With winter well underway and the Christmas festivities now becoming distant many of us look to book a holiday to look forward to at this time of year! If you have a trip planned or if you travel a lot – whether for work or for pleasure – you’ve probably noticed that long trips can have an adverse effect on your skin.

If you’re taking a long flight, the recycled air can start to take its toll. The last thing you want when you arrive at your destination is to look tired and blotchy – but fear not. There are a few things you can do to nourish your skin while you travel:

Get the right kit!

Not that we need any excuses to go shopping, but travelling is actually a good one. Flights have restrictions on liquids, which means you’ll need travel-sized versions of the products you use at home. You can either buy mini versions (they’re pretty handy to have if you travel a lot), or you can go on eBay or Amazon and pick up a set of plastic bottles and tubs. These are inexpensive, and it’s pretty simple to decant your full-sized versions into little pots. Plus, you can wash them out and use them again and again.

Hydrate (and keep hydrating!)

If you suffer from headaches while you’re travelling, dehydration might be the cause. Dehydration also wreaks havoc upon your skin. Take a big bottle of water with you and keep drinking – this will help to reduce puffiness and hopefully prevent headaches.

Moisturize

Prepare your skin beforehand by using a rich, nourishing moisturiser. If you can, go make-up free on the plane: if you take a small moisturizer with you, you can keep reapplying it as you go. Don’t forget the skin on your body, either – a rich body lotion can help to prevent dry skin.

This advice will depend upon your skin type, of course. People with dry skin should try and find the most hydrating moisturiser they can find, but people with oily skin may need to use something a little lighter. Don’t forget your lips, too! Frequently reapply lip balm to prevent your lips from getting dried out, chapped, and sore.

Get lots of sleep

A good amount of sleep will help to prevent under-eye bags, and more importantly, will help you to grab a bit of extra energy before your holiday (or business trip) starts. Plus, a good sleep will cut out a big chunk of the journey – a bonus if you get bored on flights. Pack an eye mask to block out extra light, download some white noise or relaxing music if you need it, and grab yourself a nap. Your skin (and your body) will thank you for it.

Pre and Post-Holiday Treatments

The best way to care for your skin and keep it looking in tip top condition is to have a good regime throughout the year and give it special attention both before and after you travel. Cecily Day Spa in Berkhamsted has a great range of facials, body treatments and massage options to ensure you look great all year and can give your skin an extra boost pre or post-holiday to keep you looking and feeling your best while you travel.

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