Just in time for your summer issues when people are traveling the most, Dr. Murad, owner of Murad skincare has provided a list of travel “do’s” and don’ts” to ensure your skin stay hydrated longer and looking its best, especially during this busy travel season.
When traveling by plane:
Recycled air circulating around planes can wreck havoc on a complexion and cause skin to lose moisture very quickly. Before boarding an aircraft, apply an all-purpose cream or lotion for hours of hydrating protection. Additionally, applying a soothing lip balm to your lips every hour will keep your pucker smooth and pretty!
And while the peanuts and pretzels may look delicious, salt can cause swelling. Instead, eat your water while in flight to stay hydrated. Snack on raw fruits and vegetables like carrots and apples which are filled with water and cell strengthening nutrients. This step will allow the body to retain water longer by providing maximum hydration on the cellular level.
When traveling by car:
Road trips may feel like the most comfortable way to travel with friends and family, but they can leave the skin a bit dry due to sun exposure and excessive heat or air conditioning.
When embarking on a road trip, remember to apply sunscreen even if it isn’t sunny outside. Harmful rays can penetrate through clouds and car windows, adding up to potential sun damage overtime. Choose a good sunscreen that offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (like Murad’s Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30) that provides essential hydration for dry skin on the face, neck and décolletage, as well as infusing skin with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and hydrators to help protect against free radical damage.
Before heading out and while on the road, try not to drink too much coffee, as caffeine is a major cause of dehydration. Instead, make your own refreshing smoothie before leaving your house and store it in a thermos to enjoy on the road later.
While out to sea:
Cruising to exotic locations or near home can be luxurious. However, it can also zap the moisture out of the complexion due to exposure to salt water and ocean breezes. Maintaining a proper skincare regimen while on vacation is important to keep the skin healthy and nourished. Wash away dirt and impurities each night and follow up with an anti-aging serum to revitalize tired skin. For daytime, make sure to use a moisturizer with SPF for sun protection and lightweight hydration that stimulates the skin.
For all travel destinations:
Do remember to get enough sleep even while on vacation. Eight hours of sleep a night is the best medicine for skin, as it goes into a much needed repair cycle while the body is resting.
Don’t overindulge on alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is a main contributor of causing excessive dehydration, not only for the body but for the skin too. Select a mocktail instead or alternate water with cocktails to keep your body hydrated.