How to Take Care of Your Skin when on Vacation
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How to Take Care of Your Skin when on Vacation

Taking care of your skin is as important on vacation as it is at home. These skin care tips will help you look and feel great when traveling. Getaways are a time to relax and unwind from the stress of home and work. No one wants to deal with skin care issues that make us feel miserable. Taking care of our skin when on vacation takes very little time and helps prevent sunburn, blisters and other problems.

Taking care of our skin when we are on vacation is the first thing that we should do. We have all heard the warnings about skin cancer and the need to use sunscreen. If done properly, the application of sunscreen is a good first step in taking care of our skin when on vacation.

Sunscreen tips

Read the label before you purchase to be sure that the one you are buying has the right sun protection factor (SPF) for you. Also check to see if the sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays. These are both important to preventing skin cancer later in life.

Reading the label also tells you how frequently to apply the product and if it is waterproof or water resistant. Some products contain bug repellent. Always read the labels and follow the instructions given by the manufacturer.

Another vacation skin care tip is to take a minute to examine the expiration date on your bottle of sunscreen. Toss it if the bottle is out of date. The few dollars that you might save are not worth the aggravation of a sunburn.

Special vacations require special precautions. REI has an informative article about sunscreen. It is good for everyone to read. Those who are climbing mountains, engaging in extreme sports or hiking near the equator will want to pay attention. 


Vacation skin care means reducing the possibility of blisters or injury. Those cute beach flip flops can cause problems on the hiking trail and lead to falls. The new tennis shoes you bought the day before leaving can leave blisters. Use common sense and wear appropriate, comfortable shoes that fit your feet well.

First aid kit

Are you surprised that a first aid kit made the list of vacation skin care tips? The bandages and antibiotic cream are needed for blisters, feet that get injured on a rock or stray piece of seashell or for a child's scraped knee. The kit does not need to be big or expensive to be effective. Pick up one of the small kits from the drug store and slide it into your backpack or bag for easy travel.

Stay hydrated

Another good way to take care of your skin on vacation is to stay hydrated. Extra exertion means that your body needs extra fluids. Adequate fluid intake will not just help you look better, it will help you feel better. Fruit and foods that are water rich also help with hydration. Web MD has other great vacation skin care tips that can help.


Air travel and hot sun literally pulls the moisture out of you. Taking care of your skin on vacation means using a good moisturizer or body cream. Apply it to your face, hands and other body parts to prevent windburn or moisturize. Use it according to need and any instructions from the manufacturer.  

Skip the perfume

Certain scents attract insects who may mistakenly view you as a food source or threat. Skipping the perfume or cologne is an easy tip for taking care of your skin on vacation. 

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