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Is the winter over yet? Technically no, but around this time of year, many people decide to take the matter into their own hands and head to warmer weather for spring break! Yes, while all of your friends are freezing, you could be sipping margaritas on a beach before your Jet Ski lessons.

Before you don the flip flops though, consider your skin care routine. You may still be in winter mode and not exactly thinking about what you need to ensure your skin doesn’t suffer, so we’re here to help! Here are 5 spring break skin care tips.

1. Protect your skin.

You’re going from one extreme to the other, so your routine needs to reflect that. Protect your skin by using an SPF cream if you know you’re going to dramatically increase your sun exposure.

2. Go easy on the limes.

Be wary with certain foods before you sunbathe, especially limes. Limes contain psoralens, which when exposed to UV light, causes a little-known skin condition known as phytophotodermatitis in which the skin blisters and bruises could result. So, after jamming a lime wedge down the opening of your Corona be sure to fully clean your skin of any acids and materials that don’t belong before you head out into the sun, or you’ll be paying for it after the fact.

3. Observe the 5 O’Clock rule.

We won’t tell you not to have an extended beach day when you’re on vacation, but we will tell you to do it the right way. If you need to stay out in the sun for an extended period of time, choose the right time of day. Even though the sun is still giving off UV rays, if you begin your beach day at 5 o’clock, the levels of UV radiation exposure are greatly diminished due to the sunlight’s lower angle at this time of day.

4. Make time to cool down. 

Ah, paradise. The sand, the sun, the… stickiness. While it’s great to not see the condensation from your breath, it’s no fun to deal with it on your skin, aka sweat. Don’t get up and go to the shore though, reach for your bag and give the tropics a time out with a seaweed-based cooling mist.

5. Take a load off.

You're on vacation, right? It’s the time to be pampered, and what better way to pamper yourself than finishing your day with a nice soak in a spa bath? Look for ingredients like seaweed and aloe for perfectly hydrated, soft skin.

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