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Whether you’re hitting the slopes or beachcombing in the tropics, it’s important to take the proper steps required to maintain your skin’s glow while on vacation. You can achieve beautiful skin with a little pampering before you leave and a little effort while you’re gone. Follow these guidelines for every destination around the globe.

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Before you go

Prep skin before take-off by treating it to an easy, two-step, at-home facial. Start by choosing a facial scrub with exfoliating beads to help refine texture and fine lines, followed by a hydrating gel mask with soothing properties from natural ingredients like green tea, aloe or honey. This will restore suppleness and moisture into the skin, resulting in fabulous vacation photos. Your skin will also be better prepared to handle the harsh external effects of traveling, including fluctuating altitudes and dry, circulated air.

Destination: Hot and humid

Headed somewhere tropical? You may think it’s counterintuitive to moisturize your skin, but it’s essential. The humidity in the air can make skin produce oil. Using lightweight products can help balance the skin when you’re traveling to hot and humid climates. If you experience breakouts, use a daily face wash that contains salicylic acid. After cleansing, use a mattifying gel to balance and absorb excess oil. You can also try mattifying powder and blotting papers to reduce oily shine. A mattifying skin lotion is another great way to keep oily skin in check and help makeup last longer.

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Destination: Cold and dry

In cold conditions, keeping exposed skin protected can be a challenge, since cold air is much drier than warm, tropical air. Dry, cold air also pulls moisture out of the skin. This can leave it feeling tight and irritated. Salves and balms are great for keeping cuticles, lips and even noses protected while out on a snowy adventure, but for daily care, look for nourishing products that help trap moisture within the skin. Try moisturizers that feature ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, along with natural ingredients like aloe, rose hip, shea butter and allantoin. These nourishing ingredients can help hydrate and bind water to the skin to protect it from the dry, chilly air throughout the day.

Vacations should offer you a chance to reinvigorate your mind and body, including your skin. By following a few simple steps, you can keep your skin happy and balanced throughout your trip. Don’t forget that no matter where you go, it’s important to protect skin with a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen and to drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated.


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Melissa Federico

Melissa Federico

Melissa is a California-based beauty blogger and licensed esthetician. She channels her passion for skincare education into her writing for Walgreens, where you can find moisturizers and cleansers to keep your skin fresh and protected on your vacation, no matter the climate.
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