The Best Skin Care Products and Habits for Traveling
Updated: Aug 14, 2019
Not only does your body go through a lot when you travel, your skin also takes a major toll. Exposure to dry air and pollutants, touching your face after handling documents and dirty surfaces, so many things can cause your face to act out in all sorts of ways. I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to see when looking through my pictures of my latest travels, is a red angry planet or two on my face.
I already suffer from very dry skin so I frequently get unwanted breakouts, especially during travel and the winter seasons. It has taken me practically my whole life to break down what my skin needed and I'm still learning, but I feel like I am finally making progress as I approach 30 and I've decided to share some of my tips with you guys!
This blog post is going to target mainly those who also suffer from overly dry skin, but I feel like most of these practices could benefit all skin types, especially during and after traveling.
My biggest piece of advice is to stay as hydrated as you possibly can, I cannot stress enough how much I try to stay hydrated on a daily basis. This is already a good habit to have when you're not traveling, so when you are planing on being on a plane or on the road, keeping up with your hydration is going to make sure your body and your skin stay on as normal of a routine as possible. I have a 36 ounce personal water bottle that I try to refill and drink at least 3 times a day whether I am traveling or not.
my favorite reusable water bottles
One of my favorite products is the Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes. I never travel without a pack of these. They're lightweight for having in your purse/backpack, and they're quick and easy to discard. When I'm feeling especially grimy on a layover or a long-haul flight, I quickly wipe my face with one of these and apply my favorite moisturizer and I feel as good as new. One of my friends is a flight attendant and I asked her what was the one thing she could not go to work without, and it was these makeup wipes.
Whether I am on a trip or home during down time there are a few things I do on a regular basis to help my skin out:
Firstly, I make it a habit of washing my face with an effective cleanser when I wake up, and before I go to bed. I will either do this with my hands and some warm water, or I like to use my Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush for an extra deep clean.
Another habit I stick to is applying daily moisturizer, as well as applying a night cream. For my daily moisturizer I always make sure it has at least some sort of SPF. Two of my favorite daily moisturizers are the Clinique Super Defense Daily Moisturizer with 20 SPF, and Olay Complete Lotion with 15 SPF for Sensitive Skin, both of which are not greasy or pore-clogging. My tried and true night cream I have used for a long time is Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Anti-Aging Moisturizer. If you're looking for a little extra hydration at night, I also like to apply a vitamin C serum like Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum.
One thing that I have recently become addicted to and that has been great for my skin are sheets masks. I find that sheet masks are a great way to give yourself a little indulgence and "me time" as well as giving your face some much needed therapy without breaking the bank. Some of my favorite and affordable sheet masks are the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hydrogel Mask and the Neutrogena Deep Clean Purify Hydrogel Mask. Another reason why sheet masks are so great is they are so light-weight and take up little to no room in your bags. I love taking a few of these with me in my carry-on and slapping one on during or after my flight and my skin is so happy afterwards.
If you have a little more money to spend, I also recommend getting regular facials. For about a year now I have been getting facials about every 4 - 6 weeks and my skin could not be happier. Getting regular facials can get a little pricey, so I recommend you find an esthetician you like and respect that takes care of your skin needs without pushing their own agenda. Let them know that you're looking to start a regular regimen with them and maybe they would be willing to give you a deal if you commit to regular treatments.
I have had other treatments done as well to get ahead of early aging signs caused by sun damage and stress from a trained professional. The most recent was a laser treatment with LaseMD that really got under those first few layers of skin to help disintegrate sun damage my face had collected my entire life as an avid swimmer and traveler. Treatments like these can get pretty expensive but can help combat those early signs of aging as well as help preserve your skin for the long haul.
I hope you found these tips and list of products helpful and insightful. If you have any further questions or tips of your own, please leave a comment! It is greatly appreciated =).