Traveling is one of life's most rewarding experiences - new adventures await at every destination.
Skin can be a bit finicky when reacting to a new climate whether it's airplane air, harsh conditions, sun exposure, or pollutants and toxins.
Let's begin with airplane air. It's dehydrating and irritating resulting in flaky, dull skin. Due to airplanes being so dry and having no moisture in the air, it's important to use a good moisturizer that seals in your own moisture while on the plane or in a similarly dry environment.
When traveling for an adventurous outdoor vacation harsh conditions like wind, sun and dry air found at high altitudes are unavoidable. The key to combating dehydrated skin is moisture inside and out. Drink plenty of water before, during and after a trip along with a good moisturizer. If possible use a hydrating mask while on the trip making your skin less vulnerable to damage.
Although there's nothing like relaxing in the sun to ease stress, the damaging effects cause wrinkles, sunspots and even melanoma. The accumulation of the sun's damage through the years beginning as a child does not show up on the skin as brown pigmentation and wrinkles until after age 30. While on a beach vacation drink plenty of water and wear your sunscreen. If you do get a burn resist picking off the flakes of peeling skin. This will damage the skin further by preventing it from healing properly.
Be aware that the sun's strength can be magnified by the surroundings. Elevation increases the intensity to the sun's rays. Significant time spent on concrete or in water will increase sun damage as well because of the reflection off these surfaces.
If you're heading for a big-city excursion there is risk of pollutants and toxins which can accelerate aging. Products containing antioxidants, such as Vitamin C will rid the complexion of toxins and fight free radicals that dwell in pollution and chemicals. Stay away from cigarette smoke and drink plenty of water which helps flush toxins from the skin.
Wherever you stay, be sure to pack your skincare and don't be caught needing to use soap in the shower to wash your face because you didn't pack anything else. Soap strips the skin of it's essential protective oils leaving your skin vulnerable to irritation and dryness.
One of your main priorities when you return home after all that travel is to relax and restore a sense of normalcy and balance to your life. Be sure to get back into full swing of your skincare regimen.