Traveling during the holidays can be stressful – whether it’s a family road trip, visiting local family and friends or heading out for your family’s annual family ski trip. We can all agree that these travel excursions plus the regular holiday hustle and bustle can throw off your regular skin care routine.  Here are a few things to consider when you travel:  

Air planes have recirculated air that is lower in humidity.  Air travel is synonymous with dehydration!  Thus, air travel may leave your skin feeling dry and tight. Sadly, it can cause your skin to look dull, tired and sometimes red and flaky. The key to avoiding this is keeping hydrated – both from the inside an out – is key to keeping your holiday glow. Buying that extra bottle of water before your flight and packing a small moisturizer to use during the flight can help combat the natural dehydration that comes with holiday travel.

 One idea to consider this holiday season, during your long flight try applying a simple mask. Once up in the air, wipe your skin clean with a cleansing wipe, apply the mask, and relax. Before the flight lands, wipe off your mask and re-apply your moisturizer and sunscreen. You were able to give yourself a little pampering while heading to your destination!

Stress also has a negative effect on your skin. It raises the level of cortisol which can in turn lead to increased inflammation and can cause oil glands to over produce. Try to plan ahead as much as possible, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, and don’t forget to squeeze in a little “me time.”

What is the best way to protect your skin from these things while traveling? Keep up with at least the bare minimum routine. Skin care you should stick with while on the road:

  • Cleanser: Cleanse your skin in the morning and evening to remove excess make up and dirt. This will allow your skin to breathe and rejuvenate at night.
  • Moisturizer: Pack this for the climate you will be in. Heavier moisturizer for winter climates, lighter for warmer or humid climates.
  • Sunscreen: Damaging UV rays are everywhere, no matter what time of year. Don’t forget your broad spectrum sunblock – it is the anti-aging product you should not skimp on.
  • Collagen spray: Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that is found in the skin, tissues and bones; in the skin, it is found in the lower dermis layers, and is responsible for maintaining skin structure and strength.  Using collagen spray helps your skin retain moisture, stimulate tissue growth, reduce inflammation, and lengthen the life of your moisturizer.
  • Eye cream: Want to hide those tired traveling eyes? Eye creams can hide and delay the formation of wrinkles and fine lines and also reduce bagginess, dark circles and and puffiness.

If you are going to be gone for longer than a weekend, you might want to consider bringing a moisturizing mask and some kind of gentle exfoliant. Don’t overdo the scrubs though – if your skin is feeling a little red and irritated, skip it altogether.  Most importantly, t his is also not the time to try out new products. You don’t want to find out on vacation that something doesn’t work with your skin type or other products.

Lastly, when you don’t get enough sleep, it shows. Want to hide those puffy eyes and dark circles? Try to get in a full 7-8 hours of sleep and  if you can try to sneak in a few quick cat naps!

At Eclipse MedSpa we want to wish you safe holiday travels this season and we look forward to serving you in the coming year! 

Happy Holidays from everyone at Eclipse MedSpa.