1. moisturizer with SPF
Anytime you’re traveling somewhere hot, broad-spectrum sunscreen should be the first skin care product on your packing checklist. Spending prolonged periods of time in the sun without protection can lead to visible signs of aging down the road, like dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, you could get burned. You should opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which helps protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
But what if it’s rainy outside? You should still apply broad-spectrum sunscreen as directed, since you can get burned even on cloudy days. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen formulated with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapplying it every two hours. Planning to take a dip in the pool? Reapply sunscreen immediately after swimming or sweating. And make sure to apply enough of the stuff to all exposed areas—the Skin Cancer Foundation states that you should use about an ounce (roughly a shot glass worth) from head to toe 30 minutes before going outside.
Have a full day planned? Reach for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum SPF to cut back down the number of steps in your skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, Pro-Retinol, and broad-spectrum sunscreen to help brighten the look of your complexion and protect against UV rays. Apply it 15 minutes before going outside. Make sure to pack it in your purse to that you can reapply throughout the day!
While broad-spectrum sunscreen should be your first line of defense against UV rays, there are other steps you can—and should take—especially if you’re spending time somewhere tropical. Avoid the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, and seek shade.