I bet you can all agree with me that Kenyan weather can significantly change the state of your skin. This is especially true when you move to a part of the country with different elements from what is your norm. For example, if you hail from cool places such as Limuru and Dundori, and you head out to a hot and sunny location like Kisumu, you will definitely suffer sunburn. Other common skin complications when travelling includes heat rash, cold burns, and excessive dryness, to name a few. Taking care of your skin when travelling is just as important as the adventure itself. Here, are six easy skincare tips for the female traveller.
1. Know thy Destination
You cannot know how to care appropriately for your skin if you do not know what to expect. It would help if you always did your research pre-travel. Know what kind of climate your new destination holds. That way, you will know what to carry and leave. For example, if you are travelling to a hot and dry region like Turkana, you will know to bring adequate moisturising tools. If the opposite is correct and you are going to a cold area, then having insulation against the cold will keep your skin warm and supple.
2. Sun-proof Yourself
Vitamin D is a vital nutrient that we freely get from the sun. You can always bask in its glory for a few moments every morning before going on with your day. However, you have to remember that sun rays also carry some harmful ultraviolet compounds that may harm your skin and even cause skin cancer. That is why you should never embark on a trip without sunscreen. Sunscreen forms a protective barrier between your skin and the harmful rays allowing you to sit directly under the sun worry-free.
3. Sun Hats are more than Fashion Statements
I always admire Instagram photos of female travellers on the beach with enormous woven sun hats and sunglasses. It took me long to realise that these were more than just trends for the interweb. Having a big hat in hot and humid spaces is actually a smart move for the female traveller. The hat forms a shade for your face against direct sunlight. The generated shade also soothes and regulates the temperature on your face preventing possible heat rash breakouts.
4. Follow up the Make up
Talking about skincare tips never quite feels complete without mentioning makeup. No one said we should not look great when travelling! Do not shy away from your makeup kit even when on the road. However, you also require extra caution on handling said makeup so as not to ruin your skin. For starters, if you usually spend most days inside an air-conditioned room, you should probably not apply as much makeup when out in the sun.
Makeup creates layers over your skin pores, which might block air circulation if used in excess. When you are out in the sun, you need to sweat. If you block the pores with makeup, then you might suffer mild hyperthermia. Besides, always make sure to wash off the makeup after each day before going to sleep. Sleeping with makeup on can also prevent proper skin functioning.
5. Carry Insect Repellent
The common thing about Kenyan destinations is the guarantee of bug presence. All corners of Kenya have either mosquitoes, ants, or other local species. You should always carry a can or tube of insect repellent with you. You might wonder how an insect repellent fits in with the rest of the skincare tips for the female traveller. The answer is simple. Bugs attack with stings and bites. These bites then manifest in the form of scars, rashes, or bumps you do not want on your skin. To avoid this unpleasant state, you should carry insect repellent with you.
6. Hydrate and Eat Right
Lastly, and perhaps, the greatest of the skincare tips is to watch what you consume. No, this is not another sermon on diets and food restrictions. This is a reminder that your skin is usually a reflection of what is going on in your insides. What you ingest dramatically affects the state of your interiors. It would be best if you were careful about what you eat and drink. Plain water is one of the surest ways of keeping healthy skin and body in general.
Drinking at least two litres a day helps your body actively flush out toxins, which usually manifest in the form of acne and pimple breakouts. Eating a balanced diet with a majority portion of fresh fruits and vegetables also supplies your system with necessary nutrients that help with skin health. So, even if you are on the road looking for a new adventure and break from routine, make sure you keep an eye on what you eat for the best outcome.
It makes no sense to have an incredible weekend vacation, only to come back home to fight with damaged skin. These skin care tips will help you enjoy your travels while keeping your skin in good health.