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Essential Summer Travel Skin Care Tips

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Radiant During All Your Adventures
July 10, 2023
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As summer arrives, so does the excitement of travel and exploring new destinations. But no matter where our journeys take us, the change in climate and environmental factors can take a toll on our skin, leaving it dehydrated, sunburnt, and prone to breakouts. 

If you have an ongoing skin condition, see your dermatologist before traveling to discuss any issues that may occur, especially during international excursions. This is important for people with skin allergies who may encounter triggers from unexpected sources. 

To ensure that your skin remains healthy and radiant throughout your summer adventures, it’s crucial to follow a skincare routine tailored for travel. In this blog, we provide you with essential skin care tips to protect and nourish your skin during your summer travels.

Shield your Skin with Sunscreen

One of the most important steps in any summer skincare routine is sun protection. Before stepping out in the sun, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to shield your skin from harmful UV rays. Remember to reapply every two hours, especially if you are swimming or sweating. Additionally, consider using a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and lightweight, breathable clothing to provide additional sun protection.

Hydration is Key

Hot weather and prolonged exposure to the sun can dehydrate your skin, leading to dryness and flakiness. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Additionally, incorporate a hydrating moisturizer into your skincare routine. Look for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to replenish moisture levels and soothe any sun-exposed skin.

Cleanse and Exfoliate Regularly

Traveling often exposes your skin to various pollutants, sweat, and excess oil, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser to remove impurities and unclog pores. If you’re wearing makeup, opt for a double cleansing method to ensure all traces are removed.

Exfoliation is also vital during summer travel. Regularly exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, allowing your skin to breathe and absorb skincare products better. It’s best to be gentle and choose a mild exfoliator suitable for your skin type to avoid over-exfoliation or irritation, which could hamper your trip.

Keep your Skin Hydrated On-the-Go

Long flights, hot temperatures, and air-conditioned environments can cause your skin to dry out quickly. Keep your skin hydrated on-the-go by carrying a travel-sized facial mist or a hydrating facial spray. These products help replenish moisture and provide a refreshing boost whenever your skin feels tight or parched. They’re good for a quick cool-down, too.

Opt for Lightweight Formulations

During summer travels, opt for lightweight skincare formulations that won’t feel heavy or greasy on your skin. Switch to a lightweight moisturizer, a gel-based sunscreen, and water-based serums that absorb quickly. These products will provide hydration without weighing your skin down, allowing it to breathe and feel comfortable in the heat, especially on those days when you’re out and about, exploring on foot.

Don’t Forget the Eyes and Lips

The delicate skin around your eyes and lips requires extra attention during the summer months. Apply an eye cream with SPF to protect the under-eye area from sun damage. Additionally, keep your lips hydrated and protected by using a lip balm with SPF throughout the day. This will prevent dryness, cracking, and sunburn.

Stay Consistent with Your Routine

While traveling, it’s easy to neglect your skincare routine due to a change in routine and schedules. However, consistency is key to maintaining healthy skin. Pack travel-sized versions of your essential skincare products and make sure to cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen diligently.

Summer travel brings with it the excitement of exploring new destinations and making lasting memories. By following these essential skin care tips, you can ensure that your skin remains healthy, protected, and radiant throughout your summer adventures. Remember to prioritize sun protection, hydration, and consistent skincare practices to maintain a healthy complexion and enjoy your travels to the fullest.

Pro Tip: When travelling abroad, you may run out of skincare products because travel-size versions don’t hold much. Save any empty containers that are refillable. Avoid buying items like moisturizer or sunscreen (or bottled water) at airport and hotel gift shops, which charge silly prices. Instead, ask the locals where they buy their skincare products, then shop there. You can easily refill your travel-size bottles and be ready for the next leg of your journey.

Let Walk-in Dermatology Take Care of You
If you have concerns about any skin condition and need reliable answers fast, you don’t have to wonder, worry or wait. Walk-in Dermatology is here to keep you healthy. Our team of experienced healthcare staff will address your concerns and provide the necessary care for all your skin conditions. We can set up a Video Visit and even prescribe medications remotely, or you can schedule an appointment with us online. The choice is yours. But don’t wait until the problem gets worse. Contact us today at team@walkindermatology.com.