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Since my teenage years, I’ve had a skin condition called Tinea versicolor and HATED it. In addition to this, my skin will get really dry when it’s hot. Most days of the year I can control it but once it gets warm you can easily see dry spots and patches on my back and chest. I never wore tube and halter tops to avoid questions, but little did I know that traveling would help me learn to accept it.
While taking pictures of Pirate Bay Beach in Curaçao I saw a woman with what looked like boils all over her body in a bikini taking selfies with her girlfriends. All these years I was complaining about my skin condition and she was unbothered having fun in the sun. If you travel often and deal with dry skin throughout the year, below are four ways to take care of your skin on vacation.
An important step to take care of your skin on vacation is by wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen is an absolute must especially on trips to the beach and theme parks. My skin burned, itched and peeled for the first time after my birthday trip to Martinique because I forgot to reapply sunscreen. Set a timer on your watch or phone as a reminder to reapply throughout the day.
Limit Makeup Use
A beat face is no way necessary while on vacation. Even using a setting a spray or powder, your makeup will still run. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer with SPF for cool nights and bring along chapstick or lipgloss to keep your lips moisturized.
Pack Skincare Essentials
Always bring the proper essentials to take care of your skin for the day and night in a toiletry bag. I’ve written about my love for the Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer and there’s no exception of packing it for long and short trips. When I see myself running low, I head over to the Health and Beauty section at my local Walmart for a new bottle. If you’re team carry on, you can add the Curél Hydra Therapy in a TSA approved container to avoid paying for checked luggage on domestic flights.
The Curél Hydra Therapy penetrates the surface of the skin bringing moisture to the source of dryness. Similarly to hair cuticles, our skin pores are open when wet allowing it to absorb moisture better. I use it daily and my skin feels hydrated all day long. To use, just apply right after showering and use a towel to pat dry.
Hydration starts from the inside. To avoid heat exhaustion, drink plenty of water. Drinking water regularly cleanses the body of toxins, impurities, and decreases the risk of wrinkles. Most travel tours have water included due to long walks and being in the sun, but you can bring the water from an all-inclusive resort or purchase from stores nearby.
How do you take care of your skin on vacation?