Holiday travel doesn’t mean a vacation from skin care. Adjust skin care routines based on where you’re going, said experts at Baylor College of Medicine.
“A climate and altitude change can affect skin,” said Dr. Ramsey Markus, associate professor of dermatology at Baylor. “To avoid acne breakouts and flares in eczema and rosacea, it is necessary to modify your skin care based on location.”
Moisturizer can make a difference when in cold, dry climates. Markus recommended taking lukewarm showers, using mild soaps and applying moisturizer generously to keep dry and itchy skin at bay.
“Wearing sunscreen everyday on these trips is equally important,” he said. “Snow and ice reflect UV rays, which can result in sunburn if proper sun protection is not applied.”
For warmer climates, he recommended wearing sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapplying throughout the day.
Skin care is not one size fits all and because of this Kim Chang, aesthetician at the Baylor Facial Plastic Surgery Center, offers these four general tips for healthy skin:
- Correct current skin issues
“The best skin care is a customized skin care regimen created specifically for you,” Chang said. “Meeting with a professional to speak about your lifestyle, diet and preferences will enhance your skin care experience to meet your specific needs.”