Summer Life Savers

While I’m still savoring my week on the Cape, I find I’m paring life down to a few necessities.

Here are the 4 things I find I can’t live without:

1. Buggle

I don’t know what it is about my body chemistry, but bugs find me irresistible. Over July 4th holiday, I was devoured from ankles to knees; literally 10+ bites per leg and all of them insanely itchy. I swore I’d never leave home again without protection. Enter my dear friend Clare, who seems to have all the answers to life’s niggling questions. She brought me a bottle of Buggle to take on my journey. Unlike conventional insect repellants that smell vile, this one is a mixture of essential oils instead of deadly chemicals and smells, well, lovely. A pleasant smelling repellant is NOT an oxymoron! The soothing contents are a mixture of aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, lemongrass oil, catnip oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, baby soap and geranium oil. You shake up this lovely concoction and mist it all over. A week out and I haven’t had a bite yet. This can be ordered from the website for $12.50 per bottle, and worth every penny. A non- scratchy vacation? Priceless!


2. Blotting papers

I hate the feel of a sweaty, oily face. Ditto melted eyeliner and tinted moisturizer
dripping off my visage. So I find a packet of blotting papers to be an absolute summer essential. I prefer the light paper-y type as opposed to the vinyl-like ones. You simply blot all over your face (as opposed to  rubbing) and your makeup will be undisturbed. Currently in my bag are blotting linens by Boschia, infused with bamboo and willow bark extract, a natural salicylic acid, to control excess oil and perspiration. 100 refreshing green sheets per packet will set you back $10. There are less expensive versions but make sure they are paper, not plastic. And don’t use tissue as a substitute. It will leave you coated in lint.

3. A large brimmed hat

I recently submitted to the rather humiliating  annual full body check for suspicious skin growths. I got major raised eyebrows from my Dr. and had to swear that my tan came out of a bottle, not from actual sun exposure. His final salvo to fair skinned me was “sunscreen every day, regardless of season or weather and a hat, the larger the better.” My go-to this and many previous summers is my topper by Eric Javits. I love it because it is light and airy and can be folded and rolled to stick in your bag. I have a large brimmed visor by Javits too. They are not cheap but they last forever.

4. Heavy duty, light weight sunblock

The year Neutrogena debuted their Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, I became a loyal user. It comes in several SPF levels (I prefer 45 to 50) so offers superior broad spectrum protection while being light enough for your face and body. It absorbs quickly and is water resistant for 80 minutes. The last thing we need after 50 is more wrinkles, sunspots or skin cancers, right? Keep a tube in your medicine cabinet, car and handbag as you need to reapply every 2 hours to remain protected.

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