As most of you know I’ve been travelling quite a bit this past year. With all that flying and road tripping I’ve had to change my skin care routine up quite a bit. Not to mention that some creams and oils might not be available in certain countries.
Long haul flight especially wreak havoc on my skin. It’s an absolute nightmare. It was especially tough when travelling around Australia as the climates change quite a bit from one end to the other.
So how did I manage to keep my skin fairly healthy during that time?
1. Drink Loads of Water
Stay hydrated. This is my golden rule when travelling. Avoid sodas and alcohol, just keep to water. This is especially the case when flying.
That’s not to say you can never approach water or a soda ever again, just remember that water is the only liquid your body needs to function. Anything else is widely considered unhealthy for your body, and thus, your skin.
While drinking for better skin kind of does make sense (your skin is made from 64 percent of water), it’s not backed by science.
When I go out of the house, there are always four things I bring. Keys, wallet, phone and finally, moisturiser.
Moisturising is the cornerstone to any skin care regimen and will keep your skin looking beautiful and clear. Whether you wear makeup or not, it’s always important to have a healthy skin (more so if you are wearing makeup actually).
Find a good hypoallergenic moisturiser, preferably with no alcohol, perfume or parabens. The less harmful stuff there is in it the better.
My go-to is the Avene skincare range. Right now I have the skin recovery facial cream, the XeraCalm lipid-replenishing cream, as well as their Micellar lotion that I use as a make-up remover. I also had their toner at some point, but I couldn’t seem to find it in the shops.
I just bought the XeraCalm as I had an allergic outbreak. However, the one I use all the time (I usually run out within a couple of weeks or a month) is the skin recovery cream. It is light, doesn’t block your pores and makes your skin look fantastic.
I like to save quite a lot of money so I can go travelling, but the one thing I tend to splurge on is my skincare regimen.
That said, another cheaper option is a the fragrance-free Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula. It’s great for sensitive skin and is my everyday option.
3. Keep your skincare regimen constant
Anytime I move countries and change my skincare routine at the same time, I’m what you would call screwed. My skin is angry, red blotches appear and I am miserable. So I would definitely recommend finding a skincare routine that works for you and stick to it.
Mine is cleansing my skin in the morning, add a few drops of rosehip oil in the palm of my hand and massage it in my face as well as neck. Then I add my toner, before moisturising my skin and putting makeup on. In the evening, I cleanse my skin again with my Avene cleanser and massage rosehip oil into my skin again.
It’s simple, but it works.
4. Sunscreen. Sunscreen. More Sunscreen.
Sunlight is amazing for your skin and has huge benefits. It helps with skin problems such as acne, psoriasis and eczema, for example.
However, too much sun and no protection could be extremely bad for you and your skin.
In other words, stay in the sun, but stay protected. It’s important in any country in the world, but I’ve found this even more so in Australia. Given that there is no O-zone layer, you can feel your skin cook.
And that’s exactly what you should avoid. Too much sun could lead your skin to burn, reduce your skin elasticity, and cause it to age prematurely.
So always have sunscreen on you. There are even foundations, BB Creams as well as moisturizers with sunscreen in them.
I use a Neutrogena sunscreen as they’re a bit easier on the skin and don’t feel too heavy. It’s also rather cheap.
5. Find hypo-allergenic makeup
When it comes to makeup, I try to stick to hypoallergenic brands. Foundations especially stay on your skin for quite a long time, so it definitely needs to be easy on the skin.
It took me a while to find one which wasn’t too expensive and felt right.
My foundation, No.7 Stay Perfect foundation even has an SPF 15 in there. Not enough for a hot Australian summer, but should be fine most places in winter!
What do you guys use to keep your skin healthy? Let me know in the comments below!