Summer is finally here and it is likely that you will take a little time to see the world- whether that means traveling by car, taking a cruise or flying across the globe. Travel can be stressful on your body and on your skin with changing climates, altitudes, humidity and anxiety levels.
With these simple travel tips you can keep your skin care regimen simple and your skin happy during your trip.
On the way…
- If you are flying, remember to carry on products that are 3 ounces or less and place them in clear, sealed plastic bags to make going through security a breeze.
- The air in the cabin of the plane can be dry, so hydrate well the night before your trip with an intense moisturizer. Bring a lip balm and moisturizer with you on travel day and use as needed.
- Skip foundation- especially on long flights where the length of time your make-up is on is longer than a normal day.
- Bring facial cleansing wipes with you so you can keep oily skin under control and refresh during the trip. These clothes should be mild so that you can eliminate oil and shine without stripping the skin’s natural moisture.
- Care for your eye area which can get puffy after a long trip. Take along an under eye cream that hydrates and contains an anti-inflammatory ingredient to sooth irritation and reduce puffiness.
- Minimize the occurrence of break outs by keeping your hands away from your face. Traveling means increased exposure to bacteria and pollutants that can end up on your hands. Avoid transferring the bacteria to your face by either using a travel size antibacterial hand sanitizer or waiting until you can thoroughly wash your hands before applying products to your face.
- Take your favorite cleanser with you. Your skin is accustomed to your daily cleanser and an abrupt change in products can cause over drying or breakouts.
- If you are traveling out of the country it may be difficult to find the skin care products you are used to, so take them along in your checked bag. Make sure they are well packed inside of sealed plastic bags to prevent any leaks from spilling into your luggage.
Once you arrive…
Keep your skin care simple. After all, you are on vacation. When travelling, you are exposing your skin to new climates with possible changes in temperature, sun exposure, salt water and humidity. Even over a short period of time, these changes can have an impact on your skin heatlh.
- Cleanse twice daily with your normal cleanser, adjusting based on your skin’s reaction to the new climate. For example, if your skin seems overly dry after a day in the sun and you normally use an AHA cleanser, skip it and opt for water only. Avoid using hotel soaps and body washes which often contain fragrances and other chemicals that can irritate and dry out the skin.
- Protect yourself with a SPF 30 sun block. Even if the sun is not shining, you are still exposed to damaging UV rays. Make sure your sun protection system contains a physical sun block ingredient-either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide- for broad spectrum protection. These ingredients block both UVB rays (those that burn you) and UVA rays (those that cause long term damage and premature aging). These sunblocks are worth the extra cost. Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients that work against one or the other type of UV rays, but not the full spectrum.
- Keep your skin moisturized with a light, oil free formula that is easily absorbed. A serum made with a super hydrator like Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) and Vitamin B6 will replenish your skin and protect against moisture loss.
- After the sun, visit the Spa for a hydrating mask treatment or take along a do-it-yourself hydration mask to remove build up, replenish moisture and sooth irritation.
Remember to re-pack the travel items you used on the way to your vacation when you head home. Even if you are not looking forward to getting back to your daily routine, your skin is.