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7 Skin Care Travel Tips

Travelling can be very tough on the skin. Temperature and humidity changes, as well as a drop in hydration and nutrients, can put your skin under stress and cause it to lose its lustre and glow. Unfortunately, travelling also reduces the time available for skin care and you could easily end up neglecting your skin. Here are some quick skin care travel tips that will help you to care for your skin and preserve your precious tan during your holiday.

Prepare Ahead

Before your trip, you should abstain from using developer tan. Instead, if your trip destination is not sunny and you’d love to look tanned on the photos, simply apply instant spray before departing. This will allow you to have a clean canvas to apply your holiday spray tan. You should also use a natural mask to rejuvenate your skin. A mask made from cucumber, plain Greek yoghurt and some drops of lemon juice will hydrate your skin and prepare it for the harsh weather conditions you may experience on your trip.

Stay Hydrated

Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to maintain a good water balance in your skin. You may add some nutrients through mineral drops or powders. Taking along a good stainless steel bottle will enable you to refill it water from reliable sources and avoid the contamination that can occur when you use plastic bottles.

Young female tourist drinking water in the mountains. Traveling in Triglav national park in Slovenia

Cut Down on Makeup and Skin Stress

Unless your trip will only last for a few hours, you should avoid using heavy makeup. Applying makeup to your face will clog the pores on your skin and reduce the amount of moisture that your skin can receive from internal and external sources. Also, make sure you give your skin a break from things that are not really essential. Remember that it will be exposed to other hazardous conditions like the dry air in the plane and the toxic emissions from aviation fuel.

Apply Essential Oils

Essential oils can be combined with a moisturiser to give you a pleasant aroma and protect your skin from germs. Remember that you may be in a plane breathing in air that is contaminated with germs for nearly 20 hours. Adding some essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender, chamomile, sandalwood and juniper to your skin moisturiser will also help to improve your mood during your trip.

Protect Your Skin

If you decide to go out to the beach and you are exposed to plenty of sunshine, ensure that you protect your skin. Argan oil serum provides non-greasy organic SPF 30 that works perfectly for the face, arms, hands and neck that are usually exposed to the sun. It will nourish and condition your skin so you can use it as a daily moisturiser for your face. Even when you can’t see the sun but you are participating in any outdoor activity, you should still protect your skin against harmful ultraviolet rays, which can penetrate through the clouds. Apply this organic SPF at least once every 2 hours when you expose your body to the sun.


Moisturise Your Skin

To lock in your tan, you should moisturise your body from head to toe. Additionally, you should nourish your tan with a rich body moisturiser at least twice daily. Focus more on the areas of your body that tend to get dehydrated such as your knees, elbows, and areas around your feet. Use any free moment you have (while waiting in a queue or while on a bus stop) to treat your skin with a quick moisturising.


Exfoliation is one of the vital steps to maintain a flawless tan. It clears out impurities and dead skin cells that may have clogged the surface of your skin. After exfoliation, your skin will be even, clean, smooth and refreshed. This helps you to apply your tanning product evenly and it gives it a more natural look. If you don’t exfoliate properly, you may end up with an application that has patches. On the other hand, exfoliation makes your skin appear younger and it enhances cell renewal. Some exfoliating products may also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that will nourish your skin.


As you can see, there are many things you can do for your skin even when you don’t have a lot of time for your daily rituals. Using these quick 7 skin care travel tips can help you to preserve your skin and nourish your tan during a long holiday trip. Still, bear in mind that you need to combine these skin care travel tips with a healthy diet and adequate amount of sleep for them to be fully effective.


Mila Payton

Mila Payton is a passionate traveler and nature lover. She enjoys reading and writing about travel, beauty, and health. When she aims to relax, she spends time with her family and friends. You can connect with Mila via Facebook