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Traveler’s Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

On the road? We have tips. Use these ideas to care for dry skin while traveling

Use these tips to care for dry skin next time you travel

Traveling can be a great experience. Whether you are traveling for work or for pleasure, it’s always exciting to visit a new place and meet new people. However, if you are suffering from dry skin, you may need to take a few extra steps to ensure that your trip is a success. Here are a few essential traveler’s skincare tips for dry skin.

Check How Humidity Will Affect Your Skin

Before you start packing, you want to check the most current weather and humidity reports for your destination. If you are traveling somewhere that is drier than your current environment, you may need to take extra steps to keep your skin hydrated. Conversely, if you are going somewhere more humid, you may be pleasantly surprised that your skin feels better outdoors. Keep in mind, however, that indoor cooling systems will oven decrease humidity so you still will not want to completely skip your moisturizing routine.

Pack a Travel Skin Care Kit in Your Carry On

As you pack, add a kit of your favorite beauty staples to your carry on. Depending on your mode of travel, you may need to up your game when it comes to moisturizing — especially if you are planning to fly. You should make sure that you check the bottle sizes to avoid losing valuable products to airport security. Your kit should include makeup removing wipes, a moisturizer, a mist spray- to be used after you land- and lip balm. If you know that you’ll be going to your first vacation stop or business meeting straight out of the airport, you can also pack your makeup and sunscreen- but wait to apply until right before landing.

If you know that you’ll have a long flight and need to look fresh afterward, consider packing a soothing roll-on for your eyes. In a pinch, you can use a few actual coffee grounds and some ice to avoid the puffy eye and face that can result from lack of sleep and extended travel. Be sure to bring a good foundation for dry skin, which can do double duty by moisturizing your skin as it conceals imperfections.

Moisturize the Night Before

As you pack, indulge in a moisturizing face mask. Any mask with vitamins C and E is great for dry skin because, while vitamin E hydrates, vitamin C soothes irritation and acts as an antioxidant.

Consider Argan Oil

Derived from the nut of an argan tree, this oil smells delicious and can moisturize you from head to toe. Pack an argan oil-infused shampoo to keep your hair shining and argan oil-based lotions or even pure argan oil for your skin and nails. Because it’s such a powerful moisturizer, argan oil is particularly helpful when you are traveling to places with low humidity and harsh conditions.

Hydrate From the Inside

Drink plenty of water before and during your trip. It also helps to eat fresh, antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries and carrots. If you are traveling via plane, make it a point to drink plenty of liquids during your flight. This is because the airplane’s internal environment is particularly dry. If your airline doesn’t offer complimentary water, consider purchasing a bottle at the airport.

Skimp On the Alcohol — Especially if You Are Flying

Alcohol tends to dehydrate us, which is part of the reason that hangovers are a problem. If you are flying, you’ll already be in a dry environment, so alcohol will only end up making you more thirsty, while also drying out your skin. If you are flying, swap your alcohol for water or juice. If you can’t resist a drink, keep it to just one and balance out the effects with extra water intake.

You should also avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol if your destination is in a particularly warm climate. If you do indulge, make sure that you are staying hydrated.

Get Your Beauty Rest

While sometimes it is difficult to rest while you travel, you should be making sleep a priority. When we sleep, our skin can regenerate. For an extra boost, apply a hydrating face mask, cream or serum and leave it on during sleeping hours. The combination of rest and rehydration should leave your skin feeling fresh and plump in the morning.

While traveling with dry skin requires a few extra considerations, your skin will thank you both during and after your trip.

Resources — Budget Travel, Zo Skin Health, Refinery 29,