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This week we will discuss "The 5 Products to Bring on Vacation" If you missed any of our past blog posts, please check them out here on our website.
Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be taken up with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.
Whether you’re going on a day trip or traveling to another country, don’t neglect your skincare in the midst of your vacation daze. Going to a new place, especially a sunny beach, can introduce your skin to new environmental pollutants like humidity, dryness, wind, and sun. Even different plants, allergens, and foods can upset your skin.
So how can you keep your skin fresh and healthy while on-the-go this vacation season?
- Lightweight and travel-friendly products (3.4 oz or smaller for TSA carry-on luggage)
- A few items that will do the job of many
- Products that protect your skin from new, unfamiliar environments
Below we’ve listed the five essential products to throw in your getaway bag.
- Vitamin C Toner
Product Recommendation: Tree of Life Vitamin C Toner
Toners keep your face hydrated, which helps maintain your skin’s natural barrier against pollutants and toxins. Plus, toners help makeup look more natural and last longer—which is especially important in sweaty and humid situations.
We recommend using a Vitamin C Toner because it hydrates giving you glowing sun-kissed skin. .
Vitamin C can help prevent dehydration and reduce inflammation, while also working to shield your skin. Learn more about vitamin C in our article, Vitamin C And Your Skincare.
Pack light by putting your toner in a small spray bottle. Then, you can spritz it on while lounging on the beach, going on an adventure, or after you’ve applied your sunscreen for a cool, refreshing burst of hydrating benefits.
- Aloe Vera
Product Recommendation: Vitamin C Moisturizer
Aloe Vera is an ancient remedy for dryness and irritated skin. Even if you don’t get a sunburn, Aloe Vera can help get rid of dead skin cells, speed up the healing process and lock in moisture. Plus, it feels so calming and soothing on the skin—it’s a great addition to your vacation relaxation routine!
You can even grow an Aloe plant in your home for the fresh gel that you can put in a bottle or zip-bag when you go on vacation. If you don’t have an Aloe plant, you can purchase Aloe at the store.
We also recommend our Vitamin C Moisturizer, which has Aloe Vera, Vitamin C and Green Tea for a strong cocktail of ingredients with powerful benefits.
Product Recommendation: Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Your skin is being exposed to a new, unfamiliar environment. The best way to combat this “skin confusion” is by moisturizing twice daily while on vacation. This will help your skin maintain its natural hydration barrier to protect from pollutants, allergens, and bacteria.
The strongest moisturizer for all environments is Hyaluronic Acid. Go for a Hyaluronic Acid Serum to get all the moisturizing benefits in a lightweight package.
- Mineral Makeup
You’re on vacation, so it’s the perfect time to go all-natural and show off your radiant, blushing skin. If you’re going to wear makeup, focus on light products and primers that emphasize your relaxed glow. Mineral makeups tend to have SPF and don’t sit heavily on the pores, so your skin will be able to breathe easy. (Click here to learn how to wear makeup without damaging your skin.)
- Cellulite Cream
Product Recommendation: Advanced Cellulite Defense
Still have a little bit of room in your suitcase? Pack your cellulite gel. Although it takes time for a cellulite cream to show long-term effects, you’ll likely see some short-term effects with it too. Ginger, papaya enzymes, and Aloe Vera can create a smooth finish, while pink grapefruit lightens and brightens.
P.S. Don’t forget to pack a strong SPF of at least 15.
Leave At Home:
There are also a few things you shouldn’t bring on vacation with you. AHAs and prescription retinoids can increase sun sensitivity and dry out skin. If you are on a strict skincare regimen with retinol, talk to your dermatologist about safely using these products in conjunction with the vacation sun.
You also want to leave your exfoliators at home, unless you will be gone for more than a week. Generally, exfoliating after a day in the sun can strip your skin bare, causing irritation and microscopic tears. If you’re traveling for more than a week, bring a gentle exfoliator with you.
Enjoy your vacation! We can’t wait to see your glowing skin when you return.
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