Travelling is food for the soul, but it can take quite a negative effect on your skin. If you’re anything like me, you would be drooling over Go-to-bed-with-me-videos of gorgeous celebrities applying or taking off their skincare products halfway across the world from their homes, to reveal crystal clear skin with zero problems. Yeah, thanks for the boost in the confidence.
When you’re travelling, skin care takes a back seat. You’ll be more concerned about what cute clothes to pack, how to make your budget stretch and what places to visit at the destination. It’s time to change! If you have a hard time taking care of your skin when you’re zipping around the world, then let’s take a look at the basics here.
Pack the essentials
Okay, you know your skin best. You know what causes breakouts, what products you can’t exist without and what products you can just like, meh, leave behind. But whatever you decide to take and not to take, these are the essentials that has to be in your bag. And by bag, I mean your carry on.
- Lip balm
- Cleanser or face wash
- Wipes or hand towels
- Some sheet masks that help your skin
Wear minimum makeup
There’s a big difference between looking good and feeling good. You may look gorgeous with makeup, but your skin will feel good without makeup clogging your pores. Your skin is going to have a bad enough time adjusting to the dryness inside the flight if you’re travelling by air, pollution, dust and climate change. Why add more to your skin woes? You don’t want to look as if you’ve been in a boxing match with Mohammed Ali. Your skin will thank you for it! But if you have to have on some makeup items that you consider absolutely essential, then let it be mascara and lip gloss. Avoid foundation and powders even if you end up scaring the other passengers.
Stay hydrated and moisturized
Yeah, the flight isn’t going to be nice to your skin- your skin and lips will feel as dry as a desert on the plane. So stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water without worrying about the amount of pee your body’s going to generate. And by hydrated, I did not include alcohol on the list- they only do the opposite hydrating. Keep your skin moisturized. The longer your flight, the more frequently you should moisturize.
You could be exhausted and all you may want is to fall into bed. Nope, don’t. Your skin has been dealing with enough bullies on the way- dust, pollution, climate change and whatnot. Upon arriving at your hotel, do a thorough cleansing of your face with your cleanser. Make sure no product, including the mascara and lip gloss you swiped on, is left on your face. Let your pores breath. Put on a sheet mask and relax for a while. Remember, you have to look good in the selfies you’re going to upload in your social media, so yes, take the effort to make your skin feel good.
It’s easy to wave off sunscreen because the sunshine feels so good at your destination, but you need it. Your skin needs protection, and you don’t want to get sunburned, do you? Think of it this way- your sunscreen acts as a thin bulletproof vest to your skin against the harsh UV rays of the sun. Excessive exposure to the sun also causes your skin to age quickly. So take your sunscreen and your bottle of water when you go out. Wear it, protect your skin, look and feel good.
Lay off any food that causes breakouts
I know, this could be the worst thing I could ever tell you. The best thing about any place is the food, and to give that up, what a scandal! But sorry, however scandalous it may sound, you have to do it. You know your skin well enough to know what food items and ingredients cause your skin to turn nasty. So when you’re at a new place, be a little careful with what you feed to your body.