How To Keep Your Skin On Point While Traveling For The Holidays
Your skincare routine might not be the first thing you think about when preparing to travel for the holidays, but trust us, it’ll be the only thing on your mind when you return home without that smooth winter glow you left with just a few days prior.
For most of us, carry-ons are the only option when it comes to flying these days, thanks to exorbitant airfares and even more ridiculous baggage fees. But that often means something gets left behind and, most times, that something is our beauty products, either due to their sheer size or the fact that we just don’t have the energy to pack a cleanser, toner, serum, scrub, moisturizer, eye cream, mask, primer, lotion (and the list goes on) for a quick trip. The good news is you don’t have to, so long as you grab the essentials and follow these quick tips from Miami-based Dove dermatologist Alicia Barba, MD. Below are just a few pieces of advice from her on how to get — or keep — your skin glowing while traveling this holiday season.
- Stick to the basics. As Dr. Barba put it, “Traveling is not the time to experiment with a new product and risk skin irritations or rashes.” If you’re dealing with limited space, pack the essentials: a cleanser, sunscreen, hand lotion, and the makeup you use on a regular basis. You can forgo the extra items for a few days.
- Downsize deluxe products. Stocking up on sample size products and reusing the containers for those essential beauty products mentioned above is a great way to get through the security checkpoint without any problems. “But, if you find yourself in a pinch,” Dr. Barba said, “an old contact case or eye dropper can carry some of your must-have creams for a short trip.”
- Keep it fresh. Let’s be honest; there’s no sense in your skin looking good if you don’t smell your best. After running through the airport and being squeezed into a tiny economy seat on a plane, you’re likely going to need to refresh, which is why having deodorant on-hand is a must. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant is Dr. Barba’s product of choice because it offers 48-hour protection and also cares for the skin under your arms.
- Keep cleansing wipes on hand too. We touch our faces much more than we think we do and guess what those germs from your phone and money and everything else you touched throughout the day turn into when you put your hands on your face? Acne. Spare yourself the horror and throw a pack of travel wipes in your purse.
- Bring weather-dependent necessities. “If you’re traveling where it’s hot, humid and sunny you’re going to want to bring blotting papers, a stronger SPF and a lightweight moisturizer,” Dr. Barba advised. “If you’re heading somewhere cold, pack lip balm, a richer moisturizer and a hydrating face mask to help combat the dry air.
- Indulge, hydrate, repeat. It’s a given that you’ll be drinking this season and while you may think to stay hydrated to avoid a hangover, you should also down more water for the benefit to your skin, Dr. Barba said, noting that hydration is important to help decrease inflammation as well.
- Be careful what you share: If you forgot your cleanser or moisturizer in your medicine cabinet, by all means use your friend’s when you touch down, so long as they don’t contain any active ingredients you might not be familiar with and that could cause a reaction. When it comes to sharing products that may contain bacteria like makeup brushes, however, that’s a no-go.
- Pack a tin of Vaseline. “I always carry Vaseline,” Dr. Barba said. “It’s a serious multitasker. It can do wonders for dry or cracked cuticles, elbows and hands. It can also stand in for some of your beauty products. Put some on a cotton ball to clean up your eye makeup or dab a small amount on your cheek bones in place of a highlighter.”