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Your wellness routine doesn’t have to go out the window when you travel. I love getting out of my element, exploring somewhere new, and immersing myself into a different culture while feeling my best. My ‘wellness on the go’ comes from three things: the essentials I bring in my purse, the snacks I prepare, and finding ways to connect with the community in the cities I visit.
Here are a few ways to set yourself (and your wellness) up for success–wherever you’re going!
- Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer: I use this ALL the time. Its made with organic alcohol, glycerin, and organic lavender oil, plus it’s also a non-toxic option for hand sanitizer and works as a deodorant if needed.
- Tea Bags: These are a must for travel. I always bring an organic ginger tea for digestion support.
- Reusable Water Bottles: Important to have on the road! Most airports have water refill stations, too.
- Essential Oils: There are so many great options, but the two that are the most supportive are peppermint and lavender. I use peppermint topically for stomach support and headaches, and lavender as a sleep aid or for any anxiety.
- Travel-size Rose Water: I think we are all familiar with how travel and flying can dry out our skin, I love traveling with a little rose water for a refresher.
- Wander Wet Bags: Since I like to travel as minimal as possible, I typically use a Wander Wet Bag for all my organization. It’s eco-friendly, plus the inner lining is waterproof, so I can just throw my bathing suit in there without worrying about any mildew!
As a part of my carry on, I make sure to reserve space for a snack bag–I use stasher bags to keep everything organized. Simple snacks are a great way to stay nourished, while still having healthy options to grab and enjoy. If you're on a road trip, there are more options you can pack in a cooler, but if you’re catching a flight, here are a few options to consider:
- Date Balls: These are high in protein and easy to travel with, which makes them a great snack to have on the go.
- Dried Fruit: Not only are they easy to pack (in a reusable bag), you can take them for a plane snack or a quick snack for your whole trip.
- Apples and/or bananas and almond butter packets
- Raw carrots and hummus
- Reusable utensils
Once I get to my destination, there are some things I like to incorporate in my routine to learn about the community and feel my best after eating good food and trying new things!
I’ve found the best way to see a new city or place is to go to a local coffee shop and a workout class. My favorite workouts are yoga and Pilates, so I use the MINDBODY app to find a local class to take, and it’s always a good way to meet new people. Post-workout, you can also relax with a massage or acupuncture. I check the MINDBODY app to see what options are around me!
Food is a huge part of travel and provides so much insight into the culture. A must is finding a local farmers market or health food store. It’s so helpful to stock up on some fruits and snacks to have at your flat. I always get lemons for warm lemon water in the mornings. There are huge benefits to digestion, and I find it helpful when eating foods out of my normal routine.
Want to travel well? Wherever you may wander this summer, don't forget to explore new places to workout, or work on your wellness, with the MINDBODY app!
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.