Once your 564857th Goa plan finally falls into place, the only thing left to worry about is prepping your skin for the scorching heat and the sun damage that follows. If you have a tropical holiday on the cards as well, we are sure you must already be dreading the skin issues like tan, sunburn and what not (why else you’d be here reading this, right?).

You’d get a lot of tips and tricks to de-tan your skin and how to remove a tan. But why not try and prevent the pesky issue from occurring rather than dealing with it later. After all, you should only come back from your vacation with memories and lotsa pictures, not tanning and sunburn.

So, take a look at five pro tips that will help keep your skin protected from tanning, sunburn and radical damage even while you stroll the street on a hot, sunny day.

 

Wear sunscreen

Wear sunscreen

This one is a no-brainer. You can forget your wallet at home but absolutely cannot forget to apply and reapply sunscreen every three to four hours. The best way you can shield your skin from the sun damage is to coat it with SPF 30 or higher. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 like the Pond’s Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 50 and also use beauty products infused with SPF too for maximum protection.

 

Hydrate

Hydrate

Hydrating your body is the key to keeping your skin healthy and hydrated from within. It prevents dryness and thus keeps tanning and sunburn at bay. Keep your body and skin hydrated by drinking gallons of water while you are on your vacay. Also, take with you a hydrating sheet mask much like the Simple Kind To Skin Pollution Protect Sheet Mask to seal in the moisture and do away with the environmental damage of the day.

 

Avoid peak hours

Avoid peak hours

Believe it or not, you can dodge the UV rays and sun damage and protect your skin from sunburn and tanning simply by avoiding the sun during certain hours. The time between 12–3 PM is when the intensity of UV rays is extremely high and avoiding sun exposure at this time can save your skin from tan, skin cancer and free radical damage.

 

Ditch the perfumes in the sun

Ditch the perfumes in the sun

Going on a tropical vacation without spritzing your favourite perfume might sound bizarre, but hear us out. You might not know this, but the high alcohol content in perfumes make your skin more sensitive and prone to tanning. Instead, spritz some organic body spray before stepping out in the sun or simply wear the Lakme Peach Milk Moisturiser SPF 24 PA++ that is infused with SPF.

 

Cleanse and exfoliate

Cleanse and exfoliate

Make sure you wash your face at least four times a day; probably any time after you are back from your day in the sun. It helps detoxify and cool down your skin. Use a cleanser twice a day and splash cold water on your face to keep your skin tan-free. Also, exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead skin cells to reveal bright and glowing skin.