Exclusive: How To Travel-Proof Your Skin, by Zanita Whittington

Lisa Patulny
PHOTO: @zanitazanita

Zanita Whittington doesn't need much introduction; the model, photographer, creative and blogger (phew) has appeared on both seasons of Fashion Bloggers, is regularly counted in "best of" streetstyle roundups and spends her time working on collaborations with mega brands like Matches and Schwarzkopf, as well as on her eponymous site. Whittington is seemingly always in transit, Snapchatting her way across Australia, Sweden and a zillion other international locations she visits in the name of work. Also the owner of a stellar complexion, we couldn't think of a better person to hit up for her tips on how to travel-proof your skin. Keep scrolling for Whittington's must-try skincare tips and travel buys! 

  • My skin dries out heavily on the plane, so only the richest, most hydrating products will do. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado ($41) is amazing—it’s balmy so I can slather it on and it never migrates into my eyes like other formulas can.
  • I’m somewhat of a sleep mask aficionado—a good one is an instant escape. I often have problems with masks putting pressure on my eyes which can hurt after a few hours, but Go’s Sleep Shade ($19.95) is soft, comfortable and easy to wear.
  • Upon landing, I always need an emergency moisture fix. I cover my face in Charlotte Tilbury’s Multi-Miracle Glow ($80) and leave it on for as long as possible. It leaves my skin bright and baby smooth. 
PHOTO: @zanitazanita


I used to pack on the fly, adding every random thing I might potentially wear to my suitcase, with no real rhyme or reason. I find if I write a list of things I want to bring (and will actually wear), I eliminate the possibility of packing five pairs of heels I won’t end up wearing. 


If I’m headed to a destination I’ll be staying in for quite some time, I need to be able to mix and match my pieces instead of being limited to repeating one kind of outfit. Right now my suitcase is packed with denim, navy, white, black and khaki separates—neutral shades means my outfit combinations increase because I can combine different pieces for a multitude of looks.


For me this is usually a candle or a few Polaroids to stick on my vanity. If I arrive in the evening, I like to unpack my things, light a familiar candle, play some music and have a glass of wine. It helps to ease the displacement of being in a different time zone. 


It’s a mistake to give in to exhaustion and sleep away an afternoon when arriving in a new destination. Even if I’m crazy-tired, I’ll have a quick shower then get outside to explore my surroundings. It’s important to adapt as soon as possible to prevent jet lag and make the most of your journey.


Travelling long distances can be distressing. The best way to recover and keep yourself going is to get moving, even if it’s just for twenty minutes each day. Nobody wants to arrive at their destination (or home) feeling worse than when you set out. 

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