Dry skin. Breakouts. Redness. Inflammation. These skin issues are very common for both travelers and fitness aficionados.
Whether it’s from the sweaty workouts or the dehydration from an airplane, our skin can take a hit from many elements. The key to keeping your skin clear and healthy, no matter where you go, is to keep a consistent routine. This can be especially challenging when you’re on the road or in a different climate/time zone.
The best way to maintain your routine is to plan ahead. Similar to how some people sleep in their workout clothes the night before an early morning workout.
While everyone’s skin is different, I can confidently say that I’ve noticed a difference in mine using the following tips, products, and supplements listed in the guide below.
Healthy, Clear Skin Guide
● Prepare. Invest in portable, travel bottles to carry all of your skin products and supplements. I like having one set exclusively for my gym bag so I always have what I need, without weighing me down. I also have a “travel box” at home with extra travel-sized bottles for pouring last minute products into TSA friendly containers.
● Keep your phone away from your face. Did you know your cell phone is dirtier than a toilet seat? Try to use headphones whenever you are talking on the phone to avoid placing your germ infested phone on your face. Also, most gyms have disinfecting wipes so make it part of your post-workout routine to wipe off your phone just as you would your equipment. When traveling, I always carry disinfecting wipes for my airplane seat so buy a bigger back to wipe down your phone too. This habit does double duty by keeping bacteria from clogging your pores and protecting you from viral infections.
● Get Your Beauty Sleep. If I don’t get enough sleep, you can instantly see it on my face so I prioritize it very highly. Do whatever you can to get proper rest while traveling – take melatonin, meditate, bring eye masks and earplugs. Also, invest in silk pillowcases and buy an extra set to travel with! Silk doesn’t pick up as much pore-clogging bacteria as cotton does. Plus, for any side sleepers out there – silk reduces the appearance of sleep wrinkles.
● Hydrate. I know I mention this all the time, all over my site, but it’s repeated for a reason. Water keeps your skin hydrated, flushes out toxins from your body, and prevents it from becoming dry and flakey. Take at least two reusable bottles with you to the airport to fill up after passing through security. It’s cheaper than a fancy moisturizer…
The Products and Supplements I Swear By:
Speaking of moisturizers, if you are curious about what face products and supplements I incorporate into my personal routine, I’m sharing them below! As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases and using my special links is an easy way to support the site and keep it running! Everything listed is under Amazon Prime and carefully vetted before recommending them. I would never recommend a product or supplement unless I personally use them and have experienced an improvement in my skin.
I have really sensitive skin and have struggled with perioral dermatitis (a skin condition where you get random rashes around your mouth). The face wash does a great job of cleansing my face without any of the harsh irritants that cause redness or irritation. Plus, the hyaluronic moisturizer is calming, hydrating, and light – essential for traveling. Both products are 100% vegan and rich in antioxidants and vitamins that keep the skin healthy and supple. The set I’ve linked to above is perfect for your carry-on but also a great gym bag staple. Pro tip: buy the larger version of the cleanser with the pump for home use and to fill up your travel-sized cleanser bottle! You save money over buying the small bottle again and again.
This hydrating mist can be used throughout the day to reduce the look of fine lines associated with dryness. It’s formulated with antioxidants that visibly improve firmness and skin texture, fights damaging free radicals, and intensely hydrates dehydrated skin.I carry this bottle around with me everywhere. Whether I need to freshen up after a flight, gym workout, or mid-day pick me up, this facial mist soothes my skin and instantly perks me up without any strong fragrance.
After trying countless sunscreens, I’ve finally found a zinc oxide based sunscreen void of the hormone-disrupting chemicals present in most sunscreens that doesn’t create that white cast most zinc oxide sunscreens do. With antioxidant-rich oils and plant extracts, this sunscreen is perfect for daily UV protection. Especially important to wear while flying because the high altitude means you’re closer to the sun and airplanes don’t provide adequate protection!
● Evening primrose oil – Before I started taking this, I had random red patches around my nose and mouth, known as perioral dermatitis. I switched to natural shampoos, tried changing my diet, but nothing worked. After a couple weeks taking EPO, the redness was completely gone and I recommend this supplement to everyone.
● Probiotics – Healthy gut, healthy skin. It’s hard to come across natural probiotics when traveling, so I supplement with probiotics to not only benefit my digestion, but also my skin.
● Omega 3 with vitamin D – Unless you’re living in the tropics and eating wild caught salmon every week, most of us are deficient in these vital nutrients that research has shown helps reduce inflammation. I’ve noticed how omega-3 fish oil supplements help keep my skin supple and smooth, so I take these religiously.
● Collagen Powder – This stuff does it all. Collagen not only strengthens your skin, hair, and nails, but it is also beneficial for your joints, bones, and digestive health. I add a scoop of this collagen powder to my protein smoothies and also bake with it to add some extra protein to goodies.
My philosophy with diet is to eat according to the nutrients you need. I’ve listed some of my personal favorite foods, but there’s plenty of different sources depending on your preference.
Healthy fats – avocados, avocado/olive oil, olives, and unsalted nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts are a few of my favorite)
Vitamin A – this antioxidant also known as retinol promotes healthy skin cell turnover. Good sources include leafy greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and broccoli
Green tea – rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, green tea is a great anti-inflammatory for skin. Extra tip: you can refrigerate the brewed green tea bags after using them and put them under your eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles.
Healthy protein – pasture-raised, organic eggs, chicken, grass-finished beef, wild salmon, and pumpkin seeds; the amino acids found in protein-rich foods are the building blocks of collagen production.
It’s so easy to neglect a healthy diet and routine while in transit, but if the reward of clear skin keeps you on track, that’s reason enough to follow this regimen!
What keeps your skin hydrated and healthy? I always love learning what works best for others!