Here’s the second in an occasional series of guest posts from Dr Rabia Malik. If you’re planning a sunny summer holiday, preparation is key to make sure your skin doesn’t suffer!

The Easter break is done and dusted and and we’re moving into the time of year when many of my patients are planning their summer holiday. For many of us, trips abroad mean abandoning our day to day routines and being a little more ‘care-free’.  No school drop offs and picks ups, no daily dashes to the supermarket, and often, no inclination to wear makeup or use our regular skincare!

I advise all my patients to come in for a treatment and review of their skincare approximately a week before they go away. This allows me to do a ‘pre-holiday’ treatment (usually a hydrating or rejuvenating combined facial treatment) to prepare their skin. I also tweak their products. We all want to travel with as few bottles as possible, so I suggest multi-purpose products, often in travel-sizes that can be used while away for a few weeks.  Holidays are also a great time to do an ‘intensive treatment’. This usually involves using concentrated serums which I prescribe, morning and night for 14-30 days. They are easy to use, can be used on their own independently of your usual skincare regime, and really improve the skin.
When you’re away, these are the most important things to remember to keep your skin in good condition:
Don’t forget to cleanse!  I know it’s tempting not to bother, particularly if you haven’t been wearing makeup, but you’ll be surprised at how much dirt/sweat/suncream has accumulated on your face. If you’ve been out and about, I would suggest a double cleanse to stop your pores getting clogged up.
Hydrate your skin from the inside and out. Drink plenty of water, particularly if you are out in the sun, and use a hydrating serum or cream (one of my favourites is the Intraceuticals Daily Serum).
Protect your skin from the sun with SPF 30 or above (I recommend SPF 50 to all my patients. Obagi Nu Derm SPF50 is the bestseller in my clinic).  Wear a hat to protect your face from the sun, and try to avoid going outside when the sun is at its strongest (usually between 11am-2pm).
Watch what you eat and drink limit alcohol, coffee, soda and processed food. Try to eat as much fresh food as possible, particularly fruit and veg. 
Consider a holiday supplement  I recommend the Advanced Nutrition Programme Well Away Supplement which comes in a 7 day blister pack, designed for travel. It’s easy and convenient and contains all the nutrients you need.
Nourish your hair by taking some treatment masks with you (a great one to try is the GloEssentials Reparative Keratin Leave-In Treatment). Holidays are a good time to do those intensive conditioning treatments you never get round to doing at home!
If you keep all of this in mind, and plan ahead, you will hopefully come back with glowing skin. If it doesn’t quite work out that way, and your skin needs an overhaul post holiday, I will be discussing the best rejuvenating treatments in a later post!

Dr Rabia Malik is a Cosmetic Doctor based at SkinW1, 11 Devonshire Place, W1.  She specialises in facial analysis and provides skincare consultations as well as non invasive facial rejuvenation treatments. See for more information. All products mentioned are available for purchase through Dr Rabia Malik at SkinW1.

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  1. May 6, 2013 / 10:04 am

    One can never underestimate the power of regular intake of water. It’s very easy to think that the most expensive will solve all your skin problem, but you have to treat your skin both from the inside and outside.

    • May 8, 2013 / 9:59 pm

      Oh agreed!!! Water is the most important thing in any beauty regime!

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