We all love to travel, but travel can have an impact on our skin. Whether travelling by air, road or rail, the various changes in the environment can have a negative effect on your skin.  We have talked to independent skin care specialists and some local spas to help us come up with these top five skin care tips while travelling.


Hydration is key while travelling. Drink water and eat water rich foods. Foods that contain a lot of water, such as watermelon, berries, plums, peaches, lettuce, cucumber, bell peppers and celery can be just as hydrating for your body and skin as drinking H20. When you are travelling, bring your own water bottle and ask for refills. (Make sure it is empty when you go through security to avoid confiscation.)


Your skin needs to be protected from the sun’s harmful rays no matter what time of the year you are travelling or wherever your destination may be. Sunscreen should be applied daily, even if it is cloudy and overcast. Sunscreen can help prevent damaging sun spots, pre-mature aging and even melanoma (skin cancer). For best protection look for a sunscreen with both UVA & UVB protection, as well as an SPF of at least 30.


Before you travel, cleanse your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser and apply a heavy moisturizer. Skin can lose a lot of moisture, especially when travelling by air, you would be surprised at how quickly a thick heavy moisturizer will get absorbed into your skin. It’s always a good idea to have face cleanser wipes with you to cleanse and tone your face while you are on the go. They are especially useful when fresh water is not available to wash your face. You can’t go wrong with a 3 in 1 which acts as a make-up remover, cleanser and toner in one.


Have you ever noticed that your lips tend to get chapped when you travel? Having a good moisturising lip balm with an SPF will help to avoid chapped lips and keep your lips in top kissing condition!


One does not normally think about how sleep and skincare go hand in hand. Adults require seven to eight hours of sleep each night to function at an optimal level. When you’re travelling this can be difficult; however, there are things that you can do to set yourself up for success. Invest in a good sleep mask to block out light and make it easier to sleep. A good neck pillow can also be helpful to help you stay comfortable and catch some zzz’s when you can’t lie down. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones can block out sounds and promote sleep. If you are able to catch some sleep while travelling you will notice that not only will you feel less groggy, but you will also look well rested as your body has had the time that it needs to repair cells while you sleep.


If you have any other tips that you swear by we would love to hear from you!

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