How to Prep Your Skin for Spring Break in 5 Days
We all may have settled into our spring skincare routines, but that trip you’ve been planning for months is actually now, and you’d be wise to prep your mug. Whether you’re doing the ol’ beach and fruity drink fest or hitting a less traditional spring travel destination, there’s one thing you’ve gotta do before you go: Get your skin sun ready. “In winter, the cold, wind and indoor heat make your skin drier than usual,” says Dr. Howard Sobel, a dermatologist at Park Avenue Skin and Spa in New York City. And in this delicate state, you could be susceptible to sunburn, not to mention showing off those flaky, dry spots and pale pallor in a swimsuit. But how can we get the glow we’re after without doing damage to our skin? Relax. We’ve got you covered with this quickie plan that starts five days pre-boarding. Scroll on for what you need to know before you go.
1. Honest Beauty Even Brighter Everday Moisturizer ($34): Take a quick look at the ingredients label on your go-to moisturizer — does it contain retinol? If so, you’ll need to swap it with another product, since retinol (a derivative of Retin A) makes your skin more sun sensitive, says Sobel. Look for an antioxidant-rich moisturizer like this one, which has soothing chamomile and calendula and green tea extracts to keep skin smooth and hydrated. Apply a layer of sunscreen over it for max protection. You can go back to using the retinols after you return.
DAY 2: EXFOLIATE
2. You Are Amazing Smooth It Out Mango Papaya Exfoliating Scrub ($4): So that dead, flaky skin you’ve been sporting? It needs to go, especially if slipping on a swimsuit is in your plans. But sloughing it off too close to your arrival will put you at risk for a major burn, since you’re losing that protective layer, explains Dr. Sobel. Do it a few days out with this gentle, tropical-scented scrub that will put you in a vacay mood and leave your skin smooth and primed for self-tanning.
DAY 3: GET YOUR FAUX GLOW ON
3. Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum ($31): High on the list of #springbreakgoals: A tawny, bronzed glow (faux, of course!). This serum, infused with coconut oil to plump and hydrate skin, smells like a piña colada and leaves behind a silky, sexy bronze. Do the first application, then another sesh the night before you take off to build up color and prevent fading.
DAY 4: USE A MOISTURIZING MASK
4. Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask ($24): Your thirsty face needs some love before you depart (especially if you’ve got a long flight on the horizon), and a mask packed with hydrating ingredients is just the ticket to get it looking plump and firm. This sheet mask features a mineral water gel that really gets in deep. The best part? The travel-friendly packets fit perfectly in your carry on. Toss in one or two to take along for a quick boost after a day on the beach.
DAY 5: GET SUN SAVVY
5. Australian Gold X-treme Sport Spray Gel ($9): That sunscreen from 2015? Toss it. Turns out, those UV blockers can weaken over time and won’t be as effective this year. This spray keeps blocking rays for at least 80 minutes after you emerge from the water, hangs in there when you’re sweating on the courts and gives skin a sleek, subtle shine. Just make sure you reapply every two hours to avoid burning. Pack it!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)