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Vacation Skincare: What To Pack Depending On Your Destination


Summer’s the time that many of us pack our bags for family getaways, sightseeing, and other fun. Even if you’re traveling for business, it’s important to take your healthy skincare habits along for the ride! 

Certain destinations require adjustments to your skincare routine, whether you’re taking a road trip to Palm Beach or jetting off for a weekend in Vegas.

As for the basics, we’ve got you covered. Our Mini Essentials travel kit contains TSA-approved size bottles of our fan-favorite Foaming Joy, Polish To Perfection, and Hydrated Skin=Youth.

Here’s exactly what to pack in your toiletry bag, depending on where you’re headed.  


1. For the Beach Vacay

Chances are, you add extra SPF when you’re hitting the beach (and if you don’t, consider this your reminder), but there are a few more keys to ensuring your skin is in its best form for your tropical trip. 

First, consider cooling down on your nightly retinol usage. Same goes for products that contain potent amounts of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, as these ingredients can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage.

While it normally isn’t a problem since you should always be wearing SPF, if you know you’ll be lounging out in the sun for hours, there’s a chance SPF may not be enough to protect your skin.

Stop using these products about a week before your trip to ensure your skin isn’t extra sensitized to sunshine. 

Even with sunscreen, lounging in the sun all day can leave your skin dry and dehydrated. Pack along a moisturizer (or even better, aloe vera gel) and give your body and face a good once-over each night before bed.


2. For the Desert Destination 

Prepping your skin for a desert destination is pretty simple: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize—from inside and out!

Bring along creams, lotions, and lip balms to apply on-the-go. A large reusable water bottle is a great way to make sure you get your eight ounces a day.

And of course, wear your daily SPF as usual. Try our 50 Fierce For SPF protection plus hydration.


3. For the Snow Bunny Ski Trip

Don’t ruin your getaway by getting sunburnt on the slopes! 

Due to the high altitude of many ski resorts, your chances of getting sunburnt are very high.

This may seem counterintuitive, since we usually associate sunburn with warm weather, but UVA rays (also known as the rays that contribute to signs of aging), are present year-round. 

Your daily SPF may provide enough moisturizer, but the quick transition between the icy slopes and the cozy cabin can be a dry skin disaster. Pack your favorite moisturizer and lip balm to stay hydrated.


4. For the Sticky City

Let’s face it, most cities in the USA get pretty stinkin’ hot and humid in the summertime.

The two things you’ll want to focus on to protect your skin from toasty temperatures are pigmentation protection and cooling. You’ll also want to keep up with your daily sunscreen and cleansing. 

We traditionally associate dark spots and pigmentation with sun damage, but did you know that heat alone can contribute to discoloration?

To combat this, work a dark spot corrector or brightening serum into your routine. Our new To The Point dark spot corrector lightens current spots and inhibits the production of melanin so that new dark spots can’t form.

Now, for cooling comfort. Pack a cooling mask to press on at the end of the day. With your mask, a comfy couch, and room service, you’ll finally enter the chill zone.


5. For Anywhere You’ll Be Flying

Have you ever noticed your skin gets super dry while flying? 

Skin is typically the most comfortable when the humidity ranges from 40-70 percent. Unfortunately, the humidity in the average airplane cabin is just 20 percent! 

This explains why our skin can get dry, tight, and even itchy when we’re on a flight. 

Pack hand cream or face lotion (or both) in your carry-on bag, plus some sort of lip balm (Vaseline works great and comes in travel-sized tubs).  

Many celebrities swear by using moisturizing sheet masks while on long flights to keep their skin plump and supple. Our Hydrating and Firming sheet masks come in a pack of 3, so you can share with your seat-mates.

You may get some strange sidelong glances, but you’re giving your skin some TLC while you stream the latest episodes of your favorite show. We like to call that multi-masking.

Our last tip? Don’t skip the sunscreen. Being physically closer to the sun actually increases the risk of sun damage, and you can definitely absorb UV rays through an airplane window.


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