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30 Dec, 2022

Maximise your holiday health and self-care routine with Oskia

With the New Year comes new opportunities for travel, some may be preparing to hit the ski slopes, whilst others are looking for ways to enjoy the warmth of some winter sun. Whether you’re heading on your travels now or later in the year, we wanted to share some of our top tips on how to maximise your health and wellbeing whilst on the road.


Hydration: Your in-flight skin saviour

Did you know the inside of an airplane cabin is drier than the Sahara Desert? That feeling of tight, dry, dehydrated skin when stepping off a plane is caused by low humidity levels and recycled air inside the cabin, which suck moisture from the skin and leave it feeling thirsty and aggravated. Hydration is key when it comes to flying as our skin cells need water to survive, so be sure to drink plenty of water or herbal teas and use skincare serums containing Hyaluronic Acid. Spritzing skin with a facial mist or toner like OSKIA’s Floral Water can help to refresh skin throughout the flight and is great when applied before a serum. OSKIA’s Isotonic Hydra-Serum quenches thirsty skin, calms and comforts by helping to repair the skin barrier, as well as using clever bio-hacking technology to encourage the skin to produce its own Hyaluronic Acid (as opposed to simply supplying it to the skin as an ingredient). If your skin needs an extra boost, try using a nourishing facial oil like Restoration Oil to replenish and protect even the driest of skin - before, during or after a flight. For dark circles, puffiness and dehydration around the eyes, apply OSKIA’s Eye Wonder serum in a thick layer to act as a refreshing and brightening eye mask.

Top tip: dampen two cotton pads with cold water and place these on top of the thick layer of eye serum all over the eye area for an extra de-puffing treat.

Close your eyes, lie back and relax.

We’d advise re-applying your skincare once every hour for maximum hydration if possible. Be wary of caffeine and alcohol, as well as airplane snacks such as crisps and nuts - these can contain high levels of salt which can cause further dehydration.

Travel-size essentials: perfect for your hand luggage

Travel sizes are a great option for those who are weight-restricted, trying to save space or simply taking hand luggage. Why not try a travel-size skincare set for a complete and efficient routine? OSKIA’s Deluxe Travel Collection will provide you with travel-sizes of their bestselling Renaissance Cleansing Gel, Renaissance Mask, Micro-Exfoliating Balm, Super 16 Serum and Nutri-Active Day Cream. Apply your serum and moisturiser regularly on the flight to hydrate, then cleanse with Renaissance Cleansing Gel and follow with either the Micro-Exfoliating Balm or Renaissance Mask to exfoliate skin as soon as you reach your hotel or accommodation – this will ensure you remove any traces of bacteria lurking on the skin from the flight. Other OSKIA travel sizes we love are the 7ml Isotonic Hydra-Serum (bio-mimetic hydration serum), 30ml Floral Water (for soothing and refreshing the skin), 30ml Rest Day Cleansing Milk (for ultra-sensitive, dry or stressed complexions) and the 30ml Renaissance Body Treatment Milk (for silky smooth body skin on the go). You can shop our other travel favourites here.

Remember your SPF!

You’ve heard it before: over-exposure to the sun can cause skin damage, premature ageing and increase chances of skin cancer. It’s vital to wear a facial SPF daily to protect from these harmful side-effects, especially when travelling to a hot destination or whilst exposed to long periods in the sun. We’d recommend using an SPF of 30 or above for the face, such as OSKIA’s SPF30 Vitamin Face Cream. They also make a wonderfully lightweight SPF30 Vitamin Body Milk for all other areas of the body – the added bonus is that both of these products are marine-friendly and contain additional skincare benefits for healthy skin.

Protect skin from city pollution

Headed for a city break or off to sightsee a built-up area? As fun as city breaks can be, touring the city can expose us to a particularly high level of air pollution, including Particulate Matter (PM), Ozone (O3) and heavy metals. These are caused by industrial activity, underground travel and vehicle emissions, which not only impact our respiratory systems but can also cause major damage to our skin. Particulate Matter, Ozone, heavy metals and free radicals can all contribute to cellular and DNA damage, breakdown of collagen, increased sensitivity and inflammation, fine lines and hyper-pigmentation – to name a few. OSKIA’s Citylife range is specifically formulated to target these pollutants and protect skin daily. For the most complete anti-pollution protection, OSKIA’s Citylife Booster can be mixed into your daily serum or moisturiser and is clinically proven to defend your skin against 98% of Particular Matter and 97.7% of free radical activity. The Citylife range also includes a facial mist, cleansing concentrate and an eye and lip balm, so you can take steps to protect your skin from harmful pollutants at any stage in your skincare regime.

Taking healthy habits with you

We know not everyone can take their favourite food subscription with them on their travels but fear not - there are other ways to maintain some of the healthy habits you’re already familiar with at home. This can provide stability and help to maximise health and wellness during your trip; whether that be in the form of your usual morning meditation or yoga, making a list of healthy snacks you can buy locally to keep energised on your adventures, or a quick trip to the hotel gym, there are ways for all of us to keep a piece of our self-care practice going whilst away relaxing or exploring. Whilst some will enjoy the escape from everyday reality, if you have a particular fitness or health goal in mind, make a plan rather than playing it by ear. Factor in both movement and nutrition, as much as sightseeing and relaxing. But make sure to be easy on yourself and always return to the simple tools that make you feel your best, which may be as simple as breathing, 10 minutes of meditation, more fruit and vegetables, drinking water, mindful eating and spending more time in nature.

You can always book in your healthy food delivery pre-holiday to help you feel clear-headed on your travels, knowing you'll have plant-rich nutrition waiting for you on the other side.

Wherever you’re off to on your next travels, we hope these tips will encourage you to elevate your self-care routine and give skin the TLC it needs on the go.

OSKIA have partnered with us on the Ultimate Reset to provide a whole travel bag with travel essentials including a Renaissance Cleansing Gel 35ml, Renaissance Mask 14ml, Super-R x7 capsules & Super-C x7 capsules. Book your Ultimate Reset to get your free gift from OSKIA here.