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When you go on a tropical vacation, ideally, you should be having the time of your life. But that might be slightly hindered if you find yourself sweltering in the heat and humidity—or worse, if you end up sunburned. If you’re traveling somewhere hot-hot-hot this summer, it’s crucial to toss a few key skin care products and accessories in your suitcase to help ensure you keep your skin looking and feeling its best while you’re away from home. Come prepared for the weather conditions by following these tropical travel skin care tips.
This might sound obvious to you, but this is an uber-important tip. If you’re hitting the sand and surf during a tropical vacation, it’s time to make applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen your top skin care priority. When you spend time in the sun without wearing protection, this can lead to damage, which can show up as visible signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles down the road. What’s more, you could burn! A broad-spectrum sunscreen can help protect against both UVA rays (the ones that cause damage) and UVB rays (the ones that burn).
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using an SPF of 15 or higher for day-to-day activities and switching to an SPF of 30 or higher when you’re going to be spending an extended amount of time outdoors. Sunscreen should be the last step in your skin care routine. You can opt for a separate moisturizer and sunscreen or use a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30. This could be particularly useful if you want to save space in your suitcase (after all, you probably have quite a few pairs of sandals to pack, right?). Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or you’re going sightseeing, remember to reapply every two hours.
Sunscreen isn’t your only defense against the sun’s UV rays. When possible, wear long clothing to help shield skin from the sun. Going surfing? Consider wearing a rash guard in the water since it’ll cover your arms.
Consider this your excuse to stock up on a cute new pair of sunnies and a hat before your vacation starts! The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat when you’re out in the sun. The hat will help protect some commonly overlooked areas like your ears and scalp.
By the end of a humid day in the heat, your skin will need a thorough cleansing. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin helps to remove traces of dirt, oil, and makeup. Don’t forget the cotton rounds! Pour some of the micellar water out onto a cotton round and wipe the pad across your face. Since there’s no rinsing required, you can pack the bottle in your tote in case you need to cleanse on the go.
Humid temps can leave your skin looking overly shiny. So, at the end of a long day, reach for an oil-free moisturizer after cleansing. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin fits the bill—it’s oil-free, non-greasy, and formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Who wants to look slick with sweat when they’re on vacation? Before applying your makeup, smooth a mattifying primer on your face. Try the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base. Wear it alone or follow up with a matte foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation.
You know how we told you it was absolutely necessary to wear sunscreen every day? Well, that doesn’t mean you have to come back from your trip without any color. Just use a self-tanner! The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Towelettes for Body are individually wrapped, so you can easily stash them in your suitcase and apply in your hotel room. Make sure to exfoliate and moisturize first for a more even application.
It might be tempting to wipe away sweat with your hands, but it’s best not to, as you don’t want to transfer bacteria from your hands to your complexion. Instead, carry a pack of blotting papers so that you can sop up any excess grease while you’re on the go.
When you’re packing for a trip, oftentimes it’s most convenient to look for travel sizes of your favorite skin care products. If you can’t find those, put all your must-haves into small reusable containers. Put a small piece of plastic wrap under the lid of each container so that they don’t spill.