Travelling is restorative for the soul but our skin can get affected as well. Recycled air in planes and trains causes the skin to lose moisture. Here are 5 simple tips to up your skin care game while on the go.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
In the last 4 weeks, I have clocked more than 20 hours of train time. Recycled air sucks…the moisture out of the skin. It sucks in general.
Make hydrating products your best friend. (They should be your best friend all year round)
If the climate is humid, hyaluronic acid or glycerin is your best friend. If it is dry, give niacinamide and ceramide a try. Hey, that rhymes 😎 Sheet masks are great for hydration while travelling as well.
These hydrating products may not necessarily be used during the commute, but it is helpful to amp up hydration before and after the commute as well.
Cleanse and exfoliate religiously
Travelling, especially to a new climate can stress out the skin. One of the easiest way to help make sure that our skin don’t kick up a fuss is by making sure that it is properly cleansed and exfoliated.
A proper cleansing routine while travelling will make sure that any environmental pollution is removed, allowing your skin care to absorb better. This also helps the skin work less harder to acclimatise to the new environment.
Regularly using a BHA while travelling can help keeps breakouts at bay. Stress usually triggers oil production and BHA can cut through the oils, unclog pores and keep spots away.
BHA used in conjunction with a clay mask is a simple but powerful pore purifying treatment.
Packing my toiletries is always a game of balancing wants and needs. I’d bring everything if I can but I can’t. So multitasking products can be extremely useful and a space saver.
One example is my current favourite cleanser by Vichy. I use it as a cleanser and as a purifying mask while travelling.
It has salicylic acid (SA), glycolic acid (GA) and pumice making it slightly exfoliating while cleansing and the clay (combined with the SA and GA ingredients) makes it an excellent mask for oily, acne-prone skin.
Strip down our skin care routine to the bare minimum while travelling will avoid overwhelming it. It helps us to see what our skin truly needs at that time without stressing it out.
Cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and protect is the bare basic routine for oily, acne-prone skin.
This way, if your skin feels tight or dehydrated, you’ll know it needs extra hydration. It also helps to save tons of space in your toiletry bag for more fun stuff like makeup!
Sheet mask hack
I always travel with sheet masks. I try to allocate at least 1 for each week I am away and stretch its use with a hack. Let me share 😏
When removing the sheet mask from its pack, I pinch the opening with my fingers while pulling the mask out. This way, some of the essence falls back into the packet. The masks are usually still very saturated. Put on the sheet mask and seal the leftover essence to avoid spillage and contamination.
Each time I do my skin care routine thereafter, I’ll pour some essence onto my hand and pat them into my skin before my moisturiser for extra hydration. I repeat the essence layer a few times if I’m feeling like my skin needs extra hydration.
This is a great way to layer hydration while travelling and it really stretches the use of one packet of sheet mask.
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