September 04, 2018 |

My Holiday Suncare Routine

Today I am sharing with you my skincare routine when I am on holidays in the sun. I am a big skincare and beauty products fan as you know – although the first time I did a full face of makeup, I was 28 years old! But that’s a story for another day…

I always invested in products for my face and I continue to do so. As a student, I spent less on alcohol and saved to buy my favorite moisturizer from Lancôme.  Interestingly, the most expensive ones aren’t always the best, but more on this topic soon!

When I am in the sun I make sure to always protect my skin. First, I wear SPF and secondly, I always wear a hat.

As we all know, the sun damages the skin and gives you both wrinkles and pigmentation. My skin is on the dry side and I am genetically prone to pigmentation, so I am always trying and testing products.

Here are my tips for ultimate protection from the sun:

  • A week before going in the sun, I give my skin a good exfoliation and a hydrating or brightening mask [ you can check out my video where I show you my favorite face masks on YouTube]. I then apply with some gentle building self-tan like L’Oreal face mist as I know I will be putting my body in the sun but not my face.
  • Do not scrub your face a few days before going away and during your stay. Indeed, scrubbing the face makes the top layer of your skin thinner, hence more prone to sun damage.
  • In the morning, apply a moisturizer with SPF in it. I like using Zelens daily defense cream which has an SPF 30.
  • Let the moisturizer sink in for a couple of minutes (or more) and then apply a generous layer of mineral sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens are a total barrier against the sun. The ones which aren’t mineral are activated when the sun hits your face and are chemical-based. I find them less effective. Mineral sunscreens protect you better, I find.  At the moment, I am using Coola’s mineral face SPF.
  • I like applying a tinted moisturizer on top which has SPF too (one can never overdo the sun protection!) so I don’t look “white”. It gives you a nice glow as mineral SPFs tend to make you look a little whitish. At the moment, I like using La Mer because it has reparative properties.
  • Finally, when I come back from holidays, I make sure to do a nice facial at home or at a facialist as sunscreen tends to clog up the pores. It is important to exfoliate in order to remove all excess product from your pores and get your skin bright and glowing!

I hope this was helpful to you! Let me know what you would like me to cover next when it comes to skincare.


Yalda is a globally-recognized gut health and inflammation expert and the founder of Eat Burn Sleep.

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