If someone were to send you a bag filled with items you could use for the summer, what would you like to have in it? I was fortunate enough to receive a swag bag of goodies, and after putting them to use realized that it was a summer care package. The only things missing from this bag were a pair of sunnies and a hat.
Since many travel in the summer, even if it’s just a weekend down the shore, or an overnight in Washington, it’s important to protect your skin, hair, eyes, and even mobile devices. This is a time when you don’t want to skimp on products like sunblock. Keep in mind, quality products can help prolong your youthful appearance while preventing skin cancer, give you more comfort, or protect your valuables better than budget items.
SUMMER TIPS: Before entering a pool, completely wet your hair in the shower with fresh water to avoid swimmer’s hair. This saturates the hair follicles so the chlorine can’t be as easily absorbed. An alternative is to use a leave-in conditioner beforehand. Wear sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection, and they should be polarized if you’re on (or near) the water a lot. Brown, green and grey tinted lenses are better for driving, and larger frames offer better protection. Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen 15 – 30 minutes before leaving the house, and reapply every four hours or as directed, and drink at least a cup of water every couple of hours.
Stay safe and healthy, and enjoy the rest of summer!
Havaianas – These flip-flops are hand-crafted in Brazil, and have been around since 1962. I was given a pair of Slim Graphics in fuchsia, and I must say, they’ve become my favorites because they’re so comfortable. Great for walking on hot sand or city sidewalks, and you can choose from a wide variety of designs to suit your personality.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face SPF 50 – This sunshield is very light and absorbs into the skin quickly. It doesn’t leave a white residue or an oily sheen, so ladies it won’t clog your pores, and will leave your make-up looking more natural. Since it’s a broad spectrum sunscreen, it helps prevent freckles, age spots, wrinkling, sunburns, and skin cancer. Swimmers will be happy to hear that it’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Xtreme Straight Crème – It’s light with a nice fragrance. Great for moisturizing your hair, and preventing the frizzies during these humid months. I highly recommend it for porous, wavy, and curly hair.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Shine Stain – This lightweight, long-lasting lip stain hydrates your lips for about six hours.
JĀSÖN Body Washes – I received the lavender scent, and it reminds me of Provence this time of year. It’s made of natural ingredients and has vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5. Your skin won’t feel tight after a shower, and there are other fragrances to choose from.
bliss firm, baby, firm Total Eye System – They say eyes are the window of your soul. Parents don’t want others to see signs of aging when they look into them, and the sun certainly doesn’t help. Bliss’ lifting upper eye gel & under eye cream duo can firm the skin over and under your eyes, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Here’s to the precious moments of hearing you look like your teen’s twin and their eyes rolling after hearing that!
GO SMILE On-the-Go Teeth Whitening Pen – This product doesn’t protect, but will enhance your smile. Besides, the whiter your teeth are, the better your tan looks, and drinking Frappucinos and berry smoothies won’t make matters better. Use this to get maintain your pearly whites on-the-go.
Boden & Mini Boden – A British company that sells amongst other clothing, swimwear for men, women, and children, plus straw bags for the beach season. They have a sale going on now.
OtterBox Pursuit Series Case – Many know the popular Armor Series for their iPhones or other mobile phones. I received a Pursuit 40 waterproof case that’s perfect for the beach. It keeps water and sand out while not in use, and protects devices of many sizes from accidentally being stepped on. You can also keep your earphones inside. Love this!
The Institute, Erno Laszlo New York – This salon started out on Fifth Avenue with clients i.e., Audrey and Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelley, and Jackie Kennedy. It’s now in Soho after a 40-year gap looking to pick up where it left off. A 75 minute facial treatment after braving the summer elements will help slow down the aging process. Their signature program consists of masterlevel nutritional boosting facials that bring on the characterization of youthful skin.