Stop Skin's Travel Troubles

Wherever your travels may take you, it's crucial to prep your skin beforehand for what it will encounter during your trip. You want to create a balance with treatments and products to build skin's strength so it won't go haywire in a different climate.

If you don't prepare your skin for changes, it will "think" it's in danger, and consequently, sebaceous activity will increase. For example, oily skin will think it's dried out, leading to more oil production and possibly breakouts; dry skin, on the other hand, can become cracked and chapped, which leaves it susceptible to free radicals, bacteria and infection.

About a month before your flight, start training your skin by incorporating hydrating facials and deep-cleansing treatments into your beauty regimen. An expert pre-travel trip: if you're planning to travel to a warm climate, avoid heavy or highly concentrated vitamin C products, abrasive exfoliation, and photosensitizing ingredients.

4 Comments
  • Posted on

    I had done a lot of travelling in past years and now I can see that the 'perfume on the skin thing' mentioned by Nerida Joy is most certainly a factor that caused me many skin problems at the time. Your educational tips along with the benefits we get from today's internet technology is truly wonderful! Thank you New Beauty and Nerida Joy!

  • Posted on

    One of the best things you can do to avoid travel woes will help you avoid skin woes as a whole. If you have a comprehensive routine, one that includes steps that cleanse, resurface, rebuild and repair, moisturize and protect, you will find that your skin always seems to be just beautiful. When I fly, I always take a very light moisturizer or repair oil with me. I apply it before take off and as we come in to land. The skin can get scared, but the right touches of comfort can change everything.

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    Traveling certainly can wreak havoc with your skin. It is also true that before you hop on the next plane, you should start “training” the skin, by hydrating the lower layers and exfoliating regularly to keep the outer layer from getting surface dry. Surface dryness causes all kinds of problems, especially for people with oily or dry skin, and flying — plus climate changes — all work to dry out the top layer. To combat this, be particularly diligent with your exfoliation, using an absorbing (not scrubbing!) exfoliant, such as a papaya-based product, every 5 days during warm months and every 7 days when it is cooler. It is VERY important to stay away from products that make your skin photosensitive a few weeks prior to a trip, especially if you are heading to a sunny climate. Ingredients to avoid are: Retinols, AHAs (glycolic, lactic, malic, tartaric, and citrus acid) and BHAs (salicylic and citric acid). It is also advisable not to use perfumes or cologne on the skin that is exposed to the sun (neck and chest areas and around the ears) as this can alter the pigmentation and stain the skin a reddish/brown color. Some Vitamin C products are great to use daily in the warmer months, as they not only prevent sun damage but also protect against any penetrating UV light that may penetrate the sunscreen, thus acting as a secondary sun protection. The Vitamin C protection mechanism is very different from that of traditional sunscreens and certainly should not replace sunscreen, but once applied it cannot be removed and remains effective until the concentration diminishes. The best thing is to keep your regimen simple, so you’re sure to do it every day: Cleanse (non foaming), apply hydrating/healing serum under your moisturizer (Hyaluronic acid for the evening and/or a non-irritating Vitamin C for the daytime), eye cream both day and night, and a physical sunscreen. With these tips, you should be good to go!

  • Steph
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    I always wondered why my skin freaks out when I'm on vacation!

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