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30 Jan

Travel Skin: holiday skincare tips

Holiday Skincare TipsOnce you’ve got your hotel, flights and annual multi-trip travel insurance cover sorted, the next step is to pack everything you’ll need for your trip away. So you may have packed your Kindle, swimwear and camera, but don’t forget to include certain skin essentials in your toiletry bag, and we don’t just mean sun protection. Where you travel to will influence what you need to bring as different climates call for different skincare, and never underestimate how irritating a breakout during humid weather can be, or a nose rubbed raw from the cold.

So, where are you travelling to? Choose the climate of your destination and read our top tips from the experts so you can take care of your skin in all weathers.

I’m going somewhere hot
I’m going somewhere humid
I’m going somewhere cold


How to take care of your skin in hot weather

1. Wear a good sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)

2. Make sure you reapply every two hours or after swimming, and watch out for tricky areas, such as the back of your neck and the ears.

3. Drink lots of water.

4. Exfoliate before you go to help prevent blocked pores.

5. Blot skin that gets shiny or oily throughout the day with tissues instead of wiping with your hands.

6. Wash more frequently.

7. As you’ll be washing more frequently, make sure to use a gentle face wash.

8. Use an oil-free moisturiser twice a day.

9. Opt for a light powder or tinted, oil-free moisturiser instead of heavy foundation.

Sascha Beauty Geek10. Our last tip for coping with hot weather comes from Sascha from Beauty Geek UK: “Hot weather allows for lighter skincare and even gel formulas to cool and calm skin.  As with all seasons, choose your skincare based on how your skin feels rather than what type you think it might be.”



Top products

John Masters Organics LavendarJohn Masters Organics Lavender Hydrating Mist for Skin & Hair is lovely and cooling and at 59ml in a plastic bottle a great size to take on the plane.”

– Love Lula, the world’s natural beauty shop





Chlprovitae Two Phase Mist“Give your skin a refreshing boost of hydration with the Aloree Organic Hydrating Facial Mist. This facial mist contains hydrating, protecting and moisturising ingredients with the inclusion of CHC Chlorophyll from young organic barley shoots to invigorate and hydrate skin. This is an ideal organic face spray for a quick boost in summer while on the go or to boost nourishment in dehydrated skin.”

– Aloree


How to take care of your skin in humid weather

1. Wear a good sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) designed for sport – it will likely be oil free and sweat proof, which is ideal for humid conditions.

2. Make sure you reapply every two hours or after swimming, and watch out for tricky areas, such as the back of your neck and the ears.

3. Drink lots of water.

4. You’ll want to use tropical insect repellent with DEET in it – when applying to your face spray some into your hands and then apply to the face, with just a little around the ears.

5. Blot skin that gets shiny or oily throughout the day with tissues instead of wiping with your hands.

6. Exfoliate thoroughly before you go to help prevent blocked pores.

7. Use an exfoliating face wash 3 times per week.

8.Use a very light and refreshing moisturiser, or none at all.

9. Becky from Not in These Shoes provides some advice for those who feel most comfortable with some makeup coverage: “I swap my foundation for a tinted moisturiser or BB (Blemish Balm) cream which is perfect for keeping skin hydrated and providing a little bit of coverage.”

10. Sascha from Beauty Geek UK has provided our last tip for coping with humid weather: “Humid weather can send skin in either direction depending on its predisposition. Pay close attention to how your skin feels (is it tight or itchy or greasy?) and adapt your skincare accordingly.”


Top products

Neutral Face Fluid“The light formula of lavera neutral facial fluid is perfect for all skin types particularly sensitive skins. As sensitive skin types require quality products to repair and strengthen the skin’s protective film (the protective film becomes damaged due to sun, wind, change in temperature, stress etc. resulting in sensitive skin). This neutral facial fluid by award winning organic and natural skincare brand lavera gives all the TLC your sensitive skin deserves. With its refreshing and revitalising 100% natural and organic formula and containing organic Shea butter, evening primrose and jojoba oils help to boost the skins moisture content, protects and keeps skin hydrated, soft and smooth.”

– Lavera








BB Cream

L’Oreal and Maybelline have some great [BB creams].”

– Becky from Not in These Shoes




Galius Sun SunscreenA great sport sunscreen is offered by Galius Sun: “Galius Sun creams are ideal for humid conditions as they are non-greasy, have high UVA/UVB filters and high SPF50 for long lasting protection. Added to this, Galius Sun facial creams do not run into your eyes as they are sweat resistant, which is ideal for people travelling in humid climates.”

– Galius Sun



“A face spritz is also great to have in humid conditions, cooling you down and providing a splash of hydration, along with other benefits. I recommend trying Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray or Eau Thermal Avene Water Spray [both available in Boots].

– Becky from Not in These Shoes


How to take care of your skin in cold weather

1. Choose a great moisturiser, with oils such as avocado, almond, primrose and mineral oil that are considered to be “nonclogging”. A lot of night creams are ideal, just use them in the day too.

2. Try to warm up gradually after coming in from the cold; take a warm, not hot, shower and try to avoid the temptation of turning the heating right up. Intense heat can lead to a loss of moisture in the skin, which causes dryness and flaking.

3. Add a cup of milk to your bath to moisturise and soften skin.

4. Drink lots of water.

5. If you have taken out travel insurance for winter sports then make sure you have sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) as winter sun and snow glare can damage the skin.

6. Prevent cracked lips from occurring by using a good lip balm regularly. Ideally it should have a rating of SPF 15 or higher.

7. Make sure your clothing does not itch. Scratching skin and leaving it exposed to the elements can lead to dryness and irritation.

8. Eugenia from lives in Florida but visits New York often, so she knows how to keep skin looking great when travelling to a colder climate. During the winter and cold months she does two things to keep her skin from drying out: “ I up my face mask use. I do at least 3 moisturizing face mask a week.”

9. “I also add maracuja oil into my nightly skin routine in addition to my normal night creams.”

10. Sascha from Beauty Geek UK recommends facials for tackling cold weather plus central heating, which cause skin havoc: “The winter months are the best time for paying serious attention to at-home facials, with good quality chemical exfoliators and caring, moisture-boosting masks.”

Top products

E45 Tub“I love The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, which also removes make up in a flash! Good Things Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser has been great for my skin and smells incredible. E45 cream, despite being unglamorous, also helps my skin during the cold winter months and will blitz any dry patches overnight without being too thick or oily.”

– Becky from Not in These Shoes


Burt's Bees Lip Balm“A good lip balm is a winter essential and can be found in every coat pocket and bag I own. My favourite brand to go to is Burt’s Bees. With a range of different specific targets, they’re excellent for whatever your lip problem, plus they all smell amazing.”

– Becky from Not in These Shoes





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