New year, new adventures!
If you’re following along with ATD on social (If yes, I love you. If not, you can follow here and here!) then you may have seen that my husband, Neema and I are heading to Maui next week to celebrate my birthday! (Insert all the beachy emojis.)
While a beach vacation is meant for relaxation, I never get lazy when it comes to protecting my skin and hair. To give you an idea of what’s in my cosmetic bag on this trip, I’ve listed the go-to products I trust for protection against the aging sun.
I use the Rhonda Allison eZinc Protection and Moisturizer on a daily basis. I love her entire line (I’ll do separate post on my daily skin care routine) but this cream is particularly special. It’s all natural, has zinc for protection and provides SPF 15. It also gives you a noticeable glow, even after applying make-up.
Speaking of foundation, I love Bare Minerals Original Foundation because of the extra sun protection it provides. It has an additional SPF 15.
Outside of my daily moisturizer and foundation, when by the pool or beach I love to use Aveeno’s Protect + Hydrate SPF 50. Designed for the face, it’s broad spectrum, oil free and can be found at any drug store.
I discovered another drugstore favorite while on our trip to Europe last summer. I’ve never gotten burned using Aveeno’s Active Natural Hydrosport Sunscreen Spray SPF 30. Not only is it super effective, but it smells unlike any sunscreen I’ve used.
I stay ghostly white in the winter months — fine, all year round — so I always like to buff on my favorite self tanner pre-flight for an extra glow. There’s no better self tanner than the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. The foam illuminates your natural tones giving you flawless, sun-kissed skin. Also, it sets in just 5 minutes and is easy apply using this mitt!
Maybe you took too long of a swim and forgot to reapply your SPF — it happens to the best of us. The most important step we can take is to continue to hydrate the effected areas. For my body, I love Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Cream. It’s thick, not oily, and always leaves my skin feeling shiny and healthy. For the face, these SKII Facial Treatment Masks replenish your skin with the necessary oils and minerals to keep hydrated. They’re also cooling, perfect for sensitive, sunburnt skin.
Last but definitely not least, I keep Cherry Chapstick close by no matter the weather. I’ve tried many balms and this is the only one the keeps my lips smooth and hydrated. Not to mention the cherry tint gives them a natural pink hue!
I was introduced to Cavier Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner by a friend more than a year ago and never looked back. I’ve tried moisturizing shampoos in the past, many leaving my hair feeling too clean (meaning I couldn’t style it) or flat and weighed down. Caviar leaves my hair soft, silky, and light to make styling a breeze. Sephora offers 1 oz. options if you’d like to give it try before investing in a larger supply. I purchase the smaller versions for travel as it’s the perfect remedy for dry hair post chlorine, salt, and sun exposure.
My natural hair (pre-styling) has a loose, beachy wave to it. Unfortunately, I consider it to look like a wild woman’s and rarely wear it that way unless I’m somewhere tropical where the humidity can help it keep its shape. One product that helps me with this is the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. Its saltwater-based, meaning it helps with the hold and texture of your hair. If you love your salty curls post ocean swim the way I do, then this is the perfect product any day of the week.
I don’t know where to begin with Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo. It’s been a lifesaver. Like most woman,
I don’t want to damage my hair by washing, blow drying, and styling my it daily I’m lazy when it comes to washing my hair. This stuff keeps my mane voluminous, oil-free, and “clean”.
Let me know if you have questions regarding any of the products. Though I go to great lengths product wise to protect my skin and hair from the sun, my best advice would be to cover up. I always wear a hat to protect my face from sun damage and if I feel the sun is getting too strong, I’ll seek shelter under an umbrella.
PS: I’ve opened my attn: To Detail Spapchat account! My username is attn.to.detail. To kick off the Snap party, I’ll be sharing our Maui trip! Hope to see you there!