Vacation is a time to relax and just enjoy doing nothing. You don’t want to have to worry about your skin while you’re doing nothing, but unfortunately, acne doesn’t take a break just because you’re on vacation. It strikes whenever it wants to. Isn’t that just lovely? Even though acne is typically caused by something going on internally, there are things you might be inadvertently doing while traveling that could make those pimples really POP. Before you go on your next vacation, use these acne-friendly skin tips to help you prepare:
Stick To Your Skincare Routine
The only way to make sure your skin stays healthy is to stick to your skincare routine. Always! Even if you’re traveling. You might find it annoying to have to pack your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer but your skin needs it! Order a travel sized version or pour the liquids into smaller containers so they’re airport ready. The last thing you want to do is have to rely on hotel soap to clean your face. That’s only going to irritate your skin and ruin the hard work you’ve put into maintaining your acne.
Don’t Forget To Wash Your Face
Bringing your skincare products with you is only the first step — you have to actually use them. I know you might be busy having a great time with your friends and family but it’s CRUCIAL you remember to wash your face every morning and night. Don’t slack off just because you’re on vacation!
Be Prepared For Weather Conditions
Do some research on where you’re traveling to and what the weather is supposed to be. If you’re going somewhere dry, it’s important you make sure you’re packing your best moisturizer so your skin doesn’t dry up. And don’t forget about sunscreen! Sunscreen is crucial when traveling somewhere warm or even cold. The problem is that most sunscreens don’t work for acne prone skin. Which is why you can’t rely on your friend’s sunscreen to do the trick, you need yours.
Drinking water is a great way to promote healthy skin but hydrating the surface of your face is important, too. If your skin is a little on the dryer side, make sure you’re using a hydrating mist to hopefully bring some moisture to your face. But as I said, don’t rely simply on a mist to keep your skin nourished. Drink water, too. It’ll help your skin just as much, if not more so!
Do you typically experience cystic acne? Those big, swollen, and painful bumps are hard to get rid of when they decide to come out and play. Which is why anti-inflammatory medicine and products can be so helpful. Advil and ice, my friends. They do a great job at reducing the inflammation on your face. If you can, use ice on your skin every night prior to your vacation so you can really make sure your skin is prepped and good to go!
Always Have Your Spot Treatment
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are or what precautions you take pimples can happen regardless. So, make sure you have your trusty dusty spot corrector with you while you’re traveling. The best way to get rid of a pimple is to attack it before it has time to actually form into a white head. You don’t want to pop it and you definitely don’t want to touch it. Simply use a spot corrector on that bad boy and let it dry your pimple out until it’s barely visible.
Use Natural Makeup Wipes
Does your skin suffer from excess oil? Odds are, it’s only going to get more oily as you travel and move around. Make sure you have makeup wipes with you at all times. And make sure those wipes are as natural as possible. You don’t want to use anything with a lot of different chemicals because that could aggravate your skin. Do yourself a favor and really read the ingredient list. With that said, the best way to make sure your skin is really, really clean is to actually wash it — don’t just rely on face wipes to do the job only a good cleanser can do.
Watch What You Eat
I know this is probably the last thing you want to hear, but in order to have good skin, your digestive system needs to be in a good place. If you’re eating fast food, sugar, and a ton of carbohydrates while you’re traveling you’ll see it on your skin. Watch what you eat and try to stay at least remotely on the diet you follow when you’re at home. It’s okay to treat yourself to something sweet while you’re on a little break, but don’t go overboard. Listen to your body.
Be Aware Of The Bacteria Around You
Whether you’re traveling on a plane, train, or car there’s a ton of bacteria around you! Be cautious and be careful. Don’t rest your face on a window or a chair and definitely don’t snuggle up with one of those airport blankets. If possible, keep your skin from touching anything and definitely avoid putting your hands on your face while you’re traveling. The best way to keep your acne-prone skin under control is by limiting the number of bacteria that are transferred from objects to your face.