We can all relate when we hear words like “jet lag” and typically it conjures up memories of sleepiness, sleeplessness, dragging through work days and worst of all, skin problems having to do with changes in environment, altitude and weather.
Trying to maintain a fresh look and healthy skin can be difficult when you’re traveling often and frankly, even when you’re at home busy with work and life. I think it’s important to take extra measures for self-care and pampering, especially when it comes to your skincare routine.
So if you’re tired of staring at a dull complexion and you feel exhausted from life, here are several tips for improving your skin and taking those steps to making yourself feel better not only short-term but also for the future.
*This post is sponsored by Lavelier. All opinions expressed are my own*
Treat yourself to a spa day or head to a hammam
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a day at the spa. Though the entire day is indulgent and focused purely on YOU (and you may find it hard to tear yourself away from your work), this is one tip you’ll want to make time for.
If you want a unique spa day, look for a hammam with a spa experience. Hammams are found across the world and have slowly begun to make appearances in the USA. As a note, you may have to strip down for at least part of the time so just something to be aware of. This is a level of pampering that you’ll quickly become addicted to and you won’t want to leave as you’ll discover the experience is drawn out (around 30 minutes in each phase of the hammam) for maximum relaxation.
Pamper your skin with a luxury skincare line like Lavelier
Luxury skincare lines are not just for moms and grandmas. They’re for everyone. And Lavelier has done an amazing job formulating different lines for every skin type. Currently they offer 6 collections to choose from, each targeting a different problem area and containing varying ingredients with strong anti-aging and hydration properties.
Coralline – This collection consists of collagen boosting and firming products including a collagen boosting mask, firming serum, firming neck cream and eye contour.
Coral Luminous – These products serve as defense against the sun while repairing skin. They include a 14 luminous sheet masques, day cream with SPF and a repair cream.
Hydrotherm – All about hydration, this set includes a lightweight completion creme with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate, an intense heat-activated masque and a sauna serum.
Marine – The most cost effective of the bunch, this beautiful age-defying collection features a bio-syringe serum, mousse cleanser, eye firming concentrate and serum an intensive facial peel and a deep moisturizer.
Mineral Allure – This luxurious set includes a micro lift masque, moisturizing cream, gold serum and purifying pre-masque for those special occasions where you want to treat yourself to the finest skincare.
Seagrass – Targeting aging skin, the Seagrass collection includes a serum, cream and masque for a complete regimen.
Depending on the collection you choose, your products may not be for everyday use but rather weekly so check your labels before use. I have the Coralline collection and love everything from the smooth texture of the creams to the ease of application to the gorgeous packaging. Make sure you read through each collection and choose one that best fits your skin type.
Start off the day with a smoothie bowl
Smoothie bowls are one of my favorite ways to increase my fruit intake. It’s amazing how much healthier you’ll feel when you start the day with a healthy bowl of fruit and healthy toppings (coconut, chia seeds, nuts) or even a protein-packed shake. While it’s easiest to pop into your local health shop for a bowl, don’t be afraid to make your own. They’re much easier to make than you might imagine and only take a few minutes.
You’ve heard it repeated over and over again and that’s because it’s one of the most important things you can do for your body: drink water often. Sometimes it’s easier said than done especially if you’re traveling. It’s hard to remember to carry a water bottle and sometimes totally impractical.
But staying hydrated makes all the difference; dehydration has been known to cause a myriad of skin problems as well as tiredness, headaches and joint pain so if you’re trying to get rid of that exhausted feeling, make sure you’re drinking enough water.
I own this water bottle and love it. It’s stainless steel so it keeps your water cool in the sun and the 40 oz is perfect for making sure you get enough of your daily intake.
Try a Gua Sha facial massage
Gua Sha is traditionally a form of Chinese medicine where skin tissue is scraped for medicinal purposes. However, more recently, Gua Sha has become a part of some skincare regimens and is touted as a great way to improve texture, lift and circulation in the face.
The length of time to complete a facial varies but averages around 20-30 minutes. Though you can schedule to have one done at a professional clinic, there are many online tutorials that tell you exactly what to do so you can achieve the same results at home. One of my favorite Gua Sha instructor videos is here.
Increase your juice intake
And I don’t mean the sugary kind. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to eat enough veggies and fruits especially if you’re constantly traveling. One of the easiest ways to up your intake of greens and colorful produce is to juice. You can either purchase a machine for use at home (highly recommend this one if you’re looking for a long-term solution) or find your favorite brand at a local grocery store. Lucky for us, there are plenty of juicing companies that have made it to mainstream shops so they’re pretty easy to find.
And there’s my 6 tips for maintaining healthy skin while at home! While you may not see drastic results immediately, over time I think you’ll find that your skin is looking healthier and more supple if you combine both internal and external care.