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Skincare Essentials for Your Next Trip

When you travel, your skin can get stressed. However, there are ways to keep your skin healthy as you travel! Start by defining what products you deem as essential, and incorporate them into your travel routine as you would your daily life.

Packing can be a drag, especially when it comes to your toiletries and beauty products. If you want to look and feel your best while traveling, pay attention to what you use the most at home and that's what you need to pack when you travel.

When you leave your usual environment, your skin undergoes changes due to a change in the air, sun, weather elements, etc. Your skin is used to receiving the same care daily, so changing it up when you travel, on top of the change in environment, can cause breakouts and blemishes. In other words, don’t change what you normally wear on your face based on your travel location.

Though traveling by flight makes it a tad more difficult to bring all your usual products, it’s a wise investment to purchase travel-sized bottles for your moisturizers, cleansers, and serums if you’re a frequent traveler. Some products even come in travel sizes nowadays, making it easier to just throw in your bag and go.  

Changing your beauty regime and environment simultaneously can cause your skin to produce free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that have an uneven number of electrons.

The uneven number causes them to easily react with other molecules. This can lead to large chain reactions within your body which is a process called oxidative stress. When oxidative stress occurs, it means the balance of free radicals and antioxidants has been thrown off.

Essentially, oxidative stress in the skin can lead to loss of collagen, inflammatory response, and healthy skin cell functions.

You don’t need a ton of products to keep your skin looking healthy. You just need quality beauty products with the right ingredients. Knowing what to look for in your beauty products is important. Vitamin C, triple peptides, and hyaluronic acid are a few you may have heard of that can help your skin stay hydrated and protected from harmful UV rays.

It can take time to find beauty products that work for your skin, so once you have a routine that works for you, it’s important to keep it the same, especially when traveling! Essentially, your travel skincare should be the same as your regular skincare. How easy is that!

Here's a list of essential skincare beauty products to include on your next trip!

SPF is king

The top of the list has got to be sunscreen. If you are into skincare, you know how important it is to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen before applying makeup daily. UV rays can be harmful to your skin's ability to produce collagen, causing fine lines and wrinkles. Also, who wants an uncomfortable sunburn on vacation?

Lip balm with SPF, too!

Keeping a lip balm with SPF on hand is a good way to protect your lips from drying out, too. Lips are one part of the face that shows signs of aging early on, so protecting them from UV rays and dryness is super helpful. Also, it is small enough to throw in a bag or purse.

Antibacterial wipes for face and hands

You can never go wrong with an antibacterial on a trip. You will likely be using a lot of public spaces where germs and bacteria love to hang out. Having a nice cleanser wipe with antibacterial component easily available is a quick and easy way to keep your skin clean. Use on your hands before applying makeup or other skin care products.

Bring a jade roller

A jade roller is not so much a beauty product, but a beauty tool. You may have seen these in stores or online as they've grown in popularity over the past few years. The jade stone is great for inflammatory responses in the skin. After you apply your moisturizer or nightwear cream, you can roll the jade roller over your skin to help with puffiness.


Makeup remover and cleanser, of course! 

Makeup remover should be in your skincare routine already. One of the best ways to keep clear skin is to remove any makeup worn throughout the day before bedtime. Sleeping in makeup can cause unwanted blemished from build-up in your pores. Not to mention it can cause pores to expand! 

Follow with a lightweight cleanser that hydrates before bed and when you wake up in the morning. If you can, find a cleanser that contains hyaluronic acid, which is, a naturally occurring acid known for its role in maintaining moisture levels in the skin.

A nightwear cream for better mornings

One of the easiest ways to care for your skin can be summed up in two words: overnight cream. Since you will already be spending time on your skin before bed (i.e.: cleansing, moisturizing) take it one step further with a nightwear cream and let your skin relax while you sleep. 

Nightwear creams often come with a soothing aroma as an added luxury before drifting off to sleep. Like a face mask, nightwear cream is just another way to step up your skincare regime.

Vitamin C, always!

Other than SPF, Vitamin C serum is another great addition to your skincare routine to protect you from overexposure to UV rays. You can apply it daily all over your face to naturally brighten your skin and protect your collagen levels. 

Hydrating moisturizer

Rounding out the list, it’s got to be a hydrating moisturizer. Protecting your skin from drying out due to unfamiliar air, or any number of environmental changes, can be done primarily by keeping your skin hydrated.

Keeping your skin’s hydration levels balanced will in turn help prevent oxidative stress from occurring. So, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! It can’t be said enough. 

More on travel skincare...

It can be confusing to keep up with all the latest skin care tips and trends. There's a lot of information out there that can be contradictory, especially when it comes to travel tips. Simple things like pulling your hair off your face and staying hydrated are important to remember as you travel, as well.

Pack your favorites. You will never regret bringing your daily essentials on a trip. Traveling can be stressful enough, so keeping your self-care at the top of your priority list is important. Makeup, moisturizer, cleanser, vitamin C serum, and sunscreen should be the bare minimum of your care products in your travel case.

When you travel, it's not always to a beach or a place with excessive sun. That's not to say that the rules of sunscreen, vitamin C, and moisturizer only apply to sunny destinations. Protection from UV rays is important no matter where you are.

Overall, know what your skin care regime needs, and make sure you have a travel size of everything as to not change it up too much before you leave. You don't want your travel to throw you off your game. Your skin will thank you!