My job is wonderful as it allows me to see so many different countries, however sometimes all the flying really does take it’s toll on my skin, especially when I’m flying through the night! After working as a Flight Attendant for almost a year and a half, consistently trying and testing different skincare brands and reading endless amounts of reviews, I think (fingers crossed) I may have finally cracked it!
I have struggled with oily/combination skin and I never usually go a day without a spot on my face! Therefore, my skincare routine is focused around reducing oiliness and combating spots, whilst also trying not to dry out my skin too much (flying does that for me anyway), eliminating scarring and of course reducing fatigue. I found that most products that aim to reduce spots also dry out the skin, reducing oiliness which is great on the ground, but not so great in the air! My skin is currently in the best condition it has been in a long time and I put it down to this routine…
STEP ONE – REMOVE MAKE UP
I have only recently discovered that removing your makeup before cleansing works wonders! Before now, I used to hop in the shower with all my makeup on and use my face wash to remove it… lazy, I know! I now use the Garnier PureActive Micellar Cleansing Water to remove all traces of my makeup. This particular formula is great for oily skin prone to imperfections, as it works to reduce redness and any inflammation whilst preparing your skin for the next step. It’s also extremely satisfying to remove your makeup with the micellar water after having worn the same, full face of makeup for sometimes over 15 hours!
STEP TWO – CLEANSE
I have broken down this step into three sections; exfoliating, cleansing and detoxing…
The Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser is my holy grail, I cannot rave about this product enough! I have been using this exfoliator 3 times a week for around 2 months now and I can’t believe I didn’t discover this earlier! I take only a small amount of the product into the palm of my hands and rub my hands together to make the foam, I rub this all over my face for about 60 seconds in circular motions (I’m careful not to scrub my skin too hard though). I then wash it all off and my skin feels like it’s been given a breath of fresh air! This is one of the most expensive products within my routine but I can promise you, it’s worth every penny!
I have used the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit cleanser every single day for goodness knows how long, maybe 5 years? And I have no urge to try anything new! I use a small amount of this cleanser twice a day, it helps to remove any excess makeup and lightly exfoliates, which is great for the days when I’m not using my Suki Exfoliator.
The Soap and Glory Face Soap & Clarity; another product I’ve been using for years. And, again, I have no urge to try anything different as it really works for me! I use this product twice a day, I use less when my skin is feeling drier, but on days when I feel a bit more oily, I use more! Sometimes I may skip this cleanser if my skin is feeling particularly dry as it can be a bit harsh. All in all, my skin wouldn’t survive without this!
STEP THREE – TONE
After cleansing I use a cotton pad and the Simple Soothing Facial Toner to tone my skin. If my skin is feeling a little more problematic I swap the Simple toner for the Acnes Anti-Bacterial Powder Lotion (which is, in fact, not a powder!). I picked this up in Singapore when I forgot my other toner and I’m desperate for another trip there as I’m starting to run out!
(OPTIONAL) STEP FOUR – RESURFACE
I use the Alpha Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid to hep to overcome any imperfections. I find this product can be pretty harsh on the skin if used too often, therefore I only use it when I land from a long haul flight, or when my skin is particularly irritated and dry. It helps to hydrate the skin and boosts the production of collagen, making my skin look and feel a bit more alive! I wear a small amount of this overnight and it leaves my skin feeling super fresh and smooth the next morning!
STEP FIVE – SPOT CREAM
My final step… Anybody that knows me will know I never go to bed without white dots of spot cream on my face. I generally use a benzoyl peroxide based spot cream in any areas that are particularly problematic. Benzoyl Peroxide is very harsh when it comes to drying out spots and most products can only be prescribed by a doctor. A great alternative is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Spot Treatment, it’s great for travelling!
And there you have it, my skincare routine. I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this is useful for those of you with similar skin to mine, or those who are looking to try something different! I check in a bag for every trip I have so I don’t have to worry about condensing my routine or decanting my products into smaller containers, but for some trips where I can’t check in a bag, I do have an alternative routine, let me know if you’d be interested in a post about this!
Thank you for reading!