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Traveling can be an absolute whirlwind adventure of new
places, new people, new experiences and, whether we like it or not, new acne
breakouts on our skin. Hopefully, the last one won’t happen to you. Take it
from me, an avid digital nomad who is always on the go – these 8 tips are my
secret go-to’s for keeping my skin healthy while I’m exploring all kinds of
climates, smoggy cities or unknown places around the globe. They’re simple
fixes that don’t require a whole suitcase full of cosmetics or even a 5 step
skin-care routine. Follow these suggestions and your skin will hopefully stay
glowing throughout all your travels to come.
While every day of traveling can be so
different from the last, it’s important to stick to as much of a skincare routine
as you can. Wash your face with the same products you use at home. If you use
too many products at home, simplify the process and just bring the necessities
(you really don’t need more than a cleanser and a moisturizer). I’m a big fan of acnese, which uses all
natural ingredients and works for the toughest acne/rosacea. If you don’t have
pesky skin, you may get away with just a simple soap and water solution. But
whatever the case, remember to stick to a routine. Wash in the morning and at
night, no matter what.
This one is so important. With all the
constant moving around, if you’re staying in a hostel or camping/CouchSurfing
and need to bring your own towel, sometimes you’ll need to throw it back in
your backpack before it’s fully dry. Avoid this at all costs. Instead, you can
bring a quick dry towel (they sell lots of these on the internet), which is
really thin, easy to pack, and doesn’t hold water for long so you no longer
have to worry about using something that doesn’t fully dry on a rainy day.
Imagine using that nasty damp towel to pat your face dry after washing it?
That’s gross – and a key contribution to acne on the road.
Yes, even on the overcast days. The general
rule of thumb is that anything above SPF 50 does not protect your skin “more,”
but it needs to be reapplied less. If you’ll be swimming on your adventure,
especially in our oceans, try your hardest to shop around for reef-safe
sunscreens. The regular brands like Coppertone or Banana Boat contain harmful
chemicals in them that leave a disgusting residue in the water and are a
gigantic contributor to coral bleaching. Don’t believe me? Just google pictures
of the Great Barrier Reef in 1985 and today. It’s a whole different place with
all the color sucked from its veins.
Sunscreen is great for prevention. But
sometimes, you still get burnt to a crisp. You don’t want your skin to peel
after a few days. It looks gross and often can hurt or cause a lot of
discomfort. Bring along some aloe vera gel or lotion to help soothe the burn
and repair your skin.
you like to use foundation or other heavy skin covering makeup, I’d encourage
you to leave it at home and instead purchase a BB cream which is tinted
moisturizer with SPF protection. If you don’t use foundation, you’re already 2
steps ahead of everyone else. Regardless of the moisturizer you choose, make
sure you have it with you on the plane (or car or train). When you travel on a
long-haul journey (like overnight busses or flights across the Pacific Ocean
for instance), your skin will dry out and you will be dehydrated. Using
moisturizer will help keep your skin fresh and glowing.
I know it’s tempting. Who doesn’t like free
things? But the truth is, they’ll often irritate your skin and are a generic
solution that’s not catered to your oily/dry/combination skin. Bring the stuff
you know and love from home – the things that you are confident work for your
Don’t forget to bring body lotion for after
the shower. This is especially important if
you’ll be going to a cold climate.
Your body may not be used to the weather and you’ll find your skin looking
ashier than usual if you don’t nourish it with moisturizing ingredients.
Get one of those cheap face masks, even if
you think it makes you look dumb. Who cares about what you look like? You’re
saving your lungs and preventing a breakout at the same time. If you’re in a
smoggy city like Beijing or sometimes even Bangkok, you’re likely to find them
in 7-11 stores. They’re also really helpful for motorbike journeys. So if
you’re renting a scooter in Vietnam or riding on the back of a friend’s in
Indonesia, make sure you bring a mask to protect your skin from dust, dirt and
There you have it – 8 quick tips to help keep
your skin looking fresh, young and healthy while you go out and explore the