Be it by plane, train, or automobile, it takes a lot of work to keep yourself together mentally and physically when you go out of town. From eating right to exercising, shaving, and knowing if there's anything dangerous in your foods, here are ten handy tips to make sure you enjoy yourself and also make it back home safely.
Sunscreens for Your Whole Body
Remembering to apply sunscreen (and reapply, and reapply again) is a summer ritual that we often learn the hard way, with our skin blistered and burned for the first few sunny weeks of the season. But get just five sunburns, and your risk for developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, doubles. These three new formulas below, from a sheer face-and-body stick to a hair gel that has SPF, fit seamlessly into your daily routine to make protecting your skin simpler.
For Your Face: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick SPF 70
Slathering lotion on with your hands can be a turnoff; this stick makes it easy to quickly cover your face, and it works on your legs and arms, too (it won't gob up in hair). It goes on clear, not white, and isn't greasy. And though it feels nonexistent on your skin, it's water- and sweat-resistant. [$11; neutrogena.com]
For Your Body: Hang Ten Mineral Sport Natural SPF 50
You won't need constant applications of this 100 percent mineral–based screen. Its zinc-oxide-and-titanium-dioxide formula blocks the full UVA and UVB spectrum of light, and lasts longer than its chemical counterparts. Another benefit: If you accidentally rub it into your eyes, they won't feel like they're on fire. [$13; hangtensunscreen.com]
For Your Scalp: Nios Shield Whipped Hair Gel SPF 15
"The scalp is the number-one site for actinic keratosis – red, scaly pre-cancers that can develop into carcinomas," explains Dr. Kenneth Mark, a dermatologist in New York. Studies also suggest that UV damage can exacerbate hair loss. This non-sticky gel does double duty: SPF 15 protects your scalp while wheat proteins strengthen hair and add volume. [$26; niosshield.com]