Before you head out for some spring break fun and you mark off everything on your check list like your passport, extra cash and that one last bikini you couldn’t resist, consider your pre-spring break preparation for your body, including skincare and waxing.
One of the most overlooked skincare preps is applying sunscreen. We frolic in the sun for hours at the expense of our skin. While skin cancer is a major concern, there are other risk factors to consider as well, such as sun burn, sun poisoning and skin rashes. So before you get on the jet skis or cruise the beach for eye candy, here are a few precautions in which you should take heed.
- Always wear sunscreen. Apply it on your skin every day while on vacation. Make it a habit, just like brushing your teeth.
- Avoid sun in the middle of the day, from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ultraviolet rays, which cause sunburn, are strongest during this time.
- Wear protective clothing. When you do go outdoors, especially for long periods of time in the middle of the day, try to wear long sleeves and slacks, as well as a wide-brimmed hat to help protect your body against the sun’s harmful effects.
- Wear sunglasses that filter UV light.
The next item on the agenda for your pre-spring break prep is painful to say the least; waxing! We’re not sure which one is more painful; the embarrassing stares from strangers at your unsightly bikini line or the actual pluck and pull in this sensitive area. However, before you schedule your visit to the esthetician, here is what you need to know:
Do: Exfoliate in between waxing to reduce the chance of ingrown hairs.
Do: Use sun protection when exposing your skin to the sun. It is especially important during the first 24 hours after waxing, in order to avoid redness.
Do: Let the waxer know before your appointment if you have any allergies, health conditions, taking any medication, like Accutane, or if you are using any topical lotions or creams like AHAs or Retin-A.
Don’t: Use numbing products or pain relief medicine, such as Advil, as it is not necessary.
Don’t: Take alcohol (and other stimulants such as caffeine) prior to waxing. Stimulants tighten the pores.
Spring break can be a wonderful escape from exams, projects and lingering Winter woes. However, whether you are enjoying a stay-cation in the city or Caribbean getaway, please be sure to pre prep your body for a whole lot of fun in the sun.
Written By: Candice Loren
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