With anything in life, the more consistent you are, the better the results, including your skincare and skin health. When we’re on holiday, we tend to forget how important skincare maintenance can be and often neglect our regimes.
Let's think about it this way, you go to the gym, and workout daily, you’ve created a routine and achieve great results - but then you go away on holiday, you start eating unhealthy foods, and minimise your movement - your routine is no longer a priority, and you start to see a slip in your results and your overall wellbeing is affected.
It is the same for your skincare routine. Your lipid barrier (the protective barrier of your skin) loves to be indulged with nutrient-rich ingredients daily. Over time this allows it to strengthen, reducing inflammation on the skin and lessening the risk of breakouts and pigmentation, but for whatever reason, often people neglect their skincare routine when they go on holiday. Maybe, the pack is overwhelming, or it becomes less of a priority with the stress of the trip, we get it! However, those small steps in the morning and night can make a huge difference to the overall health of your skin - you also don’t want to be taking away from any progress you’ve made so far.
What can happen if you stop using your skincare for periods of time?
Your skin is ever-changing in its structure and function as we age, and expose ourselves to external aggressors (pollution, sunlight, radiation, extreme temperatures). These factors will always contribute to the ageing of our skin. They are unfortunate yet unavoidable factors, and for this reason, any results you make with skincare will need to be maintained (including if you are going on holiday for a few weeks).
Often going on holiday means a change in weather conditions, either warmer or cooler temperatures which can both have a negative impact on your skin. Spending longer periods of time in sunlight can increase melanin production, causing pigmentation and sun damage. Neglecting ingredients like Vitamin A in combination with this will slow down cell turnover allowing for a build-up of pigment on the outer layer of your skin.
Ultimately, stopping and starting your skincare regime affects the results you have made and can impact the health of your skin.
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Changes in your skin while travelling
Ensuring you maintain your skincare regime is very important while on holiday, however, travelling to your holiday can also impact your skin, again due to changes in weather, pollution and more. Ever noticed that you breakout more after a flight? Here’s why:
Why do I always break out after a flight?
Cabin air is very drying, which can disrupt the skin's protective barrier, leading to inflammation and breakouts.
Stress and sleep patterns
Stress triggers the release of hormones like cortisol, which can increase oil production leading to breakouts.
Less water intake
People often don’t drink enough water on a flight, in combination with consuming caffeine and alcohol which further dehydrates you, compromising your lipid barrier.
Skincare routine disruptions
When travelling, you may disrupt or neglect your skincare routine altogether. This can include using different products or not moisturising adequately! This disrupts the balance of your skin, causing breakouts.
Touching the face
The buildup of bacteria from airports and planes can be directly transferred to your skin if you touch your skin.
All of these factors contribute to the condition of your skin. Now you know why this might be happening, here are some tips to help manage this while travelling.
Managing breakouts during a flight
Drink plenty of water before, during and after the flight. Apply a generous layer of a nourishing moisturiser. Avoid over-consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
Cleanse your skin properly
Ensure skin is properly cleansed before the flight. Followed by a nourishing moisturiser and facial oil to lock in moisture.
Stick to your skincare routine
Consistency is key! Use products you know your skin loves to minimise disruptions and incorporate nourishing, hydrating products (see below for our recommendations).
Avoid touching your face
This will reduce the spread of bacteria.
Wear minimal makeup
Less likely to clog pores during the flight.
Protect against UV rays
Make sure you still wear your SPF50 during a flight (if it's during the day) to protect your skin from the sun through the window, as well as blue light from screens.
Sleep as much as possible
We know it’s not always easy, but if you struggle, try bringing a neck pillow for extra comfort, and listen to some soothing meditation sounds.
Once you’re off the plane, make sure to hydrate your skin as much as possible. It’s important to maintain your skin's moisture retention to avoid dehydrated skin! Our Base Range was designed to further nourish and support the health of your skin. These combine hydrating and soothing ingredients which are perfect to lock in moisture.
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