Spring break is finally here which means it’s time for a getaway. If it’s still cold where you live, it’s time to travel somewhere warm and tropical. I know figuring out what to pack after months of layers and beanies can feel intimidating. You have to pack not only your clothes, but accessories, shoes, and your skincare. I always tend to overpack when it comes to skincare but I have a list of essentials if I need to pack light. Here is a Spring Break skincare travel guide for packing only the essentials.
This is a MUST. It’s essential for every day, especially on vacation where you are exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. It’s the number one thing you can do for your skin whether you are indoors or outdoors. UVA and UVB rays are a form of ultraviolet (UV) light that can be damaging to our skin and health. UVB are the rays that cause sunburn. UVA rays penetrate even more deeply into the skin causing early skin aging and increasing the risk of skin cancer. For maximum protection, sunscreen should be applied directly to the skin, before moisturizer and makeup. Another option is to double-dip by first applying a layer of sunscreen, then moisturizer, and finally another layer of sunscreen. No matter how you apply it is important that you allow any treatments/moisturizers to dry fully before SPF application so that the sunscreen can be absorbed fully into the skin.
On vacation, we are always on the go to make a reservation or excursion. Micellar water is the best thing ever when you need to cleanse your face quickly, or even at night when you are exhausted. Before run-off to your next destination, refresh and cleanse your skin so you can prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Pour a generous amount onto a cotton pad and gently apply it to the face in a circular motion. Micelles are tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules that attract dirt and oil. Rather than having to scrub your skin, dirt, makeup, and impurities are gently lifted away without the need to rinse.
Like I said, on vacation, we are always on the go. Take makeup wipes everywhere you go so you have access to refreshing your skin whenever you need them. It’s a great alternative to micellar water and easier to travel around with. Gently sweep over face and neck until skin is clean of makeup, dirt, and oil.
Post-flight we tend to look dull and lack that natural glow. Various environmental factors like pollutants can cause oxidative stress through the formation of free radicals. It’s important to exfoliate so that the dead layers of skin can be wiped away. It’s also a great way to relax after a long, beautiful day.
What’s as important as sun care? After-sun care. Now that you have protected your skin, it’s time to treat it with some needed moisture. It will not only prolong your tan but rehydrate and soothe your skin while fighting the signs of premature aging that sun exposure can cause. Rehydrate skin post-sun to keep skin looking younger and lock in your sun-kissed glow.