Keep Hydrated

Keep Hydrated

Let’s face it: travelling can be a trade-off. Although you might enjoy the splendor of an exotic island or marvel at the Himalayan Mountains, you need to adjust your skin care regimen according to your destination. Certain vacation spots and modes of transportation can be taxing on the skin. It’s time to discover how this can happen and the steps you can take to prevent traveling from wreaking havoc on your skin.

Are We There Yet?
It is one thing to fly domestically for two hours or less, but it is another to be on an airplane for more than three hours since recycled cabin air can severely dehydrate the skin. If you already have a dry skin type to begin with, flying is certainly your face’s foe. However, even if you are a very oily skin type, recycled cabin air is not kind to the skin. Period.

To prevent flying-induced lackluster skin, it is imperative to prep the skin pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight. The key is hydration, hydration, hydration. Before you step on the plane, make sure to slather on a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 because the Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is stronger at a higher altitude and will infiltrate through the windows of the airplane. Moreover, mist your face with a hydrating spray that contains both soothing and hydrating ingredients such as aloe and chamomile.

Once you’re on the plane, reapply your facial moisturizer (one with a built-in sunscreen) every two hours to help maintain a healthy level of hydration in your skin and to prevent dehydration. What you put on the inside is even more important in making or breaking your skin; avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages before and during your flight since they deplete water in the body. Also, don’t wipe your face with the complimentary wet cloths the flight attendants give you on the plane—instead, use them for your hands. Most of them contain alcohol which will strip your skin of its natural oils—the last thing your skin needs, especially since it is already exposed to recycled air. Your hands need some TLC too, so saturate them with an ultra moisturizing hand cream.

Post-Flight
Once you’ve arrived and settled at your destination, carve out time to give yourself a quick mini DIY facial:
Cleanse- Use a facial cleanser suitable for your skin type.
Exfoliate- Apply a face scrub in circular motions to slough away dead skin cells or use a chemical exfoliant (a cleanser that contains an alpha hydroxy acid such as Glycolic Acid) and rinse with tepid water. If you’ve chosen the latter, this counts as both steps one and two since it is a cleanser and exfoliant in one.
Mask- After you’ve exfoliated, apply a nourishing and hydrating face mask and leave on as directed by the instructions. Rinse with tepid water.
Tone- Following the mask, apply a toner that is formulated for your skin type to ensure every trace of the mask is removed and to also restore your skin’s pH balance.
Treat- Apply a face serum, eye cream and sunscreen (or moisturizer with built-in sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 if it is daytime), or a night cream (if you’re ready to call it a night), respectively.

Hot Getaways
If you’re vacationing at a beach resort or any warm type of destination, you need to protect your skin against harsh UV rays at all costs. Your first line of defense is to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15. Moreover, it is crucial to reapply the sunscreen after sweating and when water comes in contact with the skin—even if your formula claims it is “waterproof” or sweat-proof” because no sunscreen or sun block on the market shields your skin from the sun one hundred percent. For extra sun protection, wear a hat and sunglasses. If you do wind up getting sunburn, apply Aloe Vera gel to the burn and avoid the sun as much as possible.

Cold Destinations
Whether you’re skiing in the Swiss Alps or ice fishing off the coast of Greenland, the cold climate can take its toll on your skin. Don’t be deceived into thinking that the UV rays are less abrasive in cooler conditions; wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen is just as important as if you were on a scorching hot African safari. Furthermore, the cold climate can cause dry, cracked skin. It is a must to slather your face and body with ultra rich moisturizer (a separate moisturizer formulated for both the face and body of course).

With these skin care tips for travelling, you’re bound to achieve beautiful, stress-proof skin! Happy travels!

Author Bio:

Lee Ann Buttery is a licensed Esthetician and professional makeup artist that works for Mario Badescu. She is passionate about all things beauty-related and has a particular obsession with anti-aging.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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