Caring for your skin is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Not only does it improve your physical health, but it is essential for your mental well-being. Creating a skin care ritual is the perfect way to take time just for connecting with yourself. Now that travel season is in full swing, it’s time to create your travel skincare ritual. One of the most important times people should be caring for their skin is when they travel, since the skin is likely to experience conditions it isn’t used to. The high tension of packing, sitting in stuffy airplanes, rushing around bustling airports and even hot Caribbean sun can wreak havoc on your skin.
Flying (or even travelling by land) can be harsh on both the body and skin so it is important to make sure you stay hydrated before, during and after your journey. Drink at least 3 cups of water and cleanse your face with an exfoliating scrub before your departure. I recommend Pangea’s Egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean & Cranberry Facial Scrub. Then follow up with a rich moisturizing serum before finishing with a moisturizer. This will help your skin look vibrant and lock in moisture. I recommend Pangea’s Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate balancing Oil followed by Pangea’s Italian Red Mandarin with Rose Facial Cream, which also has natural UV filtering properties. For an added refresher, bring along a facial spray that conforms to TSA regulations for carry on products (3 oz). I recommend Pangea’s French Rosemary with Sweet Orange Facial Toner, which is specially designed for thirsty skin.
If you are travelling somewhere with a lot of sun (whether it’s hot or cold), you need a skincare routine that will keep you protected from the sun and hydrated. Avoid products that contain retinol in the morning since it can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and therefore more susceptible to sunburn. I avoid retinol for other reasons as well. Retinol (Vitamin A) is a naturally occuring substnace essential for healthy metabolism. Excess exposure to Vitamin A could be associated with toxicity such as effects on reproduction and development. When exposed to UV light, retinol compounds break down and produce toxic free radicals that can damage DNA and cause gene mutations, a precursor to cancer. Recently available data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. As an animal lover and Vanguard member, I also avoid products that can be derived from animals. It can come from fish liver oil (e.g., shark liver oil), egg yolk, butter, etc.
Choose a moisturizer that has SPF of at least 30 that you can bring with you to reapply as needed. Make sure you apply at least 30 minutes before leaving the house, and reapply at least evey 2 hours. Sitting in an aisle seat, whether you’re on a bus, car or airplane (where you’re at an altitude that’s much closer to the sun than you’re used to), can cause skin damage. Pangea’s facial creams have a natural UV filtering property. For colder weather climates, be sure to pack a moisturizing cream as well as a repairing oil to give your skin some extra support. I recommend Pangea’s Italian Red Mandarin with Rose Facial Cream and Pangea’s Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate balancing Oil.
Even if you are traveling to a vacation destination set on escaping the stresses of daily life, traveling takes a toll on your skin. Take some time to pamper your skin when you arrive at your destination by using a rejuvenating facial mask. It doesn’t take very long to apply to your face, neck & decollete, and you only need to leave the mask on for about 15 minutes before washing it off and revealing more vibrant skin. I recommend Pangea’s 6 time award winning at home spa facial: Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask. You can fit two weeks worth of facial masks in a travel container, so there is always room for it in your luggage.
Dr. Maritza Baez