How to take care of your skin while traveling

Traveling is one of the most exciting parts of life, and one that should be done as much possible. However, taking a vacation can throw off several structured parts of your routine, like your skincare. Nighttime agendas aren’t likely to stay the same while traveling, but there are several ways to make it easier, so you can still stay loyal to your skin. Here’s exactly how to take care of your skin while traveling

Hydrate your skin while traveling

hydrate your skin by drinking water

Skimping out on hydration has an immediate impact on your skin. Without enough water, skin can look dry, cracked, imbalanced in color, and less smooth. Dehydration is also a trigger for issues like acne. Instead of worrying about buying plastic water bottles on the go, use a large, refillable water bottle and utilize any safe public water stations. You can also buy large jugs of water and refill your bottle that way, still minimizing the amount your spending and overall the plastic you’re probably using.

Pro tip: Make a water drinking goal with a wellness journal

Stock up on travel sizes of your favorite skincare products

use a jade roller for skincare

Who doesn’t love good packaging? Travel size products are cute, easy to carry, and typically affordable. Depending on the length of your trip, you may even be able to use some entire travel size products, which means your bag has a little more room for those vacation purchases. 

Pro tip: Set your travel size products on the counter of your hotel, lodge, Airbnb, etc. in the order of use, so that way you’ll be reminded each night to apply them.

During travel, be extra loyal to your sunscreen

sunscreen for skincare

Sunscreen is extra important to apply every day, even when it’s not sunny. Sun damage causes wrinkles and fine lines, sun spots, rough texture, and uneven skin tone. It can also put you more at risk for skin cancer, so it’s essential to not miss this step. Some of our favorite sunscreens include Barbara Strum Sun DropsKiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer, and Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen.

Pro tip: Carry sunscreen in your purse, backpack, or whatever item you’re bringing around with you, and remember to apply it every few hours (products vary). For extra protection, consider a concealer with SPF. 

Nourish your skin with a mask 

woman applying face mask for skin

Bring a face, lip, and eye mask with you and use at least once during your trip. This will not only be an enjoyable experience, but it’ll optimize your skincare routine and help prevent against irritants. Masks only take 10-15 minutes to use, making them super quick and easy to work into your routine. 

Pro tip: Apply a face mask right when you get out of the shower. Post-shower steam makes your skin more permeable, which means a mask can penetrate your pores more easily.

Best lip mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Best face mask: Tatcha clarifying clay mask, Bioactive Rose Gommage Resurfacing Enzyme Mask.

Best Eye Mask: Hydro Peptide Hydro-Lock Sleep MaskShiseido Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask


Don’t use hotel skincare products when traveling

elegant hotel bathroom, skin

Hotels often have skincare products available in the room for free. However, these usually contain harsh ingredients like fragrance that can irritate and dry out your skin, especially if it’s something you’ve never used before. Stick to your own products, and explore nearby essential stores in case you need anything during the trip. 

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