The holidays are here and with the festive season comes lots of travelling with friends and family, whether it is by car, train or plane. Unfortunately travelling can take its toll on our skin because of stress, air conditioning, poor eating habits, lack of water, poor sleep, and reduced movement.
Here are 6 simple and effective tips that you can use to keep your skin healthy while travelling this season.
Security on aeroplanes is very tight these days and any liquids are strictly monitored and need to be placed in clear bags. Save yourself time, space and any damage by packing your skincare products in ziplock bags that are well sealed and taking your products in “travel size”.
Air conditioning in planes, trains and cars recycles the air and is very drying to the skin. Make sure you are well hydrated before travelling and maintain your hydration levels during your commute by drinking at least one glass of pure water per hour. Take your own water bottle with you so you can track how much you’ve consumed. This will help to keep your skin and body well hydrated so you avoid dry, cracked skin.
It is important to hydrate from the outside by applying your favourite natural moisturiser to the skin before, during and after travelling.
Forget the makeup
It is best to remove your make-up before a flight or long commute to allow your skin to breath and prevent drying and flaking when the dry air draws the moisture out. Having your face clean also allows you to apply plenty of moisturiser during your travel time. It is a good idea to keep a small make-up bag in your hand luggage so you can apply a fresh face before you arrive at your destination.
Don’t forget your lips
The skin on the lips is often forgotten but as it is very delicate and it’s at risk of drying out which leads to painful chapping and bleeding. Make sure to pack your favourite natural lip balm and apply it regularly during travel to hydrate you lips.
When we’re travelling our ability to move around is vastly reduced which can lead to poor circulation, fluid retention and puffiness around the face and eyes. Make sure to get up and move around every hour on the plane or train and if you’re travelling in a car make regular pit stops to stretch your legs to get the blood flowing. If you don’t have the opportunity to walk around you can try pointing and flexing your feet while sitting.