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Travel is an inspiring and enlightening experience but that doesn’t hide one truth: travel can wreak havoc on your skin. Summer weather conditions are an especially harsh time. While being on an exotic beach is compelling, the sun that beams down is less satisfactory. I’ve narrowed my travel skincare routine to a science, trying to find the keys to keep skin healthy during summer travel. Similar to my winter skincare guide, summer comes with a unique set of challenges and requires customized treatment.
Your summer travel skincare routine needs to be portable and manageable for your vacation. The products you carry with you should versatile to serve more than one purpose and strong enough to fight environmental stressors. Here are my tried-and-true tips for keeping your skin healthy and glowing during tough travel conditions.
Never Fall Asleep with Makeup After a Night Out
Your skincare regimen may be the last thing you may want to do after a long day on vacation. Fight the urge to fall asleep with your makeup on. Your makeup can trap dirt and environmental pollutants into your skin, making your face a festering field for blackheads and breakouts. Avoid a nasty outbreak by taking the five minutes to wash your face. If you’re crunched for time or too exhausted after a night out, keep a makeup wipe on hand.
Continuous Reapply Sunscreen Daily
It’s a no-brainer that sunny skies call for sunscreen, but SPF should be part of your every day. Don’t let overcast cloud fool you. Harmful UV rays can creep through your window sill, your car’s windshield, and even a cloudy sky. Sunscreen will fight off terrible burns and works constantly to preserve your skin and keep it young. On vacation, reapply your sunscreen every few hours to make sure the effects don’t wear off entirely.
There is a massive heatwave happening in Europe right now. Honey, you’re going to want to hydrate! Take it from me, a girl who has fainted both in the states and abroad. Aside from keeping you fueled to take on the sights, hydration should be part of your daily regimen to keep your skin supple. Traveling on airplanes can dehydrate your body and skin, so drinking plenty of H2O on your travels will be helpful in preventing breakouts and keeping skin glowing.
Pack a Sheet Mask for the Plain
Have you noticed your skin feeling less refreshed during air travel? Well, the air in your highly-pressurized cabin is a mixture of outside air and recycled air from the cabin. Sheet masks are a mess-free way to give yourself a mini-spa treatment on-the-go. Because of their portability, a sheet mask is a perfect addition to your travel carry-on this summer. This little savior can help fend off the limited air supply and keep your skin hydrated during a flight.
Rid Yourself of Puffy Eyes
As a rule of thumb, I always account on having puffy eyes after a long flight. No matter how restful my vacation is, I can never sleep well on a plane. I swear by Pixi Beauty DetoxifEYE facial treatment eye gels at home. On trips, Honest Hazel’s individually packaged eye gels are easy to add to a carry-on without hassle. The eye gels include soothing vitamin C and E, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid.
Keep a Spot Treatment for Your Breakouts
On vacation, we often change everything from our climate to our eating habits. Don’t be caught off-guard by a newly-grown pimple. I like traveling with my two-in-one spot treatment to reduce the appearance of active-breakouts and post-breakout marks.
Depuff with Gua Sha or a Jade Roller
Harsh truth: I’m naturally puffy in my face. Gua sha tools and jade rollers are both methods of Chinese skincare that have been used since the 7th century. I’ve recently started using a gua sha tool and have been following some online tutorials to learn the benefits. Pairing gua sha or jade roller with your favorite oil can brighten complexion, promote lymphatic drainage, help reduce under-eye circles and decrease puffiness.
Emergency Aloe for Burns
Keep aloe lotion or spray on hand to alleviate sunburns from your trip. Herbivore’s After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist is a great ritual for when you come back inside from a day by the water. The soothing spray uses an all-natural formula of aloe, cooling mint, lavender, and witch hazel to relieve sun-exposed skin.
Less is More
The summer temperatures can cause you to sweat more, inevitably causing makeup to cake and clog your pores. Avoid breakouts by wearing light makeup like a CC cream. IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream is definitely a holy grail product that is lightweight enough for any situation. The formula features SPF 50 UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen and is infused with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants.
Keep the Bugaboos Away
Don’t even think of visiting a humid climate this summer without bug spray in hand. An all-natural insect repellant will keep you from hours spent swatting away mosquitos and scratching new bites.
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I hope this roundup helps you prepare for your next vacation. What are your best skincare tips for summer travel?