fragrance-free laundromats in the bay area

living in the bay area typically means living without common appliances like air conditioning, dishwashers, and washer & dryers. i’ve been lugging my laundry to laundromats for years now and always felt uneasy about the crusty grime in the detergent slots.

laundry detergent is a major factor in the acne-safe lifestyle. so while we all are making the effort to purchase acne-safe detergent, the cloggy residues from prior machine users can still be getting on our clothes. frustrating! (see our blog post about acne-safe laundry detergent.)

but, i have good news. there are 2 laundromats i discovered that offer fragrance-free machines 🙂

laundré

the new, hip, laundromat/cafe on the southeast corner of mission & 20th (the same block as sS!). this place is aesthetically pleasing, allows an area for work & refreshment, AND they offer free soap with every wash. and guess what? it’s ACNE-SAFE! 

they offer:

  • nellie’s unscented all natural powder detergent
  • nellie’s unscented all natural dryer balls
  • common good liquid soap ( i think for an additional charge)

temescal wash & dry

for my east bay folks. this place is located across the street from the temescal alley on telegraph & 49th. for the most part, their machines are not fragrance-free. but they do have 2 machines reserved for fragrance-free detergent only. while fragrance-free does not necessarily mean acne-safe, its still a step up.  there is a free parking lot and they offer free-drying on thursdays. oh, did i mention that curbside creamery is across the street? the ice-cream shop with cashew-based options :)!

let’s change our perspective and see chores as a form of self-love, not an inconvenience. every little refinement in our everyday adds up!

happy washing!

UPDATED 5/2019: acne-safe laundry detergent + softener (and why it’s a thing)

we are updating this blog post (march 2018) because we recently found out there are a few detergents that we used to recommend using that have changed their formulations and are no longer acne-safe! read on for the details and a list (with exact photos) of the remaining acne-safe detergents.

weird and nitpicky, yes we know.  we are crazy – acne crazy!  but this can be a really important one to keep in mind, if you want to have consistently clear skin (particularly on the sides of your face, and your body!).

WHAT’S OUT THERE

most laundry detergents (and most anything else that foams up, be it shampoo, body wash, dish detergent, etc) on the market contain either the famous acne-causing foaming agents sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate (aka SLS), or the sneaky one: fragrance (click here to read more about this culprit).

WHY DOES IT MATTER for my skin?

these ingredients leave a residue on your sheets, towels and clothing which can rub onto your skin and break you out.  this can be especially true if you are breaking out on your body, or the sides of your face (sleeping on pillowcases).

case in point: sS client by the name of MD – clear skinned for years – started getting mystery breakouts on the sides of her face.  after much investigative questioning during treatment, we discovered that she switched to using a new, fragranced detergent.  we suggested she switch to a safe one – she came back 4 weeks later, and was all cleared up!  we figured that the pillows and sheets were the only thing rubbing the sides of her face regularly, and that the new detergent was the only new, isolated thing we could find.

why does it matter for the planet?

as we go through our day-to-day, it can be easy to forget about how our everyday actions impact the earth. remember that all the liquid soaps, potions and detergents go down the drain and into the ocean. if you multiply how much shampoo, face wash, dish soap, laundry detergent etc. you personally use by how many other humans are doing the exact same thing, you will be shocked. and if you eat fish, the oceans are where fish live, so we are indirectly consuming all the toxins we are washing down the drain. because of this, we choose to stick as “clean” as possible, and have the cleanest laundry detergent options listed at the top of this long list, under “MOST CLEAN”.

WHAT DO I USE NOW?

first off, stick to the fragrance-free formulas, including any scent in it (even “natural” fragrance – unless it’s just 100% essential oil, non-existent with conventional brands and rare with “natural” boutique brands).

keep in mind though, that if you are already using these safe-looking ones but are still breaking out, it’d be best to call the manufacturer and ask what exactly are the ‘surfactants’ in the formula you are using, in case they are using the SLS’s but not disclosing it in the ingredient list on the bottle.

ALSO – just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean that it’s acne-safe.  (ahem, coconut oil!).  these days, that positioning is almost always marketing.

we compiled a long list of all the detergents we have researched. we included photos of the safe ones and a list of their ingredients so that you can make sure you get the right one. everything is listed alphabetically below and you should be able to find them in your local big brand store, natural health food store and online. scroll down to the bottom to read up on fabric softeners, stain removers, and wool balls (which are the acne-safe alternative to fabric softeners).

BE MINDFUL that the ones you choose must exactly match the name, picture and ingredient list we’ve posted below! 

MOST CLEAN LAUNDRY DETERGENT OPTIONS

from an ecological standpoint there are a few brands that seem to be the most clean for the earth (while also looking acne-safe): green virgin soap nuts deseeded, molly’s suds unscented laundry powder, naturoli extreme 18x soap nuts / soap berries liquid laundry detergent and oasis liquid laundry detergent.

green virgin soap nuts deseeded look SAFE

ingredients: sapindus mukorossi – deseeded

from the website: “Soap Nuts Deseeded are one of the most effective natural cleaners on the planet. They are actually a berry that contains a natural surfactant called saponin that helps remove dirt and grime from just about anything.  That’s one of the reasons that soap nuts have become such a popular laundry detergent. Ditch the chemical and carcinogen filled laundry detergent you used to use today. Replace it with Mother Nature’s answer for clean, soft clothes: soap nuts. Also called soap berries, soap nuts contain natural, gentle cleaning agents that do not irritate your skin or scalp. They are a safer, more natural way to clean and soften your clothing. What’s more, they are more economical and get you more loads than detergents for a lot less money. Experience clean, chemical and toxin-free clothing today!”

molly’s suds unscented laundry powder 120 loads looks SAFE

ingredients: Sodium carbonate sourced from the Green River Basin in Wyoming, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate (heptahydrate), and unrefined sea salt.

from the website: “As consumers, we think about what we eat, but not about what we allow to touch our skin and how the ingredients can and do leach into our bloodstream! For example, detergent ingredients like ionic surfactants, are the most persistent in the environment and change the sex of our fish and Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE’s), which have been banned in Canada and Europe, imitate the hormone estrogen in our bodies which effect our health and fetal development. These chemicals are found in our drinking water because they are not completely biodegradable. So the decision was made to create Laundry Powder and other household products that are truly safe for humans.”

naturoli extreme 18x soap nuts / soap berries liquid laundry detergent looks SAFE

ingredients: pure saponin aqueous extract from 100% sapindus mukorossi soap nuts, vegetable glycerin, olive leaf extract, potassium sorbate, grape seed extract, sorbic acid

from the website: “Green eco-friendly proprietary formulation. Unscented – no fragrance added. Hypoallergenic. Biodegradable. Enhanced with pure Olive Leaf Extract for additional protective properties (among the oldest known therapies for skin ailments). Odor removing. Preserves integrity of fabric fibers – superb for fine, delicate fabrics and wools. Preserves fabric colors. Dye and fragrance free. SLS, NPE and phosphate free. Formaldehyde free. Petro-chemical free. Chlorine free. PH neutral (6) . Vegan. No animal testing. Absolute minimum carbon footprint. Minimizes shipping costs. Lightweight and easy to handle bottle. No optical brighteners or scents – excellent for military use, hunters, and all scenarios where scents are to be avoided. The ultimate eco-friendly, camper’s soap. Recyclable PETE bottling. Produced and bottled in the USA.”

oasis super concentrated laundry detergent looks SAFE

ingredients: Purified water, Linear alkyl sulfonate, linear alcohol ethoxylate, citrus oil.

from the website: “Oasis Biocompatible Laundry Detergent is designed and tested to be biocompatible with plants and soil, as well as for the disposal of treated wastewater in aquatic ecosystems. It is the best choice for septic tank disposal and the only choice for reusing wash water for irrigating plants-the most ecological alternative. Disposed of in a septic tank or grey water system, microorganisms and plant roots will biodegrade Oasis.”

SAFE LOOKING LAUNDRY DETERGENTS 

 babyganics 3x laundry detergent fragrance-free looks SAFE

ingredients:water, lauryl /myristyl glucoside, potassium cocoate, sodium citrate dihydrate, propanediol, lauramine oxide, oleic acid, protease and amylase, citric acid, sodium gluconate, sodium tetraborate, calcium chloride, sodium hydroxide, methylisothiazolinone

 

cheer free & gentle does not include ingredients on site, so best to assume NOT safe

charlie’s soap laundry liquid looks SAFE

ingredients: Water, sodium carbonate (washing soda), C12-15 Pareth-2 (surfactant)

 

 

 

charlie’s soap laundry powder packets look SAFE

ingredients: Sodium carbonate (washing soda), C12-15 Pareth-2 (surfactant), sodium metasilicate (anti-caking agent), cellulose gum (dissolvable packet)

 

 

charlie’s soap laundry powder looks SAFE

ingredients: Sodium carbonate (washing soda), C12-15 Pareth-2 (surfactant), Sodium metasilicate (anti-caking agent)

 

 

clorox doesn’t make a laundry detergent. they have other laundry products, most are unsafe BUT they do makde a stain remover and color booster that looks safe, see in section below.

country save powdered laundry detergent might be safe, there is sodium sulfate in it which may be short for sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate (which is super cloggy). you could try this one at your own risk!

common good laundry unscented looks SAFE

ingredients: water, decyl glucoside, sodium cocoamphoacetate, lauramine oxide, lactic acid, sodium benzoate, sodium gluconate, sodium citrate, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, amylase enzyme, lipase enzyme, (essential oil).

 

costco / kirkland brand does not include ingredients on site or on the bottles themselves, so best to assume NOT safe

dreft products all have fragrance, so their products are NOT safe

ecos 4x hypoallergenic laundry detergent free and clear looks SAFE

ingredients: Water, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Potassium Cocoate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Methylisothiazolinone

 

ecos baby free + clear disney looks SAFE

ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone

 

 

ecos hypoallergenic laundry detergent free + clear looks SAFE

ingredients:Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone.

 

 

ecos laundry detergent packs free + clear looks SAFE

ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Metasilicate, Sodium Carbonate Peroxide, Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyaspartate, Lauryl Glucoside, Enzymatic Blend, Citric Acid

 

ecover liquid laundry detergent fragrance-free and all other products are NOT safe

gain products all have fragrance, so their products are NOT safe

grab green laundry pods fragrance-free looks SAFE

ingredients: sodium carbonate peroxide, sodium carbonate, sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium metasilicate,c9-11 pareth-6,citric acid, calcium silicate, subtilisin enzyme blend, lipase enzyme blend, amylase enzyme blend, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, polyvinyl alcohol

 

the honest company laundry fragrance-free liquid (and the baby formula version) have some ingredients are not recognized by our system (which means they haven’t been tested and could be risky). the second ingredient is ethoxylated fatty alcohols, which might be cloggy but might be acne-safe. you could try this one at your own risk!

 

honest laundry packs free & clear might be safe, there is sodium sulfate in it which may be short for sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate (which is super cloggy). you could try this one at your own risk!

method 4x concentrated laundry detergent liquid free + clear is NOT safe, the free +clear detergent packs are also NOT safe.

method 8x concentrated detergent liquid free + clear looks SAFE

ingredients: ethanol, propanediol, monoisopropylanolamine, ethyl glycerin acetal levulinate, coco/soy methyl ester, glycerin, laurel alcohol ethoxylate, laurel ethoxylate, PEG 300 monooctyl ether, sodium alkane sulfonate, lactic acid, polyester, carboxymethylinulin, decyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside or caprylyl/myristyl, coco methyl ester sulfonate, soy methyl ester ethoxylate, cellulase, protease, amylase, manganese, distyrylbiphenolsulfonate

 

molly’s suds unscented laundry powder 120 loads looks SAFE

ingredients: Sodium carbonate sourced from the Green River Basin in Wyoming, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate (heptahydrate), and unrefined sea salt.

 

 

mrs. meyer’s products all have fragrance, so their products are NOT safe

 

nellie’s all natural laundry soda looks SAFE

ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Linear Alcohol Ethoxylate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Metasilicate.

 

 

nellie’s all natural laundry nuggets looks SAFE

ingredients: Soda Ash, Linear Alcohol Ethoxylate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Metasilicate, MonoSol™ film.

 

oxiclean liquid laundry detergent free & clear doesn’t list ingredients on site, so best to assume NOT safe

 

all stainlifters liquid free and clear (and other all variations) are NOT safe

arm & hammer for sensitive skin free of perfumes & dyes liquid is NOT safe

biokleen free & clear laundry liquid is NOT safe

parachute liquid laundry detergent unscented looks SAFE

ingredients: water, decyl glucoside, coconut acid, subtilisin enzyme blend, lactic acid, citric acid, amylase enzyme blend, lipase enzyme blend, potassium hydroxide

 

 

parachute liquid laundry detergent lavender looks SAFE (this is an
exception to the “no fragrance” rule because the only added ingredient is lavender essential oil)

ingredients: water, decyl glucoside, coconut acid, subtilisin enzyme blend, lactic acid, citric acid, amylase enzyme blend, lipase enzyme blend, potassium hydroxide, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil

persil products all have fragrance, so their products are NOT safe

purex free and clear laundry detergent (liquid) looks SAFE

ingredients: Water, Alcohol Ethoxy Sulfate, Sodium Carbonate, Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate, Sodium Chloride, Alcohol Ethoxylate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Fatty Acids, Disodium Diaminostilbene Disulfonic Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylisothiazolinone

 

seventh generation liquid is NOT safe, the detergent packs are also NOT safe

sun doesn’t list ingredients on site, so best to assume NOT safe

the laundress liquid signature detergent unscented looks SAFE

ingredients: Plant-derived anionic and nonionic surfactants, stain-fighting and cleaning enzymes (protease, amylase, cellulase, lipase), and mineral-derived cleaning enhancers (sodium gluconate, and calcium chloride).

 

 

uniquely j fragrance free sport laundry detergent looks SAFE

ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Alkyl polyglycoside, Alcohol ethoxylate, Odor Neutralizer, Alkyl imino dipropionic acid, monosodium salt, Sodium Gluconate, Protease, Polycarboxylate sodium salt, Tetrasodium iminodisuccinate, alpha-Amylase, Mannanase, Lipase, Potassium hydroxide, Calcium chloride, Cellulase, Citric acid, MIT, Silicone emulsion, Sodium citrate, Caustic Soda

 

up&up (target brand) free+clear is NOT safe

wish deep clean free & pure doesn’t list ingredients on site, so best to assume NOT safe

woolite products all have fragrance, so their products are NOT safe

xtra products all have fragrance, so their products are NOT safe

zum clean free and clear laundry detergent is NOT safe

as mentioned above, we are updating this blog post because we recently found out there are a few detergents that we used to recommend using that have changed their formulations and are no longer acne-safe! avoid up&up (target brand) free+clear and all with stain lifters in liquid form – both of these have SLS in it now = super cloggy!

WOOL DRYER BALLS 

a natural fabric softener and shortens drying time. you can buy these on amazon and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil before starting the dryer to infuse your clothes with a clean smell the acne-safe way! these are a great alternative to fabric softeners and dryer sheets, partially because they are acne-safe,but also because they cut down on time in dryer = better for the environment. customers have reported they help to remove pet hair, reduce wrinkles, and fluff clothes well.

AND IF YOU MUST.. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

 

FABRIC SOFTENERS + DRYER SHEETS

fabric softener and dryer sheets are generally unsafe because 1. it is specifically formulated to leave a residue that makes your fabrics feel soft, and 2. it is usually loaded with fragrance. we found one that looks promising but only use if you’re really missing fabric softener and feel you can’t live without it – and test at your own risk! otherwise, steer clear for clear skin and the environment!

downy free & gentle liquid fabric conditioner looks SAFE

ingredients: Diethylester Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Water, Cationic Polymer, Formic Acid, Dtpa, Sodium Salt, Hydrochloric Acid, Calcium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Silicone Emulsion

 

STAIN REMOVERS

clorox free & clear stain remover and color booster looks SAFE

ingredients: Water, Hydrogen Peroxide, Myristamine Oxide, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Sodium C1-=16 Alkylbenzenesulfonate, Sodium Hydroxide

 

 

ecos oxobrite multipurpose stain remover, free & clear looks SAFE

ingredients: Sodium Carbonate Peroxide, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Metasilicate

 

ecos oxobrite laundry booster packs free and clear

ingredients: Sodium Carbonate Peroxide, Sodium Carbonate, Enzymatic Blend, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Coceth-3, Fatty Alcohol Polyglycol Ether, Citric Acid

 

 

the honest company oxy boost free & clear looks SAFE

ingredients: Sodium Carbonate Peroxide, Sodium Carbonate,Polyvinyl Alcohol

 

acne-safe travel tips

some quickie acne-safe travel tips!

 

  • charcoal pills & oregano oil / when traveling, you sometimes have to take risks when eating! sS founder and ceo, kim, likes to pack activated charcoal pills which absorb toxins and help with digestion & gastrointestinal discomfort. it’s best to take 2 hours prior to eating something questionable, or within 2 hours if you start to feel discomfort. oregano oil is also handy for this reason, with anti-fungal & anti-bacterial properties, it can help to prevent illnesses & infections that we are commonly more susceptible to while traveling. (taking one or two charcoal pills each hour with plenty of water will help stop diarrhea quickly, and the oregano oil should help with eliminating toxic bacteria. be advised that for a day or two after taking this supplement you may experience some constipation and dark/black movements, so drink lots of water and try to eat lots of insoluble fiber to help rebalance your gut). 

 

  • soap nuts /  we have quite a few globetrotters as clients who travel for long periods of time. this can be tricky when it comes to finding an acne-safe way to do laundry. since packing a gallon of laundry detergent isn’t really an option, these soap nuts would be a great alternative. soap nuts are actually dried berries from the himalayas that act as a surfactant when lathered up in the wash to naturally & thoroughly clean your laundry. they are travel-sized & can be reused up to 10 times 🙂

 

  • hydration – both inside + out/  we’ve all experience travel-induced breakouts and dehydrated skin (not to mention all-too-common constipation). travel is very stressful on the body and it’s important to take extra care and be proactive about your skin. topically, i like to add an extra layer of hydrating gel under my regular daytime moisturizer and bring a small bottle of rose water with me to regularly spritz my face during the trip. in the article, “why does food taste different on planes?”  by katia moskvitch, she notes that, ‘at about 30,000 feet, humidity is less than 12% – drier than most deserts.’ this can wreak havoc on your body and skin causing intense dehydration. add a cocktail in the mix and you’re guaranteed to wake up from your in-plane snooze with a headache. “the complete guide to surviving long-haul flights”, an article from the atlantic, recommends that you drink one liter of water for every 5 hours of air travel.

 

  • icing / if you haven’t heard it enough, we love icing 🙂 the benefits of inflammation control & prevention are invaluable. while traveling, our physical stress is at an all time high, so staying on top of icing is the best weapon for maintaining clear skin on the road. ideally, your airbnb will have a freezer so you can easily use your ice pop maker. in the case where you’re staying in a hotel without a freezer, we find it best to order a glass of ice from the hotel barand take it to-go, or get some ice from the ice machine and give the cubes a rinse before using. if the hotel has no bar or restaurant, the next best option is to pack sandwich bags and use ice from the ice machine. happy icing!

 

  • hand sanitizer and wipes / we all know the airplanes are a bacteria playground. to avoid getting sick, which tends to increase inflamed breakouts, it is good to bring hand sanitizer & pure alcohol wipes on the plane. use the wipes to clean the plane window, armrest, eating tray, etc.. we like the disinfecting wipes from “clean well”, or you can get a box of individual alcohol wipes in the first aid section of walgreens. i find these easy to keep in my wallet, and our esthetician kerry is convinced that this has been a game changer for her and her immune system while traveling. these wipes also come in handy to frequently wipe down the rims of my sunglasses and phone 🙂 be sure to avoid touching your face after using hand sanitizer, hand soap or lotion from the plane, both of which can be cloggy!

 

  • snacks/ airport and road trip food is often filled with dairy, soy and lots of salt. this article from BBC says that airplane food is heavily salted because lack of humidity and low pressure in the cabin decreases our ability to taste salt + sweet by 30%. not only can this heightened salt intake increase water retention making your body feel puffy, it can also irritate acne. forego the airport food and bring these snacks with you instead: justin’s single serving almond butter with apple chips (i’ve found these at most metropolitan airports lately), fresh fruit, a sandwich. keep leftover snacks from the trip with you in case you’re in a situation where you didn’t get much to eat at a meal that was dairy or soy heavy. foods that you pack tastes 1000% better than most airport food anyway!

 

 

  • prep your climate-sensitive skincare regimen/ it’s important to pack the right outfits according to your destination’s forecast 🙂 the same rule applies to your skin regimen! by simply changing up your cleanser and/or moisturizer, you can stay ahead of the climate. if you’re traveling to a hot + humid climate you may want to opt for a foaming cleanser (like the charcoal) and lighter moisturizer like hydrating gel instead of hydrating cream. also, lay off of harsh exfoliants like vitamin-a on days that you’re spending in the sun to reduce your chance of hyperpigmentation. if you’re traveling to a cold climate, opt for a heavier cleanser and moisturizer like our green tea cleanser and hydrating cream (you can even add a few drops of pure sunflower or safflower oil + mix it up in your palm for added moisture) to prevent dryness and cracking from cold temperatures and dry indoor heaters.

 
for both climates it’s good to have pure shea butter on hand. you can apply a thin layer of shea butter on your skin when spending the day in extreme cold, like when you’re skiing, and also in warm weather to protect your skin before dipping in the pool or the ocean.

 

  • neck pillows/ neck pillows are amazing, but they can also get extremely dirty and become problematic for your skin, similar to your pillow cases at home. it’s best to get one that has a washable cover to ensure it’s clean before each use, like this one 🙂 kim personally loves using this blow-up travel pillow, which packs light and small, adjusts to whatever fullness you’d like and can be very easily washed with soap and water.

 

  • linens/ it’s essential to bring your own washcloths and pillowcases with you so that you don’t have to use host’s or hotel’s that are washed in cloggy, fragranced laundry detergent and fabric softener. in addition, it can be embarrassing to bleach a host’s linens with benzoyl peroxide! bring one washcloth per day of travel. you can use the same one morning and night, but not into the next day. bring 1 pillowcase for every 3-5 days of travel. use one side of the pillowcase only to avoid the transfer of cloggy detergent or fabric softener from the sheets to your face or benzoyl peroxide residue from your face to their sheets.

 

  • REI co-op multitowel lite / if fussing with extra pillowcases is too much to deal with when on vacay, try buying one or two of these extra large travel quick dry towels from REI.  i love using them for travel as they dry quickly, can be a blanket for warmth or to sit on, and also as impromptu pillow cases…  i just fold it in half and lay it on top of the hotel pillows for a quick and easy acne-safe sleep! one of the best parts is, is that they go on sale during REI’s 2 annual sales, to about $15! (kim likes to use them to sit on the beach, and in rental cars or airbnb’s with questionable upholstery, etc). 

 

  • zyflamend/ zyflamend is an herbal supplement that lowers your body’s inflammation. This can be a great tool to prevent travel-induced breakouts. I find it helpful to take 2 before a flight and 1-2 per day on my trip as tolerated.

 

  • sleep/ sleep is extremely important for many reasons. when we are deprived of sleep, our inflammation increases and hormones can go out of balance, both of which can create a breakout. when traveling, our time zones often change and we tend to neglect sleep during this time when our bodies especially need it. when traveling, keep your sleep consistent. try to go to bed at the same time as you would if you were at home and be sure to get 8-9 hours of quality sleep each night. if your time zone is dramatically different, try to tune your body to the local sleep schedule right away.  for example, if you land at 1pm in switzerland, stay up until your normal bedtime back at home to quickly acclimate.  taking melatonin can help you fall asleep, and apparently a brisk run first thing in the morning (no matter how groggy you are) can help quickly get your body acclimated to local time.

 

  • birth control/ if you take a birth control pill, take it every 24 hours – NOT the same time in local time (ie, 9am in SF = 12noon in NYC would be the right time to take your pill). when traveling to different time zones, your pill schedule can easily get messed up. even taking it 1 hour off can cause a fluctuation in your hormones, which can affect your skin.