Many of you may already know from personal experience that travel can leave skin looking a little worse for wear.
This can be frustrating, and often require some hard work upon your return to restore your skin to its previous healthy state. There are several reasons for this, which we'll uncover so that you can maintain glowing skin throughout your travels.
Airports and planes are highly-controlled environments when it comes to air conditioning. They are kept cold, dry, and filtered to encourage a cleaner, safer environment, however, this is not ideal for the skin. This environment frequently results in Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) during which water is lost through the skin’s surface. Skin is then left dull, dehydrated and more prone to damage and ageing. The appearance of wrinkles are also exacerbated when skin is dehydrated.
In order to combat this, there are several things you can do: replenish your fluids frequently to keep your body hydrated; be sure to incorporate humectants into your skincare routine, which are ingredients that attract water (glycerine, hyaluronic acid); and lastly, seal your hydrating and moisturising ingredients in with an occlusive (waxes and oils). This combination creates a barrier, keeping moisture in and preventing TEWL.
Our usual routine regularly falls by the wayside during a holiday. Sometimes it is a case of a condensed product routine, but more often it’s a case of being too busy enjoying your travels to complete the necessary steps. Whether it’s sleeping in makeup or forgetting to apply sunscreen in the morning, this soon takes a toll on our skin’s appearance.
Sun, sand, surf, airports, adventures, alcohol and late nights all result in harsh consequences for the skin. While your holiday activities may be incredibly good for the soul, they can quickly leave skin dry, dehydrated, sun damaged, clogged, inflamed or irritated. Keeping skin in good condition whilst on holiday will generally mean looking after it well between and following your activities. Carrying out effective cleansing is essential, and never sleeping in makeup. Skin (and hair) should always be washed after swimming to remove chlorine, salt, dirt or other contaminants, and replenished afterwards with moisturiser and sunscreen as needed.
5 Essentials For Your Travel Bag
We understand that the large majority wish to keep things simple during their travels, but if you’d like to avoid the above unwanted skin consequences from take-off to touching down back home again, here’s what we would recommend packing for your flight.
Rose Blossom Hydrating Mist
Keep hydration levels up and reduce heat or inflammation with a facial mist. Ideal for spritzing during your flight or whilst lounging beach or pool-side, our Rose Blossom Hydrating Mist is a calming blend filled with brightening antioxidants, and soothing botanical agents like aloe. Ongoing use throughout your travels will result in a brightened, hydrated complexion that also better absorbs moisturiser. Also available in a mini size perfect for on the go.
Vitamin Booster Vital C Elixir
A vitamin C serum is a wonderful all-rounder to address multiple needs whilst travelling. It’s likely you may be exposed to greater UV quantities – vitamin C is excellent at addressing pigment and reducing pigmentation production. It’s also a wonderful antioxidant, which can neutralise excess free radicals produced by higher stress levels, less sleep, alcohol, sun exposure and inflammation. Additionally, our Vitamin Booster Vital C Elixir contains aloe for cooling and calming the skin, Kakadu plum, licorice and finger lime for additional pigment-brightening power, glycerin to moisturise, and CoEnzyme Q10 and vitamin E for superior antioxidant and healing benefits.
Marigold Hydrating Crème
Pack light with our mini, multi-tasking pot of gold. Marigold Hydrating Crème is suitable for use just about all over, from spot-treating dry chapped skin (including lips), to hands, face and body. This rich, buttery treatment is the ultimate reparative agent for almost any skin type and condition. Available in a 30g size designed for your suitcase.
Rosehip Eye Gel
With the skin being at its thinnest and most delicate around the eyes, this region is the most susceptible to dehydration and deterioration. This means that when you can expect your skin to go through dry, harsh periods such as travel, appropriate eye care is particularly important. This is especially the case if you have concerns regarding fine lines and wrinkles around the orbital region, which will be much more visible when your skin is dehydrated. Our Rosehip Eye Gel is extremely rich in multi-beneficial botanical extracts including soothing agents for puffiness, brighteners for dark circles, antioxidants for damage-protection, and softening moisturising agents to lock in hydration.
Last but certainly not least is your sunscreen, which you should never travel without. UV exposure causes perhaps the most significant damage to your skin than all other external factors. It is an extremely common misconception that UV protection is not required when indoors, however, UVA radiation can penetrate through the windows of aeroplanes, cars and buildings. This radiation type won’t burn you, so you won’t notice the effects until later on. What it will cause is stimulation of pigment cells, aggravation of melasma, and destruction of collagen fibres (i.e. wrinkles).
While nobody wants to spend their entire holidays looking after their skin, these few simple steps can go a long way in preventing unwanted damage leading to premature ageing. And of course, save you some heartache upon your return. We wish you safe travels!
A travel kit might be a good idea. Smaller sized products in a bag.
I absolutely love Mukti travel kits. They’re the perfect handbag size and I always have them with me now no matter the occasion. They’ve been a lifesaver on many occasion, especially at functions. The travel kit also helped a few friends out at a recent outdoors wedding. We used the sunscreen, Marigold cream when the ants were favouring us and then the Rose Mist helped calm down the heat and refresh us. Absolutely beautiful products and the perfect accessory I can’t go without now 💜