Sure, you'll suspend your mail delivery and find a pet sitter, but you should also be sure to plan your trip with rosacea in mind. Depending on your individual sensitivities, the following suggestions can help lead to a much more enjoyable getaway.
- Culprit #1. Avoid sun exposure, which affects more than 80 percent of rosacea sufferers. Minimize exposure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. When you do venture out, use a UVA sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. For sensitive skin, try a pediatric formulation or moisturizer mixed with sunscreen.
- Avoid Stress. Expect the unexpected. Also, don't try to do too much in a day.
- A/C is OK. Retreat to air-conditioning when the mercury rises.
- Dress "Cool." Keep it light, loose and topped with a broad-brimmed hat.
- Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of cold liquids. You may also want to mist your face with a battery-operated spray fan.
- Palate Pitfalls. Steer clear of spices, hot drinks and other edibles that may cause you to flush.
- Flex Your Workout. Early or late in the day is best, when it's cooler outside.
- Umbrellas Up. Good for rain...the beach...anywhere without shade.
- Keep Your Routine. Although you may be tempted to take a break from your normal regimen, it's imperative to continue your rosacea treatment. Be sure to pack your medications and special skin-care products, and avoid all known tripwires.