Originally Published August 22, 2016 on the Denver Style Magazine Blog
Ah, the home stretch between the end of summer and the beginning of fall. This time of year, many of us are hunkering down for autumn but looking to sneak in one last travel excursion. Whether you are hopping on a plane across the ocean or taking a Labor Day road trip, travel can be tough on your skin.
As much as I love seeing my jet set clients (and living vicariously through their adventures) when they come in to get their skin fixed up, a little prevention is never a bad thing either. Here are some tips for protecting your epidermis while indulging your wanderlust.
Sun Protection is key
As an esthetician, I always have to champion the sunscreen. If you take only one piece of your skin care routine on vacay with you, it better be this one. When traveling, it’s only natural that you may be out and about more. Sun block is your best defense against UV rays, which can cause skin cancer, premature aging, wrinkles and sun damage. Look for an SPF number of 30 or higher and apply approximately every two hours for best protection. If you are hiking or at the beach, also consider extra protection in the form of a big floppy hat.
Do pack your own product
I know it’s tempting to ditch your skin care routine on vacation. And while I do advocate taking a break from intensive primping routines, you’ll still want to keep up with the basics. Besides the SPF, bring along your regular cleanser and moisturizer. Although those hotel freebies look adorable they are often full of drying alcohols and fragrances which can irritate your skin. Need to pack light? Most skin care brands offer travel sizes or ask for a sample packet from your retailer next time you stock up.
Lots of H2O
Water is another non-negotiable for healthy skin. When on the go, it’s easy to forget to stop for water breaks, but that’s just when you need it the most. Changes in altitude and climate can dehydrate the body, as well as drinking caffeinated beverages or alcohol. When your skin becomes dehydrated it can start to look dull and lifeless. Fine lines become more prominent and you may experience rough or flaky texture on the face.
Drinking lots of water throughout the day will restore hydration in the body, which will then translate to hydrating your skin. I recommend you take a water bottle everywhere you go and drink up often.
Up in the air care
A big culprit behind vacation-related skin freakouts is airplane travel. Cabin air can be extremely drying, which can even cause your skin to compensate by overproducing oils. I recommend applying a moisturizing serum and sunblock pre-flight. For on the plane, pack a light moisturizer, your favorite lip balm and maybe even a hydrating mist to keep your skin happy point-to-point. You can skip your foundation on long flights, because you’ll end up essentially sleeping in your makeup and we all know that rarely ends well.
Bottled water isn’t just for drinking
When traveling to a different locale, it can be beneficial to wash your face with bottled water instead of tap water. In different parts of the world, PH levels or pollution in the water can vary, which can then throw off the balance in your skin. Bottled water is more consistent with what your skin may be used to. Simply splash a little on your face along with your favorite at-home cleanser and you’ll likely have fewer issues with dryness or irritation.
Get a facial
When all else fails, getting even a basic facial treatment can be a great reset for the skin. You can do this when you get back, of course. But also consider treating yourself as part of your itinerary. A good facial can help ease jet lag and leave your skin feeling refreshed. Taking an hour for deep cleansing, extractions, exfoliation and advanced hydration will keep your skin on point so you don’t have to overthink it while you’re out adventuring.
Fewer things are more anti-aging than just good old-fashioned R&R. Use your vacation time to unplug, catch up on beauty rest and live the good life. Leave the stress at home and you’ll be glowing from within, in no time.