Each year when March rolls around, thousands of students across the country head to warmer climates. Eager to lounge on the beach all week with hopes of returning with a sun-kissed glow, many forget to prepare their skin for the intense UV rays, or choose harmful alternatives to get that base tan before taking off.
When you forget to prep before your trip, you’re more likely to burn and create further damage. Instead of returning home with that healthy tan, you return with red, blotchy skin. Luckily, we can provide you with some tips to help you properly take care of your skin before, during and after your vacation.
Protect Your Skin Before You Leave
We tend to burn more easily when we have dry, flakey skin, lacking exposure from the sun. This is why it’s important to get your skin and body ready before you leave for your trip.
A few weeks before your vacation, start to exfoliate and moisturize. Ditch your anti-aging creams that contain retinol that make your skin sensitive and opt for antioxidant-rich moisturizers.
Switching up your diet is essential before hitting the beach. By increasing your intake of Omega 3 and drinking plenty of water, your skin should be feeling healthy, hydrated, and ready for the sun.
If you insist on getting a base tan, try natural sunless tanning lotions and sprays, and avoid tanning beds – regardless of the marketing and misinformation, they are not safe. Artificial tans do not protect your skin from burning, only sunscreen can do that.
Stay Protected While in the Sun
Exposure to the sun is responsible for 90% of skin cancer. Knowing your skin type and which products you need to protect your skin while on vacation will make your time at the beach more enjoyable.
Every skin type is at risk of skin cancer, but people with pale skin, light hair and light eyes are more prone to burn, as well as dry, aging skin. Sunscreens with active mineral ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are better for sensitive skin.
Be sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside for proper absorption, and don’t forget your sun hat or t-shirt when you need a break from the sun.
Stay Protected After Travel
Your new tan might not last as long as you’d prefer after vacation, but following a few steps will help maintain the natural glow and get your skin ready for the summer.
Getting a facial to clear your pores from sunscreen and get rid of dead skin will leave your face fresh and free of build up. Continue using moisturizers with SPF and treat sun spots that may have appeared.
Last, but definitely not least, hydrate! Keeping your skin and body hydrated is the key component before, during and after your vacation for an overall healthy appearance inside and out.