6 ways mothers should take care of their skin while travelling

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Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra, aesthetic physician, spoke to theIndusparent to explain the need for mothers to take care of their skin while travelling or vacationing

It is that time of the year, when our children are enjoying their school holidays and we as mothers, are planning and packing our bags to roll on to a memorable family trip.

But while such getaways are a much-needed dose of relaxation and stress release for our tired minds and bodies; in the hustle and rush of packing and enjoying, we often forget to make sure our skin’s needs are taken care of.

Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra, aesthetic physician, founder of SkinAlive Clinics, Delhi, spoke to theIndusparent to explain the need for taking care of our skin while travelling.

"We need to be mindful before we embark about the environmental conditions of our travel destination and how they can affect our skin. A sunny side vacation can leave the skin scorched, while a snow clad destination can sap away all moisture from the skin. Not to forget the infections our skin might catch on the go, in a train, in a flight or a bus," she says.

Dr Chhabra, lists ways in which Indian mothers can take care of their skin, especially while they are travelling.

#1 Don’t forget the basics 

Whether you are travelling or relaxing or leading your usual routine life, basics of skincare do not change. Dr Chhabra, says, "Your cleansing and moisturising routine needs to be followed zealously even as you travel. Often, when we are travelling and admiring new places and historic destinations, we tend to put these basics on the backburner. Sometimes, we are too tired to return to the hotel at night and still engage in the basic practices. Never do this, never sleep without removing your make-up."

When we travel, we are tired and exposed to a new environment. This can put stress on our skin. She suggests a few points you must keep in mind:

  • If you have to spend the day out in the open, you should be taking care of removing the layer of dust and pollution or even bacteria that settles on top of it
  • Carry your good trusted skin cleanser in your kit and do a quick clean up in the evening
  • Also carry your facewash and moisturiser in your bag all the time
  • Wash your face 2-3 times and follow it up with your moisturiser
  • Keep wet wipes handy if you cannot wash

#2 Sunglasses and sunscreen

Sun protection is another factor that remains constant wherever you go, whatever you do. Often during vacations, we tend to become more careless about the protection we need. This should be taken care of. Sun exposure is very harmful to the skin; it can cause tanning, hyper-pigmentation, sunburns and even cancer.

The skin around the eyes is the most sensitive and tends to burn quicker. Therefore, Dr Chhabra says, Indian mums should keep these two points in mind:

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses are a must, especially if you are vacationing on a sun abundant or sea side destination.
  • Give your skin a liberal application of sunscreen every 4 hours and keep your eyes under the protection of a UV safe pair of sunglass

#3 Hand hygiene

One of the most common ways our facial skin catches infection is when we touch it with infected hands and fingers. And when we are travelling, there is no control over what we touch, where we go. Our hands come in touch with a large number of objects – be it tables, chairs, handles, door knobs, public toilets. All these public places have been used by a large number of people. While we cannot avoid it, we can make sure that we follow good hand hygiene.

  • Carry an antibacterial soap and a hand sanitizer with you all the time
  • Wash your hands, whenever you get an opportunity; at other times use the sanitiser
  • Also avoid the habit of touching your face with your fingers

#4 Take care of skin hydration 

Often we tend to drink less water while travelling because we are skeptical of finding a place to relieve ourselves. Don’t let this bother you. Drink a lot of water on the go, this keeps the body as well as skin resilient and healthy. Drinking enough water will also help cleanse the body if you are drinking a lot of alcohol, or eating a lot of junk food.

#5 On the move

If you are on a long-distance flight or train, your skin may start feeling scaly and dry. For such situation, you may do the following:

  • Carry moisturising face wipes that can replenish the skin’s lost moisture
  • It also helps to carry skin calming applications like calamine lotion or aloe vera gel that will soothe your skin after a day of excesses.
  • Also carry a few oral supplements like multi-vitamins that you can pop on every day to help your skin be resilient enough to fight environmental and free radical damage.

#6 Book an appointment with a dermatologist

Before you embark on your journey, finalise an appointment with a dermatologist for the day after you return. "Your skin may need medical attention when you are back from a vacation. If there is a breakout, your doctor will examine the condition and prescribe oral or topical medication," says Dr Chhabra. She lists the following ways to deal with skin damage.

  • In case you have suffered sun damage such as excessive tanning or pigmentation, a session or two of laser rejuvenation, or microdermabrasion may help undo the damage.
  • In case your skin is excessively dry and dull, you may need a session of medi-facials, oxygen therapy or hydrating fillers like Juvederm Refine.

So if you are planning a vacation anytime soon, keep these pointers in mind. If, however, you still face issues with your skin, visit a dermatologist immediately and get the problem rectified.

(Image courtesy: Fiulabash)

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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