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Skim Your Product Labels
There's nothing like travel to suck every last drop of moisture out of your skin. So you'll want to ditch any products that can further dry out the skin and cause irritation, says Dr. Herschthal. Avoid anti-aging products containing retinol or Retin-A, as well as any soap-based cleansers (instead look for labels that say soap-free).
Pack The Essentials
Whether you're heading toward sun or toward snow, you'll need both moisturizer and (or/with) SPF. Look for anti-inflammatory products that are rich in antioxidants, like vitamins C and E, says Dr. Wexler. These will fight the free radicals you're exposed to, so you can worry about your itinerary, not your face. We also like to apply a booster (like Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART) to revive the skin and give products some added oomph.
Go (Mostly) Makeup-Free
Chances are, your neighbor/colleague/crush isn't going to be on your flight, so let your skin breathe and go makeup-free en route. Or, if you prefer to have something on your face, choose the lightest formulation of the product. Opt for tinted moisturizer rather than foundation or lip balm instead of lipstick. And avoid mascara all together, says Dr. Wexler. The extra-dry cabin air can dry out your lashes, causing mascara to flake and irritate dry eyes.
When you skimp on sleep your skin becomes unbalanced, leading to breakouts, dark circles, and more. So use your vacay as an excuse to snooze a little later. Dr. Hirsch also suggests keeping any time difference in mind. Try to sleep on overnight flights so you can hit the ground running and match your sleep schedule to the local time of your destination.
Take A Hike
We know — you're on vacation, you want to lounge around. But, according to Dr. Wexler, "There's actually nothing better than flushing out what the skin doesn't want in it by sweating and...[getting] the blood flowing." Dr. Herschthal agrees that, "people tend to rely on creams, lotions, and potions for their skin," but your cardiovascular health plays a role, too. We're not saying you have to wake up at the crack of dawn and hit the hotel gym. Just plan some swimming, hiking, or taking time to explore the city by foot.