Keeping Skin Healthy While Traveling
I love traveling. But one thing that I will always continuously hate? Airplanes. They’re essentially flying (usually delayed) cans, full of compressed air, grumpy people, and germs. Add to that the other horrors of travel: foreign bedsheets, hotel toiletries, and moisture-sucking air conditioners. It’s absolutely no wonder that the glow has left our skin. But there are ways to prevent these nightmares.
Keep your skin clean.
This might sound like one of the biggest “Duh!” statement of all time, but it’s true. Each time you sit down in an airplane, everything that you touch has likely been touched (sorry, germaphobes!) repeatedly by other dirty, jet-lagged humans. Since we don’t know how many or how dirty these surfaces might be, it’s probably best to just avoid touching your face as much as possible. After all, your eyes and mouth are easy entry points for bacteria.
But when it comes to keeping skin healthy during travel, that includes keeping it clean. Stressors from travel and foreign environments can cause skin to become oily or greasy, both of which can lead to breakouts. An easy way to make sure that you’re covered? Bring some travel face wipes for the plane. When you land and make it back to your hotel or Airbnb, make sure you have your favorite cleanser on hand.
Did you know that the Aerospace Medical Association suggests passengers drink eight ounces of water every hour they’re in the air to prevent dehydration? For a lot of us, that’s a lot of water, especially if we’re sitting in that middle seat. But it’s doubly important for your skin to retain its moisture. Dry skin is prone to breakouts and clogged pores, so bringing along a travel size moisturizer or facial spray is key.
Don’t forget your sunscreen.
Vacation likely means that you’re going to be less rigid with your schedule, but that doesn’t mean that you should be less rigid with your sunscreen. In fact, being closer to the sun while on a plane has been linked to increased rates of skin cancer in pilots. Make sure to take a high quality sunscreen with you to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Don’t reinvent the wheel.
When it comes to travel, now is not the time to go out and buy a bunch of new products. Instead, focus on keeping the classic, tried-and-true ones that you know that your skin loves. And, if you’re short on space, consider just taking the essentials: face wipes, cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen in your carry-on. This Essentials set by Bioclarity is the perfect set to travel with. Trust us, your skin will thank you.
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