One of the things that people miss the most while travelling is access to their beauty products, but can you bring skincare on a plane? Today, we go over the Australian rules regarding skincare products and travelling on a plane.
ABF's Guidelines: Can You Bring Skincare on a Plane?
Yes! You can bring your skincare on a plane. The Australian Border Force has strict rules regarding liquids, aerosols, gels and powders but the good news is, as long as your skincare products are in bottles of 100ml or less, you can bring them onboard.
Fact: The ABF (Australian Border Force) is who makes the rules in Australia, similar to how the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) makes the rules in the USA.
Liquid Skincare Products
A liquid is defined as a product that is in liquid state when at room temperature.
The only rule regarding liquids you need to worry about is the 100ml rule. The bottles must be 100ml or less and you must have them in a clear plastic bag so security can see them at the screening point.
You are able to have multiple 100ml bottles, but they must fit inside an 80-centimeter bag (eg. 20 x 20cm or 15 x25cm).
The size of the bottle must be 100ml or less, you cannot have a 200ml bottle and have it half-full.
Serums like our Tri-Hyaluronic Acid Serum already come in the perfect 30ml size, so make sure to pack it on your travels, especially for dehydrating international flights.
Medically Necessary Liquids
If you have medically necessary liquids, you are exempt from the limits and can bring them onboard, as long as you have a doctor's letter explaining why you need it.
Powder Skincare Products
A powder is defined as dry particles produced by the griding or crushing of a solid substance and falls under 2 categories: organic powder or inorganic powder.
There are no limits to the amount of organic powder you can bring on a plane.
Good News - Most cosmetics and skincare products are organic powder.
An inorganic powder is a powder that does not consist (or derived) of any living matter.
The limits for inorganic powder are 350ml or 350 grams per person, and this is calculated by weight. Similar rules apply regarding container size, you cannot use a half full container that is designed to hold more than 350 grams.
Powders DO NOT need to be put inside your clear zip lock bag like liquid skincare products do.
Examples of Beauty & Skincare Liquids, Aerosols, Gels & Powders
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Can I Bring Skincare on a Plane in My Carry-On Bag (Carry-on luggage)?
Yes! As long as you stay within the liquid limits of 100ml per bottle and 350g weight for powders, you can bring your skincare products onboard in your carry-on baggage.
Are There Limits for Skincare in Checked Luggage?
No, the limits do not apply for checked luggage.
Are The rules Different for Domestic Vs. International Travel?
Yes, if you are flying within Australia on a domestic flight, there are no restrictions for how much liquids, powders, aerosols and gels you can carry onboard.
We hope we've cleared up some misconceptions when it comes to travelling with your skincare products.
As always you should always check with security or staff at the check in counter if you're unsure what you can travel with.
If you're travelling with a checked bag (checked baggage), we recommend you put the majority of your skincare in there to avoid any problems.
Just make sure it's packed correctly so you don't get any breakage (like glass bottles).
If you're travelling carry on only, simply follow the rules above to make sure you stay within the limits.
You can find many travel-sized containers for liquid and solid skincare products (beauty products) online or in grocery stores.
Your skincare routine doesn't have to suffer while you're on the road.
Keep your skin hydrated and remember to bring a reasonable quantity of your skincare essentials in a small bottle or 7, there's no need to bring the entire collection.