Living in Oklahoma, our weather changes frequently! Seriously, we can have temperature swings from day to day that would make you dizzy! Changes in climate due to travel, (or Mother Nature!) can wreak havoc on your skin. We spend a lot of time in the mountains in Colorado. We love summer hiking and winter skiing but man, can it dry you out! With Spring Break approaching for many, I thought it would be good to give you some great skin care tips for travel to different climates.
High Altitude Tips:
USE SUNSCREEN even if it’s cloudy. The sun is a lot stronger at higher altitudes and you will burn. For every 3,000 feet in elevation the UV radiation is increased 10-12% so carry it with you in your day pack.
Remember to protect your lips as well. It’s amazingly painful to sunburn your lips and it happens quickly in the mountains!
Add humidity to your living space via a humidifier or an old fashioned pot of boiling water on the stove top! Using nasal saline will help you avoid nosebleeds by keeping the nasal membranes moist.
Adding extra moisturizer, morning and night, will also make a big difference in your skin.
Dry climates lead to dry skin! You can avoid this dry climate pitfall but reducing the heat in your shower. I know, a long hot shower is heavenly but it pulls the moisture out of your skin leaving your skin itchy and dry. Take a shorter, cooler shower and add moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp. This will help lock in some extra moisture. One of my favorite products that’s great for hydration can be found here. It’s truly my favorite product for dry skin!!! (would hyperlink to the Body Replenish…stuff is amazing…but maybe don’t want to sell in the blog….you tell me! There’s also a link to the Microdermabrasion paste – and a few other products – that we can remove if necessary.)
If you prefer baths over showers, adding a few drops of bath oil will help combat the dry skin.
Regular use of a body microdermabrasion paste or loofah sponge will help stimulate circulation and will remove the excess dead skin cells.
Choose products that contain humectants (such as sodium hyalurante, glycol acid and glycerin) which will attract water and help the skin retain the moisture.
Again, adding humidity (see above) is important.
As much as I love the beach, heat and humidity increase oil production and can spell trouble for acne prone skin.
Clay based cleansers work best in the tropics to keep pores clear and to prevent blemishes.
Use an oil free moisturizer on areas that feel dry and tight and remember to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Milder products will likely feel better on your skin as stronger products tend to sting in hot and humid environments.
And, before you go, you might consider getting a sun-kissed glow the healthy way. The Sunless Tanner from Rodan and Fields is one of my new favorites! It’s lightweight and oil-free it doesn’t turn your skin a funny color. And, NEVER EVER EVER use a tanning bed!
Bookmark these skin care tips for travel to different climates and travel on! Just plan ahead and be prepared and your skin will be glowing and beautiful!