Holidays… I’ve just returned from mine and am trying hard not to feel jealous of those people yet to head off on holidays and still planning every fun excursion and day out. And now my suitcases are gathering dust for the near future. Let me just say that packing is NOT a chore for me, it’s a pleasure!
But before you all head off for sunshine and relaxation, I do have some useful advice for you, and that regards taking care of your skin as you travel to your destination. We all know about the importance of SPF on a sunny holiday, but did you know that the skin must be cared for on the flight itself too? These my top 20 tips for protecting the skin as you travel, and even a few for when you land.
Top 20 Skin Tips for Traveling
- Keep hydrated with essential fatty acids/fish oils to keep the skin’s moisture levels up. This means the skin is plumped and protected against the elements and is able to resist the atmospheric changes and the dreaded air conditioning as a result.
- Use a water spritz to keep the skin hydrated throughout. Cabin air tends to have very low humidity levels. Your skin will crave the moisture from the spritz, so make sure you spray twice!
- Decant your favourite hydrating mask into a travel sized pot to carry on board the plane to treat the skin throughout the flight – go on, be that diva!
- Drinking water does not really do much for the skin by itself, but it is vital to hydrate cells.
- Use cooling anti-inflammatory eye pads to keep the delicate and thin-skinned eye area balanced throughout the flight, as they are prone to inflammation due to the changing altitude.
- Many suggest using hydrating eye drops to keep the eyes clear and lubricated throughout, but be sure to seek optician approval first.
- If you decide to wear makeup, keep it minimal. And what makeup you do wear, make sure it is non comedogenic, aka non-pore clogging.
- Due to the potential lack of moisture in the air, the skin may produce more oil if you do not work to keep it hydrated throughout, so be aware of spots!
- Wear breathable cotton clothing so the skin is not chafed and irritated while seated for long periods of time.
- You MUST wear SPF on flights, as UVA rays beam through those windows with a vengeance; in fact, it has been suggested that pilots may be at a higher risk of skin cancer – so be careful. Perhaps the aisle seat is a better choice after all!
- An average €2 size of SPF should be applied to the face and neck area as a minimum guideline application.
- Remember that SPF is not fool-proof, it is a protective shield NOT a guarantee; the onus is on us to be sun smart, so cover up where you can.
- Be safe and always over-apply SPF rather than under-apply – have you ever heard a happy skin cancer story that wishes it didn’t cover up all those years ago?
- Regardless of your SPF’s factor and your skin colour, reapply your SPF every two hours – remember that the skin is an organ.
- Antioxidants fight against the free radicals from the sun, food, and drinks we may be exposed to while in holiday mode, so applying a cascade of them topically underneath your SPF daily is needed for ideal protection.
- We are prone to more pigmentation while we are abroad thanks to excessive burning rays and the strength of the UVB rays, so use products that prevent the development and excitement of pigment cells.
- Remember that you have a 40 percent higher chance to burn after a prolonged period of exposure to water. Meaning religious SPF application is even more important at the beach.
- Once landed, use a gentle exfoliating product to lift the debris, bacteria, dry skin cells and excess oil from the surface of the skin to prevent them residing there for extended periods of time.
- If you do burn, allow the heat to escape from the skin; please do not smother it with heavy creams and yoghurts!
- Be wary of glycolic acid, kojic acid, and salicylic acid pre, during and post holidays. However, hyaluronic acid should be your best friend, as this hydrates the skin by mimicking its natural hydrating ability.