My post-vacay skincare routine

It’s no secret that vacations are packed with activities that cause skincare woes. From late nights to food and alcohol indulgences to long days spent in the sun, I tend to return home with a subpar complexion. Not to mention, air travel itself strips skin of its moisture, causing even more irritation.

So, whenever I return home from a trip, I love to detox my skin. Loading it up with antioxidants combats pollutants, while clay masks deep clean pores clogged with dirt and oil. Collagen and hyaluronic acid restore moisture big-time and help to prevent signs of aging. Together, all these components restore my troubled skin and bring it back to a healthy state.

To start, I kick my normal skincare routine up a notch. After cleansing, I tone skin with micellar water; lately I’ve been loving Bioderma’s Sébium for combination to oily skin, but Pacifica’s Cactus Water Micellar Water Cleansing Tonic is another go-to. And if I am experiencing breakouts, I will also go in with witch hazel where it’s needed (usually in my t-zone).

Then comes serums. I love Glossier‘s Vitamin C serum called Super Glow to brighten dull, tired skin, and I’ll treat blemishes and redness with its sidekick Super Pure.

Even for those with oily skin, it is so important to moisturize–especially after cleansing, toning and serum-ing. I alternate between Glossier‘s original Priming Moisturizer and Clinque’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel; both are super safe for sensitive or acne-prone skin!

After moisturizing, I’ll give my skin a break for a few hours, then I’ll use a clay mask for a deeper clean. To leave skin feeling cleaner and more refreshed than ever, I use Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar (a heavy-duty mask for oily skin, blemishes and blackheads), or Glossier‘s Mega Greens Galaxy Pack (which treats the same problems, but is much more gentle).

I let the mask sit on my face for about 30-40 minutes, then I’ll rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. Lastly, I use a Korean or Japanese sheet mask, which are relatively new to my beauty routine. Loaded with collagen, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E, these masks restore moisture and elasticity stripped away from both travel and the deep cleaning process. As the instructions typically state, after removing the mask, I use my hands to gently massage the essence into my face and downwards, onto neck.

When I’m ready for bed at the end of the night, I treat any pesky whiteheads with Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. This product is totally worth all the hype it gets from bloggers and YouTubers because, much like Aztec Secret’s mask, you can actually feel it working its magic. However, this product is a spot treatment, so I use a cotton swab to dab it only wher I need it.

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