Skincare tips to take into consideration as you travel

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Woman on the beach. Image from http://www.essence.com/2010/07/28/black-women-skin-cancer

Whether it’s by plane, road or train, it is important to take extra care of your skin as you travel. While travelling, your skin becomes dehydrated and sometimes even a bit dull due to the changes in climate, dietary changes and water retention especially due to pressurized airline cabins in airplanes. This means your skin care routine needs to be taken a notch higher as you travel.

Woman on the beach. Image from http://www.essence.com/2010/07/28/black-women-skin-cancer
Woman on the beach. Image from http://www.essence.com/2010/07/28/black-women-skin-cancer

Here are some more tips to consider for your next getaway:

Back to basics

This mostly boils down to your skin care products, especially those that are suitable for your skin taking into consideration the type of skin you have and what is most likely to affect your skin. Pack products that you know are good for your skin; those that you’re already used to and if you need help especially in purchasing something new, consult a dermatologist first.

Pack light

It’s always advisable to pack light and you especially want to pack products that fit in your travel bag. Focus also on those that keep you moisturized and hydrated. These include plenty of moisturizer, sunscreen, cleanser, shampoo, sanitary essentials for ladies: including sanitary towels or tampons and also a pack of pocket tissues and wet tissues for your purse.

Avoid putting on makeup as you travel.

Skip the normal makeup routine on the travel day. You’ll end up getting dehydrated and your face will get caked up as you travel. It’s advisable to only wear moisturizer and if you must, you can apply a bit of eye pencil, but skip the mascara. You want to avoid taking a nap and waking up to two trails of mascara going down your cheeks. Allow your skin to breathe as well. Applying makeup as you travel increases the chances of your pores getting blocked, thus increasing the chances of breakouts.

Always moisturize if you’re flying

The air pressure in planes tends to decrease as you increase in altitude and this in turn drains the skin of its moisture. Apply moisturizer before you are going to fly to reduce the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure. And even when you’re not flying, remember to dab on sunscreen before you step out to protect your skin from the harsh sun.

The ‘T’ section

The ‘T’ section is the part of your face consisting of the forehead, nose and the area around your mouth section. It is an area notorious for breakouts and blackheads.
To keep oily skin from getting out of control while traveling, bring blotting papers or rice papers and dab the “T” zone as often as necessary. Dab up the shine and excess oil without stripping out the moisture, so that you arrive looking fresher.

Be consistent

You should keep your skin care regimen as consistent as possible as you travel. You’re already exposing your skin to new environments; you don’t need to do the same especially if you’re moving from place to place. The water you drink, the food you eat, the environments you go to are all different. Strive to maintain your skin care routine.

Always cleanse

Travelling tends to cause a lot of fatigue to the body and even as we end the day, the first thing you’d probably want to do is not even shower, but sleep. Always make sure you cleanse your face after your daily travels, no matter how exhausted you are. You don’t need to go to bed with clogged up pores and an oily face covered with dust. Cleanse your face and also moisturize your skin to replenish it off the moisture you lost during the day.

Eat right

As much as travel brings a lot of different cuisines, it’s always good to add up fruits, vegetables and plenty of water to your diet. As you start your day, make sure you fill up on water-filled fruits like mangoes and watermelons and carry plenty of water with you. Always have at least three litres of water in your vehicle and don’t be shy about restocking as you go along.

Don’t touch your face

To minimize breakouts while you’re on vacation, avoid touching your skin while you travel. You can pick up any number of unknown bacteria that can result in any number of skin problems and irritations after you arrive. If it is necessary that you do and you have nowhere to clean up first, use an antibacterial hand wash on your hands first to further protect your skin.

Rest

Always take your time to rest adequately. Not only does your skin need it to rejuvenate but your body also needs the rest to restore its energy as you go about the rest of journey.

Safe travels!

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