I’ve been taking tons of flights lately for vacation and work and I’ve noticed that my skin has been feeling not so great lately. Dry airplane air, sun and wind exposure, stuck-on sunscreen can all contribute to skin feeling like it needs a tune up. I’ve noticed that my makeup doesn’t seem to completely come off from my usual methods (totally gross to admit, but giving you guys some real talk here!) so I’m sharing the tips that have helped me to really deep clean my skin for when I need it most. And even if you haven’t been traveling, this deep cleaning method works well to help skin adjust to new seasons and feel fresh and clean. Keep reading to learn the tips that help my skin reset and feel great.
4 Essential Tips for a Deep Clean Skin
CLEAN USING MAKEUP REMOVING WIPES
As my first step in my skincare process, I use a makeup removing wipe to take off the day’s makeup from the surface of my skin. I’ve been a long time fan of wipes for their portability and lately I’ve been using the Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes to try out a new type and have been loving the hydrating properties. I’ve tried some wipes in the past that have left my face feeling like it was stripped down, but these feel like I removed my makeup and then applied a toner. A travel tip I have for these and any other makeup wipes: whenever you’re running low on your pack (about 7 or so wipes left), don’t use them up! Buy a new pack and save this “mini pack” for traveling as a carry on in the cabin or in your suitcase. It’s an easy way to avoid lugging around an entire package of wipes when you make only be going on a weekend trip!
STEAM TO OPEN PORES
Steaming is pretty much the reason why I book facials. I absolutely love the warm steam hitting my face. Something about it feels so cleansing and critical to the next steps in a skincare regimen. I found this at home facial steamer online but you can easily prep your skin at home by boiling water on the stove top, turning the burner off, and steaming your face with a towel over your head. If you try this method, make sure to turn off the burner and test the temperature of the steam ahead of time….use common sense! I find that steaming after using the makeup removing wipes really helps my skin purge any makeup or other residue that was clinging to my skin
DOUBLE CLEAN USING CLEANSER
Without fail, I will get a few blemishes on my skin after a long flight so my double clean step is crucial for me. If I’m on a 13+ hour flight, I’m not able to wash my face–no way I’m going to try in those tiny airplane bathrooms. I typically bring my face wipes with me but those can’t replace actual face washing. So I’ve been doing a second cleansing step for when my face really needs it and it’s really helped with my breakouts!
Once my skin has opened up from the steam, I like to follow up with the second step in my double cleanse routine to get my cleanser into my pores for a deep clean. I’ve been using Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser (I remember using this in high school!) because it helps pull out dirt and oil stuck in my pores to avoid any breakouts.
Once my skin has been cleansed, I like to follow up with a moisturizer that locks in hydration and doesn’t make my face feel tight. If you’re doing this in the morning or heading out into the sun, make sure to apply a moisturizer than contains sunscreen!
And there you have it–my 4 tips on how I cleanse and repair my deep clean skin after a long flight (or a change in the seasons).
What are your favorite skin tips that work well for you? Do you also have a skincare routine for your deep clean skin? Let me know in a comment below!
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This deep clean skin post is written in partnership with Neutrogena