Thursday, June 12, 2008

Have Skin Treatments As Part of Your Travel Pouch

Have Skin Treatments as part of your Travel PouchRecommendations from Kaya Skin Clinic to have a great holiday season

As we get set to take off for the summer holidays, a lot of preparation is needed which includes pampering our skin. As any allergy or sores on our face can just ruin a well-planned holiday and also spoil it for the others too. It's been known that if you develop a skin problem then the travel plan should be post-poned. As a rash will most likely get worse in a long journey and its best to travel after the sore has healed.

Kaya Skin Clinic, the leading international chain of skincare clinics recommends ways to avoid developing skin issues during the holiday season. Dr. Bell Eapen, Dermatologist, Kaya Skin Clinic, said, "The key to a successful holiday is the 3 P's: preparation, planning and prevention. This also applies to your skin's requirements. As we are all aware that when we are traveling, our skin will be exposed to nature's elements like heat, sun, salt water and humidity. All these factors definitely will affect our skin and hair. Just carrying few essentials will do the trick and provide a natural effective way to keep your skin protected and clean during the holiday season."

Sun Protection

The best is to avoid the sun is not to step out from 10 am to 4 pm but we all know that is impossible when we are globe-trotting. The solution is always to layer oneself with a good sunscreen and select a sun block which has ingredients that act as antioxidants. These will help in renewing the skin and prevent cell damage.

Moisturizing Face Mist

When traveling in a compressed environment like an aircraft, the air is very dry similar to the summer air. Under both conditions, we suffer from dehydration. The answer is to hydrate our skin with a face mist. A mist should be alcohol free as this dries the skin further. An ideal face mist is one that contains floral waters, vegetable glycerin, and pure essential oils. This is must-have in anyone's bag as it will keep the skin refreshed, smooth and keep the excessive oil formation at bay.

A Cleaning Mantra

Exposure to pollution can create a coating of grime and grease on the surface of the skin. The best way to prevent any kind of breakouts, blocked pores and the formation of blackheads is to follow a daily cleansing regime The first step involves a cleanser: For most skin types, a non-foaming light lotion-based cleanser is the ideal choice. A foam-based cleanser has chemical agents which dry the skin. For an oily-based skin, a light gel-based cleanser is suitable. The toner is the second step following cleansing: The toner fights the effect of dust on our skin and helps to restore balance, control oil formation and keep the pores free from excess dirt and bacteria.

Daily Skin Moisturizing

Another way to re-hydrate the skin is to moisturize at least twice a day. A light, non-greasy moisturizer will help keep the skin nourished. Lotions that contain natural oils such as sweet almond, apricot kernel and jojoba moisturize the skin without clogging pores. One should keep away from those that are too weighty and have ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colours and fragrances. They can irritate the skin and block the pores, especially when used in warmer conditions.

Dr. Eapen, recommends, "That if we follow three easy steps as part of our daily skin regime i.e. use good cleanser, moisturize, and apply sunscreen. This will definitely help achieve a healthy skin and keep dark spots & pigmentation at bay."

Home Spa-Treatments

When we travel, we do not have the time to visit our favorite spa or facial clinic. We can follow simple home-grown remedies for a quick facial scrub or mask.

Here are some examples:

The tropical fruit the 'Pineapple': It can be by all skin types (normal-oily), an excellent skin cleanser and exfoliant. Another fruit is Papaya: Again for all skin types. This fruit gentlely removes all impurities and dead skin cells. This works beautifully on a skin that is exposed to chlorinated water after swimming. Coconut Milk: We all heard of the all-round qualities of the coconut and not surprising than to hear that it can also be used as skin cleanser to nourish the skin and as a conditioner for dry hair. The last but not the least, what if we get sun burnt, a nightmare we are all familiar with and the natures answer to us is the Aloe Vera Plant. When applied, it acts as soother and also great for cuts, burns and insect bites.

Traveling and Exhaustion

Traveling has its thrills but also comes with tiredness. To alleviate our weariness, we must not leave our homes without carrying pure therapeutic essential oils such as tea tree, lavender and peppermint. The tea tree oils are considered to remedial quality for mosquito bites, pimples, rashes and athlete's foot. Lavender oil helps us to relax, is soothing and heals all sorts of cuts and burns. At times with traveling comes, fatigue, nausea and jet lag. All this can be sorted by applying peppermint oil.

Eye Pillows

One of the most important accessories in ones travel bag is an eye pillow. Tired eyes and headaches can be avoided if we use an eye pillow that contains herbs and pure essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile. It soothes and rejuvenates those tired eyes and is the epitome of pampering.

We hope these suggestions will help you plan your holiday better and convince you to fill your beauty travel kit with these very important essentials that best suits your individual needs and skin type.

Holidays are well-earned, so let's not ruin it by not taking care of our skins and developing rashes that becomes an anguish

In-short, a Holiday Sore can be become a Holiday Woe. 2008 Al Bawaba (

Originally published by By Al-Bawaba Reporters.

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