Traveling can be both exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. The change of environment, diet, routine and sometimes time-zone take a toll on the mind and body. Preparing for a journey goes beyond making sure you have the necessary documents and items. It also includes ensuring your skin is ready for the change. A different diet than what your body is used to may cause your skin to breakout, and moving from a humid region to an arid one can cause eczema to flare up.
To minimise the effects of long travel, you’ll need to start caring for your skin before your journey even begins:
Keep your documents close but your skincare closer.
We tend to forget things due to the anxiety that often comes with travelling so, pack your skincare products into your luggage first. Buy mini travel containers and add in your skincare products or check to see if your favourite skincare products come in travel sizes i.e less than 100ml.
Help yourself to about 2 litres of water a day.
Not only is water refreshing and revitalizing, it also reduces exhaustion and prevents a dull complexion. However, beware of the kind of water you’re drinking. Try not to drink water straight out of the tap and make sure bottled water is properly sealed. Take a water filter bottle with you on your trip to be on the safe side and ensure your meals are properly cooked.
Moisturiser should be your best friend if you want healthy skin.
Its importance can’t be stressed enough. The night before you travel, apply an intense moisturiser like our Ivory Butter (Coconut) all over your skin focusing on your hands and feet. Next, slip on a pair of cotton socks to keep your feet moisturised throughout the night. Feet usually do a lot of work during travel so pamper them the night before. Once you’ve started your journey and you notice your skin is starting to feel dry, reapply your favourite moisturiser, massaging into skin until fully absorbed.
Stick to your normal skincare routine and leave the exploring for the sights you’ll be seeing.
Complimentary toiletries on flights or at hotels can be tempting to try especially when they look so cute but during your trip is not the time to be testing new products. Your body is probably fighting bacteria and germs you are likely to come across when travelling and you don’t want to add anything else to the mix.
Use sunscreen like your life depends on it.
We don’t mean to be dramatic but sunscreen is just so essential because the sun emits harmful ultraviolet rays which are known to cause skin cancer. Go for broad spectrum sunscreen which shields the skin from both UVA and UVB rays and use one with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 (if you can get SPF 50, this is better for very hot climates) and reapply every 2 hours. Enjoy your fun in the sun but remember that excessive exposure to the sun also causes darkening of the skin, burns and itching so don’t stay out too long.
Wipe down seats and tables on public transport even though you’ll get some stares.
That’s one way to avoid unnecessary breakouts. Take anti-bacterial wipes with you when you’re travelling and use them to clean your surroundings on your mode of transportation. If the weather permits, also wear long sleeve clothing to reduce your contact with bacteria common on public transport.