The Fab Five Week 6
By Gigi Anders
Planning a midsummer getaway? We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re off to the beach for the afternoon or the Cape for a week,here are the most essential daytime skinproducts to pack. (Not to mention you’ll love them once you get home.)
1.) L’Oréal Paris REVITALIFT Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansin Towelettes ($6.69 for a pack of 30). We’ve all seen tons of facial towelettes. What makes these newbies stand out –along with their heavenly scent reminiscent of bathroom toiletries in a luxury villa in Cap D’Antibes – is Vitamin C. This ingredient helps nourish the skin, boost its radiance, and gently exfoliate dead skin cells as you swipe, leaving skin smooth and refreshed -- no need to rinse. Plus, say au revoir to every last trace of summer grossness and makeup.
2.) Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF 15 ($52). No matter how dark your sunglasses are, sunlight has a way of sneaking around the corners to damage the outer eye area. This protective, chemical-free treatment banishes harmful rays, puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, even undereye darkness. Its “optical light diffusers,” a sheer pink universal tint, subtly brightens whatever’s going on down there. With skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids and plant extracts and without artificial fragrances and colors, your eyes absolutely need this.
3.) Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30 ($38.50). This is it. This is the unicorn: High, broadspectrum SPF; lightweight; unscented; sunscreen and moisturizer in one; zero chalky white cast (so any skin color can apply it and go); perfect for all skin types;won’t cause breakouts or clog pores; works beautifully by itself and under makeup; and won't ever pill.We bow down to the greatness that is Renée Rouleau. That is all.
4.) Moroccanoil Sun Lip Balm SPF 20 ($17). Most of us know Moroccanoil for its stellar hair and body products. Well, now we can also know it for its stellar sunproducts, which are nonpareil for promises kept, gorgeous scent, and opulent feel. Their new lip balm, in a pretty, easy-peasy squeeze tube, instantly hydrates and protects fragile lips. (Yes, lips too can get sunburned and damaged, with weird reddish splotches and spots. It’s not a good look.) This unsticky, ungreasy formula contains antioxidant-rich argan oil and shea butter to nourish the driest, most cracked lips. Meanwhile, broadspectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays leaves your now-kissable kisser ready to smooch, with a transparent sheen, delicately fragranced with mint tea.
5.) Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70 ($10.99). Here’s your beach body unicorn: Super-high broad spectrum; PABA- and oil-free; clean, soft, understated fragrance; immediately absorbing, continuous mist spray; water-resistant up to 80 minutes; and totally within your means. Get it. Use it. Love it. Every day.