Planning a sunny getaway this summer? You’ve been thinking about your beachside outfits for weeks, but what about your skincare wardrobe? Don’t forget to plan ahead; between drying airplane air and serious sun exposure, you’ll need some complexion help! Here are a few things that I always remember when planning a summer escape.
Often times my clients reach their final destination only to find an enormous breakout on their face! It’s no coincidence: airplanes are crawling with acne-causing bacteria. Because of the drying effect of recycled airplane air, skin goes into sebum overdrive in an attempt to restore its moisture balance. Sebum creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive, leading to painful acne.
To avoid post-flight breakouts, exfoliate the night before with my TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel. In the morning, cleanse your face and make sure to properly moisturize your skin with a water-based moisturizer. If you are on a long flight, head to the bathroom to cleanse your face mid-flight and apply my EGF Activating Serum followed by moisturizer. As soon as you get to your hotel, cleanse your skin again and apply my HA Hydrating Serum followed by moisturizer. If you notice a breakout occurring, spot treat with the EGF Serum to speed healing.
It can be hard to stay hydrated while traveling. You’re on a new schedule, indulging in a few cocktails, and otherwise enjoying the scenery. But in order to look and feel your best, make sure to keep sipping water! If you’re vacationing in a warm climate, your body will lose water at an accelerated rate. To keep your skin from getting dehydrated, drink ample water in between your cocktails and wine. Apply my HA Hydrating Serum twice a day to infuse skin with additional moisture. If you tend to experience dryness all over, apply my TCA Multi-Acid Body Peel the night before you leave. It gently exfoliates your body so that your body lotion absorbs more effectively, keeping your skin soft and supple throughout your vacation.
Lighten Up On Sugar, Carbs, and Dairy
If you’re traveling somewhere tropical, it can be tempting to load up on sugary cocktails and fresh fruit juices. I’m not saying don’t indulge, but do be mindful of your sugar, carb and dairy intake. These foods can cause breakouts and inflammation, exacerbating any lurking inflammatory conditions like eczema and rosacea. Red, itchy patches when you’re rocking a bikini? As an eczema sufferer myself, let me tell you—it’s not fun.
Protect Your Skin
It should go without saying, but you must protect your skin from the summer sun. Hats, umbrellas, SPF, and finding shade—do it all! I prefer a sunscreen that has a blend of physical protectants like zinc oxide and chemical protectants like oxybenzone to provide full coverage. Just remember to re-apply every few hours and avoid spray formulas; they simply don’t provide the reliable coverage you need. If you want more advice on how to choose the right SPF for your skin, read up here! And remember to apply SPF before your flight as UVA rays can still penetrate through plane windows.