Skincare Travel Essentials

by Elle Mickel March 16, 2022

Skincare Travel Essentials

Travel is back! We know this because we are writing this blog from the beach… and yes, it really is as beautiful as it looks on Instagram.


Now, we could totally be forgiven for turning off and letting the work emails pile up while we indulge in endless Pina Colada’s but, the truth is, our skincare obsession doesn’t end while we’re on holidays!  


We figured that because it’s been a hot minute since we all packed our suitcases and set off, it’s high time to talk skincare travel essentials.


Let’s start with what to pack on the plane.


Skincare To Pack On the Plane

Because of the restrictions on liquids at airports skincare on planes can get tricky. However, we always recommend popping a facial mist spray in your bag. Not only are they great for combatting the dehydrating effects of flying, you can use one no mater where you're going.  



For the plane, for the next day, for the whole trip.

If you are anything like us, flying causes almost immediate breakouts (is it us or the dirty plane air?!?) No matter the cause, pimple patches have got you covered. Literally.

Made from hydrocolloid, they are invisible stickers that go on to the pimple, drawing out the gunk and, most importantly, keeping the area covered and protected from dirt and fingers. Pimple patches take care of the dirty work so that you can get on with your holiday and keep your selfie game strong. 

Our Subi Perfect Pimple Patches are ultra thin so they don't show up in photos or come up with sweat. Store them in your Holoback Clutch so that your patches are protected in your bag.



Your cosmetic bag


Oil Cleansers.

Don’t stop double cleansing on your holiday.

If you are going to a tropical destination, you'll be wearing A LOT of sunscreen. Your simple water-based cleanser isn’t the most effective at getting oil-based things, like sunscreen, off your face.

Think of oil spills in the ocean – oil and water don’t mix – the oil sits on top of the water and remains separated. Same premise for removing sunscreen for your face.

Water based cleansers can’t quite get through to the suncsreen/makeup/sebum on your skin's surface. Instead, this will be removed much more effectively with an oil cleanser or cleansing balm. Subi Bare Skin Balm is super effective and a little goes a long way. It also comes with a little spatula for easy application.


Powder Cleansers

Powder cleansers are your skincare bestie when you travel. They are granulated powders that, when combined with water, lather into a foam cleanser.

You don’t have to worry about your powder cleanser getting confiscated at the airport because there's no liquid in it! Likewise, forget the formula going bad in high temperatures or spillage issues. They have a really long shelf life and seemingly last forever.

Again, a little goes a long way with Subi Brightening Powder Cleanser.As an added bonus you can also use it as a mild exfoliant. Simply add less water and you've got a slightly grittier cleanse that's doubles as an exfoliator. Economical. Love it.




Toners are an essential and should always be used even in your scaled back routine. Pick a toner that will be right for your skins needs while you're away. If you are heading off to the tropics or Europe in Summer, a toner with aloe vera is a great option for those days when you accidentally get a little too much sun.



This one is totally up to you and your skin's needs. If you have really dry or acne prone skin, then you might not want to part with your essences even for a few days. If you can fit it in your bag and are happy to keep up your normal routine then we say go for it.



These are an essential part of your routine – even in tropical and warm destinations! And even for oily skin!

If you are in a particularly humid place and feel that your normal moisturiser will be too heavy, then swap it out for a light gel or cream.

Moisturising your skin doesn’t put excess oil on it. In fact, skipping this step can lead to your body creating MORE oil which clogs the pores further.



Every day, everywhere, every time.

Remember to pack your SPF and to pop it on every morning and then reapply again every few hours. 


TL;DR Your Skincare Travel Essentials

Your skincare travel bag will change depending on where you are going and what time of the year it is. But packing a few essentials, like a facial mist, pimple patches, double cleansers, toner and moisturiser will ensure your skin is happy. That leaves you to get on with the serious business of enjoying your holiday.

Bon Voyage! 

Elle Mickel
Elle Mickel

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