Travel can be demanding under the best
of conditions, but during the holidays, there are all kinds of extra
challenges along the route to festivity. Disrupted sleep schedules,
stress, constant shifts between heated air and cold weather--
coincidentally, these are the same things that hit your skin the
hardest, at a time when you're dressing up for dinner and posing for
tons of pictures. Anticipate the rigors of the road and give your
skin the proper TLC to keep yourself looking—and feeling—your
- Keep a travel skincare kit
essentials from your usual regimen and buy them in a 3 oz or smaller
size; check to make sure liquids fit in a quart-size plastic storage
bag per TSA flight restrictions, and you'll be ready to go no matter
how you travel. Something running low? Snap a pic with your phone
and email or text it to yourself so you remember to refill it right
away when you get home.
Latisse® lover, take advantage of sales and
bulk pricing to get an extra for your travel kit so you won't be
stuck mid-regimen if your luggage gets lost or you forget your
bottle across the country.
- Go gentle on the road. Travel
has enough harsh conditions, especially during the winter holidays
when cold weather, crowds, and stress all take their toll. Skip your
heavy-hitters and pack gentle cleansers and nourishing moisturizers,
SkinMedica's Facial Cleanser or SkinMedica's Dermal Repair Cream.
- Protect yourself when you fly.
Your most likely dangers while flying aren't the stuff of disaster
movies-- your wellness takes a hit from the intensity of the sun
coming in the windows and the
heightened levels of radiation you're
exposed to as a result. Protect yourself with a broad spectrum
sunscreen that also protects against infrared rays like
SkinMedica's Total Defense + Repair SPF 50 (or try the tinted version to even out your skin tone),
and wear a serum with antioxidants.
SkinCeuticals' C E Ferulic is a powerful
antioxidant serum that lasts up to 72 hours after application, so
you'll get the free-radical-fighting benefits even during the
longest of trips. If you're planning to wear makeup, try
SkinMedica's Vitamin C + E Complex,
which contains silicones for a silky finish that works well as a
- Moisturize, don't spritz.
Whether you're in the arid
cabin of a plane or blasting your car heater, it's likely that the
air is sucking moisture from your skin. Give your natural defenses
an assist with a moisturizer to keep your skin's barrier strong.
Spritzing your face may feel good in the moment, but ultimately it
makes your skin even drier.
- Relax with a little massage.
When you're forced to sit and
wait, instead of grinding your teeth in frustration, take advantage
of the time to
give yourself a gentle facial massage. It'll help
your circulation and soothe you. Be sure to wash your hands first,
and use a facial oil to keep from pulling on your skin (yes, even if
your complexion is oily!) Bonus: It keeps your face moisturized and
reinforces its barrier against dirt and dehydration.
you've just washed your hands and are dabbing on some hand cream,
you can also take the opportunity to
massage your hands. It's good
for your skin, and your hands are loaded with pressure points that
relieve aches and pains all over your body.
- Check your destination. Make
sure you account for climate changes wherever you're going! Your
winter regimen isn't going to do right by your skin if you're headed
on a holiday cruise or visiting a desert city out west.
- Pack yourself a present.
No matter what, by the time you arrive at your guest room or hotel,
you're probably going to be worn out, jet-lagged, frazzled, or
parched. Pack a pampering sheet mask, some soothing eye product like
Obagi Elastiderm Eye Complete Complex Serum (hint: pop it in the fridge for extra puffiness-reducing power),
and some spa gloves and socks and kick back for a cat nap while your
There may be a lot
of things that are outside your control when you travel over the
holidays-- highway traffic, delayed flights, crowds everywhere, bad
weather-- but with just a little advance planning, you can ensure
that the condition of your skin isn't among them.