Vacation Skincare Essentials: Tip of the Day 4-13-22
Updated: Apr 14
Nobody has time for breakouts, sunburns, or flare-ups while on vacation.
It’s tempting to take everything in your skincare routine when traveling. Dermatologists say it’s okay to leave behind toners and serums to save packing space. (These will come in handy when you return home.) Take mini versions of your travel essentials with you to show your skin love while on vacay. These include sunscreen with at least SPF 30, lip protection, makeup wipes, facial cleanser, nighttime moisturizer, and any medical creams prescribed by your dermatologist.
Protect your lips by having a hydrating lip mask to use at night, and lip balm to apply as needed during the day. Also, because many vacations include more time outside, protect your eyes with sunglasses and brimmed hats.
Long flights tend to be dehydrating to skin. If you have a long flight, apply a night cream moisturizer before heading to the airport. This will help hydrate your skin on the plane. If you’re up for it, applying a sheet mask or under eye hydration patches during your flight isn’t a bad idea. Someone may think you’re a beauty blogger if you do this. 😉
Don’t skimp on the sunscreen while on the plane. Yes, if the window is up while the sun is out, you can get a nasty sunburn on the plane. Yes, you need sunscreen even when traveling to colder climates.
If you have to choose between a day moisturizer and night cream, choose the night cream. Night creams are formulated to restore skin from daytime occurrences. Just be sure to apply and reapply sunscreen as needed during the day. Consider showing your hands some extra TLC with frequent applications of sunscreen while vacationing.
Vacations aren’t the time to experiment with skincare. Use products that you know agree with your skin. If they aren’t available in mini sizes, you can put your products in smaller, travel size containers. Contact lens cases are great for storing facial creams. You can also pre-soak cotton swabs in makeup remover and put them in a plastic zip bag to save space.
If your skin is sensitive, pack a few mini soaps instead of relying on hotel soaps, which can be drying.
When you return home, this is a great time to apply your Vitamin C serum if you didn’t travel with it. The antioxidants in Vitamin C offer restorative benefits. Along with antioxidants, SPF is the ultimate way to protect your skin. To restore your post-vacay skin, also look for products with ingredients like aloe leaf and Hyaluronic Acid.
Consider booking in advance a professional hydrating facial to receive after returning from vacation. This gives you something to look forward to when your vacay is over, and also will help restore your skin after traveling.