Look your best on break with these helpful beauty tips.

Before you hop on the plane to party on the beach or swoosh down the slopes, keep these tips in mind to help solve some common skin and beauty problems you might encounter this spring break:

Sun damage                                                             

After spending months covered and layered, protecting yourself from the cold, a week-long stint in the sun can lead to a pretty severe sunburn. If you’re spending extended periods of time outdoors, pack full-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 that also features zinc oxide. The zinc helps protect against UVA rays. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming.

The same rules apply for snow skiers. Cover the exposed areas (nose, ears, face) and wear tinted glasses or goggles to protect your eyes against the elements and harmful UVA rays. Consider increasing your vitamin C intake the weeks before your trip. A study from Oregon State University showed vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet-induced photodamage.

Breakouts

When you go from freezing conditions to warm and sunny weather, your complexion can take a hit. The temperature change can trigger oil glands to produce more sebum (the oily secretion from the sebaceous glands of the skin), potentially providing an unwanted spring breakout.

If you didn’t bring along or have access to traditional acne- fighting products, try the following:

  • Lemon: Squeeze lemon juice on a cotton ball and press it against the blemish for a couple of minutes to help dry it out
  • Ice: Place some ice in a wash cloth or paper towel and use it as a compress to help reduce swelling.
  • Aspirin: Wash your face with warm water to open up the pores. Then create a paste out of crushed aspirin and water. Leave it on your face for several minutes to help reduce inflammation and redness.

Body                                                              

Before heading to the beach, use a full-body exfoliating wash to help remove dead skin. Exfoliating before applying self-tanning creams and moisturizers will also help those products be more effective. If you plan on any waxing, try to schedule it several days before your trip to give your skin time to heal.

Helpful tips for your beach break:

  • Use baby powder to help remove sand from your body
  • Store aloe vera gel in the refrigerator for added sunburn relief
  • Stay hydrated —  your whole body will thank you
  • Cleanse and moisturize your skin daily to remove excess lotion, oils and grit
  • Sun, sea and pool exposure is hard on your hair, so be sure to shampoo and condition while on break

Beauty essentials

Regardless of your destination, there are certain products and tricks you can use to enhance your spring break adventure.

SPF lip balm

From the slopes to the shore, this little item goes a long way toward protection your lips.

Waterproof mascara

Don’t let sweat, the pool or the waves get in the way of your beautiful eyes.

Add moisturizer to foundation

It lightens the tint and helps keep your skin from drying or cracking in the sun

Color correct

Apply a light pink blush to help even out splotches from a sun-drenched day.

Coconut oil

Use it as an all-natural makeup remover that also moisturizes the skin as it cleans.

Waterproof tote

Keep all your essentials safe and dry with a sealable plastic tote.

Sea salt spray

Get beautiful waves the natural way with a few pumps of a scented salt spray.