If you’re heading off to a tropical destination this winter, you’d best take some precautions to protect your skin. If your skin hasn’t been exposed to strong sunlight for a while, the sudden change to spending days in the sun with most of your skin exposed can be very damaging. To make sure that you come back from your trip, not only invigorated from getting some time off work and spending time outdoors, but also with great looking and healthy skin, have a look at following tips. They can help you enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weather at your holiday destination while keeping your skin in good shape.
Prepare Your Skin
Make sure that your skin is in good health before you leave on your trip. If your skin is very dry or oily or you have any other skin problems, they will probably get worse when your skin suddenly gets exposed to strong sun rays every day. To keep your skin healthy, make sure that you maintain a healthy diet, regularly moisturize and take care of any skin problems as soon as they appear. If you have serious skin problems, you might want to see a dermatologist for advice or treatment.
Take Plenty of Sun Protection
Make sure that you take good quality sunscreen and after-sun moisturizer, a hat, some long-sleeved shirts, and perhaps a UV-protective lycra or similar if you plan to spend some time in the water. You’ll likely be able to buy all of these at your destination as well, but taking them along saves you the trouble of finding all these items at a reasonable price.
Avoid Midday Sun Exposure
In most places the sun is at its strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM, so try to avoid staying in the sun for longer durations during these times. It won’t always be possible to stay in the shade during these times, especially if you have day trips and such planned, so make sure to always take sunscreen so you can reapply regularly and take a hat as well. Don’t forget about your ears, feet and hands when applying sunscreen, because they tend to get a lot of sun exposure. You might also want to take a long-sleeved shirt to cover yourself up once in a while.
Don’t be Too Afraid of the Sun
While it is important to be careful about getting too much sun exposure, especially in places where UV rays are very strong, unless you are highly sensitive to the sun you don’t need to stay out of the sun completely. Some sun exposure is actually healthy since it helps your body keep vitamin D levels up, which are very important for your health and are difficult to get through food.
Keep Taking Care of Your Skin After Your Trip
Once you get back from your trip, you should keep looking after your skin. Many people do really well on their holidays, staying out of the sun when UV rays are strongest and regularly applying sunscreen and moisturizer, but then stop taking care of their skin once they get back home. While sunscreen protects your skin from the sun, it can also make it look a bit dull. Scrubbing your body can help make your skin look better again after your trip. Also don’t stop moisturizing, since your skin will likely be quite dry after many days of constant sun exposure. If you have developed any permanent sun spots after your holiday, you could consider having them removed with laser treatment.
Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Zimmet Vein and Dermatology in Austin, Texas. Zane tries to stay out of the sun as much as possible.