LOVE YOUR SKIN
Here’s how to get and keep that healthy glow—
whether you’re at home or away.
BY BETH HOWARD
If you want to love the skin you’re in, you have to take care of it. That requires a multipronged approach: eating and sleeping well, protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, and nurturing this sensitive organ system with
skin-friendly foods and cosmetics.
Skin care can be put to the test when you travel. For one thing,
the dry air on airplanes can make your skin parched and flaky.
So keeping your skin well hydrated is particularly important.
“Moisturizing is the cornerstone of any good skin care regimen,” says Crystal Agi, MD, chief resident in dermatology at
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “Products containing
ceramides tend to do a better job in general.” Apply moisturizers immediately after a shower or bath to provide a better
barrier for your skin.
It’s tricky to know what skin-care products to pack if you
are traveling to a different climate. “What works for you at
home may not work as well in a different place,” says Agi. She
suggests packing according to the climate and season of your
destination—a heavier moisturizer for colder, drier climes and
a higher SPF (sun protection factor) if the sunlight will be more
intense, for instance. To travel light, look for products that do
double duty, such as a cleanser with an exfoliant.
Getting enough sleep when you are on the road can be a
challenge, especially if you’re changing time zones and suffering the effects of jet lag. “But sleep is essential to prevent dark
circles and puffiness under the eyes,” says Debra Jaliman, MD,
a New York City dermatologist and author of Skin Rules
(St. Martin’s Press).
Pack a satin pillowcase to prevent sleep lines. And if you’re
prone to foot rashes, such as foot fungus and eczema, stow
a pair of flip-flops for the shower or spa, recommends Rebecca
Baxt, MD, a dermatologist in Paramus, New Jersey.