Tip: Blemish Free Face Post Travel

I remember complaining that I always had a zit here and there after travelling. I always wondered why and I thought it might be due to the fact that my face was extra dirty from all the sight seeing and exploring. I went to Melbourne for 2 weeks and came back with a few big zits on my chin and nose. I went to Singapore and came back with more blackheads than ever. So I decided to experiment with my cleansing routine. I recently came back from Hong Kong, and my face DID NOT break out!


I was armed with 3 main things.

1. SimplicityΒ – I only had a cleanser, toner and moisturiser (and of course sunscreen for the day)




cleansing tools

For cleanser, I used Estee Lauder’s Nutritious Cleanser. This EL cleanser also acts as a cleansing mask so I’d apply it on my face and leave it there for a couple of minutes before blasting out my Clarisonic Plus. I’d only use my Clarisonic in the evening to get rid of all the dirt and dead skin cells especially during travels. Then, I’d apply a hydrating mask. I really like theΒ Antipodes’ Manuka Honey Mask for this purpose because it hydrates AND keeps bumps at bay. I wash it off after 10 minutes, then pat on my toner and moisturizer. That’s it! The mask keeps my face hydrated from sleeping in the air conditioned hotel room, and the Clarisonic exfoliated away all my dead skin cells. I suspect these are the 2 main reasons. If you’re sensitive to the Clarisonic, I guess any exfoliating agent would suffice.

Do you break out during or after travelling? I always did until my most recent trip, and I’ll stick to this routine the next time I travel. Do you have any tips to share?


xoxo Lily



  • I usually never break out when traveling – it’s back home when the chickens come to roost! I love the sound of this Antipodes Manuka Honey action…further investigation begins… πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      The Manuka Honey mask is really good. I hardly repurchase masks but I’m on my second tube.

  • Liz

    I used to break out so frequently that breaking out during travels didn’t faze me much. I always assumed that any changes had to do with the water difference in each region though, unless you deviate drastically from regular skin care. I’m off to San Francisco for a wedding in a few weeks and debating what to take. Travel size newbies for ease or the usual stuff that treats me well depotted into ugly leaky containers? Decisions, decisions.

    • Lily

      I always thought it was maybe the change of weather but I’m thinking for me, it’s definitely the change of routine. Do a post on your travel skincare tip! It’ll be great to know πŸ™‚

  • You know, I broke out like CRAZY this last trip to California. I don’t know WHAT happened. Normally I get nothing, but this time it was HORRIBLE. Totally taking my Clarisonic and that Antipodes mask with me on out big road trip later to take Marky to college. I don’t want it to happen again! It’a taken me 2 weeks to get my skin back to normal again. Bugger travels haha.

    • Lily

      Ah! Marky + college = exciting! And Marky + college + USA = even more exciting but I’m sure you’ll miss her like crazy. Yes, do try this combination duo and let me know if it works for you too!

  • Hiii Lily!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ There is nothing worse than post-travel breakouts–I feel you on that!! But I completely agree with you on the simplicity plan. Now when I travel I usually just bring my prescription acne gel Epiduo, a small decant of my Caudalie SOS serum for more moisture on my cheeks, and sunscreen and that’s usually good enough to keep the blackheads at bay πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      Becca!!!!!!!!!! Where have you been????!!!!!!!!!

  • Hey Lily! No not really… My breakouts are mostly hormone-related. I keep a tube of Effaclar K with me on the plane though, just in case my skin decides to act up!

    • Lily

      I’ve read so much about this Effaclar K and how it’s so great. I’m just thankful I don’t need it at the moment. Hormone related breakouts are annoying. You can’t control it >_<

  • I always get breakouts whenever I travel abroad. I think it’s because of the change in climat and diet mostly for me.

    • Lily

      It’s annoying isn’t it? It’s like, hey! Fun when I’m here!! But when I reach home, I gotta deal with breakouts. UGH!

  • I think it’s the airplane πŸ˜› I don’t usually do too badly, although my skin is usually drier after travel from all the changes in atmosphere, etc.

    • Lily

      I like to apply a hydrating sheet mask when I’m on the plane. Then, I’d slap on a thick layer of Clinique’s moisture surge just to keep it hydrated. I wash everything off before getting off the plane and voila, no dry skin!

  • Travel-related breakouts are the worst! I usually just try to be super gentle to my skin afterwards with hydrating moisturizers. Spot treatments where necessary too. Glad you found a routine that works for you, love the simplicity of it πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      I’m glad I found it too! Now, just to test it for another round, just to be sure it wasn’t a fluke. Hahaha!

  • Icaria

    So glad you found a routine that works for you! I very rarely breakout so this isn’t much of an issue for me, I just want to take a plane!!! I need a vacation!

    • Lily

      Where do you want to go for a vacation? I think it’s always lovely to take a vacation once in a while, but sometimes, it’s more tiring AFTER. The irony!

      • Icaria

        At this point anywhere would be good Lily but I only have one week this summer so I may play tourist with my daughter in our city. πŸ™‚

  • Anu

    I need to try the antipode brand. I always have breakouts after a plane ride and hate it. I heard that doing masks in the plane or before it helps a lot. I guess it might be true

    • Lily

      Oh yes, definitely. The air in the cabin is extremely drying so putting on a hydrating mask helps heaps. You should try Antipodes for sure. I’ve tried a few things and they’re mostly good.

  • I always use the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo or some kind of salicylic acid type product to keep clogged pores at bay. If I forget to bring my Clarisonic, I would purchase a “strong” facial scrub with salicylic acid, e.g. Neutrogena Anti-Stress Control facial scrub or St Ives Green Tea scrub and use it at night in place of my Clarisonic.

    • Lily

      Ooooh! I’ve read so much about LRP but haven’t tried it myself. I have 2 bumps on my cheeks, probably hormones and I’m leaving it untouched – hoping it’ll dry out naturally πŸ™‚