How to Prep Your Skin for Your Dream Vacation

Ensure your skin is vacation-ready with our essential prep guide. Discover tips to achieve glowing skin and feel confident on your dream getaway.

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Traveling and going on vacation is both an exciting and stressful experience, given all the logistics of traveling. Your skin can often feel affected by all that traveling, which might be something you don’t want to happen since you might like to get lots of photos.

If you want to get lovely skin while traveling for your dream vacation, here are some prep tips you can do before you go on your vacation.

How to Prep Your Skin for Your Dream Vacation

Exfoliate regularly

Exfoliation is essential to your skincare routine, as it helps eliminate dead skin cells and other debris on your skin that has built up over time. For example, it can eliminate dirt, leftover makeup on your skin for longer, and even other skincare products.

By exfoliating regularly, you can prepare your skin for the skincare products it will absorb. That way, there isn’t a layer of dirt and debris that skincare products must push through to get to your skin. Given this advantage, any of your skincare products with a thinner consistency will benefit because they will have a better chance of getting into your skin that way.

One thing to note about regularly exfoliating is that it doesn’t mean you should be exfoliating daily, especially if you have sensitive skin. Since exfoliants are usually more potent and stringent, doing them daily can strip your skin of its natural oils, which you don’t want.

With that in mind, exfoliants come in chemical and physical categories.

Usually, people not versed in skincare would be most familiar with physical exfoliants, which comprise some bead or something similar (like ground coffee) that you rub all over your skin to scrape off the top layer of your skin.

Many skincare experts suggest opting for a chemical exfoliant instead, since it’s much better at exfoliating more than just the top layer of the skin. Plus, you aren’t constantly physically scraping your skin when you exfoliate.

Apply a good moisturizer every day

While you can’t expect to exfoliate every day, what you should be doing every day is using a good moisturizer.

Many people with oily skin might initially think that constantly using moisturizers would be counterintuitive to their skin issues. They might think moisturizers make them feel gritty with their already oily skin. However, that’s not the case at all.

One of the reasons your skin might be producing all that oil in the first place could be because of the lack of moisture in it. If you get moisturizers suited for those with oily skin, they can address that issue of lack of moisture without making you feel like you’re greased and ready to fry in a pan with all that oil.

If you have dry skin, moisturizers will help relieve that dryness. But if you want a moisturizer to work on you, you need to get moisturizers that have a thicker consistency. Otherwise, a thin moisturizer might not give you enough moisture that your skin needs.

Suppose you’ll be in the sun all day, especially somewhere with dry heat. Lather on that moisturizer. Even in the frigid cold, slathering on thick moisturizers can be helpful.

Also, the chlorine can dry if you’re swimming in a pool, so make sure you use a moisturizer after every swim.

Keep up with timely hair removal

Removing your body and facial hair can help you eliminate hair you might not want in your body. Plus, it can also make it easier for skincare products to absorb into your skin because there isn’t hair that your products have to fight against to get to your skin.

With that in mind, there are various methods for removing hair. It depends on your budget, how much maintenance you want to do, and other factors.

You can get professional help to remove hair, but some methods might need their expertise more than others. For example, any laser hair removal procedure, including IPL hair removal, is better with the help of a cosmetic professional.

If you’re on the go, it might be harder to get these procedures done if you haven’t gotten them in advance. In that case, using waxing strips can be more accessible, and unlike razors, you can carry them with you if you’re boarding a plane.

Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen

When you’re on vacation, you should consider bringing tons of sunscreen with you. It would help if you had sunscreen for your body and face.

Some people vacationing in colder and snowier areas think sunscreen is unnecessary. But it’s not the warmth of the sun that you’re protecting yourself from with sunscreen. It would be the UV rays. That’s why, even if your vacation includes snowboarding or a snowy environment, you should still use broad-spectrum sunscreen there.

Your sunscreen should at least be SPF 30. Also, don’t forget to reapply after swimming or sweating too much. It would be best to consider looking for safe sunscreen for coral reefs.

Keep your lips hydrated

It would help if you also had lip care treatments while vacationing as part of your skincare routine. It’s uncomfortable with dry lips; you might feel tempted to pull apart your lips as they flake. That can lead to bleeding, and if you use lip products for makeup, it could be more challenging to wear your lip products well with dry lips.

With that in mind, there are several ways to hydrate your lips. Vaseline is an affordable but powerful way to moisturize your lips.

If you use lip balms, you should be mindful since they might not be as moisturizing as you’d think. Look for moisturizing ingredients like occlusives. For example, shea butter and petrolatum are great options for that.

Pack a travel skin routine

When traveling, bringing your full skincare routine will be more challenging. That’s why you should pack a travel skincare routine.

You can either repackage your usual skincare products into smaller containers or  you can also consider looking for the travel version of your skincare products. Trial-sized items are great for travel use.

Sometimes, people bring their full-sized products and put them in their luggage. Ensure enough cushioning since your suitcase usually gets viciously thrown around, which can cause spillage or even break the packaging of your more delicate skincare products.

Ideally, bring a travel-sized set of products instead, since carrying them will be more convenient. Still, just to be safe, store your skincare products in a sealed container of some form so that even if a spill happens, it won’t affect the rest of your items.

Incorporate body care into your routine

Just because you have a solid skincare routine doesn’t mean you should neglect your body.

Any form of moisturizing your body will be helpful, especially when you’re doing a lot of activities, like swimming, which can dry out your skin.

Many people enjoy using body oil during their vacations to moisturize the body and keep it shiny and supple. Just ensure not to use it in direct sunlight, or you can burn your skin.

In Conclusion

These tips are all helpful in making sure that your skin looks gorgeous both before and during your dream vacation. If you keep it up, it can also help you enjoy beautiful skin even after your vacation. Next time you plan a vacation, consider these skincare tips so your skin can look fabulous during your well-deserved break.

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