What makes a dream trip for you may be quite stressful for your skin. Sunbathing, bathing and hair removal always throw them out of balance. The consequences are impure skin on vacation or dry skin after vacation. That's why it needs particularly intensive care during this time. With our tips for relaxed skin on your summer vacation, it will be relaxing for both of you.
Off on vacation: care tips for beautiful skin
Impure skin on vacation: an uninvited guest
You can hardly wait to finally wear your new bikini or dress up in your backless summer dress and then this: after a few days of vacation, the pimples and pustules start to sprout. Great! 😔 This can have various causes such as greasy food at the hotel buffet, heavy sweating, sunscreen or dusty air. Too much sun can also take its toll on your skin; after all, we don't often lie by the pool or beach all day long throughout the year.
Prickly heat, sun allergy, Mallorca acne : Have you ever been visited by one of these uninvited guests and caused bad skin (and mood) on vacation? The three “culprits” are an overreaction of your skin caused by a combination of sweating, UV radiation and unsuitable sunscreen. Now it's time to keep a cool head, because the rash usually goes away on its own after a few days. To speed up the healing process, you should avoid direct sun, wear loose, airy clothing that does not stick to the skin, and possibly change your sunscreen. A low-lipid sun cream without emulsifiers but rich in antioxidants is the product of choice here.
So that it doesn't even get to that point and you can enjoy your vacation stress-free from start to finish, we have a few tips for you for beautifully cared for summer skin. With our four skin care tips for beach beauties , you will hopefully be spared bad skin on vacation!
4 skin care tips for beach beauties
1. Gentle sun tan (from the tube)
A touch of color is simply part of it. But tan wisely ! In contrast to the summer complexion, UV damage is permanent. Therefore, always apply plenty of sun protection and expose your skin to as little intense radiation as possible. This is especially important at the beginning of summer or the holiday season, because the skin is still particularly sensitive. During this phase, you should therefore reapply regularly and choose a high sun protection factor. Your skin needs about three weeks to get used to sunbathing and to develop the so-called photocallus : a thickening of the cornea that offers the skin's own protection against UV radiation, comparable to protection factor 5.
Prevention instead of anti-aging : There is no better way to prevent premature skin aging than sunscreen. Before you resort to overpriced anti-aging products to limit the damage, invest in good sunscreen in good time.
If you follow these three tips , you will have laid the most important foundation for beautiful and healthy skin on your summer vacation and afterwards:
The higher the better : sunscreen with SPF 15 works like a drop in the ocean. It should be at least SPF 30, preferably SPF 50.
Always at hand : A tube of sunscreen should be your constant companion in summer and on vacation, because you need it most when you don't have any with you. Luckily, they are now available in every drugstore in a handy pocket size.
A lot helps a lot: If your skin is exposed to UV radiation over a longer period of time, the following applies: reapply at regular intervals and apply sunscreen generously.
Natural wins : We recommend sun protection with natural UV filters. You can read about what distinguishes it from conventional, synthetic sunscreen here: Natural sunscreen – what to look out for ?
Tip : If you're more of a shade person, just use self-tanner . It is even available as natural cosmetics, for example from Lavera. This is definitely gentler than UV radiation. If applied before your vacation, you will arrive with a slightly tanned complexion. But pay close attention to the best-before date! Formaldehyde can be released from the tanning agent dihydroxyacetone (DHA) if it is stored too long or in a warm place. You can find out more about tanning at: How much sun can my skin tolerate? – 7 sun protection tips .
2. Look good even without makeup
What does your daytime makeup usually look like in summer? Fresh, natural, almost without make-up? How good that this almost comes by itself. A sun-kissed complexion banishes paleness. The heat effortlessly conjures up rosy cheeks. And the right care ensures clear skin without signs of dryness. Strong make-up, on the other hand, runs the risk of running in the heat and quickly appears mask-like. The result is clogged pores and new irritations.
Instead, let your skin breathe a sigh of relief. Try pampering your face with a minimalist but high-quality facial care line à la FIVE and do without make-up. This gives the skin more time to regenerate and you to enjoy it.
Summer morning routine for your face:
Less is more : Wash your face only with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel
On top : Leave the serum and oil on for about five minutes and then apply sunscreen over it
3. Cleanse gently and prevent dry and impure skin
Sun, water, wind, parties – what you find relaxing is anything but vacation for your skin. Nevertheless, thorough cleansing of the body and face is mandatory and helps to avoid impurities.
For the body : When it's really hot, I crave a refreshing shower around the clock. Salt water and the smell of chlorine also bother the skin. Showering once a day rarely stops. However, this really messes up the skin's protective shield. Hot water and soap foam repeatedly wash away the acid-lipid layer. It is therefore better to shower lukewarm and only use shower gel where necessary . Arms and legs hardly sweat and already have to contend with UV radiation and loss of moisture. But you should wash off sunscreen with soap at least once a day. And speaking of shower gel: It's better to avoid conventional shower gels. They usually come with aggressive surfactants and are also drying. It's better to use natural cosmetic washing gels. They consist of mild surfactants and are gentle on your skin.
For the face : Unfortunately, sunscreen cannot be washed off with water alone. And you definitely have to get it off your skin in the evening. We'll explain why this is so important in this article: Do you have to wash off sunscreen?
But washing gels are drying and your skin doesn't like that after a sunny day? An oil-based make-up remover is the solution here: it thoroughly removes sunscreen and dirt from the pores and at the same time protects against loss of moisture. Applied in the evening, its natural oils also have a nourishing effect overnight.
Summer evening routine for your face:
Block instead of spill : Apply FIVE make-up remover generously to the face, neck and décolleté and massage gently
Wipe and Away : Use a paper towel to wipe off any loosened sunscreen and makeup residue
Twice works better : Apply the FIVE make-up removal oil again and remove any remaining dirt with a damp washcloth
Replenish moisture depots : Now apply half a pipette of FIVE facial serum and let it be absorbed by your skin. (After a sunny day, mix a drop of facial oil in the palm of your hand if desired).
4. With peeling for a silky-smooth feeling
Razors, wax and the like are in high season in summer. Unfortunately, ingrown hairs are an unpleasant side effect. You can tackle these culprits with regular peelings. If these also contain rich oils, they smooth rough areas of skin at the same time. In no time your legs will be soft to the touch again and ready for short shorts or a mini dress. A peeling after your vacation ensures that your sun-kissed complexion appears more even and stands out even better. Find out which peeling is right for you in our article.
Cosmetics for vacation: What really needs to be in your suitcase
These 4 care tips will make your vacation really relaxing for your skin. And all without unnecessarily weighing down your luggage. Yes, you've read that correctly. To have beautiful and healthy skin during the summer holidays, you don't have to buy half the drugstore empty. The FIVE summer care set is your perfect travel companion on vacation as it saves space and still meets every type of skin need. Particularly practical if you only travel with hand luggage and cannot exceed the permitted amount of liquids.
The power duo consists of our moisturizing facial serum and nourishing facial oil , the mixing ratio of which you can adjust individually to your skin type. Further tips on how to pack cosmetics for your vacation in a minimalist way without leaving your skin missing anything can be found in the article How to have a beautiful vacation with little luggage: Multi-use cosmetic products .
What to do about dry skin after vacation?
Have you tried to follow the care tips mentioned above while on vacation and your skin still feels tight and itchy, leaving little of the recovery you hoped for? These could be the reasons for dry skin after vacation . Sun, salt water, mineral sunscreen, alcohol and traveling by plane have one thing in common: they strip the skin of moisture and dry it out. If several of these factors come together, the mess is almost inevitable. What helps now is: apply cream, apply cream, apply cream!
This is how you apply cream correctly every day:
Body : After each shower, apply a vegetable oil generously to wet skin and massage in. During and after the holiday period, the following applies exceptionally: more is more!
Face : The combination of facial serum and facial oil in our FIVE summer care set moisturizes your skin and regenerates it at the same time: the multi-use duo for every skin type! Here, too, we usually advise using the products sparingly. But now you can apply generously.
☝️You are welcome to continue this “more is more” for up to two weeks after your summer vacation and you will see: your skin will thank you. Even after your skin has regenerated, you can maintain this care routine. You should just reduce the amount or frequency back to normal so that you don't over-care for your skin.
Have you struggled with dry skin after vacation in the past? Then next time don't let it get to that point. Start applying cream to your skin while you're on vacation , at least once a day. This will prevent your barrier function from being weakened and prevent dry skin after your vacation.