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How does travelling affect my skin?

Travelling and holidays can be an exciting adventure, taking us to new places, immersing us in different cultures, and giving us valuable memories with those we love.

However, amidst the excitement, it's essential not to overlook the impact that travel can have on our skin. Various factors can influence the health and appearance of our skin while we're travelling, even while we feel that we are ‘escaping’ everyday life and relaxing.

How can travel affect the skin?
Climate and environmental factors

One of the significant influences on our skin during travel is the change in climate and environmental conditions. Whether you're travelling to a tropical paradise, a bustling city, or a mountainous region, your skin will have to adapt to new elements. Humidity levels, temperature variations, and air pollution can all impact the skin's natural balance.

Altered skincare routine

When we travel, our skincare routine may be disrupted due to various reasons, such as limited luggage space, different water quality, or a lack of time during a busy schedule. These changes can affect the skin's balance and make it more prone to issues. A lack of proper cleansing, inadequate hydration and limited sun protection can all influence skin health during your travels.

Stress and sleep deprivation

Travelling, especially long-haul flights or adjusting to different time zones, can disrupt our sleep patterns and increase stress levels. Lack of quality sleep and heightened stress can impact our overall wellbeing and, therefore, take a toll on our skin. Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone known to increase inflammation in the body. This can exacerbate skin conditions like acne and eczema, making them more prone to flare-ups during travel.

A change in diet

When we travel, trying the local cuisines and indulging a little is all part of the experience, of course. However, if we make drastic changes to our food intake and nutrition while we are on holiday, this may cause breakouts if we over-indulge too much on foods we’d normally avoid, such as heavy or sugary foods.

How can I maintain healthy and glowing skin during my trip?

While travel can pose challenges for your skin, if you make a promise to yourself to remain accountable, a few measures can help you maintain a healthy complexion throughout your trip, and leave you feeling confident and glowing inside and out.

Adapt your skincare routine

SkinDose recommends using Environ products that are rich in vitamin A and antioxidants that moisturise and normalise your skin. Contact us at to find out which options best suit your needs.

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from within. This should be the norm everyday, but especially when travelling in warmer climates compared to what you’re used to.

Limit sugar and processed foods

While it’s great to enjoy the foods on offer when travelling, it’s important to be aware of your consumption and have a balance of fresh fruit and vegetables while limiting your intake of heavy and sugary foods.

Sun protection

Cover up and wear protective clothing. Environ’s RAD SPF15 contains essential antioxidants as well as sun absorbers and reflectors. These combine to protect against the sun’s damaging rays. To find out more, read SkinDose’s blog about skin protection in the sun.

Cleanse properly

Even when tired or short on time, prioritise thorough cleansing of your skin throughout your trip.

Get sufficient sleep

Prioritise quality sleep to allow your skin to rejuvenate and repair itself. Practice good sleep hygiene, such as maintaining a regular sleep schedule and creating a relaxing bedtime routine.

Manage stress

Incorporate stress management techniques into your travel routine, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in activities that bring you joy. This will help minimise stress-related skin issues.

How can SkinDose help you?

Contact us at or request an appointment to begin your skincare journey with us. We are experts in advising our clients on their skin concerns and needs, including guiding you through a skincare routine while you are travelling.


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