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Prichard: Dr. Scottsdale’s essential summer travel skincare tips

By: Dr. Pablo Prichard, AKA Dr. Scottsdale | Free Press Point of View

With countries reopening after quarantine, Americans are eager to go on vacations more than ever after being cooped up for such a long time. It is a very exciting time, but it’s also easy to forget how stressful summer traveling can be on complex skincare routines.

It’s important to continue a dedicated regimen and make adjustments that help maintain a healthy, refreshed look through your travels.

Some tips to help you during your travels that I recommend include:

Dr. Pablo Prichard, AKA Dr. Scottsdale

Thoroughly cleansing your face
Staying consistent is key in keeping your face in good shape while traveling. For those who have acne-prone skin, traveling can trigger harsh breakouts due to new environments and water types. The best way to get rid of the day’s sunscreen, perspiration and pollutants by cleansing twice a day for a more refreshed feeling and look.

Adding in a few travel containers
Utilizing travel containers for your current products can keep your at-home application consistent through your trip. Instead of purchasing new products, transfer small amounts of your current regimen with you so that there is no chance of your skin reacting negatively to something new on vacation.

Avoiding the hotel freebies
Yes, the miniature moisturizers and lotions that you find in your hotel rooms are free, but there is a chance that they have fragrances and preservatives that irritate the skin and cause blemishes. These items are mass produced and can sometimes be expired when they reach your hotel. Bring your products from home and avoid anything unknown.

Extra SPF always comes in handy
There’s no such thing as packing too much sunscreen — you never know when you’ll need another layer in the hot summer sun. In fact, it’s necessary to reapply sunscreen every two hours to ensure that you’re protected from the risk of burns and skin damage. Find the right face SPF for you and always apply a generous amount to cover your entire face and neck.

Any shift in weather, water or environment can throw your skin for a loop, so it’s crucial to take extra special care of it during the hot summer months to avoid any unwanted reactions.

Editor’s note: Dr. Pablo Prichard, M.D., aka Dr. Scottsdale, has been the chief of plastic surgery at Honor John C. Lincoln Hospital for 14 years; medical director for plastic surgery and is senior partner at Advanced Aesthetics Associates.

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