Planning to travel this summer? Vacations are often filled with overindulgence in food, sun and fun – and light in exercise and healthy choices.

And that’s kind of the point, but it’s easy to keep your skin in shape with Dr. Zein Obagi’s travel and TSA-friendly portable skin care regimen.

“Don’t stop taking care of your skin just because you are going off the grid for a vacation,” says Frank Barone, MD, a plastic surgeon in Toledo, Ohio. “Keep up with your skin care regimen, so when you come back you will look as rested as you feel, and remember that beautiful and youthful skin requires consistency and commitment in any season.”

This starts with a regimen:

  1. Cleansing daily. Even if you are exhausted from travel or long day at the beach, cleanse your skin daily with Offects® Hydrating Cleanser,Normacleanse™ Cleanser for Normal to Dry SkinOilacleanse™ Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin or Foamacleanse™ Gentle Foaming Cleanser for All Skin Types.
  2. Treating acne, rosacea or pigmentation as needed. Don’t take a break from your skin care when you are on a break, as any issues such as acne, rosacea or hyperpigmentation may come back or worsen. Make sure to pack your Aknetrol Acne Treatment, Rozatrol for your rosacea and/or Brightenex 1.0% Retinol for lightening brightening dark spots.
  1. Wearing sunscreen. Don’t take a break from you sun protection either. Make sure to use sunscreen such as Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 judiciously and reapply it regularly throughout the day after sunning and sweating. Whether your vacation is spent relaxing by the surf, hiking in the Berkshire mountains or taking a road trip across the country, SPF is SOP.
  1. Exfoliating twice per week –even when you are on holiday. Offects Exfoliating Polish gets the job done brilliantly which is why it is one of ZO’s best sellers.

If you are checking your bags or just tossing them in the back of your car, size doesn’t necessarily matter – but if you are taking them with you on your flight make sure your skin care products are packed in a resealable container that is 3.4 ounces or less and that all containers must fit in one clear, plastic, resalable 1-quart-sized bag.

Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist before your summer vacay. It’s a great time for your annual skin cancer exam and will give you a chance to review your skin care needs.

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