Whether you’re escaping to a tropical vacation, driving to visit loved ones, heading to a family ski trip, or anything in between, I want to share some tips to keep your skin glowing while you travel.

Traveling is tough on the skin. Changes in temperature, altitude, and humidity plus internal hydration and nutrient depletion can stress your skin. Here are some of my top tips to prepare your skin before and during your holiday.

Pre-Travel Skin Treatment

Prepare for your journey by giving your skin a hydrating yet toning face mask before you leave. Here is an example:

Cucumber & Yogurt Face Mask –

The high water content in cucumbers is hydrating for your skin and its natural soothing properties help rejuvenate your skin.

Mix together 2 Tablespoons grated cucumber, ½ cup plain organic yogurt, and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply to face and allow to dry. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Finish with a mildly acidic, clean and nourishing skincare routine, such as this one.

While traveling, here are 6 tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing: 

  1. Stay hydrated

Your skin relies on external moisture and internal hydration as well. Drink plenty of water while traveling. Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Adding mineral drops or powders to your water is a good way to add extra nutrients. Bring a refillable stainless steel water bottle with you. Most airports today offer refillable filtered water stations, which cuts back on waste and your exposure to chemicals in plastic.

  1. Put a hold on the makeup

If you are traveling for more than a few hours, it’s best to skip the makeup. Makeup clogs your pores and removes moisture from your skin, so it’s best to not wear it for hours on end. After all, your skin is already exposed to other dangers like the dry air and toxins such as fuel.

  1. Use essential oils

There are some great essential oil blends that are fabulous on the psyche as well as purifying the air (useful when you are breathing in everyone else’s germs for 20 hours). Blends can include Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Neroli, Lavender, and Chamomile. Apply a few drops to the back of your neck or mix in with your moisturizer.

  1. Catch up on sleep

Sleep is your body’s time to repair and rejuvenate (including your skin). Important hormones like growth hormone are released when you sleep that stimulate new cells (including skin cells) to grow. Aim for 8 hours of sleep every night whether you’re on the road or at home.

If you have trouble sleeping due to a change in time zones or you’re taking a red-eye, try taking 1 to 3 mg of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced by your body that governs your circadian rhythms. When you change time zones or sleep at irregular times, production of it can vary, but taking supplemental melatonin helps make up for the deficit. It’s best to only use melatonin in the short-term since long-term use can impact your own melatonin production.

  1. Eat a healthy skin diet

I realize this may be a little more difficult when you’re on the road, but it’s still important for glowing, smooth skin. Limit or avoid processed foods, sugar and dairy and any foods you are sensitive to. Instead choose whole, skin-healing foods like avocados, wild salmon, coconut oil, green tea (instead of coffee), high fiber foods, green leafy veggies, colorful fruits and veggies like berries, and bone broth.

  1. Protect your skin

Since you’re exposed to a plethora of chemicals while traveling (jet fuel in the air, pesticides in food, and chlorine in your shower water), it’s essential to use clean skincare products to reduce your overall exposure to toxins. Traveling is definitely not the time to use synthetic ingredients with hormone disrupting effects.

Cleanse, hydrate, protect and nourish your skin every morning and night with a high quality, clean, organic and nutrient-rich skincare system, such as The Spa Dr.’s Daily Essentials. http://store.thespadr.com/products/daily-essentals-4-step-system

And, wherever your travel takes you, don’t forget the sunscreen. Apply it daily to protect your skin from damaging rays – even when it’s not sunny and hot! Here is my favorite.

Skincare may be a little trickier when you’re on the road, but with a little-advanced preparation and attention you can maintain a high-quality skin care routine even with the craziest travel schedules.

Try these 6 tips to optimize your skin health while you travel. Please let me know of any tips or tricks you come up with by leaving a comment below.

Happy Traveling!