Skin Care on a Vacation

They say “The Tans will fade but the memories will last forever!” Trust me, I completely echo this thought!! What if I can have the vacation fun under sun, on the beach, over the hills or in the deserts, without having to worry about the effects of it all on my skin. I mean, do we really need to get “tanned” to enjoy the vacation the most! I hope not! 😛

While on a vacation or at home, the daily skin care regime remains almost the same for me. I may not carry everything but I do carry my must-haves on all trips. (if need be, the boys – usually the older one – sacrifices his stuff and makes space for my kit in the luggage :)) Also, I am not a “high-on-brands” or “try-all-the-new-ones” kind of a person! Having a mom, who is till date against me getting even a facial done (imagine!), I still highly value the home-made face packs for skin and hair packs. So, sorry to disappoint you but you may not find first-hand review of all the “new” products from this or any follow-up articles that I may write. I have my personal favorites and at times (which are rare), I do try the new ones in the market, the review of which I would love to share with you 🙂

This write up today is completely dedicated to taking care of your skin while on a vacation. Before I dive into it, let me introduce one very important person in my life. My cool companion since my birth, the one I completely rely on – in happiness or otherwise, the one who is as travel crazy as I am – my dearest “elder” sister – Deepti (yeah, she is older than me and I do not like being asked who is the younger one! Huh! :P). I am so grateful to mom dad for making her study really hard, and making a doctor out of her, that too…A SKIN DOCTOR! All my skin and hair related queries are attended to, right at home!

Disclaimer: The below points have been dermatologically tested (read and approved) by the same Doctor Sister 😀

#1 – Keep your skin hydrated: Follow the Cleansing -> Toning -> Moisturizing regime. Keep re applying moisturizer, especially during flights. Invest in a good lip balm as well.

  • For normal skin: Cleanse twice daily, using a cleanser and use a light moisturizer.
  • For oily skin: Cleanse twice daily, using oil free cleanser, use a Toner and a water based, non-greasy Moisturizer
  • For dry skin: Use mild Cleansers, moisturizers but avoid Toners (esp. alcoholic toners)

#2 – Do not forget your Sunscreen! According to me, this is one ABSOLUTE ESSENTIAL (yep, in caps!) in your travel kit. So, please bear with me as I would like to get into the details of this one. 😛

Well, it doesn’t matter if you are going to a beach or a hill station or any city, you must always carry a good sunscreen with you. I look at three basic things while selecting mine, which are:

  • It should protect my skin against UVA and UVB rays
  • It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. [Here’s one interesting fact about SPF. SPF is an indicator of how long you can stay in sun without getting sunburn. For example, if you get a skin burn without any protection in 15 minutes, SPF 15 will allow your skin to stay in sun 15 times longer i.e. about 4hrs without burning.]
  • It should contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to physically block the sun’s rays.

Equally important as selecting a sunscreen, is the way to use it… Here is what I do: I apply sun screen 20 minutes before exposure to the sun. if I am under direct exposure (on the beach, sight-seeing, etc.), I repeat it every 2 to 3 hours otherwise I re-apply it after 4 to 5 hours.

Sunscreen with makeup on: You can re-apply sunscreen on top of makeup and then touch up the makeup (blush or lipstick), if needed

There are a variety of sunscreens in the markets to choose from, but if you need my personal recommendations, you can leave me a message below! 🙂

#3 – Go barefaced on travel days: I prefer no (or little) makeup on travel days. If I am going somewhere where I need to look a bit more dressed up on arrival, I carry a small bag with a cleanser, moisturizer, foundation, and lip color that you can apply in the airplane or airport bathroom. So, fake the airport look with glowing skin without any negative effects on your skin 😀

#4 – Carry good face wipes with you: Easy and quick way to clean your face.

#5 – Make up remover: Even if the little one took really longgg to sleep and you are damn tired, DO NOT sleep with the make-up on.

#6 – Under eye cream: Despite your best efforts, travelling does cut into your sleep time. So, carry a small tube of under eye cream to keep those dark circles at bay.

#7 – For oily skin: Carry blotting papers to keep your skin in control. Also, carry an anti-acne ointment if your skin is prone to acne.

#8 – Face mist: Spray a face mist and look fresh anytime!

#9 – Wash your face at regular intervals during the day: This will control the oil content and also get rid of the dust, pollution, etc. from your skin.

#10 – Keep your hands off your face: You are mostly outdoors on holidays and your skin gets exposed to all kinds of bacteria in the air. So, whenever we touch our faces, we end up transmitting the germs to germs onto the skin and eventually cause skin problems like: pimples. I’d say get rid of this habit altogether whether travelling or not!

#11 – Carry your own skin care products: I do not like experimenting with too many new skin care products and hence I prefer carrying my own products in cute miniature cosmetic travel bottles. (remember to name them!). I just replenish these, if and when required. Saves me a lot of effort and space on our trips.

#12 – Facial after a vacation: Yep, you read it right! I’d suggest you to go for a good facial, manicure and pedicure after the vacation to get rid of all the pollutants and damaging effects of the sun on your skin. Damage control, you see!

A quick recap:

Your travel kit must have:

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Moisturizer
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Lip balm
  6. Calamine Lotion
  7. Makeup remover
  8. Face mist
  9. Face wipes
  10. Blotting paper
  11. Under eye cream, acne ointment
  12. WATER You read it right! There is no substitute for water for healthy glowing skin. So, keep yourself hydrated while on vacation and even otherwise.


  • Vasudha | Oct 29,2017

    Awesome one. . Very useful reading ur description. Superb. Keepdyo rocking

    • Esha | Oct 30,2017

      Thank you so much Vasudha. Glad that you found it useful. ?

  • Krupa | Oct 30,2017

    This article is quite handy for travel freaks… Amazingly penned down with right amount of detailing… Looking forward to read more such articles.

    • Krupa | Oct 30,2017

      Which sunscreen u suggest for an oily screen?

      • momdadtravels | Oct 30,2017

        Hey Krupa,
        Oily skin needs a gel based sunscreen. Actually, the higher the SPF the thicker the sunscreen gets – which is a drawback for oily skin ! A medium level SPF (15-30) with gel as a base forms an ideal sunscreen.

        Twaksh Faceguard sunscreen – is a smooth formulation with matte finish and keeps skin fresh after application. Another few are Suncote gel , Suncros Aqua gel !

        If you like premium bands .. La Shield and La Roche Posay are amazing products. Hope this helps! ?

    • momdadtravels | Oct 30,2017

      Thanks a ton. ?

  • Pooja sonvane | Nov 15,2017

    Thanksss…..for that all

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