Oh, the beauty of summer traveling: nature, sunshine, adventure, and sometimes — skin irritation.
Changes in humidity, stale air in cars and airplanes, increased sun exposure, and other natural and environmental stressors can cause a range of skin issues, most commonly breakouts and dehydration.
During the holiday hustle, skincare routines often fly out the window. But the truth is, you can actuallysave time (the time spent frowning in the mirror over your travel-related skincare woes) by prioritizing basic skincare while traveling.
The key? Simplicity. Read on for all you need to know to create your own perfect travel skincare routine.
Skin is not a fan of the air quality in cars and planes. Recycled air dehydrates the skin, which can lead to a dull complexion, or worse: a breakout. Makeup can make the situation even worse, so it’s best to go bare in transit to your destination.
Recommendation: A mist-on hydrating toner is a travel-friendly way to keep your skin ultra-moisturized, preventing troublesome blotches and irritations. (Plus, your hands stay dry!) Toners with hydrating agents like aloe and hyaluronic acid help you maintain that fresh, glowy vacation look while leaving the makeup behind.
Almost every aspect of a vacation causes dehydrating damage. All-day outings and increased sun exposure ware on the skin, so remembering to hydrate throughout the day is key.
Recommendation: Bring a moisturizer packed with vitamin C, which is proven to maintain collagen levels, protect from UV exposure, and brighten skin. It also helps with anti-aging and keeps your skin tone even throughout the day.
You probably know how important it is to wear sunscreen daily, but are you reapplying often enough to keep your skin safe? Sunscreen is only effective for a short period of time, and it can be washed off (in the ocean or pool) or sweat off. Check the label on your sunscreen, and reapply as recommended.
Recommendation: Pack a mist-on mineral sunscreen for easy, frequent application (bonus: no oily residue left on your hands).
Also, make sure you’re aware of the important differences between chemical and mineral sunscreens. Find our breakdown on safe sunscreens and skin healthhere.
Straying from your daily routine often means not getting as much water as you need. Dehydration can lead to under-eye fluid retention, causing dark circles and puffy eyes (never a good look).
Recommendation: Apply a cooling eye cream every morning and night. Many of the most effective eye creams contain cucumber extract, which has natural soothing qualities and other proven skin benefits.
Whether you’re planning a weekend camping trip, a week at the beach, or a three-week European vacation, travel is essential for growth and self-discovery. Don’t let an unexpected breakout cause unnecessary frustration and distract you from your travel experiences.
The easiest way to maintain proper skincare while traveling is to treat yourself to a travel skincare essentials kit. With everything you need (in a package you can stash in your carry-on), a travel skincare kit will make sure you look your best on your next trip.