There is nothing better for reducing stress and washing away the worries than a relaxing holiday. Jetting off to sunnier climates or even heading off to the slopes to enjoy some winter sports can do wonders for our state of mind. But unfortunately it can also play havoc with our skin.
Different climates and even the hours spent travelling can make skin dry, greasy, sweaty or prone to breakouts. Effectively, whatever your skin is like normally at home it could easily become the opposite when you go on holiday.
But there are quick and simple things you can do before, during and after you arrive to look after your skin and keep it looking its best.
Before you jet off ensure you are in good habits with your skincare routine. Remove makeup before bed without fail, and be sure to cleanse, tone and moisturise daily. Doing this regularly at home means you are more likely to maintain the routine while on holiday.
Plan ahead and make sure you have all the lotions and potions you are going to need. This means your usual makeup remover, moisturiser and makeup, plus sun cream, redness correctors and after-sun lotion. Invest in a tinted moisturiser that has SPF. If you’re going somewhere hot you won’t want to wear your usual concealer, foundation and powder as it will be too heavy and clog the pores as you sweat. Just use a single product for light but even coverage and vital UV protection.
Don’t forget that liquids are restricted in hand luggage so take only a sample-size moisturise in your hand bag so you can stop your skin from drying out on the plane.
If your journey is particularly long and if you are flying refresh your skin once or twice on the way by applying a thin layer of moisturiser. Ideally try not to wear too much makeup for travelling as this will only clog your pores.
Use a light spritzer to refresh and cool your face, and eye drops to revive tired eyes.
The air on planes is particularly notorious for drying out skin because it is recycled so you might also want to take a pack of baby wipes to help keep you moist.
When you arrive
If you’re going to a hot country be sure to apply a sun cream to your face, neck and hands before you step outside of the airport. Heading out into the blazing sun without protection can cause havoc with your skin. SPF cream must be reapplied regularly throughout your holiday. Even if you’re enjoying some winter sports you will still need to use a sun cream and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Whatever you do, do not allow your skin to get even slightly burned. Take time to build up that tan.
Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and try not to overdo the sangria. If you have sensitive skin you may find that the local water irritates your face when washing so be sure to have plenty of your tried and trusted brands in your case.