Road-Tested Tips For Self-Care On The Go
As enriching and wonderful as travel can be for the soul and spirit, it can also take quite a toll on your mind and body. Between recycled airplane air, tons of eating out and a constant line-up of activities, it can be hard to keep in good mental and physical shape while on the go. The countless blog posts online extolling the travel tips of one influencer or another are a testament to this fact and proof of just how hungry we all are for advice on how to master the elusive “art of travel”.
Below, we do our best to cut through all the noise with our list of tried and tested tips for staying glowing and energized while on the road.
THE BEAUTY BASICS
Let’s start with the basics. Hygiene and self-care is important. While you don’t need (and probably don’t have the time and luggage space for) a complicated beauty routine with multiple serums, exfoliators and the like while traveling, a few essential steps should still be taken to keep your skin clean and clear.
Wash your face. This is especially important after a flight or a long day of city hopping. All of the pollution in the air, be it from the airplane or exhaust from city streets, builds up on your skin. We know it can be a hassle when you’re exhausted from a long day, but take a minute or two before bed to wash your face, you’ll be happy you did later. We recommend: the classic and effective Bioderma Micellar Water in travel size.
Bring a good moisturizer and use it. This is probably the most important beauty product while traveling. Look for a formula that isn’t too complicated as your skin will already be dealing with new environments and the aforementioned airplane air and you want to avoid clogging and breakouts (so no anti-aging ingredients, etc). Use it on the airplane, while out and about, before going to bed at night – whenever you feel dry or flaky really. We recommend: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream in travel size.
Facial mist. Sounds like a luxury, but it’s worth the packing room — because a good facial mist can do wonders. Pull it out when your when you’re hot and sweaty, want to refresh yourself on the plane (mind your neighbors!), or just want a quick moment for yourself, spraying a facial mist, which often contains nourishing and moisturizing ingredients, can re-hydrate and provide a boost of aromatherapy on the go. We recommend: Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist in travel size.
Let’s not forget sunscreen. Even if you aren’t headed to the beach, sunscreen is vital for keeping your skin protected. Avoid the burns and reap the long-term benefits by applying before you head out in the morning and keeping some on hand all day for re-application. We recommend: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence for its light and non-greasy formula.
Indulge a little with a sheet mask. Last but not least, we recommend packing a sheet mask or two for those days when you really need something a little extra. They are slim, light and easy to pack, so there’s no reason not to indulge. If you’re not shy, you can even do as many celebrities and influencers do, and put one on before take-off. Your call. We recommend: BioRepublic Green Tea Detox Mask and the TonyMoly Aloe Sheet Mask.
While working out on your getaway is probably the last thing on your agenda, a little effort can make a big difference in preventing the typical stiff legs or fatigue that come with walking all over the place and adjusting to a new time schedule.
Seek out a class. Local yoga, Pilates, or spinning studios (whatever’s your thing, really) in whichever city you’re in and try to carve out some time at least one or two days of your stay for some movement. We recommend using the MINDBODY app to find local fitness classes in many cities around the world.
Push yourself. If that’s not feasible, a quick 10 minute YouTube video in the hotel room never hurt anyone -- a 20-minute splash in the pool works, too. It can be hard to find the motivation, but especially when you’re on the road for a while or looking to reinforce your good habits from home, even just a bit of stretching and exercise goes along way for your physical well-being.
Put down your phone and pick up a book. Social media is a wonderful and fun way to share our travels with the world, but it can also be a time suck and waste of our precious mental resources when on the road.
Disconnect. When we’re on our phones busy comparing our getaways to others or checking to see how many people liked our last photo, we are missing the moment - and place - we’re in. While it can be hard to unplug, try bringing one or two physical books or an e-reader with you to the pool, beach or local cafe, and forget your phone exists for an hour or two. You can always post that perfect travel shot later.
Treat yourself. If not now, when? Getaways are the perfect time to finally try out that spa treatment you’ve been reading about or the local massage technique that you can’t get back home. So, don’t hesitate — take an afternoon and get a pedicure, book that hammam appointment, schedule that facial, splurge on that surf lesson or simply unwind in your hotel bath -- the sights can wait for an hour or two.
Embrace your new routine. The greatest joys of travel lie in experiencing new things and meeting new people along the way. Don't feel like you need to stick to your routines at home, but also don't totally toss them aside. While taking care of yourself is important, as they say, take everything in moderation.
Sometimes going out for an all-night extravaganza with new friends or staying up until sunrise with some (read: lots of) wine and rich conversation is just what you need to restore your mind and take it to new places. So let loose and open yourself up to what’s around you – but you didn’t need us to tell you that did you?