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Congratulations: You’ve officially made it through winter! And you what that means—it’s time for a spring break getaway. (If you haven’t planned one yet, what are you waiting for?) While vacationing somewhere warm to ring in the new season is super-exciting, figuring out what to pack can be a daunting task. From shorts to sandals to swimsuits to sun hats, you have a lot to fit into one suitcase. And that’s not even including your beauty products. If you’re anything like us, you tend to over-pack when it comes to skin care products. At the same time, though, there are definitely some useful essentials to have at your disposal when you’re traveling—think: a facial cleanser, moisturizer, face mask, and highlighter. Consult our spring break skin care product packing checklist—and get your suitcase in order!
When you’re on the go, the last thing you want to do when you get back from your hotel at night is drag yourself into the bathroom to wash your face. But before you drift off, you really should take off your makeup and cleanse your skin, since sleeping in your makeup can lead to clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts. And we think it’s a pretty safe bet to say that you want your complexion to look its best for all those spring break selfies you’re going to be snapping poolside, right? That means cleansing your complexion is a must.
To make things easier on yourself, stash a micellar water and a pack of cotton rounds in your overnight bag. Micellar water is a no-rinse gentle cleansing option—so, you can leave it on the desk next to your bed so you don’t even have to make the trip to the bathroom. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that lift makeup, dirt, and oil up and away from the skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe it across your face. If you’re wearing eye makeup, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe.
If you traveled to your spring break destination by plane and notice your complexion looking a little lackluster post-flight, then a charcoal mask is a great skin care product to have on hand. Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, formulated with charcoal, draws out the buildup of dirt, impurities, and pollution, reduces the look of dull skin, and increases the appearance of luminosity. Immediately, skin looks brighter. Apply an even layer of face mask to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen daily is one of the best things you can do from your skin. That’s because sun exposure sans protection can lead to damage—and that damage can show up on your skin down the road as visible signs of aging like dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles. And you should wear broad-spectrum SPF every day rain or shine—yep, even if it’s not so sunny out (according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days). To cut down on the number of steps in your spring break skin care routine, reach for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum SPF—look for one that has an SPF of 30 or higher. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, Pro-Retinol, and broad-spectrum SPF 30. Apply it as directed, and remember to take other sun protection measures as well. Limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seek shade whenever you’re outside, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
As we told you earlier, sleeping in a face full of makeup is a total skin care no-no. Makeup removing towelettes are a great alternative to micellar water since their packaging makes them very travel-friendly. Seriously, they’re definitely one of the easier skin care products to fit in your suitcase. The L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Makeup Removing Towelettes gently cleanse and remove all makeup—even waterproof mascara (score!). Plus, they’re alcohol-free, so they won’t dry out your skin. Makeup removing towelettes are about the most no-brainer skin care product you can use—just wipe one across your face, paying particular attention to areas you’re wearing makeup, and you’re good to go. Since they’re so travel-friendly, consider bringing them along with you while you’re out and about. That way, you can easily cleanse your skin and redo your makeup if you’ have a night out on the town planned! You just may want to come prepared with foundation, mascara, and lipstick, too.
While moisturizer with SPF is a morning spring break skin care product must-have, at night you’re going to want to reach for a hydrating moisturizer. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Smooth over your face once you’re done cleansing, then hit the sheets for sweet dreams!
If you’re headed to dinner after spending the day at the beach and want to up your glow slightly without wearing a ton of makeup, reach for a highlighter-lotion hybrid, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer. Apply it all over your face or dot it onto the high points of your face for a subtly shimmery look that can’t be beat when you’re on vacation. Top things off with a coat of mascara and a little tinted lip balm, and you have the perfect spring break no makeup, makeup look.
And there you have it! You can officially check your skin care routine off your spring break packing list. Here are more Beauty Tips to Upgrade Your Routine This Spring.