Travel Skincare

Have you ever noticed an unexpected flare-up, a new breakout, or some serious fine lines appearing unannounced during your last trip? It may not always occur to you, but our skin can suffer the consequences of our travels!

  

All commercial travel methods involve large artificial air circulation systems. “This results in prolonged exposure to dry heating and cooling methods, which can result in a significant loss of moisture in the skin", explains Scott Flugman, MD, a dermatologist at the Huntington Hospital in New York. 

 

Air travel is particularly dehydrating: humidity levels on an airplane can drop by 10 percent, which can drastically dehydrate the skin. In turn, this makes fine lines and wrinkles appear more prominently and can leave the skin looking dull. The stress of travel itself can also trigger an inflammatory response in the body, which can exacerbate conditions such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis.

 

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Not to panic—there are some easy fixes to protect your skin from damage and dehydration when you travel, ensuring you keep your glow looking its absolute best. 

 

Here are our top 4 BSE-approved skincare travel tricks for your next voyage!

 

DRINK UP

 

It is important to stay as hydrated as possible in order to retain as much external moisture as possible. A few days before your trip, make sure you guzzle that H2O: you can drink up to half your body weight in ounces of water for the days leading up to your trip. 

 

During your travels, we recommend bringing a reusable water bottle and avoiding excess alcohol or caffeine (which worsens dehydration). 

   

QUENCH YOUR SKIN’S THIRST

 

Now is the time to break out the high-quality, hydration-locking moisturizer. Make sure to apply before your travel, as well as after you’ve arrived and done your cleansing routine. It can also be a great idea to give your skin some shameless TLC while you’re traveling, such as using a hydrating mask like the DI MORELLI Hydrating Face Mask.

 

We also recommend packing a hydrating facial mist and spraying it periodically throughout your trip to keep your skin moisturized. 

   

ESTHEDERM CELLULAR WATER MIST - $42 

 

SKINCEUTICALS HYDRATING B5 GEL - $99 

 

BABOR GEL FACE MASK - $280

 

PROTECTION AT ALL COSTS

 

If you’re headed on a tropical vacay, you’ve likely got your SPF on hand. However, even if you aren’t going to the beach and think you’ll be spending most of the day in the airport or on a plane, sunscreen is a must on travel days. 

 

You’re even closer to the sun’s UVA/UVB rays on a plane, so it is essential to apply your favorite SPF of at least 30––no matter the type (tinted, untinted, mineral, or physical) that you choose.

   

SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION SPF 50 - $50

 

ELTAMD UV CLEAR BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 46 - $71

 

CONSISTENCY IS KEY 

 

Once you arrive at your destination, it is crucial to stick to your usual routine (and maybe avoid hotel soap bars like the plague!). That way, you won’t be asking your skin to adjust to all-new products.

 

Also, most skincare products need to be stored in a specific way to preserve their effectiveness. For example, Vitamin C serums are best kept in cool, dark spaces and away from heat/air exposure in order to preserve themselves. Basic staples, like cleansers, usually do just fine in travel-size bottles; just make sure to do your homework before transferring your favorite products into different containers. 

   

BIOPHORA ACNE PRONE TRAVEL KIT - $120 

 

BIOPHORA ELEMENT EXPOSED TRAVEL KIT - $120

 

EMINENCE ORGANICS MUST HAVE MINIS STARTER SET - $79 

 

Last but not least, if you’re finally heading out on that long-awaited vacation––enjoy it to the max! 

 

(And wear your sunscreen!)

 

Until next time, 

 

The BSE Team

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