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Makeup artist Carola Gonzalez serves up skincare advice for wherever the festivities may take you—whether you’re bound for sun, ski, or city.

Written By ERICA LOPEZ

‘Tis the season for frills, feasts, and fêtes—and, for many of us, travel. But while venturing further afield is one the season’s great joys, the changes in climate often wreak havoc on your skin. 

Our gift to you, then, is expert advice from globe-trotting makeup artist Carola Gonzalez (she tends to Kerry Washington’s glowing visage), who firmly believes it’s essential to adapt your skincare routine to wherever your travels take you. “Skin reflects what you put in your body,” says Gonzalez.

Read on for Gonzalez’s counsel on what to pack for a respite in the tropics, a ski excursion in Vail, and everything in between. The one thing she never leaves home without? “Sisley Nutritive lip balm, whatever the weather.” 

FOR THE DESERT

concerns: dry, irritated skin

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“This cleanser is great for dry desert weather,” says Gonzalez of Royal Fern’s cleansing balm. The rich formula hydrates with hyaluronic acid to restore skin’s texture.

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“This highly concentrated serum will help you get the most hydration from the moisturizer you layer on top,” says Gonzalez. Add the serum to your skincare or use alone: “It all depends on how dry your skin feels and how it reacts to the products.”

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Consider a balm when skin feels dry and itchy. “This one is very healing and acts like a shield to protect the skin from the elements,” she says. Added bonus? You can use a multipurpose balm on your face and your body, which simplifies your packing list.

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“I love how this serum replenishes my skin, tightens, and adds a healthy glow,” says Gonzalez. She recommends Tata Harper’s Nutrient Complex as an add-on treatment when skin is particularly chapped and irritated. 

FOR THE
SKI CHALET

concerns: chafing and dehydration

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Between freezing winds and indoor heaters, your skin can become blistery and very dry in cold weather. “You’ll need the hydrating benefits of the Pai cleanser,” advises Gonzalez. “Use the cloth to exfoliate gently.”

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Dr. Sturm’s Hyaluronic serum has changed my life. I use it daily, especially in cold, harsh climates,” she raves, recommending the ampoules for easy travel. “This is the skincare item I would gift to everyone on my list this holiday season.”

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“Sleep with Sisley’s Rose mask on three times a week,” says the makeup artist, who recommends an extra dose of moisture as part of your nightly skincare regimen. “You’ll wake up with luminous skin that looks refreshed.”

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Don’t forget to treat dry limbs. “Lather on this body butter, focusing on parched knees and elbows.”

FOR TRIPS TO THE TROPICS

concerns: clogged pores, congestion, and sunburn

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You needn’t fear oil-based cleansers in warm, humid climates—not even in Bali (Gonzalez’s holiday destination of choice). “Use a cleanser that will balance your pH levels without stripping the skin of its natural oils,” she says, recommending Tatcha’s Camellia oil cleanser. “Stay away from milk- or cream-based cleansers, which will feel greasy in humid weather.”

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A Puerto Rico native, Gonzalez is well versed in the demands of tropical climates. “When your skin starts to feel sticky,” she says, “use this toner to quickly cleanse and reduce oil production.”

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Gonzalez advises keeping moisture light and simple with Sisley’s Ecological Compound or the Embryolisse lotion. “Your skin is going to be hydrated from the humidity, and you’ll find that you don’t need to add very much.”

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SPF is a skincare must, especially if your holiday plans include increased sun exposure (Gonzalez recommends Avène’s mineral suncreen). “You should also be prepared with a soothing postsun moisturizer to combat any redness or potential burns,” she says. 

FOR AN URBAN
ADVENTURE

concerns: pollution-induced dullness

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“For wintry weather in the city, Gonzalez likes to use a moderately thick moisturizer alongside her hyaluronic serum. “The Soft Cream is just the right consistency, and the lime tea extract protects my skin from pollution.”

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Layering too much skincare during the day can interfere with makeup application, so Carola recommends using fewer products whenever possible. “If you feel like your skin needs an extra boost of hydration, add the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro serum, but only as needed.”

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After a long day spent gallivanting through the city, treat your skin to some extra pampering. “This mask is one of my favorites because of the way it plumps and brightens my complexion,” she says. And the individually packaged one-time-use masks are great for packing light.