5 Skincare Mistakes You Might be Making When Traveling (And How to Fix Them)


Taking a trip? It's important not to skip on your skincare routine, not just for your Instagram selfies, but to prevent breakouts and dryness due to environmental changes and increased sun exposure. On the flipside, you might actually be doing more damage to your skin with the wrong skincare practices.

Here are 5 skincare mistakes to avoid on your next overseas holiday! (And what you can do instead!)

1. Doing your Skincare In-Flight

Have you ever licked your lips,only to realise that they quickly become dry again? In an airplane, the dry air pulls moisture from its surroundings, including your skin. When your skin is wet from freshly applied products, it makes it an even bigger target for moisture loss. Plus, the airplane can be a playground for bacteria and other germs, so applying your skincare on an airplane may even cause breakouts and other skin problems.

What to do instead?

  • Prep your skin before your flight by applying a moisture-restoring serum before you head to the airport.
  • Right after, apply a rich cream to lock in the moisture and keep the hydration from escaping. This creates a barrier between your skin and an airplane's dry & recycled air.

2. Skipping on Sun Protection ☀️


The sun is the no.1 reason for skin-aging. When you're up in the clouds on a plane, the ozone layer is thinner and UVA & UVB rays hit you stronger than when you're on ground level. This makes your skin more susceptible to burns, premature wrinkles and dark spots.

What to do instead?

  • Apply sunscreen! Make sure that your sunscreen is at least SPF 30 and up and PA++ to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Tip: An amount the size of a 20¢ coin is enough to cover your entire face!
  • Have sensitive skin? DERMABELL's Sun Perfect Cure Cream uses Titanium Dioxide to protect your skin, which is EWG-Green and does not irritate sensitive skin.

3. Not Tailoring your Skincare to your Destination

Different environmental conditions can affect your skin in various ways. A hot, humid & tropical climate like Singapore's might cause your oil glands to produce more oil than usual, while a cold & drier climate might leave your skin thirsty for moisture. Hence, its important that your skincare nourishes your skin and protects it in the right ways.

What to do instead?

  • For hot & humid climates: Unless you have very dry skin, avoid overly rich moisturisers that can clog the pores. It is also important to properly cleanse your skin to avoid impurities causing breakouts and infections.
  • For cold & dry climates: Be sure to use products that not just prevent moisture loss, but help to nourish and restore moisture into the deeper layers of skin. Look for ingredients such as collagen, ceramides and peptides.

4. Using Products that Contain Alcohol


One of the most well-known products that dry out the skin is alcohol. Switch out your products that contain denatured alcohol, SD alcohol and isopropyl alcohol. These alcohols damage and thin out the skin barrier, causing your skin to become more sensitive over time.

What to do instead?

  • If your products do contain them, switch them out for one of our alcohol-free ones to avoid dry and sensitive skin on your trip!

5. Not Cleansing/Nourishing Properly After a Flight

You've just landed, your skin is feels dry and your pores are enlarged. This is the perfect opportunity for bacteria and other germs to settle on your skin, causing clogged pores, breakouts and even infections. Neglecting your skin when you're off the plane would be detrimental to its state, so definitely clean & nourish it as soon as you reach your accommodation.

What to do instead?

  • Be sure to remove any product residue on your skin by using a cleansing water before going in with your regular cleanser.
  • Add moisture back into your skin using a soothing and hydrating face mask. (This one has roses in it!)

Premium Rose Modeling Gel Mask | DERMABELL BASIC

There you have it, 5 skincare mistakes you can avoid on your next vacation. Share this with a friend going on a staycay or business trip, and stay tuned for more of our skincare advice.

Have a safe flight! ✈️