5 Rules for On-The-Go Skin Care When Traveling

Going on exotic vacations is fun, but there’s no doubt that long-haul, overseas flights can be especially brutal on the skin—and even shorter flights can take their toll. Between the changes in weather and routine, different foods, and the stress of getting through airports, it’s easy to see why the skin doesn’t always handle vacations well.

Jet-lagged skin is the last thing anyone wants after returning from a relaxing holiday, but there are some things you can do to manage the problem of looking tired when you should appear refreshed. The key to keeping skin healthy lies in preparation. Our dermatology team at the Los Angeles area’s Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills share some simple tips to keep your skin in check next time you go on a long flight, cruise, road trip, or train ride.

Eat Well

Skin care may be the last thing on your mind when you’re getting away from it all, and you may find it difficult to make time for your skin appearance and health when traveling. If you want to change that, start by being careful about what you eat and drink before getting on the plane. It’s better to stay away from alcohol, caffeine, and spicy or heavy meals right before you travel, so that it’s easier for you to sleep.

Stay Hydrated

It’s critical to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Also be sure to apply moisturizers and water sprays. Well-hydrated skin is happy skin.

Use Sun Protection

Interesting fact: You’re nearer to the sun when flying in an airplane, and damaging UV rays can still penetrate plane windows. This is why it’s extra important to use sunscreen. Remember that you may not be able to carry even small amounts of liquid through security, so be sure to apply it in sufficient amounts in advance.

Bring Along Your Products

It’s so important to cleanse your skin when traveling, as breakouts can easily occur when your pores become clogged with dead skin cells and impurities. There’s no reason to buy new products; you can take your normal facial cleanser and moisturizer with you—assuming you follow airline rules and regulations.

Give Your Skin Some Extra Love

Days before traveling, try scheduling a complete facial to get your skin into its best shape and protect it against future damage. You can choose microneedling to rejuvenate dull skin and sun spots after returning home.

Our team at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills provides aesthetic and medical skin treatments for patients in the Los Angeles area. To learn more about our dermatology services, get in touch with us today by calling 310-246-0495 or sending us a message through our website.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.