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Skin Care Travel Tips

'Tis the season, as they say - for travelling, that is.

Around this time a lot of people go home for the holidays to visit and be with family and friends. Conversely for those who don't celebrate, some take exotic trips this time of year! Either way, this time of year generally brings out a lot of travelers, and sometimes the process of traveling can take a toll on our skin.

With these skin care travel tips hopefully your traveling experience, near or far, will be a little bit less stressful.

1. Exfoliate & Hydrate

The night before you travel, exfoliate your skin and use a hydrating mask. Having fresh and hydrated skin will help keep your skin looking healthy.

2. Use Oils

Whether you're travelling by car, bus, train, boat or airplane, your skin is likely going to dry out from the controlled air. Airplanes are the worst culprit, and they tend to be very dry. Every passenger on the plane breathes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. In order to bring in more oxygen, fresh air is pumped into the cabin. However, the air at such high altitudes has very little moisture, making the cabin air dry. That is what makes your skin feel dehydrated after a flight.

Applying a serum or oil that delivers enhanced hydration and protection is vital. This serum acts as a vehicle to deliver moisture deep within the layers of the skin while providing an occlusive seal to help it retain moisture.

Pick an oil-based moisturizer, or use an oil that your skin already likes, like coconut oil, and use it the morning of your travels as well as keep it with you.. I recommend this product.

3. Go Bare-Faced

Although makeup would make a lot of these other steps difficult if not impossible, there's another reason to go makeup-free while you travel - foundation can dehydrate your skin.

Skip foundation on the day of your trip, and instead wear only moisturizer. Before you arrive, you can also choose to add the tinted moisturizer for a fresh, healthy look.

If you just can't leave the house without some foundation, be sure to put on a primer first -- a silicone-based liquid or cream that puts a layer of protection between skin and makeup. It will help foundation and blush last longer and help keep your skin from becoming dehydrated.

4. Use A Sheet Mask

If you're driving yourself, this might not be wise to try, but for any other mode of transportation, you'll definitely want a sheet mask. If you've got a really long international flight, especially, take the time for some real rest and relaxation with a sheet mask. These are more popular in Korea, but they're becoming more popular in the west, as well.

Depending on what you're looking for (hydration or brightening), I love this mask and this mask.

Not just any ol' sheet mask will do, though - these masks contain oils, which will help keep your skin nourished versus a water-based mask which will only serve to dehydrate your skin.

5. Sunscreen

Something I think people traveling often overlook but really, really shouldn't, is sunscreen.

No matter where you go, you're being exposed to the sun's harmful UV rays. Spending hours in a car, on a bus, etc, you're still getting this exposure. You should consider sunscreen a requirement for flying.

Keep in mind that sun exposure on a plane isn't your typical sun exposure — it's much worse. The sun's rays are stronger the higher up in altitude you climb, and skin can be damaged in a shorter window of time. So no matter how pretty the view, keep the windows down and make sure you apply (and reapply) sunscreen. It's more important now than ever. Not only will it keep your skin protected, but it will help keep it hydrated, too. I love this brand.

6. Lip balm

You'll want to skip the long-lasting lipsticks during travel - they'll only dehydrate and parch your mouth.

Because of the dry air, your lips will likely suffer, no matter what. Start your day with a hydrating lip balm with SPF, like this one, and be sure to reapply regularly.

If you're desperate for some colour, use several coats of a lip stain, let it dry, and then top with a clear gloss. Reapply the gloss throughout the trip and your lips will look "just-made-up" fresh.

7. Hands off

I know this one is tough, but just think about all of the icky things you've touched in the airport or on the bus. The handles, the seats, money, bathroom doors, etc. You don't want that stuff being transferred to your face, so keep your hands off and sanitize regularly.

8. Tame Your Tresses

Just like your hands, your hair can latch on to some unwanted things, and if you have long locks especially, you know how it can get all up in your face. It's even worse if you're constantly touching your hair and then your face.

Rock a pony-tail, a bun, or wear a hat to keep your hair pulled back gently away from your face.

Travel No-Nos

Avoid mists. Everyone says they swear by them especially for flights, but they fail to make the connection between misting and trans epidermal water loss. When you mist, you need to lock in the mist with something otherwise it will cause your skin to become even more dry.

If you're absolutely intent on using a mist, use one that is hydrating and that contains antioxidants like vitamin C and green tea, like this one.

One You Arrive

Once you've arrived at your destination there are still things to consider and precautions to take to ensure you don't get breakouts, and to keep your skin healthy when adapting to a changed environment (especially going from one climate to another, hard to soft water and vice versa, from low pollution to high pollution cities, etc).

1. Try to keep the same routine as you do at home. Throwing off your routine too much can affect your skin. This means using the same skin care routine, going to bed at the same times, eating similar things, etc.

2. Be prepared for different climates. If you're from a cold climate going to a warmer climate, you might need less moisturizer and more sunscreen. If you're going to an area with a lot of air pollution, you might want to ante up on the antioxidants. If you're going somewhere with hard water, you might want to use a water-less cleanser.

3. Your skin is likely carrying environmental elements on the surface. As soon as you can, wash carefully, exfoliate to get rid of all the gunk accumulated from your travels, then apply some of your best moisturizer or a good face mask.

4. Try not to stress if your skin does break out a little bit - this is perfectly normal, and once you return home your skin should settle down.

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