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
“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.”
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.
concerns: chafing and dehydration
FOR TRIPS TO THE TROPICS
concerns: clogged pores, congestion, and sunburn
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.”
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
concerns: pollution-induced dullness
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.”
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.