For many, summer time equates to travel and outdoor fun. I don’t know about you, but I love quick weekend getaways. Especially for those of us in Tucson, we love to escape the scorching heat of the desert and enjoy some time by the water. I like to pack light and that means simplifying the skin care products that I take with me.
So, what do you need for an easy and effective travel regimen?
Pack light and choose products that can multitask.
I pack 3 basic products to care for my skin:
You need a great cleanser that’s not going to strip your skin of its natural moisture. There’s nothing like air travel to suck the life and moisture from your skin, so you don’t want to add to that by using a harsh and drying cleanser. I love ourPurifying Botanical Washwith its fresh lemony scent. It removes make-up and grime without dehydrating the skin.
2. Revitalizing Moisturizer
For skin nourishment and revitalization, choose an anti-aging moisturizer with active ingredients like vitamin C or bio peptides. These can double as hydration and skin restoration products to slow the aging process. Pay attention to the type of climate you will be traveling to. If it’s going to be humid you’ll want a lighter, serum-type of moisturizer like ourBio Peptide Rejuvenating Serum. If you are going somewhere like Phoenix or Las Vegas, where it’s super dry, you may want a little more emollience like ourC-Radiance Moisturizer or our Bio Peptide Lotion.
3. SPF for Protection
If you are going to be enjoying the great outdoors at the beach, hiking or anywhere you love, make sure you use great sun protection. Sun damage can age you rapidly with collagen breakdown, brown spots, chronic redness, and DNA damage that can lead to skin cancer. Make sure to choose an SPF with zinc oxide for the best protection. A multitasking product that can double as your make-up and a sunblock is always a great travel choice to simplify the number of products needed. ColoreScience Tint du Soleil is an excellent choice, as is Elta MD’s moisturizing sunblock.
Think about the product packaging as well. For a quick and easy trip, make sure you choose TSA approved sizes to carry-on. Also, make sure the bottles won’t leak with air travel. I learned this the hard way when my cleanser leaked all over my clothes with a pump that could not withstand the pressure changes of air travel. Our Mikel KristiTravel Collectionhas all your basic needs in a small, convenient bag to pack in your carry-on.
If you are traveling for more than a week, then you’ll definitely want to include an exfoliation product to decrease dead skin cell build up. You can add a travel size of ourVital A Rejuvenating Serumor pack a few of our Rejuvenating Swipes to use every other day on your trip.
Don’t stress about how to carry all your products, enjoy your travel, have fun, and simplify your routine while on vacation. Make sure to get back to your regenerative and restorative routines when you get back home. Your skin will glow with gratitude.
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Advocate:A person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, and/or cause.
For all the ways to describe who I am and what I do, the word advocate feels the most right. I am not just a PA-C, injector, skincare formulator, and entrepreneur. Those are simply the tools I use to carry out my life’s passion. My mission is to help educate people on the power they have to work with aging on a deep and impactful level, and to help my clients see themselves in a new light that they have control over. The truth is that too many people waste money and sanity on products and procedures that either don’t work, or don’t deliver on the intended outcome. And it's only by education on the structure of the skin, and how aging takes place in the body, that we can intelligently choose what to do when.
An Introduction To Cosmeceuticals
So, you may ask, “Why don’t all skin products work?” Many of us have bought the newest trendy product that we have read about in a beauty magazine or seen on TV, used it for a few weeks, see no results, and then put it in the cabinet never to be touched again. The fact is that YOU WANT TO SEE RESULTS! You want your skin to look and feel healthier and younger. However, many beauty products fall short because those amazing “active ingredients” that they advertise aren’t delivered to the right place in the skin, or in the right form to be effective.
Many companies in the business of “Big Beauty” have capitalized on the notion of a customized skincare plan based on your particular skin type. I think we have all taken the quiz, received the result, and went straight to the cash register confident that this custom regimen would be the answer to our skin woes. Cut to three months later, and we are back at a different register, listening to different set of promises … and lather, rinse, repeat.
It really doesn’t matter what “skin type” you have. The four basic daily needs for skin health and anti-aging do not change