It's summer time!
Where will you go? Will you be jetting off to some exotic destination, swimming in the clear blue waters of the ocean, topping up your tan on a sandy beach, or setting up your tent alongside nature, hiking on trails, diving into the lake and sleeping under the stars? Either way, I bet you can't wait to get there!
Before you go though, you should really give some serious thought to your vacation skincare. The warm kiss of the sun gives you a beautiful sun-kissed glow – that turns into wrinkles and dark spots if you linger under it too long. The salty water is just as sneaky. A long soak on a hot day provides a welcome respite from the smoldering hot sun, but can also dry out your skin, ruining your tan with flaky patches here and there. Ugh!
Don't let these annoying vacation woes sneak up on you! Here are a few quick tips to ensure you maintain that beautiful, smooth and gl sun-kissed look all through your holidays… and beyond!
- Pack Smart: Save On Space
Let's face it: what you bring with you determines how good your skin's going to look on holiday. But trying to fit your entire skincare routine into a small carry-on bag feels like a mission impossible. Leaving something at home is not an option: what if your skin needs it?
The best way to save on space without compromising your skincare routine is to opt for multitasking products, like exfoliating cleansers and moisturizers that do both day and night duty.
If you don't want to give up on your fave products even just for a few days, pour a small amount into travel-friendly containers. Why bring along the whole bottle when you only need a week's worth of cleanser, anyway?
Is there anything worse than an uneven tan? During the winter those pesky dead cells tend to form clusters all over your body. If you don't get rid of them before you leave for your holiday, you're gonna come home with a spotted tan. No, thank you!
A day before you leave give your whole body a good scrub. Our Exfoliating Blueberry Polishing Scrub uses olive seeds and jojoba beads to scrub away dead cells and blueberry extract to deliver a dose of vitamin C and antioxidants into your skin. It's the perfect thing to create a smooth canvas for a smooth, summer tan. If you're going on holiday for more than a few days, bring the scrub with you and use it every two or three days to ensure your even tan stays that way.
If you're into chemical exfoliation, try our Glycolic Acid Cleanser. This two-in-one cleanser and exfoliant rids your skin of all dead cells and impurities, stimulates the production of collagen and brightens the complexion. For body, add a dollup of cleanser to your exfoliating gloves for an all-over body exfoliating treatment. It doesn't get more multitasking than this!
- Go For Lightweight Lotions
You know those rich moisturizers that do wonders for your skin in winter? In hot climates, they conjure a party of pimples all over your face. These rich textures easily get blocked in the pores, clogging them up and erupting in blemishes.
Oil-free moisturizers have lightweight textures that are much more skin-friendly in the unrelenting heat. Our Hydrate & Glow Oil-Free Moisturizer is packed with aloe vera to soothe sun-stressed skin, hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate it and a cocktail or herbs and marine minerals to make your complexion glow.
- Pile On The Sunscreen
It goes without saying that sunscreen is the most important tool in your beach arsenal. Apply it generously at least 30 minutes before you hit the beach and touch it up every couple of hours (or after swimming and sweating) to keep you from burning in the heat.
But, don't just grab the first sunscreen you see on the shelf. Make sure it's mineral. Mineral sunscreens contain minerals, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, that protect against the entire UV range without irritating your skin. They're gentle enough for kids, too!
If you're worried about the white cast these minerals can sometimes leave behind, opt for a tinted formula. Our SPF 40 Age-Defying Mineral Sunscreen comes both in tinted and non-tinted versions to satisfy everyone's needs.
- After Sun Care
Got a sunburn? Reach for your Aloe Vera gel or pure Emu Oil and slather it all over the red area. These natural products have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that calm down the pain and redness while speeding healing.
By the way, if your skin doesn't show any signs of burning, it doesn't mean it's not suffering after a long day under the sun's hot rays. A touch of aloe vera gel is just the thing to soothe sun-stressed skin. It deeply hydrates skin and gets rid of scalp dryness and itchiness, too!
And since we are on the multitasking train, did you know Emu Oil can also be used on bug bites, chapped lips, rashes and even minor cuts to help prevent scarring? This is more than skin care, it's the natural medicine we always have with us when we travel!
There you have it. Follow all these tips and you'll return from your holidays with a flawless, sun-kissed complexion. Have fun!