This past weekend I started packing for my trip out of the country. With only a carry-on bag and one piece of luggage, I wanted to be sure to pack all the necessities without packing things that I could do without. For a woman, that means not bringing nearly as many shoes as I would like and cutting back on other accessories. Eventually, it was time to start considering what was essential as far as my skincare routine is concerned.
Undoubtedly I would be bringing a plethora of sun protection, both for the body and for the face. For my daughter, I packed the spray on kind for her body because 6 year olds are just too wiggly when you are trying to put sunscreen on them. For me, the first thing I grabbed was my ZO Skin Health SPF Primer. It is the best sunscreen if you are going to be out in the sun all day. As far as I know, it is the only sunscreen that contains melanin, and therefore can protect the skin for up to 8 hours! All of my other sunscreens are good for about 2-3 hours, and that is fine for most of the time here. But, if I am on holidays, I don’t want to be concerned with remembering to reapply.
I decided to pack two cleansers. For everyday use I am bringing my ZO Skin Health exfoliating cleanser. It is mild enough to use daily and contains microbeads made from vitamin E, and therefore also hydrating for my skin. For a treat, I am bringing my SkinMedica Glypro cleanser which I will use 2-3 times while I am away to keep my skin extra bright and healthy.
Because I am going to be in a very hot climate, I chose to bring my SkinMedica Ultra Sheer moisturizer for daily use, as it is very hydrating without feeling heavy. And for nighttime, my anti-aging favorite is ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum, which is hydrating enough that I won’t need to add another moisturizer.
For added protection, not only against the sun, but protection from free radical damage of all kinds, I use SkinCeuticals Phloretin serum applied under my moisturizer every morning. It gives me 8x better protection than sunscreen used alone, and it helps with breaking down environmental pollution on the skin at the same time.
Finally I have a travel size eye cream by Skin Medica that is absolutely my favorite, TNS eye Repair, which can hydrate, reduce dark circles and help to keep my under eye area plumped up with collagen. And I can’t forget to bring my Latisse, which I have been happily using for years to extend the length and increase the thickness of my lashes.
Does that seem like a lot? It really isn’t as I have been able to use small sizes of each of my products (except the sunscreen of course, I plan on using tons of that!). With my skin healthy and dewy looking, I won’t be wearing makeup. I may bring along a lip gloss, mascara and maybe eyeliner if we go out for dinner some nights, but my days will be au natural.
With the right routine, I don’t need to cover my skin every day. I don’t have anything to hide. I don’t have sun damage, broken vessels or dark circles. I have found that as I age, I use better skin care products and less and less make up. I don’t want to spend my vacation time in front of a mirror, I want to explore, see the sites and feel relaxed.
Pack less, pack smart and enjoy your vacation knowing you look and feel great.
~ Sheri Roselle, Medical Esthetician at Toronto Dermatology Centre