Later this week I’ll be visiting the Grand Solmar Land’s End resort in Los Cabos on my first visit to Mexico (whee!). Being a press trip, there’s an itinerary planned out with an array of activities that will require some clever packing when it comes to cosmetics – I don’t expect to wear the same products to an elegant dinner as I will splashing about with dolphins (whee!).
A planned trip also means I’ll be out and about for several hours at one time in the sun, so I’ll need some durable sun protection that will last. As Woody Allen said, “With my complexion, I don’t tan, I stroke.”
Aside from having very fair skin, I’ve also experienced a bad burn as a child, giving me high risk status for skin cancer. So I’ve become that annoying person who quite literally wears sunscreen every day.
Top sunscreen picks:
For the past two years, I’ve been using SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 ($39, available at medical and high-end spas) on my face and neck and I can’t say enough good things about this product. The mattefying liquid, with broad spectrum protection, absorbs quickly without the slightest residue. It’s safe for sensitive skin and the coverage seems to last forever.
*Side note: I brought SkinCeuticals sunscreen on a trip to Portugal last year and my boyfriend loved the non-oily texture so much he abandoned his sunscreen and wore mine.
Vichy Capital Soleil High Protection Body Oil ($29,95, available at drug stores nationwide) feels lovely, is paraben-free, hypoallergenic, and water-resistant so it’s great for lingering poolside. Hawaiian Tropic‘s innovative Silk Hydration Sunscreen Lotion (available at drug stores and retailers nationwide) is a sunscreen and a moisturizer 2-in-1, giving you one more reason to protect yourself and one less bottle to pack (plus it smells great).
More luggage-worthy picks:
As far as cleansers go, facial wipes are less mess than a bottle and you can pack a few in a Ziploc if you’re desperate for luggage space. I like Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes ($9.99, available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart), (which is paraben, phthalate, and SLS-free), and Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($7.99 to $10.99, available at retailers and drug stores nationwide).
Black 15in1 shampoo and conditioner is a little pricey at ($26 and $24 respectively, available at salons across Canada), but it’s so well-made that you will literally only have to wash your hair twice per week (seriously, I tried it), which means one bottle lasts for a long time.
The products are packed with nutrients that make hair smoother, healthier and shinier – like keratin, argan oil and silk amino acids – but don’t make hair oily. I seriously don’t know how they do it.
Even the most well-meaning gal may miss a wash or two on vacation, and in that case I recommend göt2b Rockin’ It Dry Shampoo ($7.99, available at mass retailers like Shopper’s Drug Mart), which is just as good as dry shampoos at two or three times its price. A wave-enducing spray or mousse is another way to cut prep time on vacation – simply work it into hair and twist or braid before letting it air dry (preferably on the beach).
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*Update: I had a fantastic sunburn-free trip thanks in part to these awesome sunscreens.