Skincare Essentials When Traveling

The holidays are upon us – which means food, family, and celebration. The holiday season also means travel season. All the time spent in planes and in cars trying to get from place to place can really wreak havoc on our skin. Depending on where you’re going, the change in climates and sleep schedules can really affect your skin and body. Whenever traveling, it’s important to remember to have a few key items to make sure your skin stays healthy. Tweaking your regimen just a little bit can be the difference between healthy, glowing skin and dull, dry skin.


Here are a few key essentials:

Bring the right moisturizer

Moisturizing your skin is absolutely the most important part of your skincare routine. If you’re traveling to a place that has drastically different temperatures than what you’re used to, remember to switch up your moisturizer to help your skin adjust. For hotter climates, try a lighter moisturizer, such as the L’Oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream. For colder climates, try a heavier moisturizer, such as the Ponds Dry Skin Cream.

Prepare for the occasional breakout

Changing in environments can cause your skin to breakout for a number of reasons. Whether it be a change in diet or just what’s in the air, traveling can cause more acne than you’re used to. Be prepared by bringing a spot treatment gel, such as the Oxy Treatment Lotion – Maximum Spot Treatment. If you put a little bit of this on immediately after you see the first signs of a pimple, it’ll zap it right away. If you don’t have any acne treatment with you, try a little bit of toothpaste instead. Put it on before you go to bed, let it dry, and leave it on through the night.

Remember to wear sunscreen

Especially if you’re going somewhere warm, be sure to protect your skin from the sun. Even if you’ll be in colder climates, you still need to wear sunscreen. Whether you’re spending time outdoors building snowmen or making snow angels, the sun’s rays can still have a damaging effect. For everyday protection, try the Neutrogena Healthy Skin With SPF Lotion. If you’re going to a hotter, beach destination, try something with a higher SPF level, such as the Banana Boat UltaMist Ulta Defense.

Protect your hair

Try not to forget about your locks. Since it’s the holidays, you’ll probably be using some kind of heat tool on your hair to style it for all the various parties and dinners you’ll be attending. Heat tools such as curling wands and straighteners can do a lot of damage on your hair, especially if you use them consistently. Remember to use a heat protection spray to help protect your hair from the high heat. Try the Redken Smooth Lock Heat Guide Protection or the CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray.


The holiday season can become very hectic. Don’t forget about your skin in the midst of all the madness. Whenever you’re going, change up your skincare routine to adapt to your new environment. Your skin will be happier and healthier.


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