All of us love travelling because it takes us out of our comfort zones, giving us the chance to expand our knowledge while having fun, relaxing, and making amazing memories.
Travelling is so much fun, but sometimes, when on the road, taking care of ourselves and staying on track when it comes to our beauty routine is quite difficult. Hopping on and off planes or trains, jet lags, changing hotel rooms, and eating quick meals don’t only harm our health and looks, but make us skip some of the beauty steps we usually follow. Also, long-term travelling makes it impossible to carry all our self-care kits with us.
Being on the road might make it difficult to eat healthy foods, or to have all the needed hours of sleep. Also, when you are in a new place, you want to try all the street food, and visit as much as possible. Tiredness and unhealthy eating can harm your body and skin. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t indulge the local delicacies and enjoy a few parties. But moderation is mandatory.
And so is hydration. The pressure in the aircraft reduces humidity levels, so drinking water while flying is extremely important. Also, carrying a bottle of water during your city exploration or hikes is always necessary. And if you add detoxifying herbal teas to your hydration routine, your body and skin will be very thankful.
Besides lots of liquids, your skin needs a moisturiser, and I am not talking only about your face. A great choice is using high quality, chemical-free face creams. And if you don’t want to invest too much, olive or coconut oil will work perfectly for your body.
Also, while you’re pampering yourself, don’t forget about the skin inside your nose. This might seem weird, but that area is very sensitive, and it can rapidly become dry and irritated. I use a lubricating nasal spray, made with few, natural ingredients.
Sunscreen is a must, no matter where you go. This is one of the most important skin care tips, even for those who are planning a winter escape. Yes, snow reflects sunlight, and it can really harm your skin.
Instead of taking any risks, I always apply sunscreen in the morning, before I leave my accommodation. And if I plan to spend the whole day outside, I take it with me and reapply some throughout the day. I do that even when I am relaxing on sunny beach, and I advise everyone to do the same. It’s way better to be safe than sorry!
Us girls always want to feel pretty and sometimes make-up helps us. But, unfortunately, make-up also grabs onto dirt and environmental toxins, causing a breakdown of the collagen in our skin. So, though a bit of lipstick never hurt anyone, the best thing to do when travelling, and especially when flying, is to embrace your natural beauty and stay make-up free.
Now, if you plan to go to a party in that awesome city you’ revisiting, you can cheat a bit on the make-up-free days. Otherwise, ladies, just be yourselves and forget all about the parts you consider “flaws”. For the world, those might be your best traits.
Those were the steps you need to follow if you want to keep yourself healthy and beautiful while travelling. But what if you are planning to have a walking holiday? Would you be able to pay so much attention to your beauty routine? Fortunately, the answer is yes, though it might not be so easy.
Last year I had a memorable adventure while walking El Camino de Santiago, the famous pilgrimage that leads to the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela. It was my first long hike, and I was afraid of what so many days on the road could do to my skin. But, I made it through all the 30 days of walking, without too much harm.
Well, I did all the things above: I used sunscreen every single day, I always had a bottle of water and made sure I never forgot to drink throughout the day, I carried travel-sized face and body cream (there are plenty of stores on the way), and I slept a lot. Of course, that wasn’t too hard considering I walked 30 kilometres daily, and I was exhausted at the end of every day. Also, I indulged all the local foods I desired, avoiding highly processed ones.
Rebecca is a freelance translator passionate about her work, and grateful for the travels it has taken her on. She has recently started writing about some of her experiences at RoughDraft.