Prep & Protect your skin on a Tropical Getaway

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Bringing all your beauty products internationally is not only impractical it's unnecessary.  Leave your arsenal of bronzer's at home and stick to a good ol' beauty prep like I do.  You can achieve a flawless sun-kissed look in all your selfies with my tips on preventing & staying protected.  Because a sun burned face is never cute.

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Before you Jet-set

Drink plenty of water the week before you board the plane.  It's a no brainer but It's one of the most important steps and also the easiest to forget.  International travel usually consists of several hours trapped on a plane with recycled cold cabin air which can dry out your skin. 

Tanning (a little) before hand helps prep your skin for, well, more tanning!  If you are very light skinned, you might want to spend a few minutes in the sun every day before you make your trip.  This way your body can start to produce the Vitamin D essential for prolonged sun exposure.  Keep in mind that the goal is to prep and not to burn.  

Clean all your makeup brushes to ensure less transfer of bacteria.  Don't just sanitize your brushes, clean them with a cleaner or mild soap and water.  This way, your chances of breaking out will be less even when the climate is different.

Exfoliate your skin with a mask before you travel.  Removing dead skin will help reveal a clean base and your makeup application will be easier to achieve as well.

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During your stay under the sun

Allow you skin time to get used to the sun.   The first few days in the sun should be limited to allow your body’s melanocyte cells to rev up the ability to produce protective pigmentation. This gives you a base tan and also serves to help protect you against overexposure to the sun.  I really like Sun Bum because its a clear mist and I still get a nice golden color when I use it + it's at Target so, enough said.  

Use higher SPF for your face.  The skin around your eyes is very delicate and is prone to wrinkling if sun burned.  You will want to do your best to protect it with a high solar protection factor (SPF).  If you are not sure which SPF you need, let me break it down for you.  So, people with white or fair skin, those with freckles and redheads should look for an SPF of 50+, while those with light skin and blonde hair, with or without freckles, but who can develop a bit of a tan under the sun should opt for a high protection in the 30-50 SPF range.  Light skinned people with brown hair but who tan easily should go for an SPF of 15-25, as should darker-skinned people.

Fight UV rays from the inside.  Believe it or not, you can actually fight harmful UV rays by eating cooked tomatos.  “In addition to using sunscreen, eat cooked tomatoes every day if you know you’re going to be in the sun,” says Jessica Wu, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at USC Medical School.  When cooked, tomato's become high in lycopene which is an antioxidant that fights harmful rays.  That includes bloody Mary's!  So if anyone is questioning your #Momskills, remind them that you're doin it for the lycopene.  🍹

Seek shade during the hours of 10AM-4PM when the suns rays are strongest.  Often times people think that the afternoon has the most intense sun because the air feels hotter but it actually starts in the morning!  12 noon is when the sun is the closest to us and can present the most danger to our skin.  So, hide yo kids, hide you wives.

Don't forget to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses that protect you from 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light. This includes those labeled as "UV 400," which blocks all light rays.  Over time, the whites of your eyes can become yellow when over exposed to the sun so keep those eyes covered!  

Finally, a chapstick is essential because your lips have almost no melanin in them making them highly susceptible to harmful rays.  Use a chapstick or lipstick with an SPF of at least 15.  I particularly like this new lippy from Kaplan MD of Beverly Hills in the color "Santa Monica."  It's a nude-colored revitalizing lip treatment with an SPF of 30!  If you want to try this gorgeous shade yourself, use the code: PERFECTPOUT at checkout to receive free domestic shipping on your first order.  

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I really like this Cotz facial sunblock because its tinted naturally and its SPF 40 so I know I'm protected.  I hope you guys have fun this weekend.  I sure know I will because I'll be in Cancun sunnin ma bum!  I'm definitely going to be re-applying sunblock all day so check in with me on my insta for all the fun #ootd's!


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