Vacations are the time we should use to recharge our batteries so we can get back to work rejuvenated and ready to face any challenge. However, for all that these breaks are essential for boosting the health of your mind and body through stress relief, they aren’t all that good for your looks. Having a good tan following a couple of weeks on the beach might be appealing, but even that isn’t a good sign for the health of your skin.
You see, traveling isn’t good for your skin, in general, and seawater is even worse on your hair. Sunshine is extremely damaging for both and also increases the risk of skin cancer, so laying on the beach without a thick layer of sunscreen shouldn’t even be on your holiday agenda.
Post-Vacation Beauty Tips
All things considered, you will most likely return from your vacation happier and more relaxed, yet with dry and damaged hair, scaling dry skin, and an occasional breakout of acne or eczema if you suffer from it. Fixing these issues fast so you can look fantastic when you go back to work is a challenge in itself. But you can achieve this using the following post-vacation beauty tips.
Start with soaking in a bath
Taking a relaxing bath after you get back home will not only help you recover from the road. But you will also be able to soothe your irritated, dry, sensitive, and sunburnt skin.
One of the best bath recipes for post-vacation skin recovery is oatmeal bath. Simply add a few spoonfuls of powdered oatmeal into the warm water and soak for 20-30 minutes. Note that the water mustn’t be too hot as it will only irritate and damage your skin more.
Oatmeal has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. Therefore, it will help soothe any irritations and can even help reduce acne breakouts on the body. It will also help improve your skin tone and brighten it. The hydrating effect will help moisturize the skin that has gone dry during your trip.
To maximize the effects of this rejuvenating bath, you should apply some oatmeal cream onto your skin after it. If your skin is extremely dry, use sunflower seed oil.
Deep-condition your locks and give them extra love
Traveling, sunlight, pool water, and saltwater all make a strong but negative impact on your locks, which become weakened, brittle, and dry. This means that your hair will have to undergo an intensive care course after your return. The best place to start is using specialized professional-grade products. Masks and conditioners of that kind will help restore your locks’ structure and moisturize them fast.
Deep-conditioning is a must after this kind of ordeal and you can save money by doing it at home instead of going to a salon. If your hair is extremely damaged, you should add a home hot oil treatment as well. For this, you will need to apply almond or coconut oil on your locks, cover them with a shower cap and a towel. Then, use a hairdryer to heat it all up (not too much as you don’t want to get burned). Leave the towel on for 30 minutes before washing off the oil using sulfate-free gentle shampoo and lukewarm water. Applying your top-grade hair mask or conditioner after this might create the super-booster effect you need to have your hair look stunning in a weekend before work.
Treat problem areas with Aloe Vera gel
Aloe Vera gel is an invaluable substance that can help you fight extreme dryness and various skin blemishes acquired during your travels. If you have this plant at home (and you should if you prefer making your own beauty remedies), you’ll be able to treat any breakouts and blemishes caused by extreme skin dryness fast.
Simply squeeze some gel from the leaves and gently pat it onto the most affected areas. Do not rub the gel in as it shouldn’t penetrate the skin too deep. Wash it off with cool water after 10 minutes and apply your regular moisturizer. Never leave pure Aloe Vera gel on your face for more than 10 minutes as this substance is too potent.
You can also use it as a cleanser replacement that won’t have the drying effect of a regular facial cleanser. Simply pat the gel onto your entire face and wash off with lukewarm water right away. Pat your face dry with a soft towel.
Hydration and nourishment are what your skin and hair need most after returning from a vacation. Give them both and you will look amazing when it’s time to get back to the office on Monday.