· By Scarlett Poppies

Sunkissed Skin and Sea Breeze Hair: Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Beauty Hacks

The summer sun invites us to embrace the outdoors, embark on exotic adventures, and revel in the warmth of sun-kissed days. However, this season's beauty also presents unique challenges, from the harsh effects of UV rays to the toll that travel can take on your skin and hair, especially in the winters. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore beauty tips to help you maintain radiant skin and luscious locks throughout your summer and winter tropical escape travels. From prepping your skin and health before departure to in-flight precautions and post-travel care, let's ensure you return home with the same freshness and glow you set out with.

Prepping Your Canvas: Skincare Before Departure

Hydration is Key

Before I even step foot on the plane, I start by hydrating my skin from within. The summer heat, coupled with the dehydrating effects of air travel, has left my skin parched in the past. I increase my water intake in the days leading up to my trip to ensure my skin is well-hydrated. I also consider adding more hydrating foods to my diet, such as water-rich fruits and vegetables.

Exfoliate for a Fresh Start

Prepare your skin by exfoliating to remove dead skin cells and promote a smoother complexion. I use a gentle exfoliator suited to my skin type to avoid irritation. This step helps my skin absorb moisturizers and serums, setting the stage for a radiant glow. Remember to also take care of your feet and give them a pedicure to make you feel comfortable stepping into open shoes and sandals.

Sunscreen as Your Shield

Never underestimate the power of sunscreen. Whether you're basking on the beach or strolling through a city, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is non-negotiable. I prefer to opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply every two hours, especially if I am swimming or sweating.

Boost Your Antioxidants

I give my skin an extra boost by incorporating antioxidants into my skincare routine. Vitamin C serums or antioxidant-rich moisturizers help combat free radicals, which can be particularly prevalent in the summer due to increased sun exposure. This extra layer of defense promotes a youthful, glowing complexion.

In-Flight Precautions: Nurturing Your Skin at 30,000 Feet

Stay Hydrated Inside and Out

Airplane cabins are notorious for their dry air, which can leave your skin feeling tight and dehydrated. I combat this by drinking plenty of water throughout the flight. Additionally, consider using a hydrating facial mist to refresh your skin and spritzing periodically helps fight the drying effects of recycled air.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

In-flight skincare is all about moisture retention. Apply a rich, hydrating moisturizer to create a protective barrier on your skin. Don't forget about your hands, which can also suffer from dehydration. A nourishing hand cream keeps my skin soft and supple and is the best to be tucked into my purse for any emergency situations, in a worst-case scenario I also use it for my face. Elizabeth Arden’s iconic Eight Hour Cream and products are always useful and come in small miniature travel packs too.

Eye Masks for Freshness

I combat tired eyes and reduce puffiness by using hydrating eye masks during the flight. Whether you choose gel patches or cream-based masks, this extra step provides a refreshing boost and helps you arrive at your destination looking revitalized. A cryo therapy face mask a la DIY is also really practical to reduce puffiness, but keep in mind it requires that you have access to a freezer at your final destination.

Minimize Makeup

Consider going makeup-free during the flight to let your skin breathe. If you prefer a bit of coverage, opt for a lightweight tinted moisturizer. Keeping my makeup minimal reduces the risk of clogged pores and allows my skin to absorb the benefits of my in-flight skincare routine more effectively.

Beauty sleep on the go

Sleeping is key for a fresh and healthy look. Carry a padded silk eye mask and headset to cut off light and noise and try to schedule when to sleep according to the time zone you travel from and to. I also always carry a pashmina shawl and cashmere socks to make sure I stay warm and make myself as comfortable as possible, especially when doing red-eye flights.

Destination Beauty: Healthy Skin and Hair on Your Travels

Adapt Your Skincare to the Climate

Different destinations come with varying climates, and your skincare routine should adapt accordingly. In humid tropical climates, lightweight, non-comedogenic products are your best friends, while drier climates may require richer moisturizers. Adjusting my routines has ensured that my skin receives the care it needs based on the environment. Sunscreen protection lotions must be applied before you step into your bikini and go out in the sun. It is important to cover all areas with sunscreen lotion, including areas hidden under your bikini. A fabric rarely provides more protection than SPF10. Look for waterproof sunscreen lotions and reapply after every swim and dip in the water.

Protect Your Hair from the Elements

Just as your skin needs protection, your hair is susceptible to the elements. Sun, saltwater, and chlorine can take a toll on your locks. Before heading to the beach or the pool, I dampen my hair and apply a protective leave-in conditioner or hair oil. This creates a barrier, preventing my hair from absorbing as much salt or chlorine. Wearing a head scarf, a sun hat or a wide brim hat also helps partially cover your face from direct sun exposure.

Rinse After Swimming

After a refreshing dip, I always rinse my hair with clean water to remove salt or chlorine. Follow up with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair hydrated and prevent damage. For an added boost, apply a hair mask once a week to replenish moisture. If outdoor swimming is a part of your daily fitness regimen, it also makes sense to cover your hair completely with a swim cap. A light-colored swim cap is always preferred over a darker one as it attracts lesser heat.

Cooling Face Masks for Sun-Exposed Skin

If your skin has been exposed to prolonged sun, consider applying a cooling face mask. Aloe Vera or a sheet mask with calming ingredients can soothe sun-kissed skin and alleviate any redness or irritation. This step is especially beneficial after a day of outdoor activities. Avoid direct sun exposure in the coming days and make sure to always protect your skin well with sunscreen protections.

Post-Travel Rejuvenation: Maintaining the Glow

Rehydrate and Replenish

Upon returning home, rehydrate your skin by continuing to drink plenty of water. I reinforce my skincare routine with hydrating serums and creams to replenish any moisture lost during my travels. Consider adding a gentle, hydrating mask to your routine to revive your skin.

Hair Repair Rituals

Give your hair some post-travel TLC by indulging in a nourishing hair treatment. I ensure to apply a deep conditioning mask to restore moisture and repair any damage and moreover, trim my hair to get rid of any split ends caused by exposure to the elements.

Ease Back into Your Routine 

As you settle back into your routine, reintroduce any products you may have skipped while traveling. This includes exfoliants, retinol, or any specialized treatments in your skincare regimen. Gradually easing back into your routine prevents overwhelming your skin with too many active ingredients at once.

Stay Consistent

Consistency is key to maintaining healthy skin and hair. I mostly stick to my regular skincare and haircare routines, only adjusting as needed based on my skin's condition and feedback. The more consistent you are, the more likely you are to preserve that radiant post-travel glow.


Achieving and maintaining radiant skin and luscious locks during your summer travels or sunshine destination travel in the winters requires a combination of preparation, in-flight precautions, and post-travel care. From prepping your skin and health before departure to adapting your skincare and haircare routines to the destination, this comprehensive guide ensures you return home with the same freshness and glow you set out with.

By follow these simple practices with consistency, you are set to let your beauty radiate from the inside out and far beyond your trip to a sunny destination.