Beauty Fridays: Sunny Days

Vogue China Beauty (June 2011)

If you haven’t heard, tan is out. If you tan now, you will spend thousands of dollars on light treatments later in life. On the other hand, laying in the sun is super fun but let’s make sure once we wake up from our beach nap, we don’t wake up looking like Snooki. Here’s my daily summer beauty roster.

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 30


Dermalogica made sun protection super easy by allowing us to mix the SPF with our day cream. I mix this Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 30 with my trusty Linacare and so far so good. Brilliant! Where has this been all my life?


As I learned from Dr. Diana Howard of Dermalogica in this interview for Vitamin Daily, it’s better to reapply your SPF 30 throughout the day than to use the higher chemically-loaded protection of SPF 60. I keep the ColorScience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder in my bag and apply it throughout the day. I use a clear one with a little bit of shimmer but it does come in foundation colours as well.


Can’t forget the lips! No one wants those dry wrinkled lips. Yuck! Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 has been my go-to day lip balm if I know I’m going to be in the sun for prolonged periods of time. It has just a hint of colour (comes in Plum, Honey, Rose) so you can use it alone or with a lipstick on top. Available in clear too for the ultra minimalist.


Pasty legs never look good so I was thrilled to have discovered this Leg Shine stick by Michael Kors. It makes sense: Mr. Kors loves a healthy beach babe! It gives your legs a nice bronzed look and it fits neatly in you makeup bag. I use it on my arms too! SPF underneath required, of course.

What’s on your summer skincare roster?

  • Oh so glad to hear of someone who uses that Michael Kors stuff, I’ve always been so curious! Does it stay on? It doesn’t streak or smear or rub off on clothing?

    I use my regular moisturizer and then throw on Kiehl’s Daily Defense UV 50+ in the morning, but then I touch up with the Peter Thomas Roth spf powder that looks just like the colorscience one you posted here. I think those products are genius, because really, it’s the only way we’re going to reapply sunscreen on our face.

  • Nomadic D,

    MK stick is very subtle. It’s not dark or greasy enough to stain clothing. You might find some sparkles on your clothes… But it does stay on for a couple of hours. Think of it as a tinted lip balm for your legs, haha.

  • The Dermalogica SPF booster and Colorescience mineral powder are genius, and like you, I’m hooked on Fresh Sugar lip balm. Creamy and dreamy with SPF–what’s not to love?

  • perfect tips for a good sunny day.
    I want to found this in Italy -> Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 30.

    Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 30

  • ps- I love the idea of getting your passport so you can shop. It just cracked me up!

  • Those products are genius. Thanks for sharing great tips for a good sunny day.
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