Taking home a nice tan is one of the best souvenirs we get from travelling. Relaxing in the sun takes away our woes and makes us forget all concerns, but with skin cancer at an all-time high, it’s important to be safe while you enjoy your sun time.
Here are some skin care tips for travel enthusiasts – for when your destination is especially sunny.
- Sunblock is your new BFF. The effects of sunburn, be it short term or long term aren’t just worth it. It reduces your time under the sun and turns you into a potential laughingstock – behold the lobster man! Use a sunscreen that contains SPF 15 or more, making sure that the bottle displays “broad-spectrum” in its packaging. These types of sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Go for water resistant sunblock if you’re dipping for an extended period of time or engaging in vigorous activities like beach volleyball, team building activities and the likes.
- Summerize Your Look. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored breathable fabric such as cotton. Light-colored clothing prevents sunburn as it naturally reflects light, keeping you feel cooler. Wear sunglasses that have UVA and UVB protection. Want to look like a model straight out of a magazine and into the beach? Wear a wide-brimmed hat. Avoid wearing baseball caps as they leave your neck and ears exposed and at risk of sunburn.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of cool fluids, especially water. Avoid alcohol, as it actually dehydrates our body – you won’t look as cool when you get heat stroke, anyway. Drink one to two glasses of water before going out into the sun.
- Limit your sun time. The midday sun (around 11:00 am and 3:00 pm) is the hottest and most harmful. UV is at its highest when the sun is directly above your head. Try to schedule your outdoor activities. Be extra careful when you’re doing activities in broad sunlight as heat hazard can increase exponentially in this setting.
- Moisturize your skin. Make it a point to moisturize your entire body after showering. Use a moisturizer that contains SPF protection to protect you from the sun throughout the day. It’s best to use Aloe Vera to soothe and heal your sun-soaked skin. It will leave your skin cool and refreshed. Avoid using fresh aloe leaf as it stains anything it touches.
- Never use expired sunscreen. I personally consider them to have “fallen apart” as their formulation can no longer work as sun protection. You basically get zero sun protection. You may also notice weird changes like consistency and color of the product. Plus, you can get skin irritation from an expired lotion. Believe me, it’s not worth it.
With all these factors that can affect the quality of your limited vacation trip, you need to know where to buy sunscreen that effectively works to protect your skin and keep it safe from the sun. Pack your sunscreen along with your travel health kit and keep it close to you. This way you can apply on instantly when you need it.
Enjoy your vacation!