Travel-Friendly Skin Care

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There’s no place like home for the holidays, but what if home is far away? Car heaters, airplane air, stress, and flitting in and out of different climates can all damage your skin, leaving it feeling dry and uncomfortable. Rather than show up at home with acne breakouts and blotches, follow these travel-friendly skin care tips for keeping your skin merry and bright.

Don’t Pack Light
When it comes to lightening your suitcase’s load, the first things to go are usually personal care items. Mom will have toothpaste, and I can pick up some shampoo while I’m there, you think. All of this is fine and dandy as long as you don’t leave your skin care products behind! If you’ve been taking good care of your skin, you won’t be able to pick up duplicates at the drugstore, so be sure to pack your hand-chosen skin care regimen to keep your skin looking and feeling great.

Use a Mini-Routine
We all know how hectic the holidays can get. Between family dinners, outings, and the holiday festivities themselves, skin care if often forgotten. Since skin is clearly not the star of the season, there’s no need to become hypervigilant about maintaining your normal routine. However, inventing a mini-routine is a must for keeping skin beautiful! Skip the exfoliation, but be sure to cleanse. Cut down on your specialty makeup products (like eye brighteners and bronzers), but continue using protective minerals.

Another way to create a more efficient routine is to invest in a multi-tasking product or two. A cleanser-toner combination, for example, or a tinted moisturizer will save you a lot of time. One of the best examples of this is Atopalm BB Cream, a hydrating lotion that also provides broad-spectrum SPF 20 protection and a brightening mineral tint for perfecting the complexion. That’s three uses in one application, and at $19.99, this beauty balm cream may soon become a must for your home routine, too.

Protect, Protect, Protect
Physical protection is hugely underrated when it comes to beauty and winter skin care. Using protective skin care products is wonderful, but one of the best ways to prevent chapping, redness, and discomfort is to physically protect against the elements. Wrap a soft scarf around your neck and pull a knit hat over your ears and forehead to protect against harsh winter winds. Be sure to wear sunglasses or goggles when skiing, and don’t forget that physical mineral-based sunblock, which protects skin by creating an undetectable layer of minerals, rather than sinking into the skin like chemical sunscreens.

Keeping your skin healthy, comfortable, and beautiful shouldn’t be a stress this holiday season. Just be sure to keep these skin care tips in mind while traveling (or even at home!), and you’ll be sure to look as wonderful as you feel.

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