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Beauty Essentials for the Traveling Woman

August 15, 2014

Do you love traveling but hate the toll it takes on your skin? You’re not alone. Every year, 50 million Americans travel either abroad or domestically at some point during the year. But in between the stress of booking hotels, airport travel, and awkward family reunions, terrible things often happen to your skin. Traveling often means stress and stress means acne breakouts, premature wrinkles and even grey hair!

Traveling to a foreign country or different place often exposes a girl to changes in climate, altitude and weather. And your skin can react negatively to foreign external aggressors such as wind and extreme sun exposure.

But fear not!

There are ways you can minimize your chances of suffering the red-eye blues. Following these easy steps can help you maintain that shimmering complexion.

Keep Yourself Moisturized!

Hydration is always the key and even moreso when you travel.

One useful trick is to slather on an intense moisturizer the night before you travel. Use a moisturizer that is heavier duty than what you normally use. For instance, if you typically use lotion, consider using cream. Using an intense cream will increase your skin’s hydration before being exposed to the dehydrating effects linked to airplane or road travel. Once you have reached your destination, keep generously over-applying cream to maintain that youthful glow.

Chill out those eyes!

When people think of vacation or travel, they usually think relaxing, right? Wrong! Americans typically sleep less while on vacation than they do on weekend mornings. One reason for this may be because people try to cram in as many activities as they possibly can in a two-week timeframe. Air travel and jet-lag also tend to throw your sleeping cycle out of whack.
One way to fight under-eye bags is to place two cotton balls soaked in ice-cold milk under your eyes. The lactic acid in the milk reduces puffiness and dark circles. If you’re allergic or averse to milk, simply substitute with cucumber slices. Doing this for five minutes per day will keep you from suffering from unsightly under-eye bags.

Pack light

While traveling, less equals more. You may have the perfect beauty counter at home but it would be pretty impractical to pack all of those lotions, makeup products and serums into one itty-bitty suitcase. Instead, focus on the essentials. Choose only your most practical lipstick and hair products and leave unnecessary filler items at home.

And rather than cram dozens of anti-wrinkle lotions into your purse, consider using a travel-friendly anti-wrinkle device such as the ProSonic GO Travel Cleansing Brush. The ProSonic GO is a portable, travel-sized cleansing brush that cleanses and exfoliates all over your body. Equipped with two cleansing brush heads, the ProSonic GO helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliates your skin and helps reduce overall oiliness and dry skin.

Stay hydrated

Drinking water is the key to looking fresh-faced, especially while traveling. Dehydration occurs frequently while on airplane because the air inside of the cabin usually has a lower humidity level than a typical indoor setting. The result is usually scratchy eyes and dry skin. For this reason, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated while airborne. So when the flight attendant offers you that bottle of water, drink up even if you’re not feeling particularly thirsty.

Get your beauty sleep!

Being well-rested and getting enough sleep is critical to your appearance. The difference between sleeping a full eight hours and getting little to no sleep is written all of your face the next morning. One of the perks of traveling may be all-night partying and non-stop drinking for some, but a hard-partying lifestyle quickly shows its wear and tear on your skin. In addition to jetlag and crossing times zones, it is almost inevitable that your normal sleeping pattern will be thrown out of whack. To combat the lack of sleep that goes along with traveling, consider taking power naps throughout the day. Half of the world’s population take a nap between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon and studies show that a 30-minute nap can be restorative for the body.

Treating your body correctly is the key to long-lasting youthfulness, especially while traveling. Be sure to use the tips above to make sure that your vacation doesn’t spell damage to your skin.

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