Dr. Musheera Ali is a Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatologist at the Royale Hayat Hospital. She is a member of the European Society for Cosmetic & Aesthetic Dermatology. Dr. Musheera is experienced in diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent conditions related to skin, hair, and nails. Her research work has been published and presented in various international dermatology journals and conferences. Dr. Musheera specializes in cosmetic dermatology as well which includes, procedures such as Botox and fillers, PRP, mesotherapy, skin boosters, lasers, chemical peels, HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound), RF(radiofrequency), and Microneedling. As summer is already here and everyone is preparing for their holidays, we decided to seek her expert advice with our queries regarding travel and summer skincare.

Does traveling adversely affect the skin? Vacation season is almost here and everyone is busy making their travel plans, many people tend to forget their skincare in the midst of all the excitement. Change in the environment and exposure to different kinds of weather conditions, and furthermore the oxidative stress of travel can create havoc on your skin. It is difficult to keep up with your normal skincare routine while traveling, and you will need to make adjustments to your skincare routine based on your itinerary. You have to follow a travel skincare regimen to keep your skin hydrated, healthy, and protected, in other words, to keep your skin vacation-ready.

What are the skin essentials to pack for a trip? Travel sized versions of your skin care products will particularly benefit you on the plane. Consider the weather at your destination while choosing your products. Thermal spring water based mist or spray comes in very handy while traveling. Spritz your face with one of these from time to time during your trip. Carry makeup removing pads or towelettes if you don’t have time to go through your normal makeup cleansing routine. If you have acne-prone skin, don’t forget to carry your benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid-based spot treatment cream. Whatever the weather condition at your travel destination don’t forget your sunscreen!

How do you prepare your skin for a long-haul flight? Follow a pre-flight and in-flight skincare routine. Low humidity and cabin pressure while on an airplane can leave your skin dry and irritated. It’s important to keep your skin well moisturized prior to and during the flight. Cleanse with a gentle non-foaming cleanser and apply a hyaluronic acid-based serum or cream. In addition to your moisturizer, your lip balm (with SPF) will be handy to prevent chapping of lips. Use sunscreen as UV rays are more intense at high altitudes. Temporarily take a break from products that will further dry and irritate your skin like peeling creams and retinol-based products. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.

What if I’m planning a beach vacation? If you are planning a beach holiday or are vacationing in a hot and humid place take steps to protect your skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. This can be achieved by using a water-resistant broad-spectrum sunscreen. Wear clothing made of lightweight breathable fabrics. Use sunglasses with adequate coverage. Some medications and treatments make you more sensitive to sun exposure, so make sure you discuss with your dermatologist what you can and cannot use while traveling to a hot destination

Any skincare tips prior to or during swimming? Before you take a dip in the pool or go swimming in the beach use a barrier cream and, after you come out, take a shower right away to wash off irritants like chlorine and other contaminants that may hamper the skin. After a shower immediately moisturize your skin to restore the hydration.

To learn more about how to get your skin ready for the upcoming holidays and look amazing in those vacation photos, contact your dermatologist today!