Caring for your skin when in sunny travel destinations

Gearing up for the upcoming summer? As you prepare to travel to your dream summer destination, you also need to get ready to face the sun’s not-so-good effects on your skin.

Regardless of the season, warmer weather entails a beauty routine specially designed to withstand humidity, heat, chlorine and UV rays. Our skin needs special treatment to combat extra oil, sweat-induced acne and damaging sun exposure. Favorite warm-weather destinations like the pool and beach can take their toll on hair and skin as well, forcing us to ensure better skin care attention.

From clever sun protection to excellent heat-deflecting makeup, here’s a compilation of some of the best strategies and solutions for healthy warm-weather skin.


Sunrise Over Bagan, Burma

Low-priced summer-specific beauty tips

Every summer, the old beauty decree “less is more” applies to your skin care budget as well as your attire. Instead of wasting your money on pricey skin treatments, you can take advantage of summer’s natural bounty to create your own affordable facials. Many fruits and vegetables are laden with alpha hydroxyl and beta hydroxyl acids, both fruit acids can be found in expensive exfoliants and skin creams, along with strong antioxidants like vitamin C and E, according to Leslie Crawford of Natural Solutions. She proposes these easy DIY home treatments:

For extra dry skin, mush some avocado with 1 teaspoon honey until buttery. Rub mask into skin and leave for about 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

If your skin is oily, you can try a tablespoon of tomato juice blended with a dash of sugar for nice-smelling exfoliant. Scrub gently into skin, leave for 15 minutes and rinse.

Beat summer beauty mistakes

The long, lazy summer days are no reason for getting inconsiderate with skin care. Keep skin safe and refreshed with a high SPF sunscreen (minimum of 15) and a supply of touch-up tissues for blotting away oil and shine. Whatever you do, stay out of the tanning salon! It will be just you spelling the end of your summer days – fast!

Protect your skin from melanoma

Based on the study done by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), melanoma is the gravest form of skin cancer, which causes more than 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths worldwide. And as it turns out, it’s also the most common form of skin cancer afflicting young adults age 25-29.

The easiest way to avoid melanoma is with attentive, daily use of sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.


Beach at St Lucia

Don’t miss a spot. Learn how to protect your skin from head to toe.

This is an all-too-common mistake for most people: you slather on sunscreen before going out in the sun, self-assured that you’re doing the best healthy skin care duty possible, only to return home with scalded lips, dreaded scalp burn or tomato-red hands. In short, it’s not enough to protect obvious places. Use SPF 15+ gloss or lip balm, use a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp and ears and frequently apply sunscreen on your hands before heading out into the sun.

So you see, skin care is possible and a must every time you’re out for a swim or activity under the sun – that or you risk shortening your vacation days due to sun-related skin concerns. Sunburn, anyone? Ouch.

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