Your pores and skin appears to be like higher whenever you’re on trip. Reality.

Why, you may ask? A thriller! Can’t presumably be as a result of whenever you’re on trip you’re simply much less confused, and stress hormones have an effect on pores and skin greater than we’d prefer to admit. Can’t be that, as a result of being carefree and OOO on a regular basis merely just isn’t an choice. Nope.

However… It additionally isn’t due to air journey. I do know this as a result of air journey broke me out constantly till a tip from Emily Ferber modified my life. (Additionally as a result of sitting in a tin can with 100+ respiratory strangers is gross, and if that was the important thing to clear pores and skin, I’d really feel betrayed.) It, surprisingly, isn’t as a result of sunshine and ocean water remedy every part. Everyone knows the havoc UV rays wreak, and in the case of the ocean, salt is drying and a dermatologist as soon as advised me that the one potential profit comes by way of aquatic microorganisms. (In different phrases, fish poop et al.) Ditto with sweat, which is accountable each for post-hike bacne and a luminous, flushed glow ?! There’s additionally the truth that I’ve not as soon as, not ever, had a kale and quinoa salad on trip. I’ve nevertheless discovered time for gelato breakfast many, many instances.

All that’s to say, trip pores and skin as an idea is unquestionably A Factor, however it has plenty of confounding variables. I hear the voice of my 10th grade psychology trainer as I kind: correlation doesn’t show causation. Useful when navigating the pandemic information cycle! Additionally useful when you possibly can’t work out in case your lodge’s sink is doing one thing magical yours at house doesn’t, and whether or not or not meaning you must put money into a $200 water filter.

As we head into an extended weekend, I’ve acquired a longshot inquiry: is there something bottled, tubed, or boxed that may replicate the epidermal nirvana of trip pores and skin? I’ve heard good issues about Mom Dust, a microbiome replenishing mist which may have the ability to replicate a day spent floating in a pure physique of water. An exfoliating flash masks may do the trick in a pinch… although possibly the reply is simply skipping the cleanse and hitting the hay early? The place on this planet has your pores and skin been the clearest—and why do you assume that was?

Any leads welcome.

—Ali Oshinsky

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