4 Tips to Save Your Skin During a Cruise

By  July 28, 2014

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Even if you’re on a vacation, your skincare shouldn’t be. The sun, pool water, and surf can unfortunately leave your skin…intoxicated. Glam chatted up Canyon Ranch Facialist Bernie Williams after snagging an Environ Ultimate Vitamin Therapy Facial aboard the Celebrity Summit (which left us glowing, literally). She shared a few quick tips on how to ensure that your skin looks great from ship to shore:

Slather on the SunscreenSunscreen becomes top priority when walking on the top deck where the water reflects the sunlight and UV rays. Aside from saving yourself the pain of a bad burn, slathering on a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every 2 hours will keep aging at bay. “[It] is going to keep your skin looking younger for longer and it’s going to prevent pre-mature aging, which is a big problem that we have,” Williams said. “We can’t stop aging, but we can slow and reverse premature aging.”

Amass Moisture – Just because you’re floating on a body of water doesn’t mean it’s good for you. The combination of salt water, sun, and air conditioning can dehydrate skin cells, so maintaining that moisture balance is essential. Drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated but applying moisturizer will keep it from escaping. “You want to make sure you’re using a day and night cream so you’re getting that hydration and feeding [the skin],” she said.

Exfoliate Your Face – Regardless of what you use to slough off the dead skin, don’t forget to pack it in your bag! Regularly exfoliating will help maintain healthy cell turnover as well as keep your glow going at every port. Plus, it ensures all of your other skincare products sink in as they should. “The dead skin cells create a layer on your face and that prevents those products from penetrating into the skin,” she said. “It’s useless to have these wonderful products if they can’t get through that barrier.”

Top It Off with Toner – The trick is to swipe on toner after cleansing to balance and protect skin when it is most vulnerable. “The toner is there to help protect your skin after you’ve cleansed because you remove the acid mantle from the skin,” Williams explained. “When you remove the acid mantle, you open yourself up to germs and bacteria and outside pollutants, so that’s a protective pH coating so your acid mantle comes back into balance.”

Bon voyage, beauties!