Prom and your wedding may be right around the corner, but before this date is spring break, and spring break can cause some gnarly tan lines that show in your dress! Before you venture out to blue skies and endless sun this spring break, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Packing up some toiletries and sunscreen will help you while you are having fun, but taking a few extra steps to prep your skin beforehand can help prevent nasty skin conditions that haunt you through the summer.
To prep like a pro, I would like to share some need-to-know tips to help jumpstart your vacation beauty routine in no time. And with some extra getaway-approved beauty essentials to throw in your beach bag, your skin will thank you for all the extra work.
Get Your Skin Glowing
Spring break is all about bearing some extra skin, so if you are planning on whipping out those bikinis and short shorts, know that exfoliation is a key step in glowing skin and looking your best. Not only is exfoliation an important beauty rule to follow all year-round, but a little extra before your trip will only promote healthy, glowing skin. Shed those unwanted dead skin cells that emphasize the appearance of fine lines, pore size, and uneven skin tone with products that provides deep physical and active forms of exfoliation. Be sure to do this at least a few weeks before you depart rather than just the day before, so that your skin has time to adjust if this is new.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Providing your body with some extra moisture is always beneficial before you soak up some sun, since traveling, stress, and poor diet can easily dehydrate the skin.
When the skin becomes parched, it not only appears crepe-y and aged, but also causes other ailments which upset your skin’s natural balance and immune system. Prevent moisture loss and plump up your skin cells with effective moisturizing products.
But if you are curious to know just how much you should moisturize when traveling, base your routine off the climate of your destination. Doing so can help keep your skin up to speed with ease.
If you are traveling somewhere cooler, I would recommend using a heavy moisturizer and apply it twice daily. For warmer climates, your skin would be great using a lighter one.
Up Your Vitamin-C Uptake
Yes, sunscreen is mandatory when traveling to warmer and sunnier climates, but upping your Vitamin-C can be another easy addition to your skin’s defense strategy. An orally ingesting Vitamin-C, you can help strengthen your skin, while also boosting its natural shine.
Start ingesting more Vitamin-C is a great way to prepare your skin for the sun, as it boosts your skin’s natural luminosity, and strengthens your skin from harmful sun damage.
Getting a Tan
Don’t Burn! Getting a sunburn is bad enough for your skin as it is, but once you burn, you usually peel. We never recommend getting an airbrush tan right after or while your skin is peeling. This can result in a splotchy & uneven tan – not a great look!
Also, keep your tan lines in mind. For example, if you are wearing a strapless dress, try not to get tan lines from a swimsuit with straps. However, if this does happen, getting an airbrush tan can dramatically reduce their appearance.
It is also important to pay attention to your schedule. Spring is a busy season for everyone, and planning your airbrush tan after a manicure and pedicure, is best. Also, plan your airbrush tan at least 2 days before your departure date. Since you must wait 8 hours before you can shower, sweat, or get wet, do not plan on going to any exercises, or sports practices right afterwards either. Sweating right after your airbrush tan can cause your tan to become uneven.
Lastly, even though you got an airbrush tan, your still need to use protection. Using a minimum of 30 SPF is best, but needs to be reapplied every hour that you are in the sun and sweating or swimming.