Going on vacation is a perfect opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and explore new destinations. However, amidst the excitement, it’s important not to neglect your skin’s health. Traveling can expose your skin to various environmental stressors, such as pollution and sun damage, which can have long-term effects. In this blog post, we will share essential skincare tips for your vacation, including the best travel-friendly products, practices to shield your skin from pollution and sun damage, and healthy habits for your overall well-being.
Packing Travel-Friendly Skincare Products
When packing your travel essentials, it’s important to consider products that are convenient, compact, and provide effective skincare. Opt for travel-sized versions of your favorite cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. These will save space in your luggage and ensure you maintain your skincare routine while on the go. Additionally, consider including these must-have travel skincare products:
Gentle makeup remover
It’s super fun to get dressed up on vacation, whether you’re eating at a chic restaurant or showing out for a night at the theater. If your look includes makeup, it’s important to make sure you’re removing your makeup entirely at the end of the night. Leaving face makeup on your skin for long periods of time (especially overnight) can lead to clogged pores, unwanted texture, and worsened sensitivity. We recommend removing your makeup with a gentle makeup remover at the end of the evening, especially since this product is easily converted to travel sizes.
A facial mist containing hydrating ingredients like chamomile, aloe, and other plant essences can refresh your skin throughout the journey, combating the drying effects of air-conditioning or dry climates. Spritz your skin before, during, and after a flight to fend off dryness.
Travel can expose your skin to numerous unfriendly environments, including places where dust and dirt can get onto your skin, worsening acne. If you have active breakouts and plan to travel, invest in a packet of hydrocolloid acne patches to cover any zit or open wounds. This can prevent bacteria from getting in, and protect from unnecessary irritation. Especially if you choose to wear a mask in crowded areas or on an airplane, hydrocolloid patches can act as a barrier between your skin and the mask, so no rubbing can make your skin inflamed.
Shielding Your Skin from Pollution
Pollution can have a detrimental impact on your skin’s health. To protect your skin from harmful pollutants while on vacation, follow these practices:
Cleanse your face twice a day
A gentle, yet effective, cleanser will remove impurities, dirt, and pollutants that accumulate on your skin during the day.
Antioxidant-rich skincare products, like serums or creams containing vitamin C or green tea extract, can help neutralize free radicals caused by pollution.
Consider a physical barrier
Wearing a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a light scarf can create a physical barrier between your skin and the surrounding pollution.
Defending Against Sun Damage
Sun protection is crucial, whether you’re lounging on the beach or exploring a city. To safeguard your skin from harmful UV rays, follow these tips:
Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen
Apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or higher, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if sweating or swimming.
Limit direct sun exposure, especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Find shade under umbrellas, trees, or wear protective clothing to minimize sun exposure.
Protect sensitive areas
Don’t forget to protect your lips, ears, and the delicate skin around your eyes with SPF lip balm, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. These areas are often overlooked, and are susceptible to particularly nasty sunburns.
Cultivating Healthy Travel Habits
Taking care of your skin goes hand in hand with maintaining your overall well-being while on vacation. Here are some healthy travel habits to consider:
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and promote overall health. Becoming dehydrated can lead to exhaustion and aches and pains, and it happens more quickly than you’d think. Keep your skin plump and happy by carrying a water bottle wherever you go, and making sure to drink regularly.
While vacation is typically thought of as a time for excess, remember that the impact of lessened sleep on your body is holistic, and can affect everything from your mood to your digestion, and even your skin. Aim for adequate sleep (7-9 hours for men, 8-10 hours for women) to allow your skin to repair and regenerate. Bring an eye mask and earplugs to ensure a good night’s sleep, especially in unfamiliar surroundings.
Practice stress management
Travel can sometimes be stressful, what with all the planning, movement, and physical exertion it can involve. Engage in activities that help you relax, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or enjoying a calming hobby. These things, while second nature at home, can drop off your radar on vacation. Staying centered in your personal peace can help your skin thrive, without being exposed to additional stress.
Your vacation is a time to unwind and explore, but it's essential to prioritize your skin's health. Share this blog post with friends and family to help them prepare for the summer days ahead, and of course, have fun!