Courtesy of SephoraAlexandra Samuel, SELF magazine
Can we pause and take a moment to enjoy the fact that-for the next six weeks-I am officially on winter break??!!? And I'm not alone! 'Tis the season to kick back and relax (whether you are in school or not) and what better way to do that then escaping to an exotic locale? Whether you are hitting the beach or the slopes, there are three things you should remember to take. The best part: These products are both cold- and warm-weather friendly.
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Occlusive Lip Balm: Whether you are racing down black diamonds (well, I won't be) or lounging seaside, there are plenty of super-drying elements around. So, make sure your lip balm is both repairing and occlusive. Now, you may ask, "What the heck is occlusive?" Occlusive lip balm, any lip stuff with a Vaseline-y texture that seals moisture in and blocks wind out. My favorite: Jack Black Lip Balm SPF 25 in Black Tea & Blackberry or Grapefruit & Ginger (get both for $12). Not only does this stuff have major emollients to repair and sooth, it's occlusive without being a sticky mess.
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A Sensitive-Skin-Friendly Sunscreen Stick Can we talk about how badly your skin burns when you get sunscreen near your eyes when they are already feeling itchy and flaky? Not. Fun. And sun on the slopes is doubly strong because it's reflecting off of snow. Sun on the beach is also extra strong, but this time because it's reflecting off of the water. So, skipping sensitive area's is a no no. I like to pack Clarins' Sunscreen Stick For Sun-Sensitive Areas SPF 30 High Protection UVB/UVA, $26, (ridic name, I know) and apply it every couple hours under my eyes, on the tops of my ears, on my cupid's bow and on my part. No sun damage here!
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Detangling, protective spray The final thing you need: A styling spray that not only protects your hair (and your color) from UV damage, but also detangles gnarly locks. I swear I get more damage after skiing or swimming from combing through the dry, tangled mess my hair becomes than from the sun itself. Pick up a bottle of the Kerastase Soleil Huile Celeste, $40. The price may be a little steep, but the product makes it totally worth it.