Vacation: Good For the Soul, Bad for the Skin

August 27, 2014

There is this one place on earth where I vacation to each August where I can truly find peace and relaxation.  It's a little tiny resort, on a little tiny lake, near a little tiny town in northern Minnesota where we do absolutely nothing but the basics--fishing, reading, eating, boating, swimming and maybe a pick-up game of volleyball.  Absolute bliss!

And while vacation is good for the soul, it can be tough on skin.  Excess exposure to sun--even while wearing a sun protectant--can cause temporary skin dehydration and eventual breakdown of collagen, elastin and skin cells.  Combine prolonged sun exposure with other natural elements like wind, sand and water and you may begin to look and feel like raisin!

Over contact with water and other elements can strip the skin of its natural protectant, sebum, which leaves the skin feeling dry, tight, chapped, flaky, irritated or inflamed.  After a few days on the beach, I even started to become sensitive to my daily moisturizer.

Here are a few products I recommend to give your skin a hydration vacation, after vacation!

1. Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist

    A light spritz of this mist brings instant relief!  Aloe Vera Juice and Oat Extract ingredients work to calm, soothe and restore skin's natural moisture balance.  I also like to mist my skin after applying my foundation for a 'dewy' appearance, and it works great to spray your foundation brush before applying foundation for a more even application.

2. Clinique Moisture Surge Mask

    Give your skin a splash of oil-free hydration to help replenish moisture loss and dehydration. This creamy texture is instantly soothing and rich in antioxidants from the Olive Leaf Extract and Wheat Germ Oil.  Antioxidants help to thwart off free radical damage and repair skin cells, which can is much needed after any sun damage!

3.  Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery

     A skin repairing ingredient dream team!  This light-to-medium-weight moisturizer comforts the skin with its softening emollients, provides long lasting hydration and is packed full of antioxidants, polypeptides and polyphenols that aid in repairing skin cells and encouraging collagen production.  Let's not forget it has a SPF 5-0 too!     

4.  Antioxidant Water

     Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!  Add a little lemon, cucumber or both to your water for the added benefits of antioxidants, Vitamin C and Silica.

While your skin is feeling stressed, be sure to avoid exfoliating, over-cleansing and any ingredients that can irritate the skin, including Retinoic Acid.

 

 

 

 




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