In the U.S., we love our skin; approximately 34.77 million people visited a dermatologist in 2017. Unfortunately, we also love the sun, and the two don’t always get along. From dry skin to painful sunburns, the damaging effects of UV rays can be extensive, and can wreak havoc on our body’s most sensitive organ.
As summer steps into full swing, we know many of you are planning to travel — most likely to areas that experience the full power of our sun. Whether you’re headed to a sandy beach or a swanky hotel, here are three skin care tips that are guaranteed to keep you glowing during your trip.
Slather On The Sunscreen
Wherever you go for a trip — you’re going to spending a significant amount of time outdoors. In 2017, there were roughly 11.6 million youth participants in fishing in the United States. Whether you and your family are fishing or not, you need to make sure you’re protected from the sun. No matter how nice the sun feels, you absolutely must protect your skin with the help of a powerful SPF sunscreen. We all know the statistics: one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. Not only that, but the damage caused by UV rays can lead to premature development of wrinkles and sunspots, making you look older than you are. By constantly applying sunscreen rated as either SPF 30 (which blocks 97% of UVB rays) or SPF 50 (which blocks 98% of UVB rays), you can reduce your chances of having to deal with both outcomes. It just isn’t worth the risk!
Trust In A Gentle Cleanser
Many people are prone to oily skin. When we sit out in the summer heat all day on vacation, sweating under the endless sun, that oiliness tends to get ratcheted up to new heights. Not only can this completely undo the makeup you spent half an hour applying, but it can lead to breakouts. Your best defense against oil summertime skin is to keep it clean with a gentle yet powerful cleanser; exfoliate regularly to help cleanse your pores, and trust in a non-oily sunscreen formula.
Never Sleep With Your Face On
Most of us like to put a little extra effort into our makeup when we’re traveling. Since we’re more likely to be taking pictures and uploading them onto social media, we want to look our best — and that’s perfectly fine! The problem comes when you forget (or purposefully ignore) its removal at the end of the day; the resulting clogged pores act as a breeding ground for bacteria, increasing your chances of breaking out. To avoid putting such a damper on your Instagram game, wash your face before you go to bed. If you know you’re going to bed out late, makeup remover wipes will do; just don’t forget!
Over 2.25 billion personal trips occurred domestically in 2017, revealing just how much Americans love vacation. Keeping the above products at your side throughout your trip can ensure the health and safety of your sensitive skin. Before you hop on that plane to Florida or Cali, make sure they’re packed in your bag.