It’s good for your soul to be able to play, laugh and connect with friends and family. You might even find it good for your skin.
Let’s face the facts. This past year has been stressful for many people. Stress increases your body’s production of sebum (the oily, waxy substance that protects your skin). Your body’s ability to repair and regenerate cells is also affected by stress.
Stress can lead to flares of skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. This can cause ongoing breakouts and inflammation and make it more difficult to heal flares or breakouts.
You can reduce your stress levels, which may help to lower inflammation and increase hormone levels. This will allow you to repair skin cells and improve your ability to recover from injury. Happy hormones can also lead to healthier skin.
While on vacation, keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and renewed
You may experience skin problems such as dry skin, sunburns, rashes and breakouts. Make sure you think about how your skin should look and feel before you go on your exciting new adventure. If you need advice on how to prevent skin issues while on the move, talk to your dermatologist.
These are six possible ways that travel can impact your skin and how you can prepare.
1. Pay attention to the weather. Weather changes can have a serious impact on your skin. You should pack lightweight products that allow your skin to breathe if you are going somewhere humid.
2. Pay attention to the sun. Although you may not spend a lot of time at the beach, you are still getting more sunlight than you think. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to premature skin aging and dry skin. You should always pack broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
3. Avoid drying your skin while jet-setting. Use a moisturizing cream or lotion to counter the low humidity in aircraft cabins. Even though it’s vacation, alcohol can cause dehydration on the ground as well as in the air. Drink lots of water. Water is a common thing you will see on your travels. Skin problems are more common in chlorinated water that in salt water. However, salt water can cause skin irritations and rashes. After swimming in the ocean or pool, rinse your skin well.
4. Avoid jet lag. Time zones change can cause changes in your sleep patterns. Insufficient sleep can cause noticeable changes to your skin, such as dark circles and puffy eyes. In the midst of all your activities, make sure to take some rest. You’ll be a blessing to your skin.
5. Hand washing is a must. Use hand soap. Don’t touch your face. You could be spreading germs from your phone to your face by not cleaning it. Yuck!
6. There’s no denying that hotel products are bad for your skin. Be sure to bring your trusted skin care product (in TSA-approved bottles, if you are flying), and give it the routine it deserves. As you do not want to risk having a reaction to a product you’ve never used before.
Before you travel, consult your dermatologist.
To schedule an appointment you can call us at 1-661-949-0004 or contact us online. One of our dermatology specialists will be happy to help you choose the right products for your skin.