When you think of summer, what do you generally imagine? Perhaps lazy afternoons at home, doing nothing—and loving it—or maybe, if you have kids, spending fun family evening playing games or watching movies, or perhaps sending the kiddos off to a summer camp where they’ll have a blast and you’ll have some much needed quiet and relaxation. Or maybe you think about all the fashion options that open up to you in the warmer months, when you don’t need to walk around in a giant, all-consuming coat just to avoid freezing to death. Well, one thing Vine Vera thinks you should definitely be thinking about right about now, with summer in full swing, is vacation.
Vacation is a great way to enjoy a chunk of your summer by experiencing new things, having a blast in some place you’ve always wanted to go or doing something you’ve always wanted to try, or by simply giving yourself some much needed R and R.
All of that said, as we’ve mentioned before, skin care can sometimes take a dive when you leave for vacation, and it can be frustrating and confusing trying to figure out which parts of your regimen to keep up with, what to pack, and how to deal with climates you may not be used to. To help, Vine Vera is expanding on our previous advice for vacation skin care with even more useful tips.
One of the leading contributors to bad skin, rapid aging, and more worrisome skin issues, is stress. While ultimately, vacation should offer stress-relief with all it’s opportunity for excitement, fun, and relaxation, some parts, like the actual traveling (especially if you’re driving or flying for multiple days), can be very stress-inducing. To avoid suffering the brunt of this kind of stress, breathe deeply, close your eyes, and imagine yourself somewhere that makes you feel happy and relaxed. You can also try envisioning how great the vacation’s going to be when you get there, to keep calm.
Make A Checklist
Think long and hard about what skin care products you actually use regularly, which ones you absolutely need in order to maintain your skin while you’re away, and then make a list of all of those, checking them off as you pack them to make sure you don’t forget anything. If you get to your destination with something missing, don’t panic! Ask yourself again if you really needed it for the short vacation anyway, and if you really think you do, just go buy a replacement somewhere nearby.
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, and More Sunscreen
It’s way too common for people to forget to wear sunscreen when driving or flying to their destination (that sun can still get you through glass windows and cause burns or contribute to long term damage), or worse, forget to bring sunscreen entirely. This one’s not optional: no matter what else you pack, made sure sunscreen is in your suitcase, and if you forget, make it a point to go buy more when you get to your destination, right away. Further, it’s even more important than usual if you’re going to a sunny place like the beach (a popular summer vacation choice) that you get SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum, and reapply every few hours, every day.