It has legit been a whole year of spending endless days in PJs and messy buns, cooped up inside our homes and not even mentioning the word ‘vacay’! But now that travel restrictions have eased, we see a tropical vacation on the cards!
While it is always exciting to travel, there is one tiny problem — your skin might not be ready for it, even though you are. Yep, your skin has probably adapted to the no-travelling and work-from-home routine you’ve been following all these months. This means your skin might act-up due to sudden and prolonged exposure to environmental aggressors and turn excessively dry and dull. But that is not ideal for all the sun-soaked pictures you are planning to take on your vacay.
That’s why we’ve put together some effective tips that’ll help you care for your skin while travelling. Check them out...
- 01. Use a soothing cleanser
- 02. Keep a toner handy
- 03. Freshen up with cleansing water
- 04. Keep your skin hydrated
- 05. Use a broad spectrum SPF
01. Use a soothing cleanser
Taking a flight alone can be dehydrating for your skin, not to mention the change in diet and water consumption can increase skin sensitivity to products, especially cleansers. Switch to a soothing formula that is formulated for reactive skin and contains calming ingredients, like cica, centella asiatica and lavender extracts in them. The calming ingredients will help bring down the inflammation caused by stressed and tired skin and not irritate it any further.
BB picks: Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser
02. Keep a toner handy
Keep a hydrating face mist handy to calm any redness or irritation on the skin. A good trick is to keep a toner handy as its formulations can instantly mattify and re-energise sweaty and greasy, travel skin. Plus, they balance the pH levels of your skin so that you do not suffer from any breakouts or dullness later on.
BB picks: Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner
03. Freshen up with cleansing water
When you are travelling, you might not always get the chance to freshen up with a facial wash and water. Enter: Micellar water. They are filled with gentle yet purifying and hydrating ingredients to instantly refresh your skin without drying it out. They are also so easy to use — just carry some disposable cotton wipes with you and you’re sorted. Make sure to always follow up with a moisturiser.
04. Keep your skin hydrated
The lipid barrier inhibits moisture loss from your skin and protects it from environmental aggressors no matter where you are. This means you need a moisturiser that not only strengthens your lipid barrier but maintains it too. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and vitamin C have been known to boost barrier health and should be used in the form of a moisturiser without fail.
05. Use a broad spectrum SPF
A broad-spectrum SPF is one that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB damage. Re-apply your sunscreen every 3-4 hours while travelling and never skip it - unless you want your skin to turn into a tired-looking mess!
BB picks: Lakmé Sun Expert Tinted Sunscreen