Traveling is a good thing to be through, but the question is, is this the case for our skin too? Apparently not! When you are traveling, you enjoy seeing different landscapes and places, but your skin can suffer from differing climate and diet, lack of care and lodging. But still, by keeping the below-written tips your next journey is going to be disaster-free for your skin.
Prepare beforehand. Think about the trip to come. Will you be on a plane? Going to a dry climate? Prepare your skin a few days beforehand. Ex-foliate gently and apply a hydrating mask (like our Coconut Honey Mask). Even if you have oily skin, realize that the drying effects of travel may cause your skin to overreact. Ex-foliate, and then apply a light moisturizer, such as our Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin. Make sure your skin is in good shape before you leave.
Pack carefully. Remember that your skin is going to be under stress while traveling. That means any potentially irritating products need to stay home—including harsh cleansers, hydroxy acids, peels, resurfacing treatments, etc. You can also leave behind any technological gadgets like skin scrubbing or light therapy items. Take along travel sizes of your gentle cleanser (try our Aloe Herb Facial Cleanser), your regular moisturizer, and a serum that will help you counteract dryness (our Herbal Facial Oils work great!). Add in something to remove impurities (like our Purifying Mud Mask or Dead Sea Scrub), your favorite eye cream, and a hydrating mask (like our Coconut Honey Mask).
Consider going barefaced. Apply as little makeup as possible on your travel day. Makeup can settle into pores and hang onto microorganisms that you don’t want on your skin. Foundations can also be drying. If you have to meet with people immediately after you arrive, take along a small bag with a cleanser, moisturizer, foundation, and lip color that you can apply in the airplane bathroom before landing.
Counteract travel dryness. Apply your regular moisturizer before leaving (oils are best, as they penetrate deep into your pores), and then consider using a freshening mist on the way. It helps keep your skin hydrated in dry circumstances, and may mean the difference between arriving looking dried up and dull or looking vibrant and fresh. The right mist can also provide your skin with protective antioxidants. Try our Neroli Toning Mist or our Rosemary Toning Mist (best for oily skin). If you have a flight that lasts several hours, take along a travel-sized moisturizer and apply every few hours.
Protect! Don’t forget your sunscreen! Even if you’re going to be inside a plane all day, your skin needs the protection of a good sunscreen to help it resist damage from UVA rays coming through windows.
Take along some blotting cloths. If you have oily skin, bring some blotting cloths with you that you can use while traveling. Oil-blotting papers can help reduce oil and are better than regular tissue that may leave residue on your skin.
Keep your hands off your face. This is one of the biggest mistakes we can make when traveling. Particularly on planes or in public spaces, we come in contact with a lot of germs, so whenever we touch our faces, we’re transmitting those germs onto the skin, where they hang around to cause problems (like pimples) later. If you must touch your face, use a tissue or oil blotter as a shield between your hands and your skin.
Drink water. Ditch the sugar-laden sodas and juices and drink water instead. It will help keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
Take extra care the first night. When you arrive at your destination, make skin care a high priority. Your skin is likely carrying environmental elements on the surface when you check into the hotel. As soon as you can, wash carefully, exfoliate to get rid of the entire gunk accumulated from your travels, and then apply some of your best moisturizer. And don’t forget the eye cream!
Ice under the eyes. Under-eye circles are the bane of many a traveler. If you find you’ve already developed them while on the plane, ask the airline attendant for some crushed ice and a towel. Apply it like an ice pack under your eyes. You can repeat this process before bed the first night to wake up looking more refreshed. Don’t forget to apply your eye cream frequently to counteract under-eye dryness and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Eat for hydration. Since dehydration is the most common problem for skin when traveling, think “water” when choosing your meals. Juicy fruits and veggies, soups, and fresh greens work best. Think cucumbers, watermelon, pineapple, celery, radishes, tomatoes, green peppers, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, oranges, lettuce, zucchinis, and cabbage.
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