Holidays might be a relaxing time for your body and soul, but they’re very stressful for your skin. Whilst the rest of you is winding down, you need to work harder on skin hydration and rejuvenation to maintain a great base for your holiday glow. To help you plan ahead for beautiful skin, we’ve put together our top professional skin care tips for your holiday
Your skin is going to suffer as soon as you step onto the aeroplane, especially if it’s a long haul flight. In an aircraft, cabin humidity falls to around 20%, whereas we’re designed to thrive when the humidity is around 40-70%. The recirculated air will dry your skin, eyes, nose and throat by sucking out the moisture.
You can combat this in a number of ways, the most obvious is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water: around half a litre for every hour of the flight. You can get excellent moisturising creams such as Medik8 Hydr8 Night which will help you hydrate and revive your skin whilst you’re in the air. And use a facial mist spray from time to time to refresh your face and improve skin tone. For a more mature skin, we recommend the use of an anti-aging cream such as Skin to Love Anti-Ageing Day & Night Cream teamed with a light Hyaluronic Acid serum before your flight.
If you’re on a long flight during which you’ll sleep (or at least try to sleep), take off all your make up and cleanse your face thoroughly, then apply your moisturiser or anti-ageing treatments – in the same way you’d prepare for a night’s sleep at home.
Don’t forget your lips which will chap more quickly than usual. Frequently apply a lip balm to keep them moisturised – it’s best to use a richer one than you normally do in order to get more benefit.
The whole point of a holiday in the sun is to look better at the end than you did at the beginning! We all know the dangers of spending too much time in the sun without protection, both for health and anti-ageing reasons. But even with a lot of UV protection, the sun will still dry out your skin, so you must take good care of its rejuvenation after a day in the sun and the pool or the sea. A good aftercare Serum is Swisscode Stem Cell Recovering Complex which has anti-inflammatory, healing and replenishing properties; it also helps protect against UVA damage, perfect to pop under your SPF in the morning. Sensicure is a life saver for any sun burn, heat rash or insect bites. It can double up as a moisturiser whilst calming the skin.
It’s also vital to keep your skin clean. When you’re in a hot country, you’re going to be producing more sweat and oil – if you don’t remove them every night, you’ll be in danger of causing spots. By using skin care products like Skin to Love’s Moisturising Rich Cleanser and a Hyaluronic Acid serum (our patients love Teoxane RHA Serum), you’ll ensure your skin is nourished and your tan will last a little bit longer…. Might be best to take that last bit out and swap for ‘and healthy’.
The easiest way to frown in the sun? Check your work emails. So don’t do it – that way you’ll prevent wrinkles! The ‘always-on culture’ isn’t good for us, and thankfully big businesses are beginning to realise it’s not good for productivity either. A couple of years ago, car manufacturer Daimler set up a system whereby all the work emails employees receive when they’re on holiday will be automatically erased – which is definitely something to encourage the smile lines. If you’re looking for something to give you that little bit of lift apart from ignoring your emails, we would highly recommend muscle relaxing injections. These can soften the areas of your face where your muscles become tense from frowning (some people refer to these as ‘laughter lines’). Teamine Eye Complex is also a very useful skin cream which can fight those wrinkles and other signs of aging for the area around your eye.
Make sure you’re fully prepared for the summer. So why not pop into our St Albans clinic and we will advise you on the best skin care products for your skin and holiday.
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