Vacation season is here at last! Unfortunately, our skin can pay the price for all the fun in the sun. For example, when your vacation travels take you to exotic climates, your skin can be affected by the change in environment. Dry, cracked skin might suddenly feel smoother and more hydrated. Or, you may experience the exact opposite.
Whether you’re returning to your usual climate from vacation or arriving at that vacation destination, changes in humidity levels can cause distress for your skin.
Fortunately, it’s easy to protect your skin from these environmental changes. By understanding the role humidity plays in skin damage, adjusting your skincare routine before and after your vacation, and getting a HydraFacial to improve your recovery process, you can prevent skin problems before they happen.
How Humidity Affects Your Skin
High humidity climates can be problematic for skin. High humidity normally occurs in tandem with warmer temperatures, which can lead to more sweat. Increased sweating can cause skin breakouts, and those with a history of acne can see the condition worsen in high humidity locations.
Additionally, sweat ducts have been known to close in high humidity, trapping moisture under the skin. This causes the blisters and bumps commonly referred to as heat rash.
On the other side of the humidity coin, the low humidity often found in the higher elevations like the mountains, can dry out your skin. It’s known to remove the skin’s natural oils, depriving it of a layer of protection. This is why skin becomes cracked and itchy in the winter. This issue can also occur with prolonged exposure to air conditioning.
These often-dramatic swings in humidity levels between home, vacation destinations, and back again, exposes skin to the stressors of high/low humidity, but there are steps you can take to prepare and repair those effects.
Adjusting Your Skin Care Regimen Before And After Vacation
When you’re planning your vacation, do additional research on humidity levels in the area you’re visiting. Once you have this information, you can take a few informed steps to prepare your skin for the change in environment.
If you know you’re going to be in a high-humidity environment, get your skin ready by:
- Using a clay and/or charcoal mask before you leave and once or twice while on vacation.
- Cleansing daily with a product designed to minimize the size of pores and prevent contaminants from getting under the skin’s surface.
- Using a light moisturizer with SPF protection. Stay away from heavier products that can clog pores and sweat ducts
If you’re going to a low-humidity environment, you can:
- Use a moisture-infusing mask the day before leaving for vacation and once or twice while on vacation.
- Follow with a moisturizer that helps protect skin from flaking and itching. Don’t forget added SPF for sun protection.
Easing your skin into the new humidity levels of your vacation environment will help keep the stress on your skin at a minimum while providing maximum protection.
But, sometimes, even the best skin care regimens can’t keep up with the quick and drastic changes to the environment your skin is exposed to. When that happens, your skin might just need an additional boost.
Treat Your Skin To A Post-Vacation Hydrafacial
When you come back from vacation and your skin is dry and flaking, or you have acne reemerging on your skin, you may want to consider a HydraFacial to give your skin the added boost it needs to recover.
The soothing and replenishing HydraFacial gently cleans and extracts dirt and oil, exfoliates dead skin cells, and hydrates in one, non-invasive and non-irritating procedure.
This procedure revitalizes tired, stressed skin, resulting in clearer, firmer, plumper skin with no discomfort and no downtime.
In addition to a soothed and revitalized skin surface, HydraFacial benefits also include:
- Diminished fine lines and wrinkles
- Lightened dark spots and/or patches
- Smaller pores
- A reduction in acne breakouts
- Diminished oil deposits
- Replenished natural pH, which improves healing
When your skin is begging for a vacation from your vacation, a non-invasive, gentle, and effective HydraFacial treatment may be all you need to regain your smooth, healthy, pre-vacation skin!
You worked hard to earn your vacation. Don’t let humidity-triggered skin issues put a damper on your post-vacation zen.
If you think the HydraFacial treatment could be right for you, call The Resurge Clinic today to schedule a consultation.