Happy holiday skin: Sarah Chapman shares her tips

Tamsin Wressell talks to skincare expert Sarah Chapman about how to tackle travel-related skin troubles Monday, 29 February 2016

By Tamsin Wressell

Tamsin Wressell talks to skincare expert and sought-after facialist Sarah Chapman about how to tackle travel-related skin troubles

Head to the mountains for a ski break and you can end up with a dry complexion. Opt for a relaxing beach holiday and it can become patchy. Sometimes it seems you can't win when it comes to travelling and your skin.

Maintaining your skincare routine, with a few extra treatments or products added in, can save your skin from looking tired, dehydrated or neglected. Follow Sarah's tips to keep a balanced complexion during and after your travels.

For the flight

When flying, the most important thing to defend against is dehydration and airborne bacteria. The dry recycled air in planes is full of germs, which combined with dehydration, can lead to breakouts by the end of your journey.

Use a serum containing hyaluronic acid, like Sarah Chapman Skinesis Intense Hydrating Booster, which locks in moisture and neutralises airborne bacteria with its bioecolia compound. Another travel staple is Chanel Sublimage La Crème Ultimate Skin Revitalisation Texture Supreme, an intensely nourishing cream for dry skin.

For jetlag

Long-haul flights can be very drying and stressful for skin. To keep yours looking healthy and to maintain a rosy-looking glow post-flight, try a facial massage to boost oxygen to the cells, encourage lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and bring vitality to a dull complexion.

For sun-exposed skin

Maintaining your skincare routine during a beach holiday is extremely important as a daily build up of sun cream, for example, can mean clogged pores and uneven skin tone. Deeply cleanse your skin morning and evening to ensure brightness and help prevent pores clogging.

You should wear an SPF every day. A daily SPF UVA and UVB protection is the most important anti-ageing weapon you can have. Sun damage and dehydration are the most common skin concerns that I see in treatments, which can result in pigmentation and dry, tight, inflamed and sensitive skin. I recommend SPF 30 at a minimum, such as Sarah Chapman Skin Insurance SPF 30, which should be frequently re-applied. But if you're spending a lot of time in intense heat outdoors, take it up to SPF 50 — I recommend Heliocare Advanced Cream SPF 50.

If you have sunburn, try ultra-hydrating serums, creams and masks that contain hyaluronic acid and rose water to soothe and plump the skin.

For post-sun-exposed skin

If your sunny glow starts to fade revealing patchy uneven skin tone, focus on exfoliating and removing all the dehydrated dead tanned cells. Daily resurfacing with Sarah Chapman Liquid Facial Resurfacer works well to gradually lift off this ageing summer skin.

Another excellent product for dull, lifeless skin is Environ Vitamin C Boost, a clarifying cream that helps to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and sun damaged skin.

For ski holiday skin

If you're enjoying a holiday on the ski slopes, your skin may be exposed to cold, sun and wind, which will cause dryness and sensitivity. Make sure you have a good barrier cream to prevent chapped, rosy cheeks. Look for moisturisers that contain shea butter, such as my Skinesis Dynamic Defence SPF 15 — it's great for lipid protection and sealing in moisture. Hydrating products that contain high levels of hyaluronic acid are a great investment for an instant skin quench for dry, red and inflamed skin.

Plus, increase your daily intake of omega supplements, such as Lamberts Flaxseed supplements. This will increase your skin's hydration levels, helping it to function more efficiently, while restoring its barrier function for a more protected skin.

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