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7 ways to look after your skin whilst travelling

The Growing Up Guide travel skincare

When you’re travelling, it’s always important to keep your skin in mind. Whether you’re spending long days out in the sun, exploring busy cities, or experiencing a different climate, it can be difficult to adjust.

But there are easy ways to look after your skin whilst you’re on-the-move, and they don’t have to include lugging around a suitcase of expensive serums. Here are our top tips:

Drink water

This is the best way to look after your skin. Drinking water helps to flush out all of the toxins in your body, and will keep your skin hydrated.

Get at least two litres a day – more if you’re staying somewhere hot or doing lots of strenuous physical activity. Check whether it’s safe to drink tap water where you’re travelling, and if in doubt buy bottled or use a chlorine tablet.

Use sunscreen

It’s a common misconception that using a low SPF will be better for getting a tan: this only really means that your skin is protected for less time. Apply sunscreen regularly to any parts of your body that are going to be exposed.

Remember to reapply after swimming. If you burn, you’re not only ruining your tan, but also your skin’s long-term health.

Wipe off residue

Whether you’ve been wearing makeup or not, it’s really important to wash your face properly at the end of the day.

A facial wipe will help remove any excess sunscreen that leaves oil on your skin, and any dust from air pollution.

If you’re able to pack a face scrub too, this can be used to clear any dirt or build up from your pores.

Aloe vera

If you’re staying out in the sun, using aloe vera or a reliable after-sun in the evenings is vital. Not only will this help to cool your skin, but it will be hydrating.

This will help prevent your skin from peeling, which in turn can make your tan last longer. Even if you haven’t caught the sun, moisturising before bed will keep your skin healthy.

Light makeup

There’s no need to take all of your makeup travelling. It only clogs up your suitcase, and your skin. For light coverage, stick to a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.

This will also be less likely to sweat off in the heat than a thick foundation. Trade your lipstick for a tinted lip balm, too.

Eat right

As much as you don’t want to hear it when you’re on holiday, you really are what you eat. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have your pizza and gelato, but make sure that you get enough nutrients every day.

Aim to always get your 5 a day, and eat for your body’s needs. This will also keep you feeling energised.

Get some shade

As tempting as it is to stay out all day catching those rays, too much sun exposure can be damaging.

Taking some rest in the shade will help prevent your skin peeling or drying out, and is also really important for your health, as too much time under heavy UV can lead to sunstroke or increase your risk of skin cancer.



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