As summer approaches and plans for big trips are finalized, it’s hard to not count down to your vacation to faraway places, visiting loved ones, and activating your out-of-office message. But before you head out the door, don’t let your skincare routine go out the window.
Dr. Francesca Lewis of Delray Dermatology + Skin Care can empathize with how harsh travel can be on the skin—dry airplane cabins, disrupted sleeping schedules, and new climates.
“That might mean less humidity or more humidity, hot air, cold air,” Lewis said. “The altitude and the air pressure does a number on the skin.”
So how do you keep up your skin regimen while on the road and in the air? We talked with the doctor and got the scoop on the three things you can’t leave home without.
Because of the havoc that travel can do to your skin, Lewis recommends a light moisturizer—leave those heavy creams packed with perfumes at home, including retinol creams that might be a little too harsh for your skin during travel. Because of its curative properties, it can dry out the skin and make you more sun sensitive.
What does she recommend? CeraVe, a brand known for its lightness and is great for people with sensitive skin. Plus, it’s chock full of hyaluronic acid, which helps prevent skin dryness.
“It can basically create a plumping effect on the skin. It draws moisture and water into our skin cells,” Lewis said. “I rely on that, definitely when I travel.”
Another important item to pack is a good serum packed with vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid—all antioxidants that will protect your skin from damage and stress. Lewis created her own line of skincare products, Delray Skin, and one of her favorites is the aptly named Take Your Vitamins, which includes all three ingredients.
“They help block free radical damage to the skin cells, prevent potential [damage] and reverse skin damage,” she said. “For beach, definitely bring it.”
Plus, studies show that antioxidant serums help the effectiveness of sunscreens. Which brings us to our last item on the must-pack list.
As Floridians, this a give-in, but that doesn’t mean we’re the best at protecting our skin from the sun. No matter if you’re lounging on the beach with the family or walking through a new city, if you’re exposed to the sun, you need to wear sunscreen.
“Consumers uses half as much sunscreen as they should,” Lewis explained. “We should use a whole ounce of cream every time we apply, and reapply every two or three hours…You should go through [about a bottle] within two days of a beach vacation.”
Not only is the amount important, but so is the SPF. Lewis said no less than SPF 30, pay special attention to sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB rays, and those that contain zinc are preferred since it blocks the rays better. Her recommendation? Simple over-the-counter brands like Aveeno do the job perfectly.