As ~*fabulous*~ traveling to cold places seem to be, the truth is we Pinays know that the change in weather can take a toll on our skin. Here, a quick guide on how to save yourself from every island girl's nightmare: dry, cracked, and dehydrated skin.
Double up your routine before and during the plane ride.
For your hair, use a leave-in conditioner to keep your locks hydrated and nourished even while you’re flying. Aside from your regular moisturizer, bring a sheet mask to deeply hydrate your skin, especially on long-haul flights. Don’t forget to bring travel-sized hand cream and lotion in your purse to soothe dry skin mid-flight.
Get your hydrating essentials ready.
Switch to thicker and more potent moisturizers for your skin. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E for maximum hydration. Apply this rule for all your skincare essentials: facial wash, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream, and serum.
Don’t forget about your makeup removers, too.
You want as much moisture into your skin as possible. Use a cleansing oil or a cream-based makeup remover to wash away gunk at the end of the day.
Cut down on shampooing.
You won’t be sweating as much as you do here in the Philippines, so you can get away with cutting down on hair washing abroad. If you feel like your hair is getting a little greasy, work in some dry shampoo—but loose powder works just as well—to refresh your roots.
Shower and then moisturize.
After stepping out of the shower, slather on your favorite body lotion. Mind your shower’s temperature—scalding hot water will give you dry skin.
Don’t forget about your hands, nails, and feet!
It would be so easy to overlook hand and nail care, especially if you don’t do it regularly when you’re at home. Apply rich hand cream and don’t forget to focus on your cuticles as well. Keep cracked heels at bay by slathering on petroleum jelly and wearing socks overnight.
And your lips, of course!
Keep those puckers hydrated with a nourishing lip balm, because dry and cracked lips are a bitch.
Don’t skip sunscreen.
Even if you’ll be playing in the snow with no sign of the sun, you will still need to protect yourself from sun damage. This is especially important if you’re going somewhere with a high altitude.
Hydrate from the inside.
No matter how cold it is, don’t forget to still chug down as much water as possible. Your thick lotions and creams will work, but only if you, too, do your part.
Pat face and body oil over your lotions for added hydration. The best thing about oils is they’re versatile, so use them on your hair, hands, and nails.
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