By Heather Buchan
10 expert tips for protecting skin while on a sunny vacation
Nothing puts a damper on a March Break vacation faster than a sunburn or breakout. But packing every item in your beauty arsenal is a waste of space in your luggage, not to mention a pain to have to lug around. Here two experts dish on everything from what makeup to pack to how to keep your skin looking luminous so you can save face — and suitcase space — on your next vacation.
Protect your skin
Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK on Avenue, a dermatology clinic in Toronto, says it is essential to always wear at least an SPF 30 sunblock whenever you’re on a beach vacation. “Not only does the sunblock offer your skin protection from the sun, but it prevents photoaging of your skin,” she says.
According to Kellett, the one product most people forget to pack is lip balm with sunblock. “A lip balm with SPF not only protects the sensitive skin on your lips, but it is also great if you’re stuck without sunblock because you can also use it to protect the sensitive skin around the eyes,” she says.
Besides packing a daily moisturizer to use to replenish skin that gets dried out from sun, wind and other environmental exposure, Kellett also recommends packing a cream with 1 per cent hydrocortisone. “Hydrocortisone cream provides relief for skin that is irritated by chlorine, salt water or too much sun,” she says.
It’s a well-known fact that chlorine dries out skin, so Kellett also advises rinsing off with fresh water right after swimming in a pool. She also recommends rinsing off after swimming in the sea. “Salt water can contain feces of birds or jellyfish parts, which can be irritating to the skin,” she says. “Rinsing and drying off your skin right after swimming helps to decrease skin eruptions.”
Sand can also be the cause of skin woes. “Sand can contain feces of mammals that can cause infestation of worms in the skin,” says Kellett. Be sure to always wear flip-flops when walking on sand, and to rinse off with fresh water once you leave the beach.
Last but not least, Kellett advises drinking lots of water throughout your warm-weather vacation.
Vacation makeup essentials
Toronto-based makeup artist Ashleigh Foster, a frequent traveler herself, offers her top five makeup bag essentials for warm weather getaways:
1. A cream-based all-in-one colour for cheeks and lips.
“It gives a nice, sheer, natural wash of colour,” says Foster. Using your fingertips, smooth colour on the apples of your cheeks and your lips. Foster’s favourite product: Benefit’s Benetint liquid tint.
2. Black eyeliner.
“It can take you from natural beach babe to evening glam in a flash,” says Foster. “And it takes up way less room in your makeup bag than carting all your eye shadows.”
Choose one that is just slightly darker than your natural skin tone, so it won’t make you look orange. “Sweep some across your cheekbones for definition and dust a little over your eyelids for depth,” advises Foster.
4. Tinted moisturizer.
“It’s a great way to even out your skin tone without suffocating your skin,” says Foster. Foundation and powder aren’t comfortable to wear in humid weather and have a tendency to cake. Be sure to choose a tinted moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15.
5. Skin-hydrating spray.
“This is essential when you’re travelling by air, since airplane air sucks the moisture right out of your skin,” says Foster. When your skin starts to feel dry, simply sprint a little hydrating spray over your face to instantly perk up dull skin.
Now that you’re armed with these low-maintenance, no-fuss beauty tips, get out there and enjoy your vacation. Happy travels!