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Your Post-Vacation Beauty Recovery Guide

While some getaways transport us to sandy beaches with nothing on the itinerary other than sipping cocktails and catching up on gossip mags, other out of town adventures are a little more action packed (and a little less relaxing). After those types of trips, you need a little TLC before you head back to work. So whether you’ve been off eating your way through Austin or dancing your way through Berlin clubs, here’s how to rejuvenate your skin and spirit in order to show up bright-eyed on Monday AM.

The Trip: Touring vineyards in Napa Valley

The Rx: While we’re familiar with the complexion-improving benefits of red wine (hello, antioxidants) we’re also familiar of having too much of a good thing. Overdoing it alcohol-wise not only dries out skin, but it can also make it appear less plump. Recover from back-to-back tastings with Caudalie’s Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil, which uses grape-derived ingredients (talk about “the hair of the dog”) to suck out toxins and increase cell turnover for a brighter visage. To restore your skin’s plumpness, use Dr. Brandt’s Collagen Booster, a formula that mimics an in-office filler treatment.

The Trip: Camping in the Country

The Rx: While roughing it is great and all, it really can throw a wrench in your hygiene game. After maxing out your dry shampoo supply, give unwashed hair a healthy sudsing when you return with Number 4’s Clarifying Shampoo—its oatmeal and lemongrass help rid your scalp of dirt and impurities. Your skin will also welcome an intense cleansing courtesy of Origins’ Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, which removes deep-rooted dirt and oil from your pores.

The Trip: Kicking it in the Cayman Islands

The Rx: After several days of cloudless skies and ocean swims, your skin will ache for a mega moisture re-up. First treat any sun-induced redness with the soothing aloe vera and agave in COOLAs Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion. And since salty water and intense rays have the tendency to dry out your locks, treat them to an intense conditioner like Oribe’s Signature Moisture Masque, which will rehydrate split ends with its macadamia nut seed oil and wild mango butter.

The Trip: Devouring BBQ in Austin

The Rx: Don’t get us wrong, we’re big fans of Southern food. But after a week of breakfast tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, and post-concert street snacks washed down with Lonestar, we need a break. Since salty foods will leave your eyes puffy, treat them with Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel, which gives the sensitive skin under your eyes the vitamins it desperately needs (C, K, and B5). Treat any grease-induced pimples with this organic blemish buster from Juice Beauty. And double up on the veggies when you get back.

The Trip: Clubbing in Berlin

The Rx: If you spend your time off pounding the dance floor all night long, chances are you’ll return home more exhausted than you left. To recoup, first tend to undereye circles with a depuffing cool compress like these from BORGHESE. Next, wake up your skin with (Malin+Goetz)’s Peppermint Body Scrub. Finally, get some sleep, woman!

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