If you’re worried about looking after your skin whilst you’re on vacation then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re off to somewhere sunny or you’re going somewhere that is much colder, you need to be sure you’re doing all that you can to look after your skin and keep it looking healthy.

Luckily, there are lots of ways in which you can do exactly that. From keeping out of the sun to thinking about what you’re eating, the more you’re doing to protect your skin the better. With that in mind, here are 5 ways to look after your skin on vacation:

Make Sure You’re Wearing SPF 

One of the best ways to protect your skin is to ensure you’re wearing SPF.  Whether it’s 60 degrees or 100 degrees, you need to ensure you’re protecting your skin from the sun.  10% of adults use sunscreen regularly. 25% of kids use sunscreen regularly. This percentage needs to change, and you can start today. Make sure you and your kids are protected. And don’t forget about sunglasses. While 73% of adults wear them, only 30% of children do. UV exposure over a lifetime can result in cataracts, cancers,  and age-related macular degeneration. 

If you’re used to warmer climates, you still need to protect your skin but you may find that it doesn’t need to be as intense. Consider using a moisturizer with SPF for your face every day and only use sunscreen when it reaches unbearable temperatures. For a guide for when to use SPF, you can visit this site here. 

Limit Your Sun Exposure

Another great way to look after your skin is to ensure you’re limiting your exposure to direct sunlight to only a couple hours a day. Thanks to science, we know that staying out of the sun as much as possible is actually NOT good for our health. In fact, when natural sunlight hits the skin, it triggers the body’s production of vitamin D, also known as “the sunshine vitamin.” It is a crucial ingredient for overall health; protects against inflammation, lowers high blood pressure, helps muscles, improves brain function and may even prevent cancer.  The key factor is if you’re going to be in the sun, always wear sunscreen and protective sunglasses. 

Use Hydrating Moisturiser On Your Face

If you are not used to the hot weather and you find it starts to dry your skin out, you need to think about using a hydrating moisturizer. Although a normal moisturizer would also help, using something that is water-based will help to bring that hydration back to your skin. Whilst it can cost more, you’ll notice the difference after just a couple of days. 

Think About What You’re Eating And Drinking

Another important thing to bear in mind is what you’re eating and drinking whilst you’re on your vacation. When you travel you tend to eat meals that are considered to be a little more unhealthy than what you’d usually eat, so it’s important to think about the effect this could have on your skin.

Always opt for a healthy meal, as it will give you more energy to enjoy your time away. We know your alcohol consumption may be a bit more during this time as well… there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a bit more alcohol on your vacation, but make sure you’re drinking plenty of water between those glasses of wine. This will help fight against dehydration and you’ll be grateful not to wake up with a hangover. 

For more information on the effects of sugar on skin, you can visit this site here. 

Ensure You’re Staying As Hydrated As Possible

Finally, you need to ensure you’re drinking as much water as you possibly can, as this will help keep you hydrated. Dehydration does a number on our skin. Your overall tone and complexion may appear uneven, and fine lines are more noticeable.  Staying hydrated is super important always – not just on vacation. But if you’re spending your days in the sun, it’s important to keep a bottle of water with you to prevent heatstroke. 

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Andrea Wilson is a 25-year-old writer and artist who enjoys tea, reading and working out. You can find her in front of a book or at the gym.

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