Sun exposure - we all know that Vitamin D is important, but a lifetime of sun exposure can cause premature aging as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. We are exposed to ultraviolet and infrared light everyday that produces free radicals in our skin. These free radicals inhibit collagen production and decrease our elastin. The sun is responsible for 90% of the visible changes we see with our skin that are often attributed to aging. Darker skin tones actually need more sun protection because hyperpigmentation is harder to correct. Apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outside, and remember: You need to reapply it every two hours, or sooner if you’re perspiring or swimming.
Cleanse Gently And Moisturize - daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. Use gentle cleansers on your face and body. Choose a cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin tight after washing. Avoid washing for that squeaky-clean feeling because that means your skin’s natural oils are gone. Remember that hot water and long showers or baths can strip your skin and hair. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Even oily skin needs moisturizer, but use one that is lightweight, gel-based, and non-comedogenic, or doesn’t block your pores.
Exfoliate - Consider gentle exfoliation once every week as it removes dead skin cells and pushes a fresh layer of skin to the surface. Do not over scrub as it can strip off the natural oils from the skin and make it dry.
Diet - Everything in life starts from within, including beauty. Lack of nutrients in our diet can result in weak hair, dull skin or break outs. Our body communicates through the skin and hair to let us know if something is internally off. We can't stress enough the importance of drinking plenty of water. Dehydrated skin is like a withered leaf. It is dull and lifeless.
Stress - now that is not a surprise to anyone! Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. If you are already having eczema or rosacea, these skin conditions may worsen with stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
Travel Size Beauty Products - When you’re on the go, it can be hard to keep up with your skincare routine. Stock up on travel size shampoo, conditioner, face cleanser, and moisturizer products to make sure you have everything you need when you’re away from home. Doing this will make sure your skin still looks and feels its best even when you’re away.
By using these tips, you can keep your skin and hair looking healthy, even when traveling. With a consistent care regime and the right products, travel size beauty can keep you looking and feeling your best wherever your travels take you.