Travel Skincare Essentials: How I Avoid the Airline Toilet!

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by JESSIE JING, The Disoriental

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Airline toilets are a NIGHTMARE for somebody like me who gets ever-so-slightly paranoid about germs. That reason and that reason alone is why I am very specific on my travel skincare routine, with the ultimate goal of avoiding having to do my skincare routine in the toilet.

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I will be flying to Malaysia in a week’s time and since it’s a direct flight it will be a total of 13-14 hours which consists of my day and nighttime routine. By now we all would have likely come across the 100ml liquid & 1 plastic bag airline policy so… how do I fit both my routines without compromising the quality?

Read more to find out how I’ve planned it all out to the T.

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I really do not want to be in the airline toilet cleansing my face with the low-pressure tap and small basin, with a potential turbulence right around the corner, to sweep me off my feet and into the toilet bowl...

So, I stick to wipes.

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes and Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Gentle Pads

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

I love these wipes, it has been part of my core makeup list as it doesn’t contain alcohol and will not dry up your skin.

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Gentle Pads

I’ve recently introduced these into my skincare essentials for the purpose of this trip, and I’ve found them to be an exceptional product! After using it, my skin felt soft and nourished, rather than this ‘dry’-clean feeling. Note that I did pick the ‘gentle’ pads which I’ve checked has no alcohol in it.


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Atomy Aqua Toner & Secret Key Essence

To save space, I’ve mixed my Toner and Essence together into a spray bottle which you can get from any drugstore. If you don’t already know what an Essence is, think of it like an added toning layer for hydrating and enhancing your skin. Spritz spritz away!

Serum and Moisturizer


The Ordinary Buffet Hyaluronic Acid + B5

This is one of my newfound essentials I am in LOVE with! It keeps my skin bouncy, plump, and hydrated - perfect introduction for my long-haul flight! Plus, the bottles are 30ml which is great as travel companions.

Atomy Aqua Cream & Neutrogena Hydro Boost Instant Facial Cream Mask Pods

I usually have two separate moisturizers for day and night. For the purpose of the flight, I’m actually only bringing my day cream - Atomy aqua cream. However, I’ve also found these Hydro Boost pods by Neutrogena and CANNOT wait to try them in-flight. They are the perfect travel-size, indeed! I’ve previously used Neutrogena’s products and hadn’t any skin reactions, and I’ve checked that there is no alcohol in this cream mask. So, win-win!


Sheet Mask

Dr. Jart+ Porecting Solution Bubbling Sheet Mask

I’ve tested out this mask a few months ago and a big fan! The best thing about sheet masks is if you don’t have space for a separate serum bottle with you for travelling, you can always bring a sheet mask along and use the serum there.

Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Eye Serum

As like my moisturizers, I have two separate eye creams for day and night. However, for the purpose of the flight, I will only bring my day as it is hydration-focused. It also has the metal magnetic applicator, I’m hoping it can help reduce any major puffiness of my eyes from being in high-altitudes for long hours!

Eau Thermale Avene Very High Protection Fluid

I’ve recently discovered and tried out this sunscreen and found it truly skincare-compatible, as it has a dry touch and does not leave any white nor shiny sheen on the face. Definitely one I needed for this trip, especially to Malaysia!

Carmex Original Lip Balm

Carmex is my one and only.


Sheet Mask

This is a little touch of luxury, but one that I am obsessed with. The spray of this face mist literally feels as though I am putting my face into soft cotton. As it is pure, thermal spring water, there are no other ingredients that could cause any irritation or oily/sticky residual feeling.


And these are my Travel Skincare Essentials, and How I Avoid the Airline Toilet!!!

Travel Skincare Essentials

Article and Product Photographs by JESSIE JING, The Disoriental

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