As Jon Snow would say, winter is coming. Except it’s not coming, it’s already here. How do we know? Our skin is dry, our noses are bleeding, our hands are cracked, and our upcoming trip to the Arctic (okay, the east coast) is not going to make matters any better. Truth be told, traveling anywhere, even to the tropics, could make your skin as rough as sandpaper.
Travel depletes you of moisture. Cabin air contains around 20% less humidity than fresh outdoor air, so even if you moisturize during your flight to a white sandy beach in Mexico with a humidity level high enough to perm your hair, your skin will still need ample time to adjust. No one likes cracked skin, especially not in a bikini, so we suggest you take precautions before you embark on your winter holiday.
Prep for your trip by loading up on H2O and use a moisturizing mask.
An organic moisturizing mask. Our favorites? Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask for $48. If the higher price tag made you squirm, take into account that its gel like consistency makes for easy application, meaning a little goes a long way. Apply a thin layer to clean skin. Slight tingling is normal with this mask as it works to brighten and exfoliate the skin. Leave on 15-20 minutes or until mask is completely dry then rinse with warm water.
If facemasks aren’t really your thing, make sure to drink lots of water. Actually, if facemasks are your thing, still make sure to drink plenty of water. Our bodies hydrate from the inside out, and loading up on water before and during your trip will help maintain a dewy glow.
Feeling Puffy? This isn’t your imagination.
Although studies prove that traveling is good for our brain, our faces might say something different. Most travelers are cognizant of dry skin, but often forget about one very important area: their eyes. The skin around our eyes is delicate and can easily get dark and puffy due to a build up of fluid and blood. Ingredients like vitamin c, ginseng, and caffeine help get those fluids moving, reducing puffiness and dark circles.
One thing is for sure: winter breaks lead to break outs.
Travel throws your skin into a new environment – hot or cold – which can lead to unwanted breakouts. In warmer climates, we sweat, and the combination of sweat and oil production means clogged pores. In chilly climates, the skin barrier becomes compromised and is more likely to become inflamed. Dry skin leads to dead skin cells that can cause acne. If you need another reason to avoid colder climates, dry air can also lead your body to over compensate and produce too much oil, which leads to—yep, you guessed it—acne.
Don’t fret, there’s hope. Add a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid like Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum for $49 to your routine. But first, exfoliate. Exfoliating removes excess oil and dead skin. Travel with Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub for $7.49, or for a full body scrub down, opt for Lush Ocean Salt Facial and Body Scrub for $36.95.
–Zoe Crook, Beautycontributor