Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours traveling. You name it and I’ve taken it! Hundreds of flights, overnight train rides, bus trips and other uneventful races against time to get from point a to point b. Without even realizing until much later on in life, my skin was taking a beating. All that traveling was doing wonders for my career and personal journal but it was wreaking havoc on my skin and overall health.
That is until I decided to do something about it. I was sick and tired of looking as well as feeling like crap. So, I decided to test a few things over the span of a year and see if they had any improvement in my skin and health. My once extremely dull and super dehydrated skin came back to life. I looked a little better and more importantly, I felt much better! Here are some tips to help you take off on the jet setter lifestyle without further damaging your skin.
Six Things I Learned About Traveling And Skin Care
Here are a few different things I learned while traveling and what helped improve my skin over time.
The first thing you need to do is forget about the makeup. If you are traveling for more than a three hour period then you need to remove your makeup. Instead of applying that makeup like it’s cake batter, you’d be far better off simply applying a moisturizer and calling it a day. Wait until you arrive to apply makeup. You don’t need to look perfect while traveling. It’s more important to protect your skin.
Another thing I learned while flying around the world was that planes really dehydrate your skin. All that gross recycled air is super dry and it can literally suck the moisture out. Feel free to apply what’s called a sheet mask. This allows you to better protect your skin from dehydrating. It’s no real hassle at all. Simply apply the mask for 20 minutes or so and as it begins to dry just remove it. Simple as that and your face isn’t as dry as it could be.
Chapped lips are quite common while flying or traveling in general. It has to do with the fact that you’re not consuming as much water as you typically would at home. If you are starting to “dry out” then your lips will become chapped. It’s admittedly the first sign that most people have. Be sure to carry a lip balm of some sort and make sure it provides UV protection. Pick up an EOS lip balm if you dare. That seems to be a pretty popular brand today even with the negative publicity and legal issues they’ve had. You can read more about it by clicking here.
I hate to say it but dark circles and fluid retention are quite common when traveling. Fluid pools in places on your body where you wish it wouldn’t. Dark under eye circles from as a result of your travels. Some people look like they’ve been partying all night in Miami after just a short plane ride. You need to hydrate that skin under your eyes. Apply some eye serum or eye cream before you take off. If you feel like that’s not enough, feel free to apply more in-flight.
I already covered how important moisturizer was but I want you to know what a face cream containing SPF can really do for you. If you’re spending hours in the car or staring out the window of a plane then you need to wear sunscreen. No questions asked about it.
Last but not least, I suggest trying your best to eat as healthy as possible. When you eat nasty fast food it seeps into your pores and can destroy your skin. Avoid greasy food, alcohol and anything that has a significant amount of caffeine. Your body is a temple so treat it like one.
These simple travel hacks should help keep your skin looking and feeling great while on the go!