Traveling Beauty: Skin Care

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I spoke with makeup artist and beauty expert Hillary Kline for her take on how to treat our skin while traveling. Her advice has appeared in Marie Claire, Bravo, Reader’s DigestSheKnowsBustle, and more. Yes, she confirmed my conclusion to keep our efforts simple.  After all, vacationing is all about relaxation and enjoyment, spending much-deserved time catching the waves and the sun, and not on high-maintenance beauty chores.  Here’s what Hillary says, and AMEN to effective skin care simplicity!

  • Skip the foundation. When you are traveling, especially to warmer climates, your skin might lack moisture. Instead of using a full-blown liquid foundation and powder, opt for a tinted moisturizer to cover up and even out skin tone.
  • Cleanse your skin daily. It is essential to clean your skin to avoid black spots, breakouts and other skin ailments. Your skin is exposed to dust and bacteria which could lead to skin issues. Cleanse your skin daily to help avoid that.
  • Moisturize and tone your skin daily. This is also important, on top of cleansing your face. By using moisturizer daily, you are keeping the skin hydrated and nourished as you travel. Toner helps keep the skin looking fresh and helps keep pores clear from dirt and bacteria.
  • Invest in a travel beauty bag with skincare essentials. I travel often for work and have a travel sized beauty bag for all of my skin care needs. In it, I have a travel-sized cleanser, face moisturizer, sunscreen, and lip balm.
Additionally, I spoke with Dr. Julie Karen, NYC-based board certified dermatologist and spokesperson for Edgewell Personal Care, the makers of Banana Boat,  for her top-line insight into the importance of wearing sunscreen, proper sunscreen application and misconceptions about sun care.
  • Wear sunscreen every day – even on cloudy, rainy days. UVA rays (the ones that are largely responsible for premature aging and also promote skin cancer) can penetrate through clouds, so even if you are in the shade or there is an overcast, you can still get incidental damage.
  • For maximum effectiveness, sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before heading outdoors and needs to be reapplied every two hours, or immediately after swimming, sweating or toweling off.  If you’re turned off by the sticky feeling that occurs from multiple layers of sunscreen, check out the new Banana Boat® Dry Balance™ Sunscreen.  It has a lightweight, non-greasy formula that absorbs excess moisture to help keep you feeling dry and fresh.
  • Try to limit time spent outdoors between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  If you are outdoors during this time, it’s important to seek shade when possible, use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and wear protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
So there you have it, a streamlined to-do list of beauty and skin care this Spring, especially useful as we travel to sunny destinations.  Of course, we want to pack light too!  And check out Banana Boat products, new offerings include Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen Lotion and Clear UltraMist and Banana Boat Kids Sport Sunscreen Lotion and Lotion Spray with PowerStay Technology. Both provide safe and effective UVA/UVB protection and are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.