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Your Essential Guide To Travel Skin Care, Straight From The Experts

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    No matter how full of wanderlust our souls may be, we have to admit that traveling is stressful. A million things can go wrong — forgotten passports, missed flights, uncomfortable means of transportation, harsh reactions to the change of climate — and that's just the top of the list. To make matters worse, all that stress can manifest itself on the skin.

    Since forgoing traveling altogether is not an option, we asked dermatologists David Herschthal, Ranella Hirsch, and Patricia Wexler for the best tips on how to keep your skin in check while on vacay. From the secret items to stash in your suitcase (keep reading!) to using the right skin-care products (such as Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster), we're giving you the ultimate guide to taking care of your skin while you're away from home. Bon voyage!

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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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    Sleep In
    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.

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    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.