Vacation, while soothing for the soul, can be disorienting to the body. You may find yourself straying from your normal healthy routines—and exposing your body to extreme climates. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer in the process, says Helga Hefner, Manager of Professional Skin and Spa Education at Aveda.
In light of the upcoming holiday weekend, here’s how to take your trip and thrive while you’re at it:
1. Drink more (boiled) water: “Drinking hot water in the morning before anything else passes your lips is an ancient Ayurvedic healing technique believed to help your body metabolize food from the previous day,” says Helga.
2. Be consistent with meal and bedtimes: The more predictable things are for your body, the easier it will acclimate to the newness of your environment on vacation (and potentially to your new time zone).
3. Get up before sunrise: “When you get up before the sun, you bring the energy of lightness to your day. If you get up later, you bring in the energy of lethargy and it will stay with you all day long,” says Helga. Plus, getting up early gives you more time to sightsee and have new adventures!
4. Don’t forget your skincare routine: Since you’ll probably be outside more on vacation, it’s crucial that you use Daily Light Guard SPF 30 (it should be the last step in your skin care routine, topping your Tulasāra™ Renew Morning Creme) before heading out—because peeling skin and sunspots are not good souvenirs.