Vacation Bound? Read These 6 Skincare Tips Before You Hit the Road

Vacation Bound? Read These 6 Skincare Tips Before You Hit the Road

It’s finally summer, which means it’s time to grab your family and head to your favorite vacation destination! But before you pack up the car and hit the road, you might want to consider a few tips to keep your skin healthy and clear along the way.

Vacation is something our family looks forward to every year, but long hours in the car or airplane, change of climate, diet splurges and inconsistency with your skincare routine can wreak havoc on an otherwise balanced complexion.

Have no fear! I’ve gathered some great tips to keep your skin clear and bright so you can look back on those vacation photos with nothing but amazing memories.

1. Keep it clean.

The simple act of cleansing your face can sometimes fall to the wayside with a change in your day-to-day routine. Plus, long hours in the car and limited access to a bathroom sink can lead to breakouts and dull-looking skin. In general, I’m not a huge fan of face wipes—but when it comes to travel, these can be essential to tame breakouts.

Acure Seriously Soothing Micellar Water Cleansing Towelettes ($6.99)

Made with simple, yet soothing ingredients, these wipes are great for on-the-go cleansing—a must-have for travel! Bonus: They’re made from biodegradable materials, making them a solid eco-conscious choice.

2. Use a variety of sunscreen.

Sunscreen is essential for vacation, but let’s face it: SPF gets complicated. Because reapplication is so much more important when out in direct sun, there’s no such thing as one type of sunscreen that will fit all of your needs, all week long. In the morning, use a great multipurpose sunscreen with a tint to save a step.

Versed Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen ($21.99)

This lightweight, invisible SPF leaves skin moisturized without the white or grey cast of many mineral sunscreens. A balance of antioxidants and zinc oxide helps protect from both sun and environmental damage with a soft, natural finish.

Larkly SPF 30 Mineral Powder Sunscreen ($32)

This powder sunscreen is great for touch-ups, ears and hairlines. Plus, it’s perfect for on-the-go road trips and plane rides—throw it right into your bag without a big mess! I love this mineral sunscreen because it’s infused with some super great ingredients like ceramides, green tea and resveratrol. Not to mention, you can buy a refill once you’re finished, making it an eco and economically friendly choice!

Supergoop! Play Home & Away Set ($77)

This everyday SPF by Supergoop! comes in a larger size with a pump that’s perfect for the entire family. Leave it by the poolside or bring it to the beach for easy access to reapplication all day long. The best part? It absorbs quickly with no sticky texture. Score!

3. Avoid using strong exfoliating ingredients.

Rotating exfoliating ingredients into your routine like glycolic acid or retinol can help with aging, hyperpigmentation issues and even breakouts—but these should be avoided while on vacation. I typically recommend using these ingredients 1-3 times a week—however, it’s best to leave them behind completely while out in direct sunlight for days on end. Instead, look for gentler options like lactic acid or fruit acids. You can even use these more sparingly than normal!

Otto Skin Goods The Multitasker Night Serum ($65)

The Multitasker Night Serum is a mildly exfoliating serum that will help keep your skin refreshed and clear during vacation, without the excessive sun sensitivity. It’s essential to use SPF with this product and it should only be used at night, but because it only contains fruit acids, it will cause less sensitivity than your traditional glycolic or retinol. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to cut back from using The Multitasker to only 1-3 times a week instead of nightly while on vacation.

4. Stay hydrated.

Although it’s fun to indulge diet changes like eating out or drinking more (hello, piña coladas!)—vacation temptations can seriously dehydrate your skin, leaving it lackluster (especially combined with longer hours in the sun). Combat this by staying hydrated, drinking plenty of water and adding a dewy, yet hydrating facial mist to the mix.

Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray ($14)

This spring water is sourced directly from Cévennes Mountains in Avène, France—and if that wasn’t enough, it’s loaded with antioxidants to help hydrate skin. It’s perfect to mist on your complexion poolside or while at the beach (plus, it can even soothe sunburn if you happen to have a little too much fun in the sun!).

5. Keep it simple, but stay consistent.

It’s okay to be more relaxed about your routine on vacation, but staying consistent with your skincare staples can help keep your complexion looking healthy and balanced. Look for travel sizes in your normal routine to help you pack lighter but still allow you to feed your skin the ingredients it craves!

Otto Skin Good The Staples Sample Trio ($29)

These three quick-to-absorb staples give you everything your complexion needs, and then some! Say goodbye to visible discoloration and hello to a brighter, dewier look—the Fresh Start Face Oil helps to soften and smooth for that fabled glow. Pull an all-nighter? Dull, tired skin doesn’t stand a chance against our ultra-calming Multitasker Night Serum. And when your face needs a hydration boost, our Go-Getter Day Serum will do the trick—it packs a powerful punch against the visible signs of stressed and dehydrated skin caused by pollution and sun damage. We call this little routine a win-win-win.

6. Splurge on a facial.

Nothing says ‘vacation’ more than a spa treatment. My life is hectic, so I don’t have time for regular facials, but when I’m on vacation with a little more downtime, I love to splurge on a relaxing facial, massage, or both! My skin always looks so refreshed after a professional treatment. Opt for a facial that’s gentle and hydrating versus anything labeled as resurfacing or anti-aging because these tend to use stronger exfoliating ingredients, leading to increased sun sensitivity. Also, adding on lip masks or eye treatments can help combat dehydration and puffiness often associated with travel.

So, there you have it—my top six recommendations to keep your skin healthy, refreshed and ready for long, relaxing days in the sun! Remember to keep it simple, and don’t stress if you miss a day or two of skincare. Just don’t skip the sunscreen!


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