We all deserve to take a breather from our day to day... even if it's just a road trip (considering our options are more limited ATM). While you may be taking time off though, your skin is definitely not... That’s why it’s so important to have a plan of action for maintaining good skin health, while you travel.
External factors can definitely contribute to breakouts and skin irritation. Acne prone or not, we have some tips for you so you can stay on top of your skincare game, even when you’re away from home.
1. Keep it simple by sticking to your routine.
It's the best way to keep your skin healthy when you’re at home AND the best way to stay on top of your skin’s health on the road. Stick to your routine, and only pack the essentials. We know you might want to experiment with that fancy exfoliating peel you just splurged on, but now is not the time. Your usual cleanser, treatment lotion or serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen are all you need to set yourself up for success on a short trip. No need for a heavier overnight bag!
2. Bring travel size products.
Like we said above, stick to the essentials! Better yet — purchase travel-friendly sizes of your go to skincare products! If your routine is simple and doesn't extend past washing your face - have the SLMD 2 Oz. Salicylic Acid Cleanser at the ready, so you can maintain your best skin, morning and night, conveniently. If controlling acne breakouts is your priority, products in SLMD's Acne System are all in TSA travel sized bottles so you don't have to fear getting any of these staples ripped away at security!
3. Don’t forget to expect a change.
A change in environment can definitely affect your complexion, so brace yourself if you’re experiencing different weather conditions. Cold weather may dry out skin and can exasperate eczema and psoriasis. In addition, unfamiliar water can take a toll on acne-prone skin.
Keep SLMD Super Cortisone+ handy for any random rashes, psoriasis, and skin irritation - it's made with 1% Hydrocortisone, Niacinamide, Aloe Vera, and Shea Butter to provide quick, gentle relief. SLMD Body Seal is another must have for sudden dry skin spells and eczema flare ups. It's made with 1% Colloidal Oatmeal, Ceramides, and Niacinamide to lock in moisture and uphold the most hydration.
4. Manage oily skin without over-drying.
If you’re headed to a dry climate — or just headed anywhere by plane or other form of transportation where you’re trapped in recycled air for an extended amount of time — your skin is guaranteed to dry up as you dehydrate and produce more oil in an attempt to make up for what’s been lost by the arid air temps and conditions. You might be tempted to scrub or wash all that oil away with an intense cleanser, but this can actually end up making oil production worse (ugh, we know).
Rather than overwashing, absorb excess oil with blotting sheets or exfoliating swipes, like SLMD's Resurfacing Acne Swipes!
5. Never forget a spot treatment.
New climate, new surroundings, new schedule, new food — sometimes despite our best efforts, a breakout is just bound to happen when you’re away from home. Packing a spot treatment, like SLMD's Salicylic Acid Spot Treatment (for blackheads and whiteheads) or BP Spot Treatment (for red, inflamed pimples) can work to zap zits while you sleep, and help you resist the urge to pick or pop.
6. Even if it’s cold and grey out, and you think you don’t have to — wear sunscreen!
Wherever you’re headed, whatever the weather, wearing SPF daily is a must if you’re trying to keep your complexion looking and feeling its best. Choose a broad spectrum moisturizer with sunscreen, like SLMD's Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15, so you're protected from both UVA and UVB rays. You can also opt for a powdered sunscreen, like UV Bounce, if you're looking for a different kind of texture. UVA rays are able to creep through car and airplane windows and are the culprit of signs of aging, ie. fine lines and wrinkles and even skin cancer. UVB rays cause more damage to the surface of our skin and are responsible for the painful red sun burn all of us have experienced. So apply AND reapply to keep your skin safe and protected.
7. Use the least amount of makeup you can tolerate.
Wear less makeup. If a full-face of makeup if your thing, don’t let us kill your vibe. But if you can, opt for a lighter face on the days that you’re traveling. Heavy makeup can clog your pores because it traps dead skin cells resting on the surface of your face - especially under your mask! Steering clear of products containing parabens and added fragrance will also help your case!
8. Catch those zzz’s.
Despite being away from home, do your best to get a good night’s sleep, or plan to take a nap (probably more realistic). Our bodies and our biggest organ, the skin, need rest to restore. Overnight is when your skin heals and regenerates itself — so it’s important that you’re sticking to your nightly routine!
9. Stay hydrated.
Excess oil is usually blamed for breakouts, but overly dry skin is actually responsible for causing your body to produce more oil. If you’re spending time above 30,000 feet, this can ring especially true — the recycled air around you can be considerably arid and seriously lacking in humidity. A hydrating mist can keep the surface of the skin plump and protected from outside aggressors, but the best way to ensure healthy skin is with a good old fashioned glass of water. If frequent bathroom trips aren’t in the cards for you, try munching on grapes, apples, or even dehydrated fruits such as dried apricots.
10. Take a deep breath.
Can we meditate our acne away? Not quite, but taking a minute to slow down might help. Acne is the result of a hormonal imbalance, which triggers the sebaceous glands to produce more oil than is necessary. Testosterone has been known to trigger such a response, and the stress hormone cortisol, which runs along the testosterone pathway, is often seen in tandem with breakouts, according to a Huffington Post report.
Keeping stress triggers low can’t hurt, which of course is easier said than done while traveling (especially with family). But if you feel like you need a blissed-out retreat to unwind and de-stress, even taking two minutes for some deep inhales and exhales can go a long way. It’ll help keep your cortisol levels down, therefore keeping excess oil production which can lead to acne — less likely.
Travel safe & have fun!
It might be easier said than done, but when it comes to maintaining good skin, our best shot at creating healthy habits is to stick to our regimens, stay positive, and take care of our bodies by sleeping and staying hydrated.