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Sunny Essentials: What Derms Never Forget to Pack

Today I'm teaming up with my fellow dermatologist, Dr. Ruby Kaur, to talk about the items we never forget to pack when we're headed to the beach, park, slope, or wherever else the sun may be making an appearance.

My Vitamin C Cleansing Pads - I always pack a few in a ziplock bag so I can easily wipe off vacation and travel grime from my face.

Oakley wraparound sunglasses to protect my eyes and the delicate skin all around them.

A big hat! Always a big hat.

SkinMedica HA5 - It hydrates my skin without adding oils so it keeps me ultra fresh on low humidity planes. It reactivates it with a light hydrating mist.

Neova DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer - This is a longtime favorite of mine. Both water and sweat resistant for 80 minutes, it's an outstanding sport sunscreen. The sheer tint lets it double as a light foundation.

Colorescience Brush on Sunscreen - I use this for sunscreen touch-ups on the go (no messy lotion!) It's also TSA compliant, a major score in my book.

As far as makeup, I keep it simple when I'm traveling. I throw Blinc mascara in my bag along with the Colorescience Correcting Kit (easily covers up any blemishes, and doubles as eyeshadow + contour) and their lip shine which has SPF in it. Done!


Traveling with a two-year-old means space to pack my stuff has significantly shrunk. Right now I keep it as streamlined as possible and that leaves me with 3 ABSOLUTE essentials when I'm headed off to vacation.

  1. WIDE BRIMMED HATS, OF COURSE. One hat for me and one for my daughter. And with soo many great options out there these days I don't have to sacrifice fashion for function. I haven't bought this set yet but how CUTE is it?
  2. Colorescience Brush on Sunscreen - For all the reasons Dr. Welsh mentioned above. There's just nothing that compares to the ease of use and my little one doesn't even mind when I swipe it across her nose.
  3. Elta MD UV Aero Tizo Sheerfoam (*Reef Safe): Finally! Sunscreens that my husband will actually use. The bottles are also lightweight, making them easy to pack.
It's good to remember that one of the easiest ways to stay safe in the sun is by avoiding excessive sun exposure during peak hours (10 am to 2 pm), seeking shade, and wearing UPF rated sun protective clothing: Some of my favorites that are as stylish as they are practical are by Coolibar!

I also love polarized sunglasses that cut the glare reflecting off the gorgeous water on those sunny days. This keeps my “botox” squinting moments to a minimum!

Lastly, If I'm headed to a tropical location I'm sure to pack a Reef Safe Sunscreen like Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 or Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41.

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