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Travel Tips: Skincare on the Go

Written By waleska agosto 02 Jan 2014
Don't let the stresses of travel get under your skin. The change in climatic conditions, diet, schedule and the harsh effects of flying, cold, wind and sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Frequent travellers have their own magic routines and formulas for perfect skin; these easy travel skincare tips are essential if you want a healthy, glowing complexion on the road. Ready, steady, fly! The recycled air inside airplanes can dehydrate your skin. Before you embark on a flight, apply serum and moisturizer on your face and hands. Drink lots of water while onboard. If your flight is during the day, remember to use sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA rays. After you arrive at your destination, use a gentle facial mask to remove dry, dead skin cells and finish with an oil free moisturizer to replace the moisture lost during the flight. Three step regiment Maintaining a skincare regiment is the key component of looking after your complexion, even while you are travelling. You can pare down your skincare steps to the absolute essentials while travelling. As a minimum, a three step application of cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is adequate skincare as you move around from city to city. Even while travelling, you should not neglect your skin entirely. Drink water Your skin can become dehydrated while travelling. Ensure that you drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day, more if the weather is hot or if you are at the beach. Steer clear from soft drinks or sodas and ensure you drink caffeinated beverages such as coffee or tea in moderation. Alcohol can also dry out your skin, so alternate your cocktails with glasses of water on big nights out on the town. Eating healthy The same truisms that apply at home should also hold true on the road – eat more fruits and vegetables and avoid deep fried, greasy or salt laden foods as these do your skin no favors. Lean meats, seafood and whole grains are healthy choices. Try the local delicacies while you travel, but remember not to go overboard at the buffet table! You can also bring along a supply of vitamin E or vitamin C supplements. These help to maintain good skin and the immune system. Zap that spot To reduce breakouts while travelling, avoid touching your skin unnecessarily. Your skin is exposed to dirt, grime and dust on a daily basis while on vacation and adding bacteria from your nails and fingers to this mix is a surefire recipe for acne. Pack a small bottle of tea tree oil with you and zap spots as they appear. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and can also be used to clean small cuts and scrapes. Remove makeup The worst sin in skincare is neglecting to remove makeup at the end of the day. Clogged pores can lead to unhealthy skin. It may be tempting to simply fall into your bed at the end of a long day of sightseeing, but removing your makeup is the single best favor you can do for your skin.