Nothing looks better with a string bikini and a fruity frozen cocktail than smooth, tanned, radiant skin. Follow these 6 tips for perfect skin on your next tropical holiday.
1. Prepare your skin ahead of time
Your flights are booked, hotel secured and you’re counting down the days until your toes touch the white sand and you dive in that turquoise water. But what you do to prepare your skin before your holiday is JUST as important as what you do to protect while on holiday. Before you jet off, be sure to give yourself a good exfoliation with a mitt or a body scrub to remove any dead skin buildup. And if returning with a dark bronze tan is one of the items on your holiday to-do list, using a tan-optimizing body lotion like Base Tan will help charge your skin with everything it needs to achieve your maximum glow. Loaded with the tan supporting amino-acid tyrosine and other tan activators, this luscious lotion is not only an incredible daily moisturizer, but it rapidly acerbates the tanning process once you finally hit the beach.
2. Pack some minis for the flight
Long flights to far-off exotic destinations can be extremely dehydrating for your skin. Pack some minis of your favorite ultra-hydrating skincare products to keep your skin looking fresh during the flight. Pro tip - if you’re brave enough, pack a sheet mask and pop it on mid-flight while you watch a terrible movie you’ve already seen, while carefully avoiding the stares of other passengers.
3. Don’t forget to bring aftersun
Let’s face it. Nobody ever plans to get a sunburn. But when we’re in sunny vacation destinations, or in an unfamiliar climate, sometimes the sun can get the best of us. You can never count on resorts or hotels to carry an after-sun remedy, and even if they do, you’re not going to escape without paying an arm and a leg for it. So be proactive, and always pack a bottle of healing after-sun like Over Exposed in your luggage, just in case. This isn’t just another aloe gel, however, packed with repairing antioxidants, calming peptides and redness-reducing actives, we’d go as far to say it’s actually a vacation-saver!
4. Lips need skincare too
Sunblock - check. After sun - check. In all the hustle of planning a vacation, one tiny body part never fails to be overlooked. Your lips! The skin on your lips is sensitive and burns quite easily - always be sure to pack an SPF lip balm anytime you plan on spending time in the sun. Trust us, burnt lips are no fun!
5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
While we all love spending time in the sun and basking in those warming rays - but there’s no doubt that vacations can leave your skin thirsty and tight. Be sure to always wash off your sunscreen at the end of the day and lather yourself in a nourishing body lotion afterward to give your skin some much-needed hydration. We like Base Tan as a replenishing aftersun because of its Tropical Phytocomplex, a proprietary blend of 11 oils and butters from exotic tropical fruit and nuts. It’s full of powerful antioxidants that help restore and repair after a long day at the beach.
6. Don’t neglect your hair!
Ok, so this one isn’t exactly a skincare tip but it’s one worth mentioning. The sun tends to be stronger in tropical locations and the UV rays you try to shield your skin from can also have a lasting impact on your hair, especially if it’s colored or processed. Look for a leave-in conditioner spray that has UV protection, it will help keep your hair hydrated and make your color last longer.