How to Keep Skin Glowing After Traveling

September 11, 2018 , In: Wellness , With: 2 Comments

For better or for worse, travelling requires you to disrupt your everyday routine to do something different. And while you might relish the chance to hop on a plane and shake things up, your skin might not be so happy about it.

If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ve probably seen your skin go from clear and glowing to dull and irritated in a matter of days. Unfortunately, traveling can be really taxing on your skin. The stress of a long trip could leave your skin feeling tired and dry.

If you want to keep your skin glowing even after traveling, it’s important you take good care of your skin and make sure that it’s getting a vacation at the same time you are. Luckily, it’s not too difficult to keep your skin healthy. Here are five simple ways you can care for your skin while traveling to keep the glow going.

Drink Plenty of Water

Hydration is one of the most important components of maintaining beautiful, healthy skin. It’s especially important to be mindful about hydration while traveling, since it’s one of the easiest things to forget about when you’re busy.

Drinking plenty of water is important for the health of your skin and the rest of your body. Water helps keep your skin looking clear and bright. Plus, it helps flush toxins out of your body. If you’re going to be out and about all day, bring a water bottle with you and drink water regularly throughout the day. Be especially mindful of dehydration if you’re traveling somewhere with high temperatures.

Take a Break from Makeup

Because traveling is already draining on the skin, it is important not to add any unnecessary stress. If you’re going to be traveling for more than a few hours, you may want to consider whether or not you really need to be wearing makeup.

Though makeup is a great outlet for self-expression and creativity, makeup does have some negative health effects that could hurt your skin if you’re not careful. Some long-lasting and oil-based makeup can clog pores and prevent your skin from getting clean. And, if you have sensitive skin, wearing makeup for long periods of time could be irritating. This can take away some of the glow you want to retain while traveling.

So, next time you hop on a plane, think about skipping your makeup routine and giving your skin a break. If you absolutely must wear makeup though, make sure you remember to wash your face thoroughly.

Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep

Whether you’re touring the country in your car or flying to visit your family for the weekend, it’s likely that you’re going to miss out on sleep while traveling. No one likes being tired. It can make you grumpy and even make it difficult to think. But losing sleep also has negative effects on your skin.

You body releases hormones to help you grow new skin cells while you sleep, which is why sleep deprivation might make your skin look dull and tired. Getting plenty of sleep is one of the easiest natural ways to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

If you know traveling is going to disrupt your sleep schedule, travel with tools that will help you sleep when you get the chance, such as melatonin or essential oils.

Keep Up Your Daily Routine

While it’s nice for you to get out of your routine occasionally, your skin appreciates consistency. If you have a skin routine that works for you, make sure to continue using it while on your trip. If necessary, pack travel bottles of the products you rely on.

By washing your face in the morning and night, moisturizing every day and using sunscreen, you can keep your skin glowing well after your summer getaway.

Use Emergency Skin-Care Methods

Sometimes, normal skincare practices aren’t enough to keep your skin looking nice. If you’re worried about tiring out your skin while out on your adventures, consider taking the time to implement some extreme self-care.

Okay, maybe “extreme” is a little much. But ask yourself: if you were going to really pamper your skin, what would you do? You could use a sheet mask you packed from home, steam in a sauna, get a facial or take a walk to a local farmers market and pick up ingredients for a DIY face mask.

In addition to normal healthy skin habits, a little pampering could give your skin the boost it needs to make it all the way home.


Your skin doesn’t have to suffer just because you’ve been traveling. With these steps—and maybe some of your own creation—you can help your skin keep glowing from the beginning of your trip to the end.

  1. Reply

    These tips will helpful for everyone because nobody wants to travel with dull and dry skin. I will keep these all tips in mind while traveling next time. Thanks a lot for sharing.

      • kacey
      • January 24, 2019

      I am glad you enjoyed this article, Lisa! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words!

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Welcome to The Drifter Collective - a lifestyle blog sharing my love for travel, style, wedding inspiration, homemaking and so much more! Some people call me a traveler, while others refer to me as 'the well cultured friend" who drifts into everything. Pun intended. :)

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