Passport. Visa. Hotel reservations. Money. Clothes. Check.
ALL of this after finally getting days off, sanctioned by your boss. Skincare might be the last thing on your mind.
Now, you're all happy and relaxed while travelling. However, your skin, for some reason is acting up. It’s losing its glow. It's breaking out. Pimples are popping up for no reason and that's the last thing you want when on a holiday!
Why does my skin act up when I travel?
Our skin care often takes a back seat when we’re on-the-go. In addition, the following factors make it even more difficult for your skin to behave:
A new schedule. Our sleep patterns while travelling are really different from those back at home. However, insufficient and erratic sleep affects our skin drastically.
A switched-up lifestyle. “Another round of vodka shots, please.” We’re munching on junk food on a road trip and chugging alcohol while bar-hopping. Just for a few days, the word ‘gym’ isn’t part of our vocabulary. As a result, our skin misses out on essential nutrients, and to top off, a lack of physical exercise leads to accumulation of toxins in our body.
A different environment. Different places have different climates, and different climates have different humidity levels. While high humidity leads to excessive perspiration, low humidity leads to the drying of skin. Either ways, our skin is exposed to a completely new air while travelling.
We're using different products. We all eye free products in hotels, and sometimes, even take them back home. I mean, I technically paid for it. While it is highly tempting to get the most bang for your buck, these hotel freebies are most probably not suited to your skin type.
- A varied skin care routine. Back at home, you have your brushes, your creams, your exfoliant wipes and so on, all in place. Amidst connecting flights, last-minute plans, and overtly long road trips, caring for your skin might not even be in the picture. We hate to break it to ya, but a disrupted routine takes a toll on your skin.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep your skin under control while travelling. And no, you do not need to bring along a suitcase-full of skin products. All you need to bring along is a few must-haves, and exercise a level of self-discipline.
8 Skin Care Tips to Keep Your Skin Glowing on Your Travels
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3) Avoid Wearing Makeup
Prepare yourself for a makeup-free trip. Really? The only time that I pose for photographs? Makeup is widely known to attract dirt, pollution, and toxins, which leads to skin damage. If you can’t go without it, ensure it’s minimal and try avoiding heavy-duty foundations. Additionally, cleanse your face thoroughly (but gently) before going to bed. TBH, you look just fine without makeup; it isn’t all that bad.
Most of us forget to drink enough water while travelling. Drinking enough water really makes up for any lack of beauty treatments. It helps flush toxins out of your body, and promotes a healthy, and glowing skin.
5) SPF is Your BFF
Ask any traveller the secret behind their flawless skin, and they will not not mention sunscreen. Whether you’re on the plane, by the beach, or in a desert, the hazardous UV rays will get to you. So, never leave the house without applying SPF!
Tip: In order to know which sunscreen is best for you, refer to a sun protection factor (SPF) guide online.
6) Cleanse and massage!
This will help your skin get rid of makeup, toxins, and other impurities. Whether you’re a makeup buff or not, always make it a point to cleanse your face thoroughly, but gently. Also, we're looking at 30-50 seconds of cleansing— why not give yourself a face massage while you're at it? 😉
Tip: As an alternative, carry some facial wipes with you. They can be used anywhere, and at any time.
Puffy eyes while travelling are a result of fatigue, stress, dehydration, and lack of sleep. Bring along a small bottle of under-eye serum and apply it from time to time. Alternatively, wrap crushed ice in a clean cloth (cold compress) or place brewed tea bags on the under eye area. A cold compress can help eliminate dark circles by shrinking dilated blood vessels. For the latter, tannins in the tea will help de-puff the eye bags by shrinking blood vessels, and tighten the skin around the eyes. Yay!
8) Keep Your Hands Off Your Face
Be it travelling or otherwise, our hands come in contact with an unimaginable number of germs. Now, imagine transmitting all of those to your face every time your hand goes on it. They’re only going to linger around and cause further problems. Use a tissue paper if you absolutely need to touch your face! A hand sanitiser or an anti-bacterial hand wash would also do the trick.
The truth is, beauty and travel are compatible.
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Here's to you looking absolutely flawless in your vacation pictures!