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SUN TIPS

The best ways to protect your skin for spring break.

Sun is good for you—in small doses and with the proper care. Fifteen minutes of sun before 10am and after 2pm can boost your levels of Vitamin D while elevating your mood. Here’s how to take advantage of the sun’s rays on your upcoming warm weather spring break destinations while minimizing the havoc it can wreak on your skin.

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. This is a no-brainer, but most of us don’t apply nearly enough. Experts say at least SPF 30—and look for products that protect from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply to face and body at least 20 minutes before exposure…and reapply every few hours or more if you’re swimming or sweating. Kiehl’s makes a great sunscreen that’s designed for both face and body. Available at Bluemercury.

Don’t forget eyes and lips. Now that you’ve got your body covered, be sure you also protect delicate eye tissue and those luscious lips. We love Supergoop’s minty fresh SPF 30 lip balm, from Bluemercury. And we protect our eyes with a supercool pair of prescription sunglasses from Warby Parker.

Keep a lid on it. To avoid wrinkles and protect your scalp and hair, get in the habit of wearing a cute hat when you’re out in the sun. Check out Francesca’s for some chic straw fedoras and panamas.

Glow in the shade. Avoid the sun altogether but still rock a golden glow. Today’s self-tanners smell fresh and mellow to a lovely, sun-kissed shade. We love treating ourselves to the Body Bronzer treatment at Equinox Spa.