Vacationing? What To Pack To Keep Your Skin In Check

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One of the best things about summer is traveling, whether it’s a weeklong excursion to the Caribbean or a long, weekend getaway to the lake. But, even though you've found yourself on vacation, it’s still important to keep up with your skin-care routine. After all, you want to return looking rested and gorgeous instead of like you took a vacation from your moisturizer. I, personally, tend to bring every product in my skin-care routine, but I recognize it’s not always practical to do so.

Are you traveling somewhere for a big event, such as a wedding or college reunion? Or, perhaps you’re going on a relaxing vacation where you will spend your time on the beach. Depending on the climate or your activities, your complexion will have different needs, so it’s important to take this into consideration. Read on for some tips that will help you determine what skin-care essentials you need pack to ensure healthy, clear, and glowing skin.
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Must-Have Essentials For Every Trip
No matter where you're going, there are a few essentials you need for every trip. Never leave home without a cleanser, alcohol-free toner, daytime moisturizer with SPF, nighttime moisturizer, and facial scrub. These are all part of a basic skin-care routine and should be packed no matter what.

If you will be somewhere where you are spending plenty of time in a pool, use water-resistant sunscreen and also pack a cream-based mask with ingredients like shea butter and grapeseed oil. These ingredients are beneficial for repairing the skin’s moisture barrier, which can be compromised by the drying chemicals from chlorine.
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Headed To The Beach Or Lake?
If you’re traveling to the beach or lake, you’ll want to skip any exfoliation five days prior to your trip and while you are there — especially stop using products containing lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid or the ingredient retinol, because these ingredients may make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen to prevent sun damage. It’s also wise to pack an SPF-infused, water-resistant mineral powder that can be easily dusted on the skin for additional sun protection. I also recommend bringing a cooling gel mask or hydrating and calming skin serum to use post-sun, especially if your skin is feeling red, tight, inflamed, and parched. Look for a mask or serum containing ingredients like white tea, licorice, bisabolol, or chamomile. When using a gel mask, you can keep it in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect. Apply it to clean skin, leave it on for 15 minutes, rinse well, apply a hydrating serum, and then follow with moisturizer.
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Special-Occasion Skin
For a special-occasion trip like a wedding or class reunion where you want your skin to look good under makeup, you’ll want to bring along exfoliating products (as long as it’s not a beach wedding) to smooth out the skin and soften the look of lines, wrinkles, and large pores. I always recommend that my clients use an at-home peel, containing ingredients like lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acid, a day or two before a big event to get your skin instantly glowing and healthy. If you’ve flown to your destination (airplane travel is really drying to the skin), the peel will help remove surface dead-skin buildup, and it will also help add moisture to the skin.
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The Best Way To Pack Your Products
We’ve all experienced a trip when we’ve arrived to our destination to find that our toiletries exploded in our luggage. That’s why it’s important to pack products properly to avoid any leaks inside luggage due to cabin pressure when flying. When packing products, let out any extra air from the bottles, because air that’s trapped can cause the plastic containers to explode when the pressure changes. Open the cap, squeeze out all excess air, and replace the cap quickly. For added insurance, place plastic wrap over the opening of each bottle, and then screw the cap back on. This simply provides an extra layer of protection should the cap come loose during travel. Lastly, put each product in its own zip-top bag because it’s still possible for them to leak even if all of these steps are followed. This may seem tedious, but you’ll be glad you did it in the event something does leak.

With these summer-travel tips, you can ensure you’ll have everything you need to keep skin healthy and radiant even when you’re on the go. Bon voyage!

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