Summer is just around the corner! Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer season, which also means vacation season 🙂 When traveling somewhere tropical and sunny for some r&r, it is guaranteed to get plenty of sun exposure. All four of us love a good tan, but it is very important to protect and re-nourish your well-being after a day long of activities under that glorious sun. The proper skincare products for beach vacation will save you a few wrinkles in your latter years!
As we are packing for our Maui trip, Renée will share with you some of the beauty products she is bringing with her. Just remember, prevention is key! Our skincare motto is Protect and Restore, which is even more important when on a sunny beach vacation.
Aside from a good trusty face cream, you probably need a few more products in order to completely protect and restore your skin. Toner is important as it restores the skin’s pH balance and tighten the pores. It is the first step to any skincare routine after cleaning your face. Think of it as prepping your skin for a good pampering!
It is a must to bring some sort of hydration masks or serum, so I can restore the moisture in my skin after a full day of sun exposure. However, the last thing I want to do after an exhausting day is to spend another 15-20 minutes on a mask. If you are lazy like me, serums are great, and I swear by Caudelie’s Thirst Quenching Serum, it is so hydrating I can literally feel my skin feeling so happy the second I put it on, no joke! For extra hydration you can use sleeping hydration masks. I love the little pods by Sephora. They are inexpensive, easy to pack and travel with, and with plenty of options to choose from. When I’m on vacation I love to bring samples as they are the perfect travel sizes. One of the recent ones I tried out is the Fresh Rose Face Mask. It smells divine, and there are actually little real rose petals in the container!
Another important product is facial oil. A lot of people are scared of them, especially those with combination or oily skin, and understandably so. Why would you slather more oil on your face when it is oily to begin with? I was the same, until I started using them. Surprisingly I found my skin less oily when I wake up in the morning. Our skin actually produces more oil when it feels too dry, hence the super oily face in the morning. Using facial oil solves to problem, plus it leaves the skin smooth and soft. One of the cult favorites out there is Josie Maran Argan Oil, as it can be used not only on the face, but on the hair, even nails! Check out this article for more benefits of using facial oil!
Many neglect the importance on sun protection on the eyes. As we get older, we need to pay more attention to them before they turn wrinkly. Of course I don’t necessarily want to pile on eye cream, SPF, and concealer when on a beach vacation. Imagine my excitement when I discovered Kiehl’s Corrective Eye Cream! It is an eye cream with SPF 30 that is tinted, talk about the best 3 in 1 combo!
Last but not least, but the most important – sunscreen! Please do not use regular sunscreen on your face! Not only will they stink your eyes so badly when you are in the water, they are just way too oily for the face. Remember to use ones specifically created for the face. Sunscreen is the #1 protection rule, plus you do not want to end up with a sunglasses tan after a lovely vacation.
For some reason I find my lips getting dry more easily as I get older, or maybe it’s been the weather? Irregardless, chapped lips are not only annoying, but they are also in the way of that smooth matte lipstick look I love. It is even more important to keep the lips moisturized after hours and hours of sun exposure! When your normal lip balm isn’t enough, consider using a lip serum or oil. I like the Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil. Apply it at night before you go to bed, and you will wake up with very kissable lips. You can also apply your facial oil if you don’t want to invest in an extra product, they are just as effective!
Sometimes just moisturizing isn’t enough. Once in a while your lips also need some good exfoliation to keep them soft and smooth. You want to get rid of all those dead skin so your lip balm and/or serum can do their jobs properly. Fresh Sugar Lip Polish is one of my favorites out there. That brand can just do no wrong. It has brown sugar crystals, oils, and shea butter so you get to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time!
Don’t forget about the hair! Yes, the sun and chlorine is just as damaging on your hair as it is on your skin. Everyone wants that sun kissed beach hair look, but you don’t want it to end up with a stack of hay on your head. Aside from normal conditioning, I swear by hair serums. Molly and I are devoted users of the Oscar Blandi Jasmine Hair Serum. Not only does it do the job, it smells heavenly. If you want to really go for it, hair masks are great. I am too lazy to stand in the shower for an extra 15 minutes. If you have the patience, by all means please give your hair a nice little treat!
Skin doesn’t only mean the skin on your face, it’s your entire body! Aside from protecting it using sunscreen, you need to restore the moisture with some seriously moisturizing body lotion. And no, I’m not talking about the ones from the hotel bathrooms. Especially after sun tanning, our skin is so dehydrated, hotel lotions is not going to do the trick at all. Actually sometimes I feel even drier after applying those hotel lotions. A Rich body cream is what you should use to slather on your body, and Susan and I particularly love the one from L’Occitane. It is super thick, but glides on smoothly on the skin. And don’t forget the feet, as they get very dry from the sand or pool chlorine. You definitely do not want to walk around with ashy feet!