Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, not only can it leave you physically and mentally exhausted, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin. When traveling, your skin becomes dehydrated and dull due to climatic changes, long-haul flights, and modifications in diet, as well as additional stresses, especially if you’re on a business trip. Pressurized airline cabins contain less oxygen, which easily inhibit water retention that is damaging to the skin. This means that you’re going to need to take extra care of your skin routine while you travel to combat dehydration while on the road. The Cheat Sheet spoke to beauty and grooming industry powerhouse David Pirrotta, who travels constantly for work, and Sarah Villafranco, MD, founder of skin care brand Osmia Organics, about how to properly take care of our skin when we travel. No matter the duration of your trip, you should never skimp on your skin care routine fellas.
Pack the essentials
When traveling, you want products that fit perfectly into an airplane friendly toiletry zip-pouch, and you want to focus on things that will keep your skin fresh and hydrated. “Whether I’m going on a short business trip or heading off for vacation, I always make sure to pack my moisturizer, cleanser, dry shampoo, shave cream and cologne,” Pirrotta tells us. This expert traveler adds that you only need to pack a handful of items to “keep yourself well-clothed, cleanly shaven, and properly groomed for the duration of your trip.”
While considering what product to take with you, he adds that it’s important to look for ones that reduce sensitivity, and to make sure you keep a moisturizer on hand with you while in-flight. It should not only be a water-based formula but one that also contains lipids, which provide elasticity and protect against water loss. Here are our expert’s picks for his skin care traveling essentials.
Packing a good moisturizer is one of more important skin care decisions you’re going to make. Pirrotta tells us that if you’re going to take a face lotion with you, make sure it’s a matte one. “A lot of men suffer from oily skin or are prone to the bit of shiny forehead. Being on the go is going to magnify the problem tenfold. I like Grown Alchemist’s Matte Balancing Moisturizer: Acai-Berry & Borago. This mattefying, non-greasy moisturizer leaves combination skin looking balanced and clear.”
Keeping in mind that men’s skin tends to be oilier by nature, you’re going to have to take extra care, especially since you’re traveling. “A good facial cleanser and a simple moisturizing routine are the most important for your facial care, in addition to a blemish treatment in case of emergency,” says Villafranco. Pirrotta suggests Grown Alchemist’s Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser: Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Rose-Bud to balance out your skin worries because it’s great for gently removing impurities from your sensitive facial skin without stripping it dry, allowing your skin to breathe freely and feel thoroughly cleansed, calm and soothed. Which could not be more ideal when you wash your face at the end of a long travel day.
Spot blemish treatment
Due to the change in skin hydration, diet change, and overall routine, a breakout is bound to rear its ugly head. For that, Villafranco suggests the Osmia Organic Spot Treatment, which is your best friend for when you start to feel a pimple forming on the airplane.
Just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shave, especially if you’e on a business trip. Pirrotta suggests one of his personal favorites from Ernest Supplies, its Cooling Shaving Cream, which is not only formulated to do it all — lubricate, protect, moisturize, fight redness, and reduce annoying razor slips an clogs — but it comes in an easy-to-pack pouch.
A little hit of a mildly fragrant cologne is a great way to freshen up while you’re traveling. This one from Oliver & Co., M.O.U.S.S.E II, is a daytime fragrance with a subtle scent that is refreshing and luminous with a twist of mint, cardamom, and ambergisnotes, says Pirrotta. It’s a nice little pick-me-up that will leave you feeling energized.
Be consistent when you’re on the road
“If anything, you should keep your skin care routine as consistent as possible when you travel. Why? Because everything else changes! The water you drink and shower with, your diet, your stress level, and probably the detergent they use at the hotel. So, do your skin a favor, and stay very consistent with your routine when you’re on the road — it’s really not the best time to try something new,” says Villafranco. Make sure to wash your face thoroughly at the end of every travel day, she adds. No excuses.
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