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​7 Top Skincare Tips for Holiday Travel

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Travel can be demanding under the best of conditions, but during the holidays, there are all kinds of extra challenges along the route to festivity. Disrupted sleep schedules, stress, constant shifts between heated air and cold weather-- coincidentally, these are the same things that hit your skin the hardest, at a time when you're dressing up for dinner and posing for tons of pictures. Anticipate the rigors of the road and give your skin the proper TLC to keep yourself looking—and feeling—your best.

  1. Keep a travel skincare kit pre-packed. Choose the essentials from your usual regimen and buy them in a 3 oz or smaller size; check to make sure liquids fit in a quart-size plastic storage bag per TSA flight restrictions, and you'll be ready to go no matter how you travel. Something running low? Snap a pic with your phone and email or text it to yourself so you remember to refill it right away when you get home.

      Tip: If you're a  Latisse® lover, take advantage of sales and bulk pricing to get an extra for your travel kit so you won't be stuck mid-regimen if your luggage gets lost or you forget your bottle across the country.

  2. Go gentle on the road. Travel has enough harsh conditions, especially during the winter holidays when cold weather, crowds, and stress all take their toll. Skip your heavy-hitters and pack gentle cleansers and nourishing moisturizers, like  SkinMedica's Facial Cleanser or SkinMedica's Dermal Repair Cream.
  3. Protect yourself when you fly. Your most likely dangers while flying aren't the stuff of disaster movies-- your wellness takes a hit from the intensity of the sun coming in the windows and the  heightened levels of radiation you're exposed to as a result. Protect yourself with a broad spectrum sunscreen that also protects against infrared rays like  SkinMedica's Total Defense + Repair SPF 50 (or try the tinted version to even out your skin tone), and wear a serum with antioxidants.  SkinCeuticals' C E Ferulic is a powerful antioxidant serum that lasts up to 72 hours after application, so you'll get the free-radical-fighting benefits even during the longest of trips. If you're planning to wear makeup, try  SkinMedica's Vitamin C + E Complex, which contains silicones for a silky finish that works well as a primer.
  4. Moisturize, don't spritz. Whether you're in the arid cabin of a plane or blasting your car heater, it's likely that the air is sucking moisture from your skin. Give your natural defenses an assist with a moisturizer to keep your skin's barrier strong. Spritzing your face may feel good in the moment, but ultimately it makes your skin even drier.
  5. Relax with a little massage. When you're forced to sit and wait, instead of grinding your teeth in frustration, take advantage of the time to  give yourself a gentle facial massage. It'll help your circulation and soothe you. Be sure to wash your hands first, and use a facial oil to keep from pulling on your skin (yes, even if your complexion is oily!) Bonus: It keeps your face moisturized and reinforces its barrier against dirt and dehydration.

      Tip: When you've just washed your hands and are dabbing on some hand cream, you can also take the opportunity to  massage your hands. It's good for your skin, and your hands are loaded with pressure points that relieve aches and pains all over your body.

  6. Check your destination. Make sure you account for climate changes wherever you're going! Your winter regimen isn't going to do right by your skin if you're headed on a holiday cruise or visiting a desert city out west.
  7. Pack yourself a present. No matter what, by the time you arrive at your guest room or hotel, you're probably going to be worn out, jet-lagged, frazzled, or parched. Pack a pampering sheet mask, some soothing eye product like  Obagi Elastiderm Eye Complete Complex Serum (hint: pop it in the fridge for extra puffiness-reducing power), and some spa gloves and socks and kick back for a cat nap while your skin replenishes.

There may be a lot of things that are outside your control when you travel over the holidays-- highway traffic, delayed flights, crowds everywhere, bad weather-- but with just a little advance planning, you can ensure that the condition of your skin isn't among them.  

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