I wanted to start off this blog by saying I’m low maintenance, but that would mean I’m starting this blog off with a lie. I use a lot of products, I have very sensitive skin, my hair has been died too many times, and I burn easily. With these inconveniences, comes a constant trial & error of products that are going to save my ass. Therefore, after years of research I have managed to find a combination of products that I love to use during the summer and on vacation. So let’s get started shall we?
Aveeno 50 SPF (the baby line): My motto: if it can go on a baby, it can go on my face. If you have really sensitive/acne prone skin and you are going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, then you NEED this product. It’s specifically for the face, and its specifically for babies, so you know you’re getting that gentle touch, but killer protection from the sun.
Balm dotcom Universal Skin Salve: this product is a hydrating, long-lasting, multipurpose skin salve that has antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin (and it doesn’t just have to go on your lips). I keep this in my beach bag all day and apply it like its my day job. Tip: if you want glitter, get it in the colour ‘birthday’.
Systane Ultra: This isn’t for everyone, but Accutane left me with chronic dry eye. So when I’m spending all day in the sun, even my eyes need a little water break.
L’oreal Total Repair Leave-In: This product can honestly be replaced with any other leave-in conditioner– it’s not about the product, it’s how you use it. When you’re spending all day at the beach or pool, your hair is getting it’s ASS KICKED by the sun. When I’m at the beach, I keep a leave-in conditioner in my bag and I apply it EVERY TIME I get out of the water. It protects your hair, and the conditioner will give you a nice wavy beach look.
Pink Conditioning Hair & Body Oil: This product isn’t a necessity but I personally love the multi-use of this hair and body oil. This is a one-stop-shop bottle that you can bring to the beach and spray everywhere when you need a refresher.r
Rosehip Oil: Time in the sun = wrinkles. Rosehip oil is rich in fatty acids and when absorbed through the skin, these fatty acids convert to prostaglandins which help in tissue regeneration. This product almost works like botox for me, it’s crazy. If you’re worried about the developing of wrinkles, apply the rosehip oil on those areas at bed time and you’ll honestly see a difference in the morning (PSA: rosehip oil is NOT GOOD on active acne, so if you’re having a bad break out, I wouldn’t apply this product)lu
Breathe of Fresh Air: Got sun burnt? Spray this. I ALWAYS bring this product on vacation. With it’s mix of sea water, aloe vera, and rose; it’s the perfect healer for a sun burn. I recommend keeping this product in the FRIDGE, so that when you spray, it acts as the perfect cooler for your red skin.
The ‘Natural Beauty’ Babes
L’oreal Magic Skin Beautifier: When I go to the pool or beach, I obviously don’t want to be wearing a full face of make-up. That being said, I do have lots of acne scars and discolouration on my face that I’d love to camouflage if I can. This BB cream is perfect for that; it provides a beautiful coverage while still remaining natural, and won’t get mucky when you jump in the water.
Waterproof Mascara: I think this goes without saying. Want to have long lashes on the beach? Go for a waterproof mascara. In my opinion, L’oreal’s telescopic is the greatest mascara in existence, so I suggest that one lol.
Shimmy Shimmy: this is a moisturizer bar from lush that smells like a strawberry milkshake. The best part? It is LOADED with glitter and looks killer with a tan. I apply this all over my body when I’m back from a day at the beach and I’m heading out to dinner. (but a lot of glitter is involved. I warned you.)
The Flash Tatt
In my opinion, you can’t go on vacation without flash tattoos. What are they? Well, they are temporary tattoos but they are foil-based, making them look like jewellery on the skin. I wont go on a vacation without them, they are too fun.
DISCLAIMER:By the originals from Flashtat.com. If your going to try flash tattoos, I strongly advised against buying random knock-off ones from stores at the mall. Why? Well, the flash tattoos from flashtat.com are made differently. When you put them on, they give off a more ‘foily, glitter’ look and last a really long time. The ones you can buy at the mall are identical to those temporary tattoos you used to use when you were a kid. They get really gummy and sticky after a few days, and typically have that transparent clear outline around each tattoo. NOT IDEAL.
I hope you enjoyed my list of must-haves for the summer. If you do end up purchasing any of my recommendations, don’t hesitate to tell me and I hope you guys have the BEST SUMMER.