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Beauty on the Road: 3 Tips for Healthy Skin While Traveling {Plus a Red Door Spa Giveaway}

Beauty, Travel

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While I absolutely love traveling and the thrill of having a change of scenery, constantly being on the go can wreak havoc on my skin. That’s why I always take extra care to ensure my skincare game is on point when I’m on the road. Here are my three simple rules for keeping my skin in shape on the road.

  1. Drink copious amounts of water. This is hands-down my No. 1 tip. All the beauty products in the world won’t help unless you keep your skin hydrated from within. The ventilation systems on airplanes are notoriously are notoriously drying, so sometimes I even carry a little Evian misting spray to help perk things up a bit.
  2. Exfoliate. I love to pamper myself while traveling, even if it’s for business. I used to swear by clay masks, but recently switched to glycolic acid peels upon the recommendation of the aesthetician who gave me my last facial at Red Door Spa. After noticing how dry my skin was and asking about my skincare regimen, she explained how clay masks were too drying for my skin type and recommended Elizabeth Arden’s Illuminating Glycolic Exfoliating Pads. I’ve been using them weekly for the past two months, and they’ve made such a difference in my skin. It absolutely glows now, and I’ve gotten compliments from friends and strangers.
  3. Use sunscreen. I’ll be honest, sunscreen wasn’t a part of my daily skincare routine until much later in life. But a couple of years back, I unexpectedly got my very first case of sunburn while on vacation. Up until then, I thought my extra melanin was all the sun protection I needed. But my painful experience led me to do a bit of research, and I learned very quickly that definitely was not the case.  A lot of sunscreens I’ve tried are way too heavy and greasy feeling for my face, but Elizabeth Arden’s Triple Factor SPF 50 lotion goes on very lightly and feels quite nice on the skin. I love it’s unique twist-top pump that makes it great for travel because you don’t have to worry about spills and messes. It’s also under 3 oz. which means you can slip it into your carry-on.

And because sharing is caring, I’m happy to announce an exciting giveaway with Red Door Spa! Just follow me on Instagram and leave a comment on the following post. Contest ends November 4th. Must reside in the US and be at least 18 years of age to enter.

Full Disclosure: I am a Red Door Spa #GalSquad Ambassador and receive products/services at no cost. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that help keep this site running!

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Ausable Chasm {Jumpsuit + Boater Hat}

Everyday Outfits, Travel

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After a spending a relaxing few days roadtripping through Canada, it was time to head home. But we made time for one last stop along the way: Ausable Chasm. Known locally as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, the chasm is a uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyon made of 500 million year old rock. If you love the outdoors, then you’ll definitely enjoy spending the afternoon here. There are various trails to explore, and all are easily accessible for beginners. And I highly recommend you try rafting or tubing while you’re there. The rapids are pretty tame and provide just enough of a thrill (for me at least!).

Since we had a long car ride ahead of us, I wore a simple jumpsuit that was as comfy as a pair of pajamas. The trail l through the chasm is pretty easy and well-groomed, so I was comfortable in an old pair of sandals with a well-cushioned insole.

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Oh, Canada! {Montreal & Thousand Islands}

Everyday Outfits, Travel

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Once we left Toronto, it was off to Montreal for a short stay. On our way there, we stopped off for a boat tour of the Thousand Islands – an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada–US border in the Saint Lawrence River. The ride gave us a great overview of the region, and I can’t wait to take another trip back to explore some of those tiny little islands (especially Pollepel, home of the famous Bannerman Castle) even further.

We were famished by the time we arrived in Montreal, so we strolled through Old Town and found a wonderful French restaurant called Le Vieux Senateur tucked away on a little side street. We mostly spent our time relaxing and taking in the sights in this charming city that can easily make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Europe. And one activity we particularly enjoyed was our excursion to the Parc Olympique where we rode to the top of the Montreal Tower as well as explore the Biodome.

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