Nourish - Top 5 Holiday Skin Care Dos and Don’ts
So you’re all packed, ready to check-in online and you’re feeling set for your holiday. Now let’s set you up for ultimate skincare success to help keep your skin looking its best. Here are my Top 5 Holiday Skin Care Dos and Don’ts.
No. 1 – Keep Hydrated!
The re-circulated, dry and filtered air on planes is incredibly dehydrating on the body and therefore the skin. As a result, it can affect your skin for days after if it’s not looked after with a proper skincare regime and adequate hydration.
Your first tip for Holiday Skin Care success: Before, during and immediately after a flight, try to avoid all forms of caffeine. This includes coffee, tea and cola as these are all very dehydrating. Instead, opt for hydrating water, coconut water, green juices and watery fruits and veggies. For example, melons, tomatoes and cucumbers to help replace the moisture lost whilst you’re flying.
To keep your face hydrated and glowing, try a rehydrating toner, such as Pai Century Flower Tonic to spritz over your face throughout the flight. Alternatively, you could opt for rosewater and do the same.
For those who have very dry skin, try applying a couple of drops of Rosehip oil to your face before the flight. This will hydrate and plump the skin as well as giving it additional nourishment.
Here’s one thing to note for those who suffer from eczema. Often the drying air in aeroplanes can exacerbate the condition. Therefore, always use a rich body cream before you board the flight to help prevent this. Choose creams over body oils as creams are best at alleviating extreme dryness due to their water content.
No. 2 – Stick to Your Skincare Regime and Brand
Often we go off on holiday and pack the essentials. Passport, sunnies, bikini, climbing shoes, you name it. But what we don’t do is prioritise our usual skincare routine.
Arriving in the airport and grabbing whatever miniatures you come to first isn’t going to be great for your skin and can ultimately throw your skin off-balance. Consequently, it often leads to skin complications you don’t often experience. Rashes, red patches, eczema, dryness, spots and so on.
If you can’t find a miniatures kit for your usual brand, just purchase yourself a few small containers or upcycle some. Then fill them up with your usual lotions and potions. This way your skin will be happy and you won’t have to deal with the unexpected blemishes or rashes you might get from knocking your routine out of place.
No. 3 – Don’t Over-Do it in the Sun
A quick 5-10 minutes of sunscreen–free sunshine is beneficial for upping your Vitamin D levels, but anything more than that is going to overexpose you to the harmful UVA and UVB rays.
In short, UVA rays can age us and UVB rays can burn us.
Not only are these rays giant causes of ageing, sagging and wrinkly skin, but they are also linked to skin cancer.
Holiday skin care wouldn’t be complete without mentioning sunscreen now, would it?! So pop on your sunnies, grab a hat, cover up with loose and light clothing and ensure you keep your natural sunscreen on and with you throughout the holidays.
If you’re looking for a natural way to protect your face from the sun’s rays, Trilogy has a fantastic product that I carry away with me on all my holidays. Their Multi Shield SPF contains powerful plant extracts which hydrate and help repair the skin whilst protecting from both UVA and UVB rays. Pai British Summertime Sunscreen is also fantastic.
No. 4 – Don’t Forget to Aftercare
Aftersun care is just as important as sun protection. Sun exposure can really dry out the skin so it’s important to rehydrate it as soon as you’re out of the sun. This helps to keep your skin well-nourished, cared for and your new tan glowing.
With any or all of the combination of salty air, sand, dry heat and possible dehydration, your skin can start to flake or dry out. The answer? Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! This is also essential if you want to keep your tan from peeling the minute you get on the plane home from your sunny holidays.
Try rubbing on some coconut oil or organic body cream such as Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand&Body Cream.
If you caught the sun, apply some aloe vera gel to bring down the heat and take out the sting. Make sure to reapply often.
For your face, dab a couple of drops of rosehip oil and massage in for instant and long-lasting hydration. The antioxidants will also help with the fight against any sun damaging free radicals as a result of sun exposure.
No. 5 – Stay Nourished
To keep your skin happy and healthy you need to keep yourself well-nourished.
A sudden surge of sun, an increased intake of alcohol and the change in routine can all disrupt your skin if it’s not supported with good nutrition.
Throw in a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement to keep fill in any nutritional gaps. And for additional nutrition, pack in some greens powders or tablets. These are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants to help optimise health, boost energy and vitality levels, support the immune system and fill in any nutritional gaps.
Learn more about supplements to support healthy travels here.
And that’s it for Top 5 Holiday Skin Care Dos and Don’ts.
Enjoy your holidays!
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