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Vacation beauty prep starts well before you pack your bag and print your boarding pass—especially if your trip includes beach or pool time. If your goal is smooth, soft, glowing skin from head to toe, we’ve got a guide to getting it right.
Exfoliation is essential for putting your best face forward, as eliminating the buildup of dry, dull, dead skin cells instantly reveals more youthful, healthier-looking skin. According to New York City Plastic Surgeon Dr. Bryan Forley, “Regular exfoliation has numerous benefits for your skin, including managing excess oil and debris that can lead to acne breakouts, minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores and enhancing the penetration of your skincare products.”
To try: ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish buffs away dead skin cells with ultra-fine magnesium crystals to leave skin soft and radiant, as vitamins A, C and E deliver a dose of antioxidant protection.
Masks can make a big difference in the look and feel of your skin. Choose formulas that address overall complexion concerns, or specific issues on different parts of the face, hands, body and feet.
To try: Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Express Fresh Moisture Masks will soothe a dry, sun-drenched complexion with pure hydration from these handy individual packets.
It’s important to treat rough, dry skin on the elbows, backs of the arms, knees and feet well before your departure date. For optimal skin-smoothing, look for a product that combines hydrating, exfoliating and barrier-strengthening ingredients to maximize hydration and help lock it into your skin.
To try: With 15% glycolic acid, 40% urea, exfoliating enzymes and moisture-binding amino acids, Glycolix Glyco-Urea 15-15 Cream is a potent, comprehensive treatment that quickly and effectively improves severely dry skin.
A fake tan is the only safe tan, and you can get a golden glow before you even leave for vacation. From temporary products that can be washed off to longer-lasting gradual and fast-acting options, there’s a natural-looking self-tanner for everyone. Remember to exfoliate before applying to ensure even, streak-free color (See Deep Exfoliation above).
To try: Offering instant, transfer-resistant bronzing and a blurring effect that minimizes imperfections, Guerlain Terracotta Flawless Legs is a must for shorter hemlines.
Sun protection is essential every day (vacation or not), but with so many options it can be difficult to choose the right one for your sunning style and skin type. “I recommend using a mineral-based sunscreen because it has less potential for irritation and provides a high level of broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays,” says Bonnie Marting, ARNP director of medical aesthetics at Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida. “It’s also important to reapply after sweating. One application in the morning won’t protect your skin all day, especially if you will be spending a lot of time outside, at the pool or the beach or playing sports.”
To try: Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush On Shield SPF50 , the iconic mineral makeup brush on formula with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and a touch sun-kissed color to be applied under or over makeup, or worn on its own. Comes in 5 flattering shades.
Light peels work to rejuvenate the skin by removing the uppermost layers of dead, dull cells. “Different acids can be used to address various skin concerns ranging from fine lines and wrinkles to dark spots, acne and scars. We most commonly utilize variations of glycolic and salicylic acid peels, and the depth can be customized for each patient’s skin goals.” explains New York City dermatologist Judith Hellman.
To try: Glycolix Elite Treatment Pads will get your skin exfoliated at your own pace. These little beauties can reveal smoother, more radiant and fresh skin without irritation.