The very best way to adjust to a new environment and climate change is to spend some time planning you skin care needs before you travel. While your skin always needs a few days to adjust, proper preparation can help you avoid breakouts, dry skin, and a dismal appearance. Start using using the products you’ll be taking with you 3 days before you leave, to acclimate your skin. Refrain from over using any drying or irritating ingredients, like alpha hydroxy acids or retinols, and replace them with rich, moisturizing creams and serums to help hydrate your skin, as new climates can throw off natural moisture levels.
A coastal, tropical vacation destination can mean lots of time in the water–both chlorine and salt–which can be drying and tough of the skin barrier. Pack a gentle, creamy cleanser, like Glycolix Elite Ultra Gentle Cleanser, that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils, making matters worse. If you have oily skin, don’t forget an oil-free sunscreen. We recommend Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30.
Whether you’re hiking or skiing the mountain tops, the most important thing you can do is to protect yourself while you’re outside. Mineral sunscreens are a great option because, in addition to protecting you from harmful UV rays, they also protect from the elements. We like NIA24 Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 and COOLA SPF 30 Mineral Body Moisturizer Sunblock . Apply an extra layer to your lips and cheeks to protect from harsh winds. Before bed, use a rich, creamy moisturizer, like Pro+ Therapy MD Advanced Ultra Rich Night Repair.
Fortunately, this climate does little to throw off your skin, so long as you stay hydrated without using heavy creams that can clog pores. Serums is the perfect weight for this high temperature/low humidity climate. Look for serums containing nourishing ingredients like algae, hyaluronic acid, and emollients. Try Repechage C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate, Cellex-C High Potency Serum, and Topix Replenix All-Trans-Retinol Smoothing Serum 5X. Follow with a heavy dose of SPF during the day, and keep your anti-aging products for night time use only.