When you are packing for your next winter getaway, make sure you pack for two—you AND your skin! Just because you are planning a getaway doesn’t mean you can get away from your daily skin care routine. There are many environmental factors that can be harsh on your skin this time of year, so it is important to stay up to par with your skin’s needs. Don’t let dry winter air, cold temperatures or last minute packing make you and your skin vulnerable. Instead, use our checklist to make sure you have all of your 6 Travel Essentials for a Winter Getaway.
First and foremost, did you pack sunscreen? Whether you are hitting the ski slopes and heading somewhere warm and tropical for vacation, sunscreen is a must have. Regardless of the temperature outside, the sun’s UV rays can still be damaging to your skin. Lack of sun protection threatens your skin and increases your chances of getting skin cancer. Dr. Doppelt recommends bringing SkinMedica’s TNS Total Defense + Repair because it will give your skin the protection it needs while repairing already damaged skin.
2. Lip Moisturizer
Don’t forget your lips need love too. Winter weather is extremely harsh on your skin—but especially your lips! If you don’t protect against external aggressors, your lips easily can become dry and chapped. To avoid cracked lips pack a good moisturizer like Avene’s Cold Cream Lip Cream or Cold Cream Lip Balm. Both these products work wonders on dry and very dry skin because of the long-lasting hydrating properties.
3. Hand Cream
Besides your lips, your hands are one of the first places that begin to crack. Packing a restorative hand cream is an easy fix to prevent irritated hands on your winter getaway. Try a rich, nourishing product like Avene’s Cicalfate Hand. It is important to use a cream that repairs, soothes and protects against external aggressors.
4. Hydrating Serum
It is essential that you replenish your skin on vacation with a good hydrating cream. The creams and lotions that hotels provide often times will clog your pores and make your skin oily. It is best to bring products that you already use in your skin regimen or products recommended by your dermatologist.
The things that winter and heat both have in common are their ability to dry out your skin. When the air is colder and dryer, your skin has a more difficult time holding moisture. Pack a portable humidifier in your travel bag to help hydrate and keep your skin feeling (and looking) supple on your getaway.
Not only does water keep your body hydrated, but it also keeps your skin from dehydrating too. Skin cells are made up of water, so staying hydrated on your getaway is essential. Drinking water will even help give your skin a more radiant, healthy and refreshing complexion.
These are just a few travel essentials for a winter getaway that you don’t want to leave home without. Check out our winter skincare guide for more helpful tips to get you through the season.