Travelling is good. Travelling is fun. Whether you’re travelling for work or vacation, you need to plan ahead. Not just routes to take and places to visit, but also how to look your best no matter wherever you are.
If you don’t travel often you might be skeptical about the effects travelling could have on your skin. But think about it everything about your daily life changes when you travel. And the problem isn’t limited to your system being unable to adapt quickly to the change. For starters, here’s some changes that happen when travelling:
- Your Routine: From when you wake up to when you sleep, nothing is the same. You might be getting even lesser hours to sleep due to a hectic schedule. If you have a skin care routine, you’ll find it too has been thrown into disarray.
- Your Diet: There’s as many foods as there are people. The cuisine at your destination might vary mildly or extremely from where you live. This can cause both a problem in your gut (due to inadaptability) or a problem due to lack of some nutrients. After all, as a tourist you tend to eat a very taste-oriented version of whatever the “local delicacy” is.
- The Climate: The climate can be vastly different from your home. There might be changes in intensity and duration of sunlight, humidity levels, wind levels, etc.
- Your Environment while travelling: All sorts of transportation have either a very raw environment, or a very artificial one. There is no in-between and whether you travel in an airplane or in a train, each mode has its own host of problems.
- Your Hormones: Hormonal imbalance while travelling is no new phenomenon. The one that really shows an effect on your skin is cortisol, the “stress hormone”. As the name suggests Cortisol levels increase with stress. Prolonged high levels of Cortisol lead to an increase in blood sugar levels, which can cause an acne break-out.
Thanks to these changes and a host of other problems travelling without a plan may have you end up losing more in your looks than you gained in experiences. Skin conditions such as eczema can flare due to stress. Lack of sleep and proper routine can have your skin looking dull throughout the day. Sun damage from long outdoor activities builds up while travelling, leaving you with lasting memories and a longer lasting tan. Dry winds can leave with your skin’s moisture faster than they arrive. Not to mention the irritation that harsh winds can cause your face.
To look and feel good during travel, you should follow these special tips for proper skin care:
- Dab: Oil collects at the “T” zone on your face (forehead and chin). You should dab it regularly with blotting papers or rice paper to remove the excess oil. Even if you don’t have an oily skin type, your sebaceous glands can go into overdrive and produce a lot of sebum.
- Relax, take a breath: Physical stress can increase cortisol levels which eventually may lead to acne. The best destressing method you can follow while travelling is to just stop and take a breath. Taking a power nap works wonderfully well too, and you do a minor skin care routine at the same time.
- Mind the air: Whether you’ll travelling in a car or an airplane, you’re bound to be in an artificial environment with dehumidified air. Dry heating can lead to flaky skin especially in a colder climate. Consider having a humidifier if you’re travelling in your own car. Otherwise, regularly remove the excess oil from your face using blotting papers.
- Stay Hydrated: Dehydration is a problem that most travellers suffer from sooner than later. In the midst of all the fun (or work) basic things such as drinking enough water can get neglected. Try to get as much fluids in your body as possible.
- Mind what you eat: And what you don’t eat. A tourist diet can be lacking in certain important nutrients. You can read more about this is our blog post “Great skin starts in the gut“.
- Anti-inflammatory diet: Inflammation in the body can lead to increased cortisol levels as well. Stay away from food items such as caffeine, excess alcohol, foods containing trans fatty acids, etc. Make sure to have enough antioxidants in your diet.
- Moisturise, Moisturise: Moisturisers help your skin retain a healthy and vibrant look by trapping in the water that would otherwise be lost to the air through transpiration. Wind, recycled air, and sunlight can leave your skin dry and rough if you don’t moisturise it well.
- Hands off the face: You don’t know what germs your hands will pick up during your travels. Keep your hands off your face so that you don’t transfer bacteria and dirt to your sensitive face. Try to clean your hands using water wherever possible. It is the best method to keep the hands clean.
- Sunscreen always on: No matter where you’re going, you’re bound to have a lot of outdoor time. It’s best if you apply sunscreen regardless of the duration of sun exposure. Sun exposure builds up over time and can cause hyperpigmentation and damage to the skin’s elastic tissue.
- Keep your cleanser, maybe some wipes: Using wet wipes or a cleanser to regularly clean your skin is a good idea. It can mean the difference between looking worn and dusty, and spick-and-span fresh.
- Care for your feet: Your feet tend to get neglected during travel when they’re the ones carrying all your weight, and your luggage’s. The heels can become hard and dried. Try using a cleanser, but avoid a scrub. Vigorous scrubbing can cause your feet to end up even drier.
- The first stop: When you reach the hotel or a similar place after lengthy travel, it is the most significant bit for your skin. Wash your face, take a power nap and do a mini skin routine. A simple 30 minute routine can help you look fresh throughout the rest of your travels.
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