In the final two months of year we celebrate, give thanks, eat, drink, and be merry – and we also travel. Yup, whether it’s a New Year’s getaway or a hometown visit, many of us will be taking a trip in December – a reality which inevitably results in the disruption of our usual routines – including our skincare regimen. And while we’re all about changing things up while we travel, our skin isn’t always as amenable to that “adventurous spirit.” Ahead, we have our recommendations for keeping your skin happy and healthy while traveling – no first-class ticket required.
Stay hydrated – inside and out.
Planes are notoriously dry, arid environments that can suck the moisture out of your skin, leading to issues like flakiness, irritation, puffiness, and oil overproduction. Drinking plenty of water is the first and most basic step in preventing dehydration. Now, the exact amounts are always debated, but we have consistently heard around 80 ounces as an appropriate number – so, about ten, eight ounces glasses of water per day. Grin and bear it – and be sure you book an aisle seat.
Once you’re properly hydrated, ensure that you’re taking extra care to topically moisturize your skin, too. If you’re flying, apply our Bio.digital Perfection Moisturizer before taking off and immediately upon landing. Go on an rub some into your hands and cuticles, too!
One of the keys to maintaining clear, happy skin is finding an effective routine and sticking to it. When we travel, we tend to let our usual ways go by the wayside, which can make for skin freak-outs. Attempt to keep your normal routine as intact as possible, taking care to do things like remove your makeup each night and keep up your weekly exfoliation. Real talk: If you’re packing five pairs of shoes, don’t tell us you don’t have room for your once-per-week mask.
…But also adapt.
If you’re traveling from 30-degree weather into 90-degree weather, obviously you won’t need the exact same products for both climates. Be sure to adjust accordingly – swapping in sunscreen where appropriate, upping your exfoliation routine, or applying more or less moisturizer. In these situations, it’s important to listen to your skin and be flexible, not rigid.
Eat, sleep, exercise – repeat.
Our skin loves three things: Plenty of sleep, a healthy diet, and an active lifestyle. Be sure you are maintaining all these things while you’re traveling, even if it seems inconvenient. Visiting Paris for the first time? See the city by bike or by foot. Changing time zones? Try and sneak in power-naps to get your body on schedule and well rested. Visiting your extended family in fast food nation, USA? Pack healthy granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit in your suitcase to keep your diet in check.