Backpacking trips can be so much fun, just ask any serious backpacker and chances are you’ll be told some of the most thrilling and interesting stories that exist. At the same time, those backpacking trips are often made to seem more glamorous than they are, which is why many people (mostly women) opt for them without considering some important aspects of personal care, such as skincare and haircare. Keeping your skin healthy and clear can be a bit of a challenge when everything you have is literally placed on your back. But, with some careful planning and compromising, it’s possible to have glowy skin, even if you’re not staying at a five-star hotel:
1. First, determine your skincare routine
In order to be able to have a pleasant trip with all your skincare products in your bag, first, you need to determine the essential parts of your skincare routine. Some prefer only a cleanser and a moisturizer, while others swear by the Korean 10-step routine. There is no right or wrong way to approach this since you’re the one who knows best your skin needs.
Knowing your skincare routine can transform the way you pack and buy for the products necessary for your backpacking trip. Additionally, if you use products that cannot be found abroad, it’s important to bring enough so you won’t have to look for worthy replacements.
2. Pack travel-sized bottles
Carrying a backpack with all your clothes, shoes and documents can be exhausting at times, so it’s best to bring travel-sized bottles of your favorite products. If your brand of choice doesn’t offer travel-sized packaging, you can always opt for small and reusable bottles and boxes that will save you a lot of space in your backpack. If you’re traveling for a long time, then it’s best to opt for a brand that is available pretty much everywhere, so you won’t have issues buying them once they run out. In case you have specific products that could only be found in your home country, then you should definitely buy an extra tube or a bottle, so you’ll have enough during the duration of the trip.
3. Don’t forget to moisturize
Traveling long distances and being on a plane can make your skin quite dry, so it’s important to find products that will provide your skin with enough moisture and hydration, especially during the long flights and spending time in a dry climate. If you’re not someone who likes to bring multiple skincare products, opting for a hydrating serum for all skin types can be greatly beneficial to your skin. Serums made from hyaluronic acid are always a great choice since they’re suitable for various skin types and conditions, just make sure they’re made of quality ingredients that will nourish your skin and make it look plump and healthy.
4. Drink enough water and stay away from junk food
Nutrition can make all the difference when it comes to skin appearance, and just because you’re away from home, it doesn’t mean you should abandon all the rules regarding your diet and liquid consumption. Sure, treating yourself for some McDonalds while waiting for your flight is fine, but make sure to make your diet diverse, so your skin will be able to get all the nutrients and vitamins through the food you’re eating. Also, drinking enough water can make your skin look much clearer, so don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle, so you’ll always be able to sip some water.
5. Remove all the makeup before going to bed
Removing makeup is the first step towards clear and flawless skin, so being on a trip isn’t an excuse to go to bed without washing your face first. If you don’t like to bring micellar water and cosmetic cotton pads, you can always opt for makeup remover wipes, and if you’re eco-conscious, then getting reusable wipes or pads will be the right thing for you. Some accommodation places offer laundry machines so you’ll be able to wash your cotton pads and use them time and time again.
Keeping your skin smooth and healthy while on a long backpacking trip might be a bit tricky, but knowing your skin type and having staple products in your routine can greatly help you get organized when it comes to buying and packing all the necessary cleansers, toners, serums, and lotions. Finally, eating a well-balanced diet and drinking enough water and herbal tea will make your skin flawless and fresh wherever you are.