Top Ways To Look After Your Skin Whilst On Holiday
Holidays can play havoc with your skin. From hot, dry air and late nights to salty seawater and chlorinated swimming pools, there are many factors that can cause it to become dried out or irritated. This is also the time when you want to be looking your best and you don’t want to be spending hours in the bathroom, so follow our top tips to keep your face and body in healthy, glowing condition.
1.) Use Sun Protection.
The most important thing you can do for your skin while on holiday is to protect it with a high, broad-spectrum SPF. Sunscreens with a higher SPF offer more protection against radiation and sunburn. Several factors affect how at risk you are from sun damage, including the length of time you are in the sun, the intensity of solar exposure (higher at midday than during late afternoon, for example) and your skin type. When it comes to applying sunscreen, you should make sure skin is liberally covered and remember to re-apply after swimming. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays – while UVB rays are responsible for the visible pain and redness associated with sunburn on the skin’s upper layers, UVA rays penetrate down to the lower layers and cause skin damage there.
2.) Take Along Some Essential Skincare Products.
While you won’t want to spend hours on your skincare regime on holiday, a few choice products are just the thing for pampering, relaxing and giving your face and body a valuable pick me up. Your skin often dries out more on holiday, so consider an enriching balm too, while a night concentrate will give your skin some deep moisturizing action while you sleep, evening out fine lines and ensuring a soft, dewy complexion in the morning.
3.) Avoid the Sun (or cover up at peak times).
During the hottest points of the day, you may wish to avoid the sun, stay in the shade or cover up. Wearing a hat and decent sunglasses will help to protect your face and the delicate skin around your eyes.
4.) Let Your Skin Breath.
You may be tempted to layer on the make-up for those hot summer nights, but give your skin a break during the day. This is especially important when it’s hot and sunny, as heat and sweat can aggravate the skin further, possibly leading to redness and blotchiness. Even in the evening, you might consider ditching the foundation and heavy products, instead going for a simple tinted moisturiser and a swipe of lip gloss. Always remove your make-up before going to sleep – it can be more difficult to remember when you’re out of your normal routine, so keep some baby wipes at the side of your bed for a quick emergency cleanse.
5.) Drink Plenty of Water.
Keep hydrated inside as well as outside. Always keep a bottle of water to hand, especially if you’re out in the sun. Dehydration can cause all kinds of problems with your skin, from dryness and a sallow complexion to acne breakouts and eczema.
I'd love to hear some of your skincare tales from the road! Where did you get your worst sunburn? How do you conquer jet lagged skin? What's your favourite travel skin care product?
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