Breaking Down the Spring Break Essentials


Whether you’re planning on a beach trip, road trip, or stay-cation this Spring Break, remembering to pack your skincare regimen is essential! Let’s breakdown the basics everyone should travel with, and give you a few tips on how to keep your skin healthy when out on the road.  

First and foremost, this may seem obvious coming from a dermatology provider, but it is essential to protect your skin. While we all know a sunburn is an easy way to ruin a trip, even tanning is actually the result of UV induced injury to the skin. In other words, there is no such thing as a healthy tan. It is important to remember that we need to be more cautious during the first sun exposure after a long winter of dry weather and little exposure to UV rays because our skin is the most vulnerable at this point. Some easy protection pearls include minimizing sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., wearing darker colored protective clothing, large brim hats, UV protected sunglasses, and of course sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher. If you are planning on spending a large amount of time driving this spring break, make sure to wear your 50 SPF in the car as UVA rays can penetrate glass windows and damage the skin.

While packing for vacation can be a challenge, I recommend a few products that should be in any suitcase to keep your skin healthy and flawless. First off, you want to pack your own products to avoid irritating and fragrant substances, often found in hotels, as they can be highly allergenic. For hydrating and cleansing the skin, I recommend the HH Science Daily Cleansing Foam and Ultra Smooth Body Lotion. Both products work extremely well for all skin types. My personal favorite SPF protection is the HH Science Tinted BB Cream. The benefit of these zinc or titanium sunscreens is they are physical sunscreens as opposed to chemical sunscreens. This essentially means they work by reflecting the sun’s rays as opposed to absorbing them. Another great thing about many of these products is they meet the travel size requirement, so they are perfect for packing.   

Last but not least, I would like to discuss the importance of a healthy diet and its association with break outs for our acne prone patients. As many people are hitting the gym in preparation for “bathing suit” weather, make sure to avoid the use of whey protein as it worsens hormonally driven acne. Switching to a plant based protein is recommended. Additionally, milk also contains high levels of hormones, with skim milk being the worst culprit, and should be limited to one glass per day or less. Other foods and drinks that are linked to acne include beer, sweets, and chocolate. Overall, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress, staying really well hydrated, and protecting the skin during spring break will provide you with all the key ingredients to have an awesome time.

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