KEEPING BREAKOUTS AWAY DURING TRAVEL
Travel without worrying about breakouts and spots — get ready to shine!
Although the holiday season is ending soon, it doesn't mean the holiday spirit is over. Planning for a trip with some friends this weekend? Make sure to capture the moments so they can last forever.
Long-haul travels can be harsh to your skin. Bad air circulation, airplane food, lack of sleep, stress, and jet lag can be the main factors why your skin does not remain as pretty as it was before take-off.
Be careful of nasty breakouts that can ruin your looks. Want to look your best in pictures to preserve the memory forever? Check out some of the tips below to shine while traveling.
Get to know the reason
The first important step is to understand why your skin is breaking out.
Sudden climate change is one of the reasons why. Your skin is generally used to your everyday climate. For example, if you're from a place where it's hot all year round, then your skin is used to the heat. So when you travel to places with different temperatures, there is a chance your skin will build up extra oil or dry up and get flaky instead.
Next, if you travel with planes, you will notice air within the cabin is usually abnormally dry due to the pressure and air conditioning. Your body will ramp up oil production to combat dryness and increase the possibility of acne breaking out.
Unhealthy habits that many people do during travels, such as splurging and eating carelessly, can also lead to breakouts. Although traveling during the holiday is the time to let loose, it's still important to keep watch on your diet since the increase in sugar and dairy can be somewhat bad for the skin.
Last but not least, as fun as travels are, sometimes they will also come with stress. This can also lead to breaking out. Stay calm, and reassure yourself that everything is going to be alright. Don't forget to have enough sleep as well.
Avoiding and overcoming breakouts
Now that you know what can cause breakouts and worsen them, you can arrange your travels accordingly. In addition, there are some steps you can take that can help save your skin before it's too late.
First and foremost, remember to stay hydrated. On top of that, remember to pack a moisturizer and cleansing wipes to keep your face clean. You can also prep your skin the night before traveling with an exfoliating mask.
It is also recommended to wear light makeup when you travel, especially to sunny places. If you do need heavier makeup for an event, make sure you wear it straight from the hotel without detour and lighten them once done. This way, your skin will be able to adapt and breathe easier.
Then, remember to get some shuteye along the way. Whether you travel on air, with your friends in a car, or by train, a few minutes of a nap can help decrease stress hormones that may result in breaking down skin collagen. It might not seem much, but it is better than no sleep at all.
The sun is fun when you hit the beach, but it can also lead to sunburn if you don't balance it with SPF usage. Make sure to apply sunscreen every time before you hit the road to avoid sunburns, which can cause inflammation, worsening your breakouts and resulting in scarring.
Don't eat your heart out on the road. Remember to keep your diets in check. Sugar, salt, dairy, and alcohol, might be your biggest friends and enemies when traveling.
As soon as you reach your destination or a hotel where you can rest, remember to clean your face before hitting the bed. Sleeping after a long journey with a dirty face (not just from makeup but also from dust, dirt, and pollution in the air) is an easy recipe to break out.
If you have followed the steps above, and your face still inevitably breaks out, do not stress. There are some steps you can take to overcome the issue.
This one may sound questionable, but according to celebrity makeup artist Roxy, cooling down your face can help "reduce inflammation and shrink pores, which also decreases the size of the breakout".
Ice can also make your complexion more permeable, thus making the product easier to absorb. Simply put ice in a paper towel, then hold over the infected area for a few minutes, around 2-3 times a day.
A spot treatment like creams and pimple patches are also easy to pack and come in handy.
Now, you're all set for a fun getaway. So what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags — don't forget your skin essentials, of course - and have a great trip, breakout-free.
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