3 Skin Care Tips for When You're Traveling

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Traveling can be fun, but it often takes a toll on your skin. Whether you are going on the vacation of your dreams or visiting your family for the holidays, you will want to take some preventative measures to protect your complexion, especially if it is prone to irritation and breakouts.

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Things You'll Need

  • Your skincare products, packed into travel-friendly containers (cleanser, toner, moisturizer/serum)
  • Lip balm
  • Face sunscreen
  • Healthy snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Blotting sheets

1. Prepare For It

The best way to prepare your skin, is to get it in good shape before the trip. That can be achieved with diligent skin care, but also with practicing healthy habits:

  • Reduce the amount of products you use to a minimum (cleanser, toner, moisturizer/serum) and stick to the products that work for you. 
  • Cleanse without fail every morning and evening using a gentle cleanser to reduce your chances of breaking out. 
  • Get plenty of rest (7 to 8 hours of sleep every night), drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fresh produce and homemade meals. 
  • Cut the sugar, avoid alcohol, and stay away from all processed foods.
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2. Pack Your Usual Products

Using your own trusted skincare products during your trip is a more cautious option than buying a travel-size skincare set that your skin is not accustomed to. If you are traveling by air, fill TSA-approved liquid containers with your products and bring enough to cover the entire trip.

3. Traveling By Air

Of all the methods of travel, flying is the most challenging for the skin. Airplane cabins are virtually humidity-free, so the air tends to draw moisture out of the skin, leaving dry skin even more dry. Here are a few things that you can do to protect your skin:

Apply a hydrating product before the flight, (products that contain water-binding ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin) with a moisturizing product layered on top of it (like a face oil) to prevent water loss. Oil seals in the moisture and helps to prevent dehydration.

Wear a lip balm. Lips tend to be the first part of your body to get dry and uncomfortable.

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Skip on face makeup, like foundation, concealer and powder. If you do not want to go completely makeup-free, use mascara and a lipstick with a moisturizing formula, but keep the skin bare.

Wear SPF. When flying, you get much closer to the sun and increase your skin's exposure to UV rays and to its damaging effect.

Avoid alcohol during your flight, as it can cause dehydration. Drink water, and plenty of it.

Eat healthy snacks. Avoid eating the snacks offered by the airline, like salted nuts, chips and pretzels. Unsalted nuts and fruit are a much better option.

If you have oily skin... make sure to keep blotting papers on hand to remove excess sebum from your skin, which is a breeding ground for bacteria, and leads to breakouts.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)

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