Depending on how long you are going to be traveling, it’s important that you pack the correct kit that meets the needs that come from your destination. It’s not the same if you are going to ski in the mountains, than if you are going to be swimming in the ocean and laying under the sun for a week. Keeping in mind that Summer 2017 is starting, we’ll focus on the products and tips you should consider taking with you to have a healthy vacation.
1. Protect your hair from sun damage
The sun, it’s not the only factor to take into consideration when you are on a summer holiday. If you go to the beach, if you swim regularly in a pool, your hair will know and tell. If you take long warm walks that get your head sweaty and your hair messy, there’s repercussions too. Some of the consequences of too much sun exposure could be weak, dry and brittle hair and it can also make your hair more susceptible to split ends. If you are a regular user of bleaching or coloring treatments, you are even more vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun.
So, what can you do?
- In the first place, you can go simple and try to protect your hair as much as possible from the sun's ultra-violet A and B (UVA and UVB) rays by covering your head with a hat or a scarf. You can also avoid the worst times of the sun, from 10am to 3pm. Another solution is to wash it less often that you would do normally.
- It's very common that when you feel like you are having a horrible hair day you tie it up with a bun or a braid, but it's actually much better for your hair health to keep a loose hairstyle that allows it to breath. It might not look good at first, but you'll be happy with the results.
- As for products, it's important to look for the right one for your type of hair. It won't be the same for curly or straight, dark or light hair. Products that are usually very helpful with hair damage could be the ones containing coconut oil or aloe vera. Another option is avocado oil. The more organic the product, the better the result. Sometimes we don't realize the amount of chemicals our hair products have in them, which in the long run, make our hair even weaker.
2. Skin - Prevent any issues getting in the way of your holiday
Depending on how fragile your skin is, it’s important that you take with you appropriate treatments. A very common problem during summer is acne, and not exclusively for teenagers. The mixture of sweat, bacteria and oils can clog your pores and that could result in an acne breakout.
To prevent this, you can:
- Clean your face regularly with cold water and with a towel or cloth when you are sweating.
- Make sure the products you use for your face, from sunscreen to moisturize, are oil-free.
- If you are prone to acne breakouts and you have a treatment that works for your skin, make sure to bring it in your kit.
Another common issue is dry skin. This can happen because of sun exposure, the pool and air conditioning.
Ways to fight dryness:
- Avoid products labeled “antibacterial” or “deodorant,” like soaps and body washes, because they can dry your skin.
- Take moisturizer with you for the body, skin and hands, don't forget your feet! It might make your luggage a bit heavier, but it will also make your life easier.
3. Sunscreen: your summer love
It’s pointless to continue arguing about the importance of sunscreen. Basically, sun damage is accumulative. If you wear sunscreen you are saving yourself possible complications later on in your life. And it’s not an issue of how dark is your is. Even if you were blessed with a chocolate tone, you must wear sunscreen! Sunscreen doesn’t mean that you are not going to get a tan. You will, just not a burning red blush!
Keep in mind a few things: - Choose a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. The 30 blocks out about 97 percent of UV rays, while SPF 50, blocks out 98 percent of UV rays. Any less than 30 is like not even wearing sunscreen. - Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Be safe and cream yourself up!
4. Please don't bite me, Mr. Mosquito!
A big downside of summer is that many places get full of this annoying bug that bites and sucks your blood, resulting in itchy spots. Some people can even get allergic reactions that could really ruin a holiday.
- Mosquito repellent is a must in your kit and there are other methods to consider like natural repellents. But to be safe, a good tip is to go to a local pharmacy and ask for the product that works where you are, they will surely recommend you the best.
- If you read this too late and you are already a victim of mosquitos, you can treat the bites washing them with soap and warm water. If the bites hurt or itch too much, you can use pain relievers, antihistamines, or topical anti-itch medications. Just make an effort not to scratch!
- If you are going for a hiking adventure in a region with mosquitos, it could be useful to wear long sleeves and pants to repel the insects.
- Before traveling, make sure you have the vaccinations you need according to the destination.
5. A hairless holiday comes with a price
If you go for more than two weeks, your hair removal techniques might come as an issue. It’s not the same case if you are going to the beach for a short period of time and go to your usual waxing salon a few days before your departure, than if you plan to backpack for a few months. Of course, you have the option to let it go! But if you are the kind of woman who needs to be without hair except on your head at all times, there are some strategies to consider depending on your holiday:
- Shaving, even though it's not very good for the skin, is a quick solution you can apply wherever you go. Make sure to put on some moisturizer after shaving so the skin doesn't get dry.
- Permanent waxing is a life changing decision that could set you free from the dilemma once and for all.
- You can look for a waxing salon wherever you go, but keep in mind that they are usually expensive, especially bikini waxing. And if you are in a country that speaks a language you don't know, it could be quite an experience.
- If you have the privacy and comfort of a private accommodation with a kitchen or at least a microwave, you can take the matter into your own hands and learn to DIY. Waxing products are much cheaper at the supermarket.
6. Eating healthy doesn't mean dieting
If wish to stay healthy and in shape while traveling, but still you don’t want to miss out on trying the local cuisine of your destination, there’s some eating rules you can apply to make it possible.
- For example, a good trick is to respect the number of meals you eat a day, try not to skip one because you'll get too hungry a few hours later and there's the risk of rushing to eat whatever is at hand.
- Another way of staying healthy is eating a lot of fruits and vegetables to fill your stomach and your body with nutrients and vitamins. Besides, during summer the seasonal fruits and vegetables could be the best you try.
- Another tip is to avoid sugar, especially in drinks like juices or smoothies that you can ask to be sugar free. Remember that a glass of wine is healthier than a bottle of beer and you are good to go!
7. Hydration: the key to a perfect and healthy summer
This point comes last on the list, but it’s super important for you inside and out. Water is relevant for many points of this guide, for example:
- A big solution for your skin is a good moisturizer, but for all your body, you have to drink water every day, especially if you are doing a lot of walking and physical activity under the warm sun during your holiday.
- To keep a healthy diet, drinking water is a must. Try to have a small bottle for every meal, even if you want to drink something else too, and always carry a bottle with you if you are going for a long walk or a hike.
- Try to prevent thirst. You can monitor your fluid loss by checking the color of your urine. It should be pale yellow and not dark yellow, too smelly or cloudy. If you see something is off, you'll know you need more water.
Take what you need and leave worries at home
If you prepare your summer kit correctly and follow these healthy tips, you’ll have a wonderful holiday to remember. It’s always good to let yourself go a little while you are on vacation, but also best to prevent too much sorrow. If you are lucky you won’t find any problems on your way, but if you are careful, you are even less likely to have to deal with these issues at some point or another. Have a wonderful summer!
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