Traveling can be a hugely rewarding endeavor, but it can also be incredibly stressful. Chapped lips, dry skin and tired eyes are commonly experienced on the road and can be caused by any number of factors including jet lag, harsh airplane cabin air and emotional stress. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it is important to take care of your mind and body. Spending some time at a day spa can be a great way to give your skin some much needed care, and can also work wonders to calm frazzled nerves. Here are some of the ways travel can have a negative impact on your skin and body, and why it can benefit you to take time out to visit a day spa when you travel.
Reducing stress levels
Travel is fraught with long to-do lists, and the potential for things to go wrong is high. Rushing to make connecting flights, trying to figure out public transport while saddled with heavy baggage, disrupted sleep patterns and navigating in unfamiliar territory all cause stress levels to rise. The corresponding increase in the levels of stress hormone cortisol can wreak havoc on the skin. Raised cortisol levels have been linked to wrinkles, skin dryness, break outs and dull complexions. Reducing your level of stress will also mean that the remainder of your travels will be more enjoyable for yourself and those around you!
Massages can lower cortisol levels
While some amounts of stress are inevitable in life, relaxation is essential to managing escalating cortisol levels and maintaining the condition of your skin. Studies have shown that certain types of massage can effectively bring down cortisol levels and even reduce depression and anxiety. The spikes in cortisol levels caused by the stress of travel can thus be dealt with by enjoying a good massage at a day spa.
Travel often involves long stretches of time spent in planes and other air-conditioned environments that can be extremely harsh and drying for the skin. The re-circulated air in airplane cabins can be particularly harmful. Even when traveling in cars and buses, exhaust fumes from surrounding traffic and pollution can wreak havoc on your skin. Toxins and dryness can be combated with a deep moisturizing facial that can cleanse your skin and give it a much-needed moisture boost.
Detox and improve your immune system with hydrotherapy
When you’ve been on the road for a while, irregular hours and an erratic diet start can take a heavy toll on your health. Your immune system will start to suffer and you might find yourself falling ill more often and feeling lethargic and tired all the time. A hydrotherapy session can be a fantastic way to not only reduce stress but also detox and improve your immune system. Hydrotherapy has been credited with treating many health conditions such as stress, colds, stomach problems and headaches.
In this day and age, travel is inevitable, whether for business or pleasure. Whether you’re an avid leisure traveller or have to travel frequently for business, it’s important to learn how to combat the stresses and strains travel imposes on your skin and your health. Thankfully, a visit to a spa can go a long way towards restoring your inner glow.
Today’s guest blogger, Doreen Brown enjoys writing, and is passionate about health & well-being topics. She has worked with a number of client’s in the industry, including Ballarat Lodge – Day Spa.
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