Staying Healthy on Vacation

Travelling and being on vacation makes eating healthy and staying active difficult, especially if you’re like me, who wants to eat every sugar coated, cream filled, 100-calorie-per-bite deliciousness in whichever new and exciting city I’m visiting.


This week, we’re in Hawaii. I’ve never been, so I figured I could get away with eating only healthy foods, six small meals a day. Let me tell you, that is not how it works. The sun rose on our first day and Nick’s mom put a plate with three large homemade banana pancakes in front of me and all of my previous assumptions went out the window. Yes, I ate every bite in less than two minutes. No, I regret nothing.

When you’re on vacation, you want to enjoy the food. It’s something new, something native to that place, a delicious memory you shouldn’t miss. So rather than depriving yourself and being miserable, make a goal to do something active everyday. It doesn’t have to be the kind of exercise you’d do at home; instead, make it something you’d only do on vacation. You’ll feel less guilty about what you eat, and you’ll have fun making those memories!

Fun Fact: Stand-up paddle boarding upstream against the wind is really, really difficult. My arms are still sore.


Summer Beauty DO’s and DON’Ts

Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy glow in the summer, but not everyone goes about the right way to achieve it. The hype about skin cancer is not just a hype – it’s the real deal. Treatment of melanoma has increased 77% in the last 21 years, and that doesn’t include those who haven’t been treated. Here are a few ways to bring your risk down – all while achieving that summer glow:


Lounging at the Pool

Everyone is guilty of skipping the sunscreen at some point to get a darker tan. That’s a huge DON’T! Sunscreen

was made for a reason: to protect you. Try slathering on a tinted sunscreen to keep your skin safe. The tint adds some of that color you’re looking for! Allure magazine named La Roche-Posay Tinted Anthelios Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen their #1 fave. The best part? It’s SPF 50! This sunscreen is meant for your face, but you can use it on your whole body.

Not feeling the tint? Go for L’oreal Sublime Sun Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil, SPF 50+. It’s an oil, so it leaves your skin with a sexy sheen while giving you the coverage you need.


L'Oreal Sublime Sun Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil SPF 50+

Found in drug stores

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50










All Over Summer Color

The best, and safest, way to get beautiful all-over color is with self tanner. I know it has a pretty bad rap, but it’s come a long way from the orange streaks and funny smells. My personal favorite is from Tarte: Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Matte Waterproof Body Perfector. This stuff works wonders! It goes on smooth and streakless, leaves no funny smell, and makes you look tanned and toned. Using self tanner is a great way to look ready for summer. Celebrities like Audrina Patridge, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Aniston have all been known to play it safe and keep their skin protected. You should too!

maracuja rainforest glow instant matte waterproof body perfector -

Beachy Hair

Messy, wavy, tangled hair may be the look for summer, but keeping it healthy and hydrated will make sure you’re not left with dry, dull hair once fall and winter show their cold faces. Applying a deep conditioner to your hair before you go to the pool or the beach will prevent the water from drying out your hair and causing damage. Try Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask to create that barrier from damage. Then, when you apply sunscreen to the rest of your body, don’t neglect the part in your hair! Getting a sunburn on your scalp is painful and dangerous, and no one looks good with a bright red line on the top of their head. Many people prefer using a light spray sunscreen that doesn’t leave your hair looking greasy, like Shiseido Refreshing Sun Protection Spray. If you’re planning on staying dry and don’t have any spray sunscreen, you can never go wrong with a cute hat or head scarf! They’ll both bring your outfit together and protect your hair and scalp, a win-win for all!






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