Summer…from weekend getaways to vacations to exotic places, the desire to hit the road is real. But let’s face it, traveling can also take its toll on your skin. Good thing the solution is a simple one—you don’t have to sacrifice your summer skincare routine just because you are living out of a suitcase. Travel kits and a few other essential tips are the best way to keep your skin under control while on the go. Here’s how you make sure beautiful skin is it’s at the top of your summer travel itinerary.
Bring Your Skincare Routine With You
One of the best things you can do to your skin while traveling is to maintain your routine and use your regular skincare products. Look for a skincare line that also offers travel kits, or purchase travel sized containers and fill them with your normal products. This will go a long way in ensuring your skin gets as much out of your vacation as you do.
Even if you aren’t heading to a tropical location, remember your sunscreen, which should already be a regular part of your skincare routine. Even when you are on the plane, you should apply a moisturizing sunscreen. You may not think about it, but the sun's rays are even harsher when you are 30,000 feet in the air, and if you have a window seat, remember that airplane windows don’t filter out UV rays. As we all know, UV rays can lead to wrinkles and other signs of skin aging as well as damage. That’s why it’s important to wear a minimum of SPF 30 on your face, neck and arms at all times, (and arms) and reapply throughout the day.
Care for Your Pores
Summer heat and humidity...especially when traveling to beach destinations...can leave your pores clogged. Get rid of those dead skin cells with an exfoliating treatment while on the go. Exfoliate 1-3 times per week (in the evening is best, so you aren’t out in the sun with freshly exfoliated skin) to buff away dead skin cells and speed up your skin’s natural healing process.
Hydrate and Sleep
Summer travel can leave your skin thirsty. Air travel in particular can be dehydrating. One study found humidity levels on an airplane dropped 10% which can leave the skin looking dry, dull, and fine lines and wrinkles may appear more prominent. Make sure you are drinking water, using a hydrating serum and moisturizer from your travel kit on the plane to keep your skin fresh, and then sealing it in with a layer of sunscreen.
When it comes to shut eye, there is such a thing as beauty sleep. And while vacations are made for rest, sometimes we pack so much into our day we end up needing a vacation from our vacation. Studies show that if you prioritize sleep on your vacation, your skin will benefit.
Take Care of Your Body Too
Summer is when we should be just as persistent about how we care for our body as we are with our facial skincare routine. Hot, humid weather combined with sun-filled days can leave your arms and legs looking dull and dry. Look for body skincare essentials to promote skin health from head to toe, which may include an invigorating body wash, rich moisturizer, and just like your face, a little exfoliation 1-3 times a week.