It’s the holiday season, which means many of us will be swopping our desks for the great outdoors. Although travelling is great for the mind, body and soul, it can be quite stressful on your skin. When you are travelling, your daily skincare routine may take a back seat.   

You are also exposed to different weather and environmental conditions, and you will probably eat a variety of foods (including junk food). All these factors can wreak havoc on your skin. Not to worry, because you can keep your skin glowing and acne-free with these top skincare tips. 

Hydrate skin from the inside out 

Proper hydration starts from the inside. Make sure you’re drinking enough water to replenish lost fluids during your trip. To moisturise on the outside, use a good moisturiser to help give your skin the necessary skin barrier elements to avoid dehydration and irritation from environmental factors and toxins. Some good moisturisers include our range from Skinceuticals and Neostrata. 

Apply a trusted antioxidant serum

An excellent antioxidant serum can protect your skin against free radicals and improve the look and feel of your skin. It also helps reduce inflammation and the appearance of wrinkles, and can even assist in healing sun damage. As an expert in dermatology, Ayanda Motau recommends using a vitamin c serum to reap the most benefits while you’re travelling.

Always keep your sunscreen on hand

Did you know that when you’re in an aeroplane, you’re 10,000 feet closer to the sun and at a higher risk of getting sunburnt than if you are on the ground? This makes it vital to apply sunscreen when you’re travelling in the air. Remember to also apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every two-four hours when you’re outdoors and relaxing at the beach or pool.  

Carry facial wipes

Travelling can make your face feel sweaty and sticky, and you won’t always have access to water to wash your face- this is where facial wipes can come in handy. They get rid of dirt and grime easily, so you can feel fresh-faced while on the go. 

Cleanse your face with a quality cleanser

We know that travelling makes it hard to cleanse your face regularly, but it’s important to use a cleanser when you can to ensure that you thoroughly remove impurities and makeup. A daily cleanser makes sure your skin is devoid of dirt, pollution, and impurities which may lead to spots and acne. 

Take extra care of your eyes 

A lack of sleep and a busy itinerary can take a toll on your eyes. Pack a cooling eye mask to fight puffiness around the eyes and to help you get some sleep. If you are constantly battling eye puffiness, apply a good under-eye cream.   

Avoid wearing makeup

Whether you are about to board your flight or check out some tourist spots, makeup should be avoided or at least limited. Some people prefer using a tinted moisturiser while travelling, but it is better to stick to a daily day cream and SPF to allow your skin to breathe. This is because the changing weather conditions and atmosphere may cause your skin to break out.