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What to Pack for Memorial Day Weekend

Since Memorial Day weekend pretty much kicks off the summery season of barbecues and beachy fun, it's important to protect your skin from the sun's rays. I know I sound like a broken record, but it's a cause dear to my heart; my dad had to have a pre-cancerous mole removed from his face a few years ago, and if he'd worn sunblock, it may have never developed. And on the beauty end of things, wearing SPF keeps your complexion healthy, too. Since there are so many self-tanners on the market, there really is no excuse not to protect your skin. Here's what I suggest you take with you during your Memorial Day adventures — these are actually the same products in my "sun kit."

  • A wide-brimmed hat: Essential for keeping the sun out of your eyes, it's also a great fashion statement. This one, from Target, is only $12.99, and it comes in black as well.
  • A killer pair of shades: The best sunglasses are large and in charge, with lenses that provide shade all around your eyes — above them, below them, and to the sides. I picked up my Nour sunnies for $40 at a sample sale, but you don't have to spend even that much for a good pair. Look for shades labeled UV400, which protect against UVA and UVB rays.
  • A high-SPF sunblock: SPF 15 is the absolute minimum, but SPF 30 is better. Beyond that, higher numbers mean only slight increases in protection, but if you're going to be outside, you might as well do it carefully. I've been using Neutrogena Ultra-Touch ($7.49) because of its broad-spectrum protection. It doesn't feel heavy, it isn't greasy, and although I could do without the too-strong scent, it's a wise buy. After all, the trick to sun protection is to never over-pay for it.
  • The little details: Don't forget to protect your lips and hands. Look for a lip balm or gloss with SPF. I always carry Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector ($16.50) because it moisturizes and adds just a hint of hue while it protects lips. For hands, Palmer's Therapeutic Hand Cream ($4.69) offers SPF 8 — not amazing, but if you're a frequent hand-washer, applying this cream can't hurt.

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Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
I bought the black hat from Target and it's super chic too!
chiquita29 chiquita29 8 years
I use the Coppertone Quick Cover Lotion Spray SPF 30 on a daily basis. For my face, I use ANEW Retroactive+ Youth Extending Cream SPF25 Day. There's also SPF15 in my BE makeup, and SPF15 in my Burts Bee's lip gloss. I have a hat like that too, I bought it at Xi a couple of years back. I've always called it my JLo hat ;)
Rabbit88 Rabbit88 8 years
SPF 30 is high?? i wear 30 on an everyday basis... if i KNOW i will be in the sun for an extended period of time.. i go 45 or higher.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
Love the Murad lip protector.I'm definitely going to try the Neutrogena sunblock.I also really really need to buy a hat...I don't think I can pull them off..not sure if the big hat would suit me but I'm not really sure WHICH hat (that is cute) would suit me :(
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
Love the Murad lip protector. I'm definitely going to try the Neutrogena sunblock. I also really really need to buy a hat...I don't think I can pull them off..not sure if the big hat would suit me but I'm not really sure WHICH hat (that is cute) would suit me :(
jessie jessie 8 years
i'm totally in love with the neutrogena ultra sheer sunblock. used it for quite some time now. never makes my face greasy, which is great!
emalove emalove 8 years
The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunblock is great, I've used it for a couple of years and love it. Great sunglasses too!
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 8 years
I just bought the Neutrogena sunblock this last weekend and I LOVE IT. It doesn't smell like sunblock, it's not super thick like regular sunblock and I don't feel like it's as oily. I wear it everyday.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
If you live where I live pack jeans, socks, shoes, sweatshirt, and a jacket! haha.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
SPF is key!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
SPF is key!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
We'll be hat twins, Greentea! I actually want to go back to Target and pick up an extra hat. They're reasonably priced and so useful.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
I LOVE that Neutrogena sunblock, it's great to wear every day!
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
Awesome...I just added a hat to my Target shopping list. I'm going away for a week to the beach!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
Thanks for the sun screen tip and will stock up!
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