How to get your skin ready for spring break

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Spring has finally arrived, and for some of you, that means one thing – spring break is right around the corner. Whether you’re taking a break from the books at college or you’ve decided to use up your vacation days at work, the beach is calling your name and your skin is ready to get sun-kissed. However, before you head out to the ocean in hopes of achieving the perfectly bronzed skin tone, there are a few ways you should consider preparing your skin for the warm-weather transition.

Before you leave for your spring break adventure, show your skin a little love. Here are a few tips for getting your skin ready for the sunshine:

If your skin care regimen doesn’t already dedicate a day to exfoliating, it’s time to change up your routine. Think about all of the sunscreen, salt water and makeup your face is going to endure while you’re on vacation – your complexion could really use a fresh start, according to StyleCaster. Get your skin ready for spring break by using a facial exfoliator once or twice a week. It’ll break up the dead skin cells that accumulated on your complexion throughout the week, leaving your skin smooth, fresh and ready for the sunshine.

Use a hydrating face mask
Let’s face it: You’re living in the age of social media, and whether you like it or not, your friends will probably be posting a picture or two of you while you’re on the beach. To keep your skin ready for that spontaneous photo shoot that’s bound to happen, consider prepping your skin with a hydrating face mask once a week. Not only will your skin be ready to take on the camera, but your complexion will be impressively soft to the touch.

Hydrate your skin with a face mask to prepare for the candid photoshoots. Hydrate your skin with a face mask to prepare for candid photo shoots.

Consider laser hair treatment
Do you want to spend your spring break shaving every other day, or would you rather use that time to stay on the beach or in the hot tub longer? If you’re not interested in keeping up with the stubble, consider laser hair treatment. Whether you want to get rid of the pesky hairs on your legs, smooth your bikini line or go full-on Brazilian, laser hair removal treatment is an effective alternative to carrying around a razor. You can say goodbye to the time consuming, irritating method of shaving and say hello to smooth and sexy skin, perfect for your spring break trip to the ocean.

Try some body scrub
Your face isn’t the only area that could use a good scrub before vacation. Bustle recommends exfoliating the rest of your body with a refreshing body scrub. It’ll remove all of those pesky dead skin cells you acquired from the dreaded winter weather, ultimately revitalizing your dry skin to smoothness and hydration.

“Moisturize regularly to protect your skin’s moisture barriers.”

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
As if this wasn’t already important enough, moisturizing your skin before and while you’re on vacation can be your skin’s key to happiness. Nobody wants dry skin while they’re spending time on the beach. Show your body some love and moisturize regularly to protect your skin’s moisture barriers to prevent dehydration later on. Your comfortable, hydrated sun-kissed complexion will thank you later.

Start using sunscreen
If you don’t already, you need to start wearing sunscreen more often. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation reported that you shouldn’t only be wearing the stuff on the beach – you should be applying it any day you’re going to be spending time outdoors. Get your skin ready for spring break by protecting it early on. Not only will it start to become more of a habit, but your skin will be better protected, ultimately leading to a healthy, glowing complexion.