Whether you are hitting the beaches in Mexico, Florida, or even the slopes in Colorado, taking some skin care with you is always a good idea. But with all of the distractions, activities, and parties, what do you really need to focus on? Let’s take a quick look.
The likelihood of drinking alcohol, energy drinks, and other water depleting drinks is high. And, that’s okay, it’s spring break, after all. Thousands of people will be all over the Western Hemisphere doing all kinds of things. But it can cause problems and can even lead to a trip to the Emergency Room if you aren’t careful. Good news is this can be easily prevented. “Try to drink a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks” says Dr. Thomas Narsete, MD. “By taking in water while drinking, it will help to counteract the dehydration from the alcohol.” Our skin is made up of over 60% water so you will want to keep an eye on this. And this will help you with your hangover the next morning so it’s a win-win.
#2 UV protective clothing
Ultraviolet light is a large problem on spring break. Whether you are playing in the water, laying on the beach, or hitting the slopes, every second you are exposing your skin it’s being hit with radiation from the sun. Yes, sunlight is a part of our lives, but sun damage has a cumulative effect to it. The more sun that hits your skin over a period of time, the more damage it will continue to do. An easy way to slow or stop this is by wearing photo (sun) protective clothing. Lightweight shirts, hats, and even bathing suits are now available. Some of these products even have sun protection factors (SPF) of 100 or more. Certainly better that having to sit out the rest of the week because you were cooked like a tomato…
#3 layoff the retinol
That’s right. Be careful using retinol when you’re going be in the sun. Not saying to stop using it completely. In fact, if you stop using it, you’re going to have to start all over again and that’s a pain. Try to lower the amount of time it’s on your face per night, or use it every other night. The thing with retinol is that it causes skin to turnover. We like that. But it will also increase your sensitivity to sunlight and if you’re not wearing sunscreen regularly you’re only hurting yourself. On the flipside, try using a vitamin C or peptide based serum. Antioxidants such as vitamin C are great because they help to stop or reverse the damage caused by the sun.
I know you’re saying, “yeah, yeah, yeah. Heard it before,” but it’s so easy to forget and just not do. Truthfully the best sunscreen out there that we’ve seen (and we have seen A LOT) is Sunforgettable by Colorescience. What makes it special is it’s easy to put on and reapply. Women can wear it over makeup and guys don’t get goop all over their hands because it’s powder. Seriously. It’s powder-based sunscreen with zinc and titanium that you can wear in the pool for 80 minutes, with an SPF of 50! Try this stuff. It’s amazing.
We hope you can keep these tips in mind when you are having fun on spring break. Here’s a quick recap: watch out for the sun and getting dehydrated- nobody wants to end up in the hospital. Drink plenty of water and make sure to reapply that sunscreen! Have an amazing time and be safe out there. We’ll be here when you get back.
To having a great time,
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