From a complicated skincare regime to a simple one!
I am Maggie Barbato, the coach over at Wanderboss, here to offer up some skincare hacks for digital nomads and travellers.
As a former cosmetic dermatology nurse, who traded her high maintenance lifestyle for a jet-set life, I can tell you I have learned a thing or two about mastering a skincare routine while travelling on-the-go. When I first came to Australia, I was so high maintenance that I bubble wrapped endless amounts of serums, lotions and potions just to maintain my daily skincare routine. I’m pretty sure half of my suitcase was filled with skincare. While having a collection of skincare is fun and luxurious, it’s not practical for an international jet-setter lifestyle. My first year of international living was a rough one of trial and error. I learned the importance of streamlining and letting go of certain skincare products in my once-complicated skincare regime.
Through the good, the bad, and the ugly of skincare experimenting, I was able to create an essential formula so that digital nomads can maintain healthy glowing skin no matter where they are in the world. I value active ingredients, and only dedicate my time and money to products that truly work. This saves essential packing space, as well as simplifies your routine, while saving you money and giving you radiant skin results.
Below I have listed the essentials to put your best face forward, wherever you are on the globe.
First things first… A non-foamy cleanser
Never underestimate the power of a good cleanser. If you don’t believe me, try this cleansing experiment for a week and watch how your skin glows: purchase a creamy or oil-based cleanser and several flannels (aka “washcloths”). Wash your face every morning and night with your cleanser and flannel, and notice how much more vibrant your skin looks. This will help to remove any pollution, sweat and grime acquired throughout your day.
Pro Tip - The flannel step is a must, and will provide much better results than if you were to just wash with your hands.
Apply a facial Oil and moisturiser after the non-foamy cleanser
Depending on your climate, apply a facial oil or moisturiser after you cleanse. Facial oils can be used for all different skin types… that’s right, even the acne pore. There are specific facial oils catered to specific skin types. Do your research, and find the facial oil to suit your skin. All it takes is a drop or two, lightly patting it into your skin post cleanse. Your skin will thank you for it. If you are in a very dry climate, apply your favourite moisturiser after your facial oil application. A moisturiser can also be used in place of a facial oil, if you find this works best for you. Moisturisers with hyaluronic acid and lactic acid tend to be the most complimentary.
Pro Tip - Have a carry-on facial oil or moisturiser for flights. Apply your oil/moisturiser every 2 hours while on the flight to prevent your skin from drying out, and therefore preventing travel-induced acne breakouts.
Nothing beats an old-fashioned face mask…
Once or twice a week, do a mask. This takes no more than 15 minutes, and helps remove any dead skin cells that might be dulling your glow or potentially clogging your pores. This step is not as crucial for men, as they naturally exfoliate dead skin cells every time they shave their face.
Pro Tip - If you feel like your complexion is looking “meh”, multi-task by slapping on a mask on while you sit on your laptop.
Vitamin C powder and sunscreen concoction to protect you from the sun...
Vitamin C powder is the most stable form of vitamin C. This powder can be mixed with your moisturiser or sunscreen to further protect you from the sun and reduce any hyper-pigmentation you have acquired from your outdoor travels.
Pro Tip - Mix a sprinkle of vitamin C powder in with your moisturizer (prior to sunscreen application) for added sun protection. Make sure to purchase powdered vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) for topical use. Oral forms are too strong and will deeply irritate the skin.
Must wear during your next trip Down Under: zinc oxide sunscreen
Sun exposure while travelling can sabotage good looks. Trust me, it will ravage even the most gorgeous of complexions. If travelling in the northern hemisphere, Elta MD is a phenomenal brand that will give you the protection you need. If in Australia (where the ozone layer is thinner), a stronger zinc oxide with a tint (to avoid looking like Casper) or a sheer physical sunscreen is ideal. Australia’s SPF guidelines are much stronger than any other country in the world, so this means a sunscreen from another country will not translate well “protection wise” in the land of Down Under. Upon arrival in Australia, purchase sunscreen and use it daily. This step will save your image in the long run.
Pro Tip - Reapply sunscreen every 2-4 hours while exploring and sightseeing.
That’s right, in addition to giving you a flatter stomach, improved immunity, and better digestion, taking probiotics boosts your complexion! Studies show probiotics aid in sun protection too, a must for any traveler. For a good probiotic, look for brands like Lactobacillus acidophilus or Bifidobacterium lactis with a strength of 20-40 billion live probiotic bacteria per serving. Better quality probiotics must be refrigerated, so keep this in mind.
Drinking clean water is basic beauty 101 for travellers. Yes, drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages is fun, but opt for water 99% of the time. Being on-the-go and dealing with climate changes can be taxing on the body. Support your body’s (and skin’s) ability to bounce back by keeping it well hydrated.
For the acne prone or skin that is showing signs of ageing, this is a complete game-changer. There are many forms of retinols/retinoids, some which can be bought over the counter, while stronger formulations require a prescription. This can only be applied at night, as retinol breaks down in the sun. Sunscreen applied in the morning is a must, as you will be more photo sensitive with retinol use (not intended for pregnant women, or those trying to conceive).
Great (and cheap) alternative to Botox
Slap on a piece of medical tape (not paper tape) in between your brows while you work on your laptop or before you go to bed at night. This will help train your muscles not to tense regularly (which is the same concept behind Botox). When used daily for a few weeks, you can then back down to every few days, and then eventually as needed. This is a Hollywood trick that actresses use to train their muscles. This gives them the ability to maintain smooth foreheads, without having to use Botox, which would limit their muscle movements while on screen.
Need help with skincare product selection?
I can curate a Wanderboss skincare package designed specifically for you, and have it ready and waiting upon your arrival. Put your best face forward as you embark on your new journey by giving your skin the support that it needs. Email Wanderboss at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.