It’s the holidays and you’re about to drive off into the sunset – but have you ticked everything off your skincare checklist?
Whether it’s the Caribbean or just somewhere close by, when you go away it’s important to adapt your skincare routine to your destination, especially if you have oily, acne-prone skin.
Holidays can be quite stressful with all the packing and planning involved, as well as long-haul flights. And as Dr Sarah Wakelin highlighted in an interview with The Skin Edit, stress can often lead to breakouts.
To prevent unwanted pimples from popping up while you’re on holiday, prepare your skincare routine before you leave. We’ve put together some handy tips so you can enjoy your time away without worrying about your skin.
1. Listen to the weatherman
What’s the weather like out there? Is it going to be hot and humid or dry and cold? What if it turns out to be a combination of both and ends up aggravating your acne-prone skin? We know it all sounds simple enough, but a surprising number of us forget to take the destination weather into account when packing toiletries.
If you’re travelling to a cold country, it’s a good idea to ensure that hydration is part of your daily skincare routine. Just make sure the cream is suitable for acne-prone skin, as you don’t want heavy winter creams clogging up your pores. Or if you’re going somewhere hot and humid, oil-control is key, so it may be best to use a product that gently cleanses the skin, eliminating impurities and excess sebum to leave it clear and feeling refreshed
2. Be a plane Jane
Are you catching a flight? Airplanes are air-conditioned all the time so the longer you spend in them, the higher the chances of dehydration. This can cause your skin to over-produce oil in compensation, which as we all know is not great for acne-prone skin. Also, a lot of travellers find it difficult to sleep while travelling and this can lower your immunity, making you more susceptible to infection.
So be mindful of the stresses and strains of airline travel and remember to keep your skin hydrated by avoiding sugary and fizzy drinks and drinking plenty of water as well as with the right product for your skin type. In the case of oily, blemish-prone skin, dermatologists recommend products that use scientifically adapted formulas that unclog pores and kill bacteria, keeping skin hydrated but not over-stimulated.
3. Be wise, downsize
A lot of countries have travel restrictions nowadays, which means you need to be mindful of the amount of liquid you carry with you on-board. In any case, why lug full-size bottles of products around all over the world, when you can pour them into travel-friendly containers instead? That’s good news all around.
4. For a happily-ever-after ending
So you’ve prepared your skin for your holiday, you’ve had a brilliant time abroad and your skin has behaved admirably throughout. But now you’re back home and boom! Your acne acts up. Why?
Sometimes your skin can take time to react and it’s only after prolonged exposure to different temperatures, diets, and stress, that the skin shows evidence of the strain it’s been through.
The best thing to do if your acne-breakout happens post-holiday, is to get back to your normal routine as soon as possible and with products that specifically target blemish-prone skin, to help the skin heal faster. It’s also a good idea to try and rest, get back to eating healthy foods, and drink lots of water.
This article is intended as general information only. You should seek advice from a professional before starting any new regime or course of conduct.