Skincare and Vacation: What You Need to Know

The holidays are peak traveling season. Many travel across the globe in search of relaxation and escape! However, traveling can be stressful. This stress can cause problems with your complexion and the health of your skin. Amidst the whirlwind of a vacation, your skin can get neglected!

Travel can expose your skin to harmful circumstances such as sun, dust, saltwater and different temperatures you aren’t used to. The extreme cold weather on a skiing trip can dry out the skin. The saltwater and humidity at the beach introduces your skin to elements out of the ordinary and causes an imbalance. Short term exposure to exotic climates can cause long lasting damage to your skin!

Here are some tips to protect your skin on your holiday vacation.

Protection from the sun. Wearing sunscreen has been drilled into our heads as children, yet many still overlook its’ importance! Whether you are at the beach or in the snow, apply sunscreen graciously to all exposed skin. The reflection of sunlight on bright white snow can cause sunburn as bad as if you are on the beach. Make sure to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before stepping into the sun. Excessive sun exposure can cause tanning, wrinkles, sunburn and even acne.

Use a daily skin cleanser. During the holidays, much time is spent outdoors. Exposing skin to pollution is inevitable. Thus, it is essential to clean your skin daily to avoid black spots, breakouts and other skin ailments. It is even more important to clean your skin due expose to new and unwanted bacteria, dust and other elements. Exotic locations can create new challenges for the skin to deal with.

Care for oily skin. While traveling, skin is prone to unwanted elements. If you have oily skin, you are at a higher risk. Blotting papers can be helpful in controlling oily skin. Make sure you do not overlook cleansing oily skin, even if you don’t experience dryness easily. If not properly cleansed, you are at more of a risk of getting acne or other related problems.

Don’t touch your face. New locations introduce new bacteria. In the process of traveling, you may be touching a variety of different surfaces. Airports and other transportation services are swarming with bacteria. When you touch your face, harmful substances come into contact with your skin. They can cause irritation and infection. Try to limit the amount of time your touch your face. Wash your hands as often as possible.

Last, but not least, stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water. Hydration is essential for glowing and healthy skin. It not only helps maintain your metabolism but directly affects your health!

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