Travel is a wonderful activity but can interrupt our diets, make our skin break out, and cause other health issues. If you have a big vacation or work trip coming up, you’ll want to take steps to support your skin to look and feel its best. Read on for some tips to help keep your skin glowing and healthy no matter where you go and how long you’re away for.
Stick to Your Skincare Routine
When we travel, we don’t have our usual routines to help us keep good habits in check. However, focus on keeping up your same skincare routine anyway, so your skin doesn’t suffer. It’s already likely to struggle while you’re away due to dehydration from plane travel, so do it a favor by keeping your morning and night routines consistent.
Deviating as little as possible from your regular cleansing, scrubbing, moisturizing, and other activities will help you avoid having to deal with irritated skin, acne breakouts, eczema, and other issues towards the end of your trip or when you get home. Pay particular attention to your eyes and lips, too, since these areas tend to be the first to dry out and get sore when in different environments.
Pack Essential Products
The easiest way to stick to your skincare routine is to pack the essential products you use at home. Don’t rely on hotel products since these often aren’t the best quality and may have ingredients that don’t agree with your skin. They’re also not what you usually use, anyhow, which can lead to breakouts.
See if you can find travel-sized versions of your favorite items to take with you. If compact options don’t already exist, buy some travel-friendly empty plastic bottles or other containers and transfer your fave skincare items into them for the trip.
You may not be able to bring along every single product you use at home, though. As such, focus on the true essentials. For example, you’ll need a good cleanser, sunscreen (you might use a daytime moisturizer with this built-in, which makes things easier), and a nighttime moisturizer.
Plus, pack makeup wipes or micellar water for times when you can’t get to a sink. You might want a facial mist to keep your skin hydrated during travel, too. Also, don’t skip any medications you apply to or take for your skin, as you don’t want to risk a flare-up while you’re away.
A vital component of having fresh, glowing, healthy skin is eating the right things. However, this can be trickier to accomplish when you’re traveling and can’t easily whip up your preferred nutritious meals. It’s worth taking supplements with you, especially if you’ll be gone for many weeks or months.
For example, vitamin C is one of the best things we can ingest for our skin since a deficiency increases the signs of aging, lowers our collagen production, and gives us less resilient skin. The added benefit of taking Vitamin C is that it helps fight off colds and flu, too, which you may be more prone to picking up while traveling. It also pays to take helpful skin and general health supplements like liquid zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids (EFAs) in your bag for use far from home.
Remain Sun Safe
Another tip for keeping your skin in top condition while you vacation or travel for work is to remain sun-safe at all times. We know how important it is to use sunscreen and hats and sunglasses, etc., to ward off skin cancer and the early signs of aging, but many of us lose sight of this and slack off when we’re in a new environment.
Avoid doing damage and dealing with nasty, painful sunburn while away by packing quality sunscreen and using it often. This product is essential when heading to a hot climate and intending to spend significant time at the beach or by a pool, or otherwise outdoors. Packing a broad-brimmed hat that will protect your face, décolletage, and neck as much as possible, wear UV-safe sunglasses, and cover up your skin with clothing where possible, too.
Also, while away, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated since the skin needs moisture, and try to get enough sleep. This can be challenging, but the body’s cellular renewal processes work best during sleep, so enough rest time is critical. While you want to spend your time away enjoying yourself, putting in some extra thought and effort in these ways will help you keep your skin at its best.