A consistent skincare routine is the key to healthy, vibrant skin. Paired with exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate water intake, you can keep your skin looking and feeling its best. However, only following your regimen *sometimes* is not going to yield the results you want. This means even when you’re on vacation, it is important to keep up with your skincare routine.
Maintaining Your Skincare Routine On Vacation
Although vacation is a time to relax and let go of the day-to-day stressors, when your skincare routine is disrupted, it can have a negative effect on your skin. This means consistently washing with a gentle cleanser, applying moisturizer and sunscreen, and properly exfoliating to keep breakouts at bay. Blue Ridge Dermatology is here to offer a few simple steps for maintaining your skincare routine on vacation.
1. Bring The Essentials
When traveling by plane, it is important to be aware of Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) guidelines, as there is a limit on the size of liquids, gels, and aerosols that travelers can bring in their carry-on bags. The guidelines can be remembered by the 3-1-1 liquids rule:
Each item must be 3.4 ounces or less and must be able to fit inside a one-quart size clear zip-top bag. The limit is one bag per person. Typically, travelers put their toiletries in the bag, such as shampoo, hair products, make-up, and toothpaste.
With these guidelines in place, it makes bringing all the daily bottles, serums, and sprays difficult. For healthier skin, while traveling, make sure you’re still bringing the “must-haves,” including cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
2. Stay Clear Of Hotel Soaps
Hotels have to provide soap, shampoo, and conditioner for copious amounts of people. That said, the quality of their products is more than likely on the low end. When you check the ingredients of hotel bathroom soaps, they usually contain high levels of sulfate and fragrances. Sulfates can leave your skin feeling dry, while fragrances can lead to red, itchy skin. For healthier skin while traveling, it is recommended to steer clear of hotel soaps and bring or purchase your own.
3. Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen is arguably the most effective way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays and ensure healthier skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests regular daily use of SPF 15 sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent.
4. Get Creative
TSA restrictions make bringing your favorite skincare products on planes challenging. However, there is nothing that being a little creative (and Amazon) can’t fix! Check out these ways to get your skincare essentials to travel with you wherever you go:
- Amazon Spray Bottles: Great for sunscreen, toner, and other facial sprays or mists.
- Refillable Toiletry Containers: Great for face wash, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, or serums.
- Travel Bottle Set: If you are set on bringing your whole skincare lineup, this 16-pack travel bottle was made for you.
Additionally, most brands offer travel-friendly sized products. Check out your local drugstore or online to find out if your go-to’s are available in travel size.
5. Stay Hydrated And Get Your Beauty Sleep
Staying hydrated and getting adequate rest are two underrated methods for healthier skin. Drinking water is often linked to preventing acne as it promotes proper skin hydration. Ensure that the water where you are is safe to drink. If you are unsure, ask a staff member or opt for bottled water. In addition, making sleep a priority gives your body the chance to rest, heal, and recover.
While vacationing, it can be easy to get off track! It’s important during this time to keep up with your skincare regimen—the same way it is when you are at home. If you have questions about properly taking care of your skin, we are here to help. Blue Ridge Dermatology is proud to offer medical and cosmetic dermatological services that can aid you in getting the results you want. If you are interested in seeing one of our team members, call our office today at 919-781-1050.