How to Protect Your Skin During Vacation
If you are going to hit the road over the summer months, just like millions of Americans, you may want not only to see spectacular sights and get tan, but also use some expert skin care tips for protecting your face and body from burns that will be painful and unhealthy. During your vacation, your skin may be put through different stressful situations that may require special care and protection. To get the most out of your vacation, and to protect yourself from burns and skin cancer, follow these tips to protect yourself.
What factors may negatively affect your skin during traveling?
Having all those skin-saving toners and moisturizers at home and using them in regular daily routine may support keeping your skin perfection at maximum. However, when on vacation, you need to be prepared for the fact that skin can start “acting up”. All of a sudden, your skin can become too dry or oily, with noticeable pimples and blemishes. After sun exposure, you may also notice either skin eruptions of acne or extreme dryness. The major factors that may result in these abnormal skin conditions, according to The Health Central team, include:
- A changed schedule – in most cases, traveling means that you wake up or go to bed at different times. Such an irregular schedule may affect your skin, especially if you have experienced jetlag symptoms;
- A different climate – skin may react negatively to the necessity of adjusting to lower or higher humidity levels, various levels of sunlight, different temperatures, etc,;
- A change in location – because of the heating system or air conditioning in hotel rooms, you may notice dry skin on your face after a few days;
- Increased levels of stress – pressure to buy tickets and be on time to catch flights or trains, book hotel rooms, make sure that you have enough money for your trip and then make sure you don’t forget anything. All these activities can result in elevated levels of stress that can be also bad for your skin;
- A different diet – trying exotic vegetables and fruits, as well as not eating homemade meals, may show up on your skin through rashes and food allergies. This may also be true if you are drinking more alcohol than usual. If you are drinking a lot on vacation, remember that staying hydrated with water will not only help to curb hangovers but also will save your skin from dehydration.
Sunburn and sun allergy treatment on vacation
The Cosmopolitan experts, as well common sense, assure readers that excess sun exposure and “sun allergy” are the main risk factors for skin on vacation. To provide powerful sun protection for your skin on vacation, you need to follow a few simple tips:
1) Limit your sun exposure during peak sun hours (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to 15 minutes at a time;
2) Wear your favorite sunscreen lotion or cream with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or above – this is a recommended minimum, while in tropical countries, consider using a lotion with SPF 50+. Reapply the sunscreen every 2-3 hours, starting from the morning before going out;
3) However, if you want to get a beautiful tan, at least, spend time outside, with sunscreen on, before or after peak hours;
4) If the sunscreen product doesn’t help you, or you forget to use it, you may get a mild-to-moderate sunburn. Here is how you can help treat it:
- Use a hydrating moisturizer with the soothing extracts – aloe, chamomile, or shea butter;
- If the skin looks inflamed or causes unbearable pain, take Asprin or Tylenol;
- If the damaged skin starts to peel, leave it alone and don’t “help” this process;
- To soothe the sun damaged skin during showers, stick to a creamy, soap-free cleanser and towel dry by gently patting the wet skin. After a shower, you need to apply a moisturizer;
- If the sunburn is severe, try using a special ointment with anti-bacterial components like Vitamin B5 and shea butter.
6 essential women’s and men’s skin care tips for travelers
Skin care is not about gender. If you’re a guy you may think that using non-pore clogging cleansers and lotions with SPF may be a “girly” thing to do. However, who doesn’t want clear skin that’s not flaky and dry and that isn’t peeling because of burns? If you want to get maximum skin protection during a vacation, consider following the unisex skin care tips given by the experts from StyleCraze and Wellness Mama:
Take care of your skin before a vacation!
Do you know where you are going to travel in a few weeks? Then start preparing your skin beforehand. For example, in order to protect your skin from a dry climate, start exfoliating the skin along with the regular use of a hydrating mask (like Honey and Coconut mask or any other natural skin care products). Even if you have oily skin, such preventive measures can save you from extreme dryness.
Add your favorite skincare products to your travel set!
Save some space in your suitcase for a travel set with a few necessary products for sensitive skin care. Any potentially skin-irritating products may stay at home – like hydroxyl acids, harsh cleaners, resurfacing therapies, etc. Also, you don’t need to use skincare gadgets on vacation. Instead, pack travel sizes of the gentlest skin cleanser that you have, a regular moisturizer, and a nourishing serum to beat dryness. If you are prone to acne, you may also pack your products for the daily skin care. Those who use night creams, additionally, can pack an eye cream. If you travel to a country with a dry climate, don’t forget to grab a few one-time hydrating masks.
Wearing too much makeup on vacation can clog your pores and pave the way for nasty bacteria you don’t want to find on your skin. Additionally, some foundation can dry your skin. If you have to wear makeup, clean it off as soon as you can. It is one of the essential dry skin care tips.
Don’t touch your face if not necessary!
If you have a habit of scratching your chin or touching your forehead when thinking over something, you may consider getting rid of it. Particularly, try avoiding touching your face in public places while on vacation – like planes, toilets, sights, etc. Otherwise, you may add dirt to your open pores and cause flare-ups of acne.
Ice cubes can prevent under-eye circles!
Under-eye circles are a common bane of many travelers. To prevent or reduce them, you may use crushed ice and a clean towel to make a cold eye compress. Consider repeating this procedure before going to bed. Applying a night eye cream can be helpful if you additionally need dry skin treatment of eyes.
Drink and eat for hydration!
Drinking no less than 8 glasses of pure water a day is essential for health. Especially, you need to stay hydrated while traveling, because the skin has to be moistened from the inside as well. In addition to drinking water, you can eat certain foods for hydration – watermelon, cucumbers, celery, pineapple, cabbage, zucchinis, tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, lettuce, grapefruit, radishes, green peppers, etc.
Don’t hesitate to visit a dermatologist in another country if you have chronic or quickly developing skin conditions that can’t be controlled at home. We hope you enjoy a safe vacation filled with glowing skin and beautiful pictures!