You've spent months (and, most likely, a good bit of money) getting your skin in tip-top shape for your wedding day—and the last thing you want is for all of that hard work and dedication to go to waste the second you jet off on your honeymoon. Air travel alone can wreak havoc on your complexion, and landing in a climate that your skin isn't accustomed to only ups the ante. So when it comes to maintaining that healthy bridal glow throughout your travels, being smart about your honeymoon beauty routine is a must.
Before you start frantically stuffing your entire skin care arsenal into your suitcase, remember this: it's about how many products you bring on your trip, it's which ones you choose and how you use them. Especially for those of you heading towards warmer weather, packing the right formulas is key.
We spoke with three skin care experts who shared their best advice for keeping your complexion on point all honeymoon long. Keep reading to see what they had to say.
Tip #1: Stick to the basics
Your honeymoon skin care routine should be as simple and hassle-free as possible, says Danuta Mieloch, owner of Rescue Spa in Philadelphia, so limit yourself to just the products you need to keep skin clear and hydrated. "It's essential to cleanse well in the evening to remove all of the sunscreen and buildup you've acquired during the day," she says. "If you're also exfoliating gently and using a lightweight moisturizer (or even a serum packed with antioxidants, proteins, and lipids) that should be sufficient."
Tip #2: Increase your SPF
"I tell everyone to wear SPF every day, no matter what the weather is, but if you're traveling somewhere warm or closer to the equator the sun can be much stronger than what your skin is used to," says celebrity esthetician and skin care expert Renee Rouleau. She suggests bumping your SPF up a few levels for your honeymoon to prevent unwanted redness and sun damage. And don't forget to reapply religiously—nothing ruins a romantic vacation faster than a wicked sunburn.
Tip #3: Take a vacation from acids and retinol
It's no secret that certain skin care products can cause sun sensitivity, so it's important to be mindful of the ingredients you're putting on your face both before and during your honeymoon. "If you know you're going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, I always recommend skipping acids and retinol—as well as avoiding use for at least seven days prior to your trip," Mieloch says. She recommends replacing your usual formulas with Biologique Recherche Préparation U.V., a serum that stimulates the skin to tan naturally and prepares it for sun exposure.
Tip #4: Go makeup-free
Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to let your skin breathe, says Zaherenia Victoros, lead esthetician at The Sisley Spa at The Carlyle Hotel in NYC. "By skipping makeup altogether, you're giving your face a much-needed break from toxic chemicals, colors, and many other unhealthy ingredients that can clog your pores and cause congested, tired-looking skin." Plus, the heat and humidity you're likely to encounter don't play well with makeup anyway.
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Tip #5: Treat your skin post-flight
Recycled plane air sucks all of the moisture from your face, leading to dry skin buildup on the surface and increased oil production (to counteract the lack of water). That excess sebum, Rouleau says, is what causes problems: "Since oil breeds bacteria and bacteria leads to breakouts, it's very common to get post-flight clogged bumps and breakouts a few days after—and the longer the flight, the worse it is for your skin." Once you arrive at your destination, slather on an exfoliating mask, like Rouleau's Triple Berry Smoothing Peel, that'll "reprogram the skin back into a healthy balance."
Tip #6: Keep your hands off
"While gently touching your skin doesn't cause acne, constant contact and rubbing of the face may activate your sebaceous glands (where oil is formed) and can aggravate or stimulate a break out," Victoros says. Keep in mind that your hands are always exposed to bacteria (whether on door knobs, room keys, or the airplane tray table) so make sure to wash them frequently. It's also convenient to pack a bottle of hand sanitizer and some clean tissue to pat sweat off your face.