There’s nothing quite like travel to enrich the mind and ignite the soul. Not only do you get to take a break from everyday life, you get to experience new cultures, meet new people and, of course, try all of the delicious foods! However, travelling isn’t quite as fun for your skin. From crossing time zones (which can wreak havoc on your hormones) and the dry air on the airplane to the aforementioned, indulgent foods, it all amounts to the perfect condition for pesky breakouts. The last thing you want before your holiday! The good news is, by following a few simple steps you can keep breakouts at bay. Here’s how.
It’s so important to stay hydrated when you’re travelling — especially on the plane, when the extremely low levels of humidity can dry out your skin. Always remember that beauty begins from the inside out, so if you’re not hydrated it’s going to show on your face. We know it can be annoying when you need to get up and go to the bathroom every five minutes when you’re on the plane. So, it pays to be prepared by upping your water intake in the days before you leave. That way, you can simply sip water throughout your flight without feeling like you have to chug bottle after bottle. Not only will your skin thank you for it, you’ll feel much less sluggish and tired by the time you reach your destination!
While drinking enough h20 is crucial, it’s equally important to make sure your skin is hydrated on the outside, too! While it’s tempting to use a facial mist mid-flight to perk up your skin, this isn’t actually the best option for hydrating your skin. This is because when the air is dry, it looks for moisture wherever it can — so it robs that added moisture from your skin. Instead, it’s a great idea to go for a rich, hydrating moisturiser like our Flower Face Cream. A facial oil like the Seed Face Oil is a fantastic option too, as it’s ultra-hydrating and fast-absorbing (and comes in a cute, travel-size packaging!).
3. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse
We get it — you want to channel your inner Belle and look effortlessly glamorous when you touch down in your destination. However, wearing makeup during your flight is a definite no-no. With all the airborne bacteria and stress of flying, your skin has enough to deal with — you don’t want to have a layer of makeup clogging your pores. If you don't like the idea of hanging out in the airport bare-faced, you can pack some gentle makeup wipes and remove your makeup before you take off. For bonus beauty points, give your skin a gentle cleanse with a gentle product like The Tea Cleanser during your flight (just make sure you apply moisturiser afterwards to re-hydrate.)
4. Use multi-functional products
Once you get to your hotel or AirBnB, it’s a great idea to give your skin a good scrub to remove any oil or debris that could lead to breakouts. However, the last thing you want to do is to have to cart around an exfoliator as well as your other skincare products like your cleanser, toner and any face masks. Our Smooth & Glow Exfoliator is a wonderful for travelling, as it’s a multi-tasking product you can use one of two ways. You can simply pop it on in the shower and massage it into the skin until it turns into a milky lotion. Or, you can use it as a face mask and leave it on for a few minutes while you unpack your suitcase! Either way, you’re going to be left with super smooth, gorgeous, holiday-ready skin!
While it’s tempting to pack as much as you can into your holiday itinerary, it’s important to set aside some time for pampering. After all, when else can you dedicate so much time to self-care? Many of our customers tell us they love our La Vie En Rose Bath Soak but don’t have a bath tub at home. But you know where will have a bath tub? Your hotel room! Our invigorating soak is compact and travel-friendly enough to take in your luggage, so why not use your holiday as an opportunity to have a relaxing bath? We guarantee soaking in the tub after a long day of sightseeing will feel heavenly.
Whether you’re heading to a tropical island or somewhere mountainous, protecting your skin from the conditions is a must. That means applying a 30+ sunscreen every day, wearing a hat (a glamorous, wide-brimmed one is preferable). And yes, you do need to protect your skin with sunscreen if you’re going on a snow holiday — as it is still possible to get burnt. It’s also a great idea to use skincare products that help protect your skin from free radical damage (from UV rays and environmental pollution) like our Flower Face Cream with edelweiss extract.
7. Get your beauty sleep
When you’re in a new city and there’s so much to explore, the last thing you want to do is sleep. However, getting enough shuteye is still important when you’re on holidays — not only for your overall health, but for keeping your skin looking gorgeous. When you’re asleep your body boosts its blood flow to the skin, which gives you a healthy glow. So, when you’re not getting enough sleep, there’s a decrease in blood flow and you’re left with a dull, lacklustre complexion. So, do your best to get your 7 to 8 hours per night — even if it means treating yourself to a cheeky sleep-in!
Need help to pack light on your next holiday? Our Starter Sets are perfect for jet-setters, as you get travel-sized versions of all the products you need to keep your skin in tip top condition while you’re travelling.