Top 5 Skincare Tips for Travel
By: Constante Quirino
Travel is exciting, and there’s always a lot to think about: tickets, packing, communicating that you’ll be away, getting your camera ready, and so on. With all the bustle and excitement, it’s easy to overlook your skin care needs, even though traveling is often tough on skin.
That’s why it’s essential to plan ahead, so that you can look and feel your best. Here are 5 tips for good skin care when you’re traveling!
No matter whether you’ll be reaching your destination by car, plane, or even on horseback, travelling tends to dry out your skin. This is due to dry air from HVAC air conditioning and heating at airports and in vehicles, increased hand washing to protect against germ exposure, altered air pressure when traveling in enclosed spaces, and exposure to the elements like sun and wind when you’re outside.
The day and night before you travel, be repetitive and generous with your moisturizing routine. Then moisturize again with a light moisturizer before, during, and after travel. Don’t forget to use hand cream as well as face cream.
If you’ll be exposed to the sun during the trip—and remember that you can even get burnt through car and plane windows!—make sure to apply sun protection before traveling so you don’t arrive looking like a lobster down one side of your body.
If you have oily skin, you might think that the dryness of travel will help to control your natural oil production. It might surprise you to know that oily skin actually tends to compensate for dry conditions by producing more oil! A light, non-comedogenic moisturizer will help your oils to balance out and prevent unnecessary breakouts.
Other great ways to keep your pores hydrated and fresh while you’re on the road are to use a spray mister, or to apply a few drops of high-quality facial oil every hour or so.
2. Minimize Makeup
Allowing the pores of your skin to breathe while you’re traveling is a top priority, so it’s best to keep makeup to an absolute minimum.
Consider skipping the foundation altogether, or at the very most apply a thin layer only after arriving at your destination. In its place, you can apply a soft shimmer powder or cream on your cheeks, nose, and lips. This can help you to perk you up instantly, especially if you’re not feeling your best. Avoid using mascara, as this is likely to run while you snooze.
Long-lasting lipstick can dry out your lips, so a better strategy is to use several coats of lip stain and then apply a clear lip gloss over the top. Re-apply lip balms and lip gloss throughout the trip to stay hydrated, and arrive looking freshly made up!
3. Eye Care
The most delicate part of your face, and the most likely to show the stress and strain of travel, is your eye area. To freshen up your under-eye area, apply a cold compress with either cold water or crushed ice in a small, soft towel. The cold temperature brings down swelling and puffiness and revives the skin. After ten minutes or so, remove the compresses and you’re good to go.
If you’re traveling by plane, it’s likely that you’ll be catching up on the latest movies and playing games on a tablet or in-flight screen. While this helps you to pass the time, it can also tire and dry out your eyes. There is a simple solution for this, however. Eye drops! Use them whenever your eyes are feeling dry, or as instructed by your health professional, to keep your eyes moist and happy.
Finally, the best way to keep your eyes fresh is to get some beauty sleep. Even a short nap can help.
4. Preventing and Treating Breakouts
The last thing you would want to happen is to leave home with beautiful, clear skin, and arrive with lumpy red pimples all over your face. Even when we’re older, skin can react in strange ways to a change of environment, and also to a change of products.
Use a light, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated without blocking the pores, and take your usual cleanser with you as a change in cleansers can cause irritation and even breakouts. If your skin is getting oily, use blotting paper to soak up the excess without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
Depending on your reactivity to certain foods, you might also want to skip the candy bar and go for hydrating, unrefined foods like fruits and salad. Refined sugars and oils can cause inflammation in the body which can then cause the skin to break out. Healthy foods and lots of water will be your best friends while traveling.
1. Take High-End Facial Products With You
Traveling is not the time to rely on your B-game skin care products. You’ll need the products that you know do the most good for you.
Before your trip, work out how much space you have in your suitcase and pack a liquid-tight beauty kit that includes small bottles of all your favorite skincare products.
You may also be able to buy some general body products at your destination: body lotions and washes, soaps, shampoos, and fragrances. However, moisturizers, cleansers, eye creams, and any specialty products for sensitive skin are a must for your travel kit. And be careful when you pack: Keep your travel beauty kit away from any items you don’t want ruined in case of a leak. It’s better to have your hand cream leak all over your sneakers than on your best evening dress!
Also: Skin gets stressed when you’re traveling, and it needs TLC more than anything else, so go ahead and leave your exfoliants and chemical peels at home.
Bonus Tip: Sun Protection
In addition to these five tips, remember to protect your skin from sun damage. It sounds obvious, but it’s so easy to overlook the sunscreen, sunglasses, broad-brimmed hat, and long clothing when you’re heading out to enjoy your destination.
It’s likely that the sun will affect your skin differently in a different climate, especially if you’re near water or are at a higher altitude, so take precautions everyday to avoid burning.
Plan ahead, look after your skin, and have a great trip!
Constante Quirino is a fashion writer and content strategist. He specializes in collaborative branding efforts with up-and-coming designers and fashion companies, like Ayr Skin Care.