Travelling for the summer?! I love to travel and see other parts of this country as well as the world (I just went to Perugia for Umbria jazz!) and summer is often a nice time to travel because it’s typically not the rainy season (or the snowy season) in most places so you can better see the sights and not have to pack so much for weather. How does travelling affect your skin care? What are the essentials to bring?

Skin Care Essentials

Like I told the guys a few weeks ago, you can keep it simple: cleanser & sun protection. I know that some of us have a whole host of products that we use at home, but our suitcase just can’t hold all that, and we just do not want to bring another suit case (which will cost you at the airport, and may not fit into the car at all…). If you are really low on space, a cleanser & sunscreen are sufficient. Personally, I travel with a cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer & a sunscreen (and a Clairsonic Mia to make sure my face still gets clean).  If you have a medication for your skin (for eczema, acne, rosacea, etc), then bring that too, of course, because you don’t want to have a set-back or a flare-up. If you want to bring your anti-aging regimen, power to you, but unless you are travelling for a long time you should not have a huge set-back in results from not using the product for a week or so.

Traveling by plane

As you likely know, the air on a plane is much drier than regular air, so I recommend having at least a hand lotion to moisturize your hands after using the lavatory. If you’re travelling internationally, I might also recommend a face and body lotion. On overnight flights, it is nice to give your face a nice rinse (even without a cleanser) just to kind of clean & refresh, but without a face lotion skin starts to feel super dry & tight in record time. If you are prone to dry skin or eczema, a body lotion may be a good idea. Grab a trial/travel size before you fly, so that it will be under 3oz (and therefore allowed in your carry-on).

Skin care by Destination

You know where you are going; you have done your research. You hopefully know what to expect and what other precautions may be necessary or recommended. If you are going to Machu Picchu, remember your bug spray because the no-see-ums type bugs will get you (I can testify to that). Mountain climbing? Look for specialized sunscreens for the higher altitude (which also means higher UV radiation levels). 

For more information on destination-specific health recommendations, visit the Center for Disease Control travel website: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/  

Bed bugs

You have probably heard a lot about bed bugs over the past few months because there has been a lot of media coverage. These are tiny bugs that feed on human blood, typically during the night. Bed bug bites look like welts, often in a zigzag pattern. They may or may not itch, and even when they do, they may not start to itch for a few days or even 2 weeks! To prevent getting bitten, it is recommended that you check your hotel room or cruise cabin for bedbugs first thing.  This video by the AAD shows you how to check for these insects:

For more information on bedbugs, please visit the AAD website:http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a---d/bedbugs

BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 

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