion and hand cream.

Essential Beauty

Over the last 25 years, Essential Beauty has grown from a single salon in Adelaide to a major franchise with more than 70 salons nationwide. Renowned for keeping up with the latest procedures and technology, they offer a wide range of beauty and grooming treatments for both women and men.

Skin care travel tips: Because travelling is extra tough on your skin, Essential Beauty experts suggest using a night cream during the day for extra protection. Just make sure to layer it with your sunscreen if you’re heading out into the sun! But their top tip is even simpler – don’t forget to take your own cleanser with you, as a sudden change of products can cause breakouts.

Must-have travel products: For the best cleansing and hydration, they recommend Tonic Cleansing Milk and Tonic Night Cream. If you have extra room in your suitcase, they also say it’s worth packing the Tonic Day Moisturisers. is now one of Australia’s leading online retailers of makeup and luxury skin, hair, and body care products. Owned and operated by skincare professionals, offers speedy delivery, free samples and personalised skincare advice, in addition to their extensive range of beauty goods.

Skin care travel tips: Streamline your skincare by using travel-sized products, say the skincare professionals at, and consider products that have more than one function to save time and space. Don’t forget your usual regime just because you’re on holiday.

Make time to cleanse and moisturise twice a day, and spray regularly in between with a hydration mist, which is also an in-flight essential. Try using a light-tinted moisturiser in place of foundation.

Must-have travel products: A good quality BB cream is a great multi-tasking product, they advise, as it offers you vital SPF protection, deep hydration, serum properties and a tinted base all in one product. A hydration mist is also essential, as this gives your skin a moisture boost as often as needed and can even be applied over makeup.

Mademoiselle Beauty

Mademoiselle Beauty is a French-inspired beauty salon in the heart of Brisbane, run by a dedicated team of beauty professionals headed by Sarah Cvetkov, who has over 15 years of training and experience. They offer a wide variety of beauty treatments and products, priding themselves on always being on the pulse of the latest trends and innovations.

Skin care travel tips: Stay away from things that will dehydrate you even further on your flight such as coffee, salt and alcohol. Mademoiselle Beauty recommends travelling as lightly as possible, suggesting you invest in a travel-sized skincare kit. They are a great option for those carry-on only flights, as they contain everything you need in a manageable size.

Must-have travel products: The beauty experts highly recommend an Alpha H 5-Piece Skin Solutions. These are available for all skin types, and most contain cleanser, scrub, SPF, hydration cream and a mask. If you have to make a choice, they personally recommend the moisturisers: Protection Plus Daily SPF 50+ for day wear and Essential Hydration Cream for night.

Esstudio Galleria

Based in the trendy Chippendale suburb of Sydney, Esstudio Galleria’s interior has been described as French Renaissance with pirate-ship undertones. The convivial, relaxed atmosphere extends to the beauty experts who offer a range of hair, beauty and wellbeing treatments to pamper your whole being.

Skin care travel tips: Try not to wear too much makeup on your flight, warns Jacqui Arnold from Esstudio Galleria. Any makeup you wear hinders your ability to moisturise during a flight. Before you disembark, use a cream foundation, BB or GG cream and then blush or bronze yourself to your heart’s desire.

Must-have travel products: Jacqui’s favourite product for any trip is a Maddi & Dylan cloth. Originally intended for babies, they are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin and are perfect for removing all of your makeup. They are easy to clean while on the go, simply run under warm water.

Travelling need not be a disaster for your skin. Pack your toiletry bag with great multi-functional products, protect yourself from the sun and do everything you can to stay hydrated.

Wherever you’re travelling this year, face the world with confidence thanks to these top beauty tips from some of Australia’s leading beauty experts. You’re sure to be selfie-ready in no time!