Skin Care Tips for Travelers

Some key reminders to avoid skin damage on your trip

By Abigael Bondoc
December 17, 2015


After all the rock climbing, island hopping, beach bumming, strolling, and everything fun under the sun, nothing could spoil the natural high better than a friend telling you that your skin looks horrible and dry. Traveling entails exposing your skin to different environments, so it is only necessary that you know how to keep it looking fresh and healthy. Here are some tips on how to take care of your skin while traveling.

1. Know what to pack.
We all know that changes in temperature affect our skin. So before your trip, research about the climate of the place you’re visiting. Not only will it prevent you from bringing the wrong skin care products, but it will also help you downsize your traveling kit.

2. Moisturize your skin regularly.
Spending hours in an airplane can dry up your skin, causing it to look dull. Moisturize your skin by applying heavy cream the night before your flight. Remember that the longer your flight, the more you need to moisturize. We recommend including the following essentials to your hand-carry: hand cream, face mist, and lip balm or petroleum jelly.

3. Put on sunscreen.
Whenever you go out in the sun, always apply sunscreen. The sun’s UV rays can cause serious skin damage and you can avoid this by using sunscreen with high SPF. Don’t be too confident though, as doctors recommend that you seek shade from time to time even if your skin is protected.

4. Eat well and stay hydrated.
Eating a proper diet and staying hydrated are both crucial in keeping your skin healthy and looking great. Whenever you eat out, go for the healthy stuff like fruits and vegetables. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day (or more if you’re active), and bring a durable water bottle whenever you go around the places you visit.

5. Keep your hands off your face.
Your hands will see a lot of action when you travel. It will be impossible not to touch anything whenever you go shopping, hiking, visiting museums, or shaking hands with the locals. Touching your face when your hands are dirty can cause breakouts and even acne. So before you do, disinfect with some hand sanitizer first, or better yet, wash your hands with soap and water.