If you are looking for a way to avoid the freezing temperatures in Ottawa or if you just want to take a break from hacking ice off of your windshield, there is no better escape than to book a vacation down south. Whether you are lounging on the beaches of Mexico, golfing in Myrtle Beach, or swimming with the dolphins in the Bahamas, you’re living life with no worries. Just make sure you prep your skin before you jet off to ensure you look your best and your skin is as healthy as possible:

Book an Exfoliating Treatment

If you want tanning success, it all starts with booking an exfoliating treatment before you go. Choose between our HydraFacial or an Advanced Medical Grade Facial treatment to get rid of dead skin cells and reveal fresh, glowing skin. Because the top layer of your skin is what takes on the tan, if skin cells flake off you will be left with an uneven tan. Exfoliating in advance will ensure an even, attractive tan. You can exfoliate your body at home with a gentle exfoliating scrub and a luffa sponge – just don’t over-exfoliate, as the last thing you want is to leave your skin sensitive before a big trip.

Hair Removal Before You Go

Booking your hair removal treatment depends on what hair removal method you prefer. For laser treatment, schedule an appointment at least two weeks ahead of your departure date. By the time you get to the destination, the unwanted hairs will be gone and the treated area can handle sun exposure (with sunscreen, of course). If waxing is your preferred method of hair removal, come in at least one week ahead of your vacation.

Use Sunscreen with UVA/UVB Protection

We recommend SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Sunscreen or EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 sunscreen for normal skin types. If you have sensitive skin or have a skin condition like acne, rosacea, or hyperpigmentation, come into the clinic and we’d be happy to recommend the right sunscreen for your skin type. You can still achieve that perfect tan, but without the risk of developing a painful sunburn that can derail your entire vacation.

Wear an Appropriate Hat

Augment your skin protection with a stylish hat that provides sun protection. We recommend San Diego SPF Hats. With their wide-brims, these fashionable hats not only protect the face but the neck and nape as well.

Wear Sun-Care Makeup Products

Our clients love Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup options for their sunny winter getaways. The Jane Iredale sun-care product line is highly water resistant, ensuring you maintain your picture perfect look even after 80 minutes of splashing around in the warm waters of the Caribbean.

Come into the Ottawa Skin Clinic before your winter vacation and we’ll help you look your best and keep your skin protected from the warm but powerful rays of the sun.