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My friend Kristin once told me that she loves the smell of sunscreen because it means you’re doing something active and exciting that day, like going to the beach, a festival or any other enjoyable summer activity. If the word “fun” had a scent I’d be the pungent scent of sunscreen. If you were to creepily smell my skin right now, fun is exactly what I smell like.

I get asked all the time what sun products I love and as your uncertified beauty advisor, here are a few I use and recommend:

For my body I use Hawaiian Tropic’s Shimmer Effect, which smells like coconuts and makes your skin sparkle (as a result, would not recommend for your face). It also nicely protects and complements your limbs as you strut in the sunlight.


For my face I use Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch sunscreen. A scent-free option that is light-weight, waterproof and contains a high SPF.


We’re all guilty of forgetting to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, and resembling a peeling lobster is not cute. If I’m outside for a long period of time and find my skin starts to feel sensitive to the touch, I’ll typically reach for aloe or Aesop’s Petitgrain Hydrating Body Gel. Meant for those who live in humid climates (like Australia, where it’s manufactured), the aloe-type gel nicely cools down your skin or you can use it for irritation after you shave or wax. The most important question, what does it smell like? Grapefruit and citrus. It’s pretty bomb.


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