Before you embark on your journey through the desert, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got all the necessary products that will help keep your skin looking fresh and give it a healthy glow. Take a look at our guide for prepping your skin before going on a desert trip.
Exfoliate your skin
Exfoliation is key to healthy-looking skin, and since our pores get clogged pretty easily, we need to make sure that we remove dead skin cells on a regular basis. During exfoliation, a dry-skin barrier is removed and the skin is able to absorb all the nutrients from the moisturizing products more effectively. What’s more, exfoliation stimulates the production of collagen, which is an essential component for healthy, young-looking skin. However, you need to be careful when choosing the method for exfoliating if you’ve got sensitive skin. Whether you choose manual of chemical exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells, your skin will thank you for it!
Make sure your skin is hydrated
Hydration is an essential component of every skincare routine, regardless of the climate. Now, when it comes to deserts, there is very little moisture in the air, which means your skin is more likely to dry out and become dehydrated. Now, before you go shopping for new skincare products, you need to know the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Dry skin requires oils, while dehydrated skin lacks water. To replenish the skin cells’ water content, it would be best to look for a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid which fights dehydration as well as niacinamide which restores the skin and maintains its healthy look. To help lock in the hydration, you will also need to apply a moisturizer. Which leads us to our next tip…
Invest in a good moisturizer
As previously mentioned, dry skin requires a different approach than dehydrated skin, and in order to get a good moisturizer, you’ll need to know which ingredients to look for. The moisturizer you get will largely depend on your skin type. Since the main purpose of a moisturizer is to seal the moisture into the skin, you should look for products with ingredients such as mineral oil, lanolin, and petrolatum. Products that contain glycerin as one of their active ingredients are less likely to cause an allergic reaction, and they’re also effective in attracting the water into the outer skin layer. If you happen to have dry skin, look for moisturizers with alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs, while a light, oil-free moisturizer is the best bet for a skin that is oily.
Get sunscreen with high SPF
When you travel constantly, it reflects on your complexion, so you need to make sure to adopt a different routine to accommodate for a change in climates. Traveling to a place with dry, desert climate means you need to step up your sunscreen game and look for products with broad-spectrum defense from the harsh sun. It’s best to stick with sunscreen that provides protection against UVA and UVB rays, so look for products with an SPF of 30 or higher. If you happen to have sensitive skin, look for a sunscreen with high levels of zinc oxide. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t spend time out in the sun during peak hours and that should you wear sunglasses, a hat, and some lightweight clothing to cover up your skin. And don’t forget to re-apply the sunscreen from time to time to ensure proper solar defense.
Wear light makeup
When it comes to your makeup, you will need to look for something that will withstand the heat of the desert and ensure your makeup stays in place all day long. First, you should start by hydrating your skin and applying the moisturizer and your sunscreen. Then, use a primer to prep your face and then apply a light foundation. It’s best to go with a tinted moisturizer that is waterproof to make sure your makeup doesn’t smear, and the same goes for your mascara and eyeliner. Melt-proof your makeup even further by getting a concealer and a powder blush that can withstand heat, sweat, and water. Complete the look with multitasking stick you can use on your lips, cheeks, and lids, and voila – you’ve got yourself a fail-safe makeup look that will look fresh and pretty no matter how high the temperatures get.
Combating dryness and harsh sun rays that dominate desert climate is easy when you’ve got an effective skincare routine and an array of products that keep your skin hydrated, fresh, and energized. Follow the tips above to maintain a glowing complexion and ensure your skin is well-protected so you can enjoy your desert trip to the fullest.