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Looking After Your Skin When You Travel

Travel can be a hectic time. Whether you’ve booked a cruise, are hopping on a flight for a weekend in New York, or looking for an investment in Phoenix real estate, you want to look your best.

Your skincare routine is at the heart of that, so the following tips will help you keep your skin blemish-free during your next trip.

Keep Up Your Skincare Routine

Changing things up just for your trip or even during your trip might be a necessity at one time or another. However, it’s far from ideal. The longer you can use the products you are used to, the less stressed your skin will be. Natural products can also help keep your skin calm in an unfamiliar climate.

Use Cool or Room Temperature Water

When washing your face or hair, it can be tempting to use hot water. Many people find this relaxing or want the “pore opening” benefits steam, and hot water tends to offer. Cool water, on the other hand, is not quite as relaxing but may prevent any contaminants found in the local water from becoming trapped in your pores or absorbing into the thin skin of your face and neck.

Cool water can also help your skin stay hydrated during the stress of travel. In most cases, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends the use of lukewarm water for daily face washing.

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Pack Plenty of Sunscreen

Use your sunscreen liberally even before you get on the plane or before a long car ride. Cars don’t shield you from the sun. On a flight you’re exposed to more UV light and radiation than you would be on the ground- there’s less atmosphere up there to protect you. For example, the UV exposure pilots receive every hour in the sky has been compared to a 20-minute session in a tanning bed. The exposure for passengers isn’t always that much different.

Choose Products that Do More

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While buying miniature bottles of your toiletries is a decent strategy, and one that can help you meet strict travel safety standards, it’s not the only way to go. If you’re going on a long trip and not sure when you’ll be able to resupply, it may be best to find products that fulfill more than one function to save the most space. This could be a moisturizer with stronger-than-average SPF or a clay-based cleanser that doubles as a mask (and, in a pinch, a mosquito bite treatment.)


Staying hydrated is key to looking and feeling your best no matter where you are. When you travel, however, there’s a bit more to this than “drink more water.” The water quality where you’re visiting may be in question. Where possible, drink sealed, bottled water. If none is available, drinking boiled water or hot tea can help prevent illness.

Hot water can also help reduce stress while traveling by calming your nervous system. That means less inflammation and a smaller chance of a breakout or other blemish appearing during your trip.

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