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Summer essentials

Hello darlings! I know the title says “Summer essentials”, when it’s already the beginning of August, but I figured…. better late than never, right?

I’ve recently received a box, from Nivea, full of delicious smelling goodies, and it made me realize: due to working from early on in the day, until pretty late in the evening, I am totally unprepared for this summer’s burning sun! I have a vacation coming up, and I’m so unprepared I’m basically a deer in headlights – no sunscreen, no lip balm, no beach bag, nothing. I barely have a swimming suit!

So, naturally, I was very grateful that Nivea sent me a box to fully prepare me: sunscreen, shower gel, dry shampoo (a gift from the Gods, I might add), face cream, a gorgeous backpack, makeup remover (thank god, my eyeliner wouldn’t budge unless I thoroughly scrubbed it, until now) and a few other goodies.

You may not know this about me, but I have suffered from skin problems ever since I was a pre-teen (caused by hormonal imbalance), and I have seen countless doctors. While not all of them agreed on a course of treatment, all of them agreed on this: sunscreen is your best friend, it should be the first thing you apply before going out, you should reapply periodically, and your skin will age faster if it’s exposed to sun, without protection.

So, meet my new best friend:

Moving on, another summer essential is water. Yes, I know you may have heard this a thousand times, but water is sooooooo important! I don’t care if you decide to buy a fancy bottle to carry your water around, or if you decide to refill the same plastic one – it is extremely important to stay hydrated.

Many people keep saying you should drink 3L of water each day, but I don’t think you have to go all out right from the start: start with 1L, 1.5L, 2L and, if you think you can drink more, without wobbling when you step, go for it. Do what you feel is good for you.

A third summer essential is lip balm. Just as your skin needs protection, so do your lips. So, make sure you are using a good lip balm, with SPF included. I’ve always used Nivea lip balms, since they were the only ones who could heal my severely cracked lips, but I have to admit, I don’t always go for the SPF ones – I know, I still have to work on this step.

Last, but not least – dry shampoo. It is a gift sent from the Gods. Whoever invented it, should receive a Nobel prize. Don’t have time to wash? Dry shampoo. Hair is a bit smelly, from the party last night? Dry shampoo. Need a little extra texture? Yes, you guessed it – dry shampoo.

I usually use any dry shampoo I can get my hands on, so I’ve tested good ones, and bad ones. I have a few on my “Good” list, and they include the Nivea one, the Kallos GoGo one, and DM’s own brand, Balea 🙂

What are your summer essentials? Let me know, I need to expand my current selection ^.^


RO:

Buna, dragelor! Stiu ca titlul spune “Esential pentru vara”, cand suntem deja la inceputul lui August, dar m-am gandit…. mai bine mai tarziu decat niciodata, nu?

Am primit recent o cutie de la Nivea, plina de bunatati care miros delicios, si m-a facut sa realizez un lucru: din cauza faptului ca lucrez de dis-de-dimineata pana tarziu dupa amiaza, sunt total nepregatita pentru soarele arzator al verii! Urmeaza sa plec in vacanta, si sunt atat de nepregatita incat sunt ca o caprioara in lumina farurilor – nu am lotiune de plaja, nu am balsam de buze, nu am geanta de plaja, nimic. Abia daca am un costum de baie!

Asa ca, evident, am fost foarte recunoscatoare cand Nivea mi-a trimis o cutie ca sa ma pregateasca pe deplin: lotiune pentru plaja, gel de dus, sampon uscat (un dar venit din Ceruri, as putea spune), crema de fata, un rucsacel adorabil, lotiune demachianta (slava Cerului, pana acum a trebuit sa frec la eyeliner cu constiinciozitate) si alte cateva bunataturi.

Poate ca nu stiati asta despre mine, dar am suferit de probleme cu pielea inca dinainte sa fiu adolescenta (probleme cauzate de un dezechilibru hormonal), si am fost la nenumarati doctori. Chiar daca nu toti s-au pus de acord cu tratamentul pentru mine, toti au fost complet de acord cu un lucru: lotiunea de protectie solara este cel mai bun prieten al tau, ar trebui sa fie primul lucru pe care il aplici inainte sa iesi din casa, ar trebui sa o reaplici periodic, si faptul ca pielea imbatraneste mai repede, atunci cand este expusa la soare, fara protectie.

Prin urmare, faceti cunostinta cu noul meu BFF:

Trecand mai departe, un alt lucru esential vara este apa. Da, stiu ca probabil ati auzit asta de mii de ori, dar apa este ataaaaat de importanta! Nu conteaza daca decizi sa cumperi o sticluta frumoasa in care sa iti tii si transporti apa, sau daca decizi sa refolosesti aceeasi sticla de plastic – e foarte important sa ramai hidratat.

Multi oameni spun ca ar trebui sa bei 3L de apa pe zi, dar nu consider ca ar trebui sa te fortezi din start: incepi cu 1L, 1.5L, 2L si, in cazul in care crezi ca mai poti sa te misti fara sa bolborosesti, poti sa mai bei niste apa. Fa ceea ce simti ca e bine pentru tine.

Un al treilea lucru esential este balsamul de buze. La fel cum pielea ta are nevoie de protectie solara, la fel au nevoie si buzele tale. Asa ca, asigura-te ca folosesti un balsam bun, cu factor de protectie solara inclus. Eu le-am folosit dintotdeauna pe cele de la Nivea, fiind singurele care mi-au putut vindeca buzele crapate sever, dar trebuie sa recunosc nu iau mereu balsam cu FPS – stiu, mai am de lucru la pasul asta.

Ultimul, dar nu cel din urma – samponul uscat. Este un dar trimis de Zei. Cine l-a inventat ar trebui sa primeasca un premiu Nobel. N-ai timp sa te speli pe par? Sampon uscat. Ai prins o usoara “aroma” in par, de la petrecerea de aseara? Sampon uscat. Ai nevoie de putin volum si textura? Dap, ai ghicit – sampon uscat.

In general, folosesc cam orice sampon prind, asa ca am ajuns sa testez si unele bune, si unele mai putin bune. Am cateva pe lista de “Bune”, iar lista include samponul de la Nivea,  cel de la Kallos GoGo, si cel de la marca proprie a magazinului DM, Balea 🙂

Care sunt lucrurile tale, esentiale pentru vara? Trebuie sa stiu, ca sa imi pot mari colectia ^.^

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