So you have travelled to an amazing new location far away from home and are ready to explore its wonders, but you are still worried about keeping your skin fresh and healthy during this period. Since you are away from the comfort of your home, you’ll be lacking in full body care accessories that you would otherwise have at your disposal. But there is really no need for you to fret, as there are various natural ways that you can take care of your skin during your trip. Here are some of them.
Cleanse and refresh your face
Your facial skin needs to be rid of dirt, dust, pollution and oil. By cleansing your skin, you are allowing your pores to breathe. A good choice for a natural cleanser is raw milk. Use a cotton pad to equally spread it across your facial skin.
Another thing that you can do, if you don’t have the time to wash your face during your busy day, is to refresh your skin with astringent in order for your skin not to look dull or tired. An alternative to applying astringent such as witch hazel or rose water with a cotton pad, is to mix six parts of water with one part of alcohol and just a few drops of essential oils into a spritzer that you can use to spray it gently on your face.
Eat tomatoes and carrots
Tomatoes and carrots contain beta-carotene, which is digested by your body and converted into vitamin A (retinol). Retinol stimulates the growth of your skin cells and forms collagen, which is a structural protein in your skin that is vital for its elasticity. Beta-carotene also blocks antioxidants, which makes it great food against aging.
Antioxidants are the way our body defends from free radicals, the molecules that are highly-reactive and can lead to early aging of the skin and various diseases. While they are created as a by-product of when our body normally uses oxygen, they can also be an effect of pollution and overexposure to sun’s rays.
Drop your smoking habits
It has been proven that smokers are more prone to having wrinkles and lines than people who don’t smoke. The reason behind is the fact that carbon monoxide that the cigarettes contain cuts off peripheral circulation, that is, the small capillaries that nourish the skin. Smoking also disrupts the body’s absorption of vitamin C, which is essential factor in growing new collagen.
Do some exercise
Exercise is very helpful to the skin regeneration process because it pushes the blood flow and nutrients to the surface of your skin. With the blood being pumped throughout the body, live skin cells that are lying underneath are pushed upwards. This helps create a younger and fresher appearance of your skin.
Apply aloe vera
According to plastic surgeons Sydney, applying aloe vera to your skin has essential healing capabilities. It contains more than 200 components that help out your skin to heal. The great thing about aloe vera is that it has no known side-effects and can be applied both on top of your skin and internally. Applying aloe vera to active injuries can ease the inflammation and lessen the pain. Next to that, it’s an amazing oil-free moisturizer.
Drink a lot of water
With constant perspiration that we are often unaware of, our body loses the water that is essential for our organs to work at their best. This is why an adult person should drink at least two litres of water daily. When you become dehydrated, your body takes the available water to essential organs such as the liver and the heart, pushing your skin’s needs to the background. By improving on how water you drink enables your skin to get enough of it in order to properly form skin cells.
Stay out of the sun
While a good looking tan is what a lot of people are looking for, what it actually indicates is that your skin is somewhat damaged. In order to protect itself from ultraviolet light, your body produces melanin (skin pigmentation). By exposing your body to the sun too much, the structure of collagen in your skin is broken down. This speeds up the formation of wrinkles and aging.
Eat hazelnuts and brazilnuts
What is good about nuts is that they contain a high amount of fatty acids, and when your body digests them, they support the vital fatty acids that your skin already naturally contains. Fatty acids promote the replenishment of collagen, make your skin firm, and are a natural skin moisturizer. They are also great protection against inflammation processes, so that your skin stays smooth and without pimples.
Apply olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil has strong antioxidants in it, which help protect your skin from polluting substances. It is also has a great use against the oxidising effects the sun has on the skin. Skin cells die under the process of oxidation, and therefore the skin looks thinner and the process of aging is sped up. Applying olive oil to the skin that was overexposed to the sun helps protect it from damage.
So there is really no reason for you to worry about your skin during your trip, as long as you implement these tips into your routine. This way, your skin will stay fresh and healthy while you are free to enjoy the pleasantries of travelling to a new and exciting location. Remember to eat well, exercise, and get some good sleep.
About the Author: Ian Pearson is an IT Consultant at Media Gurus of New South Wales, Australia. Aside from his primary area of interest and expertise in business consulting, Ian is a passionate sports fan, nature and photography enthusiast, and is always trying to keep up to date with tech innovations and development.