19 Jul

What to Do When You Need a Vacation From Your Vacation

Isn’t it ironic that a vacation, while meant to be a relaxing escape from the realities of our lives, can actually leave us feeling exhausted?

Sure, vacations are relaxing because you have a reason to ignore your email, sleep in (or stay up until the wee hours), and to cut yourself some slack on eating healthy. Pasta, bread, and fried calamari?  Sure, why not?

But with prepping and packing for a trip, airplane travel and flight delays, and going from dinner to parties to activities on repeat, our bodies start craving some major downtime and rejuvenation.

This all, of course, depends on your vacation. If you go on a low-key family trip you may actually get some rest. But if, say, you go to Vegas with friends (like I recently did), you’ll have a very different version of relaxation (i.e. little sleep and lots of play) and may really need a vacation from your vacation!


A couple weeks ago, I showed you some beach savvy beauty looks, and now, here are some ways to take a breather and recoup from lots of fun and sun.

If you’ve been in the sun, sand, and heat (and especially if you’ve been staying up late too), your skin needs some major TLC.

1. Slather on Fresh’s Seaberry Body Cream for serious hydration. Plus, it smells like a luxurious spa treatment (no joke) so you’ll feel swept away, even if only for a few moments, to a tranquil place.

2. For tired, puffy eyes from one too many late nights, use Origins’ No Puffery Cooling Mask for ten minutes underneath your eyes and then rinse off. The cooling sensation will soothe the oh-so-delicate skin beneath your eyes, especially after long days in the sun and/or long nights at the club.

3. To wake yourself up in the morning, spritz on Caudalie’s Beauty Elxir for instant rejuvenation. It’s a mist of essential oils and botanicals that soothes skin, tightens pores, and feels absolutely refreshing. You can even spray it on over your makeup!

Now that you’ve cooled down and hydrated, pamper yourself by exfoliating with a sleep-inducing lavender essential oil scrub, using a thirst-quenching face mask and giving yourself a mani-pedi in a bright color. (I love this neon orange by Zoya.)


Go a step further by taking a night or day off from your busy life to snuggle up with a good book, catch up with an old friend, and get some long-overdue shuteye. Anything that puts your body in a state of true relaxation will do wonders for your mood and productivity.

Now, sit back and breathe of sigh of restful relief. Your next vacation awaits and you’re (almost) ready to roll again!

What do you like to do to recover from a fun, but tiring vacation? Do you have any favorite after-sun remedies? Do tell!

{ posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 }


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