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I’m off to the city that never sleeps this week. That’s right, ol’ NYC! And while I’m ecstatic for some time off, I know vacation always does a number on my skin. So this time, I’m doing some strategic planning to deal with it. Check out my pre, during and post vacation skin care tips to deal with every stressor I will be subjecting my skin to.
Pre Vacation: Phytoceane Dermo-Softness Fluid ($50). Prior to leaving, I’m always a ball of stress and my skin shows it. What should I pack? I have nothing to pack! That sort of thing. So I want a gentle product that’s not going to freak out my skin (I’m doing enough freaking out on my own.)
From the same folks that bring you Phytomer, Phytoceane Dermo-Softness Fluid describes itself as a “comforting” formula, and it’s really true. It reduces redness and protects skin against irritants like pollution, wind, sun, STRESS and more. With marine extracts and the scent of rose and orange blossom, this uber-light, almost serum-like lotion feels like a big dose of “ahhhhh!” on my skin.
During Vacation: AlureVé Targeted Treatment Patches ($125.95 for eight pairs). These differ greatly from other eye patches I’ve previously used. First, they’re meant to be used overnight. And unlike the typical wet/slimy eye patches, these are more like a sticker, with a dry layer of ingredients that penetrates skin while you sleep.
I’ll be honest, I don’t quite love the feeling of these patches, which lack the coolness of a wet patch. But I quickly put that aside when I saw the results. These prevent your eyes from puffing overnight. You know when you may have overindulged in food or drink, like say, on vacation, and you wake up looking like you went a few rounds with a prize fighter? It doesn’t happen with these. In fact, you wake up puff-free, no frozen spoons or bags of peas needed! Straight in my suitcase they go.
Post Vacation: Mario Badescu Healing and Soothing Mask ($20). The first thing I do when I get home from vacation (skin-wise, at least) is deal with the round of pimples I’m sure to have. And while that’s usually a pretty quick fix, my pimple free skin is also left pretty dry and irritated. Enter the Healing and Soothing Mask!
This is a creamy, non-harding mask that calms skin with oatmeal, while natural minerals absorb excess oil. (Because as anyone with acne knows, skin can be dry and oily – aren’t we lucky?) My skin feels soothed and nicely moisturized afterwards. It’s kind of skin care equivalent to a baby’s binky! My skin will be happy to see it.
we heartsters – what are your vacation skin must-haves? Share in the comments!
Stef is many things. Amongst them: editor of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products