As we begin to think about our Summer travels it's easy to be swerved away from your usual and much loved skincare routines in favour of lightweight solutions like make-up wipes (it hurts to use those words!), free samples we've picked up from beauty counters and sharing travel companions products. It's no wonder that these changes, when combined with the extra layers of SPF and change of humidity of your new temporary home can begin to wreak havoc with your skin.
Yes, you'll still clean your face every night before bed and occasionally apply an oil or balm before hitting the sack, but to actually care for your skin, you need to be consistent with your skincare routine. You cannot expect your skin to be able to adapt to so many alterations so quickly (new food, temperature, flying, humidity etc) — it takes a daily, consistent effort. Our skin is a living, breathing organ and a filtration system, so we need to monitor what is coming in and out regularly to keep it functioning properly. Damage is cumulative and so is preventative care and correction. We need to protect, correct and prevent daily to ensure that the cumulative benefits are in effect.
How to keep your skin in tip-top condition when travelling.
You do not need to pack a 15-step, hour-long nightly skincare routine to do right by your skin. Just four products will do the trick: a cleanser, an exfoliator, a calming mask and a moisturiser (or facial oil).
(hint: scroll to the bottom for a saving on our Facial In A Box travel friendly kit)
A good cleansing balm is a key to removing all the dirt, toxins, makeup and surface sludge that accumulate throughout the day. If your skin is sensitive and you’re worried a nightly cleanser will totally strip your skin, look for a gentle formula like our Gently Nourishing Cleansing Balm.
What you do while you're away is just as important as what you do at home. Removing dead skin cells and deep cleansing is a particularly potent glow-getter and will help delay the effects of aging. We recommend Gently Resurfacing Facial Exfoliant as your combination physical/aha exfoliant. Once it's mixed with a little water to make a paste the Alpha Hydroxy Acids in the hibiscus are activated and will further add to your glow without leaving skin red and sore like some chemical exfoliators can.
Acne Treatment (or any soreness)
If you struggle with acne blemishes, this treatment will be crucial to your skincare routine. Acne-fighting products can range from creams, to spot treatments, to serums. If you are unsure which product is best for you, we typically recommend a kaolin-based product. This clay powder will clear acne and clean out blackhead-causing debris from pores. One of our bestselling products Calm & Soothe Face Mask, is made with kaolin and a blend of redness reducing veggie oils including broccoli and cucumber and is ideal for sensitive skin.
For the most effective hydration at the cellular level, look for a serum, oil or lipid-based (aka fatty acid-based) moisturiser boosted with refining and pore reducing ingredients, like Hydration Boost Moisturising Balm or Vitamin-Rich Botanical Oil. These products are your serum, moisturiser and make-up primer in one powerhouse of botanical oils that will restore radiance to dull and tired skin, reduce fine lines and pigmentation and leave skin feeling super soft.
SPF (okay, we've added this one in!)
In the mornings, always always always make sure to finish your skincare routine with a layer of SPF, which blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays that damage skin cells. It’s the best way to prevent ageing, skin damage, and of course, skin cancer. Of course, it's even better if you stick to shade and wear a hat, especially if you find sunscreen irritates your skin and blocks pores (even more reason to double cleanse while you're away!)
Finally, display your products
Keep the products that you intend to use displayed on your holiday apartment bathroom counter or near a mirror rather than stuffed away in your travel bag. If you don't unpack them it's out of sight, out of mind. You don't want to risk coming home and feel like you're back to square one with your skincare ritual.
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