I recently went on a road trip (26 hours in two days) from my home town to Texas; I don’t know if you have ever been to the massive state of Texas, but it’s hot and humid. Two things, especially when put together, that can lead to acne hell. Now, I have always known that climates and weather can play a part in your skins health, but it made me realize just how much it can change your skin in such a short amount of time.
I was in Texas for roughly 15 hours total, but that was enough. By the time I arrived home I had a breakout on my face and back and they weren’t the small pimples. They were those goliath pimples that can be seen from the moon. Ew!
In an effort to help you avoid this unfortunate plague, I have compiled a few acne skin tips and tricks for ya!
1) Wipes or rice paper: Always, always, always, keep wipes or rice paper available to dab off that extra oil buildup. I feel like it doesn’t matter if you are going to Antartica or the Sahara, you always get extra oil build up. Here are some of my favorite wipes and rice paper.
2) Be prepared: Look up the place you are traveling to. Find out what the weather and culture is like. There are some places in the world where women are required to be covered from head to toe in extremely hot climates. I personally know I would be sweating a lot, so I would need to find clothing that would allow me to accomplish the cultural expectations, but not kill me or my skin either. Being prepared is certainly your best friend.
3) Moisturizer: This one is a doozy that often gets overlooked. The moisturizer you have for your home town might work wonders for you where you are at, but then you go to a colder climate and your skin might start drying out. Or you go to a humid climate and the moisturizer is too thick. Know where you are going and adjust the moisturizer accordingly.
*If you are not moving, this is the only part of your daily routine that I would change. Any other parts of your routine might cause problems down the road when you get back home.*
4) Drink plenty of water: I can never emphasize enough how important drinking water is, not only for your skin, but your overall health. It will help to keep you hydrated no matter what the climate is, Antartica or the Sahara.
5) Eat Healthy: Now, I know this is not really always easy to accomplish when you are stuck in an airport or a car for hours at a time, but, at least, be mindful. Choose options that are closest to what you would normally be eating on a daily basis. This goes for the drinks as well, ladies and gents. If you don’t drink pop on an everyday basis then don’t get it just cause it’s convenient. Opt for tea or better yet water; healthy and easy on the pocket book!
6) Change of Clothes: When we sweat we are releasing water onto the skin to cool down our body temperatures from the inside out. This means that all that sweat is not only dehydrating you, but also making your clothes wet with sweat. Bacteria thrives in damp situations; you add in your body heat and those bacteria are going to have a field day.
If you have a change of clothes handy then you can avoid bacteria build up AND not feel so sticky!
7) Keep your daily routine intact if possible: One of the fastest ways to get off track with your skincare journey is to shock your system with an entirely new routine. Our bodies are built to adapt to new situations and when you change your routine that is exactly what it is going to do. Survival of the fittest- skin edition!
8) Moving: If you are moving to a different place then the above things are even more important. You and your skin are going need time to adjust to the new climate, so changing as little as possible is imperative to keep your skin clear.
With that being said, the one thing that is most likely going change is your daily routine. Not always, but, usually, the routine you have won’t work in different climates.
9) Patience: This one I know is hard, but necessary!
If you do breakout; do not freak out. Your skin is an organ that is highly adaptable to multiple situations, but you do have to give it a break sometimes. Occasionally, it just can’t keep up with our fast pace lives. So if you do break out don’t get angry or upset. At the end of the day, a little acne never hurt anyone. Just follow your normal routine and your skin will be sure to bounce back just as quickly as it went rogue.
These are just a few things that you can do in order to help maintain your lovely acne free skin while on the road!
What about you ladies and gents? What works for you when you travel to a new place? Please share your stories below in the comments section!