How To Tame Vacation Skin

It happens to me every single season: I’m really looking forward to a vacation, and when I finally get to the destination, my skin starts acting crazy. Perhaps, it has something to do with the climate change or the airplane air, but my skin seems to accumulate all of the problems you could possibly imagine: from acne to dry patches and overall dullness. This time around, I decided that it should be the end of my vacation skin troubles (especially because we will be celebrating my Birthday while in Florida and who needs breakouts on your special day?) and started working on my skincare strategy way in advance. I was looking for products that will deeply moisturize my skin (because I will be in water all the time) and help it to retain hydration throughout the day.

A few weeks before our vacation, one of my most favorite skincare brands that I’ve been blogging about from the beginning of this blog, Clarins, reached out to me offering to test their newest skincare launches, a facial serum and a moisturizer and I immediately agreed on doing so. You know my feelings about their night creams and serums (aka I’m totally obsessed!) and I had a good feeling about those ultra-hydrating products. Perhaps, they can help me to solve my vacation skin troubles?

As expected, I have not been disappointed. The Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum was a perfect match for my normal to dry skin that has a tendency for oiliness in the T-zone. The serum delivered everything my skin was lacking after a dehydrating flight: it smoothed out and added life to my dull looking skin. It also helped my makeup to apply more evenly which was essential considering how many holidays we celebrate during this trip. Finally, I felt that it was helping my skin overnight too by making my heavy-duty nighttime moisturizer more effective.

When it comes to the Silky Cream from the Clarins’ Hydra-Essentiel line, it was one of the most comfortable creams to wear. You know me: I’m very picky when it comes to sticky products. Even if the cream does miracles to my skin but my hair is getting glued to this product, I just can’t stand it. Keeping that little weirdness of mine, you’ll understand why I loved Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream so much—it just deeply hydrates without unnecessary sticky finish.

The consistency of this cream reminds me of whipped body butter, but much more lightweight and soft. If you love night creams by Clarins, you’ll be addicted to this new product launch as I could compare this cream effectiveness to those nighttime products. It deeply hydrates skin and helps to avoid any dry patches throughout the day. Maybe it’s related to the fact that I’m on vacation, but my skin really looks more radiant now!  Since I didn’t change anything else in my skincare routine except those two products, so it must be the power of the Leaf of Life which is a major ingredient in both products!

Combined together, Hydra-Essentiel serum and cream worked the exact way I expected: from being a “vacation skin girl” they transformed me into a “great skin kind of girl” who doesn’t need to worry about over-drying her skin while traveling. In fact, thanks to these new Clarins products I experience the best skin moment in years—which is especially inspiring around my 31st Birthday. Looking back, I have to say that my skin now in the 30s might look better than it ever was in my 20s and I just can’t stop feeling super happy about it!

The Verdict: It’s definitely a new hot product launch and I highly recommend testing these creams out!

Price Point: Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream for normal to dry skin ($48; available at and Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum for normal to dry skin ($59; available at

Other products in Clarins Hydra-Essentiel line:

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Clarins. All opinions are my own.

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    I hate vacation skin! I’m glad you found the solution!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Yeah me too! I’m so glad that I figured it out that time around! Clarins really saved my skin!

    • Me too! It’s always too difficult to handle it! Thankfully, Clarins really helped me out calming my skin down this vacation season!

  • You could seriously model for Clarins. OMG. You are beautiful.

  • I love Clarins skincare, great post!

    xo, Liz

    • Thank you, Liz! I’ve been a long-term lover of the brand too! I also love their makeup line – especially lip glosses. Have you tried any of them? xoxo

    • Me too! This line is amazing so is chamomile toner, a night cream, lip glosses, blushes… the list can go on and on! Have you tried any of Clarins makeup?

  • clarins has such great stuff. your skin is perfect!

  • I definitely love this brand and totally get what you’re staying about travel really taking a tole on your skin! I’ll have to throw these into my makeup bag when I fly back to school!

    xx, Pia

    • Yes, please do! You’ll immediately notice the difference! Clarins is so amazing!

      I’ve also heard that people are applying sheet masks while on the plain — but I felt a bit shy doing so when I flew on vacation at the end of December… Maybe, I’ll try it on the way back…

      • I’ve heard about this too! I don’t think I could ever the courage to do it alone though (my when traveling with my boyfriend or friends just to embarrass them!)

  • Both products sound soo lovely! I’ve been curious about their hydra line after youtuber Emily Fox raved about them 🙂 Now I need to add that serum to my wish list as well lol

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • I haven’t heard about Emily Fox before, but I just subscribed to her channel. If you like her, I definitely need to follow her too!

      Yes, this serum is so amazing! My skin is definitely having the best moment ever thanks to this amazing product!

  • Ance

    I love Clarins skincare.Great post! You look awesome!

  • Claudia Glam

    Great review! I really want to try these!


  • redheadbabymama

    I’ve actually had the reverse problems in Florida, because I’m chugging water… maybe I need to do that here, at home, for better skin!

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    I didnt realize that it was the different destinations we go that was playing havoc with my skin! I will have to adjust my skin routine and try these products.

  • I have the same problems when I’m traveling. I assumed it was the unhealthy eating and the stress of travel that made my skin go crazy. It could just be the change in climate though.

  • The same thing happens to me. I wonder if it is “skin stress.” Surely our skin goes through stress like the rest of our bodies. Whatever, I am going to give these creams a try.

  • Allison Lancaster

    the same thing happens to me when I travel! I need to get some of this and keep it on hand when we are traveling!

  • Oh the clarins serum sounds wonderful. I definitely want to pick that up. My skin is extra dry in this bitter cold. Hope you have a blast in Florida for your birthday

  • Debra Hawkins

    I am always a little cautious when trying new things for my skin because I am afraid I will have breakout, but this stuff looks great!

  • These products sounds great! My skin does the same thing whenever I travel. I always end up with breakouts or with super dry skin.

  • Mistee Dawn

    I hear ya! My skin definitely need some help. I will try these products! They sound great.

  • Theresa

    These photos of you are gorgeous! You look like you already have great skin, but I would definitely order this product now.

  • I love Clarins skincare line! I know exactly how you feel….Living in Florida my skin is used to the humidity…we go up North and my skin dries out like a raisin.

  • Brandi Puga (Big Fit Fam)

    Wow your skin looks amazing! I may have to try these products! More because i have mid thirties skin than vacation skin though! haha

  • Taylor Smith

    This is what I need!! I have been on vacation for a long time! My skin is going totally crazy. I’ll take your advice.

  • TravelingWellForLess

    Oh, I’ll have to check out these out. I fly a lot and it dries out my skin.

  • Rachel Catherine

    These look like great products and something that would really help during the harsh winters. I will have to check these out.

  • Kristin & Megan

    I am obsessed with Clarins masks….and now I clearly need to try these. My skin gets so dry, especially in the winter!

  • Megan McCoig

    I absolutely love Clarins Skincare products. I didn’t know they had a new range out so that’s super exciting. Must get some samples!

  • These would probably help my skin during the cold months. I have oily skin in the summer but as soon as the cold arrives my skin gets so dry!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    I feel like I need this right now. It’s so cold and the air is so dry my face is a mess! I will have to try this out!

  • Amanda Love

    Traveling can really damage our skin but it’s not really a problem when you have products such as these! I think it’s important that you know which products work well with your skin so you can be prepared when you’re going on vacation.

  • I haven’t heard of this brand, but I am definitely in need of some deep hydration for my skin. I definitely will look into it!

  • I would love to sample this moisturizer since my skin gets very dry due to the cold, New York City winter air. It’s so important to care for your skin during the cold weather months.

  • Becca Wilson

    These products look great! I am so guilty of not replenishing moisture or anything to my skin after I have been traveling.

  • Oh so true. Been there as much – just in time for vacation, my skin goes awry. Awesome recommendations. Never tried the brand but would love to!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    These look like lovely products, and I haven’t tried these from Clarins yet, even though I absolutely love Clarins so much! Must try xx

  • These look very lovely products. I’d like to give this a try.

  • My skin also always goes haywire when I travel! I will put these on my must-try list 🙂

  • Great tips for keeping skin under control while on vacation! I recently returned from vacation and wished I would’ve remembered to bring my hydrating overnight lotion…my skin was like the Sahara Desert for nearly a week straight! lol

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