Summer Bag Essentials On A Budget

Prepping your skin for the vacation season starts by having a good, reliable suntanning milk/lotion and this Sundance Sun Milk SPF 20 | Sonnenmilch 20 Mittel (200ml) is a fantastic drugstore find. It's called a tanning milk but it truly feels lighter, creamier but not sticky or tacky on the skin. I love everything about summer and I, for one, love the smell of suntanning creams and lotions – this one is very standard and very pleasant if you're a fan of that beachy vibe. This isn't a post to get into that entire physical and chemical suncreen debate – just know that this is a physical sunscreen which reflects the UV light whilst chemical sunscreens absorb the light. Most physical suncreens contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which some studies have claimed to be toxic for the sea life after they wash away from the swimmer's skin into the water. It's a similar dilemma to have which I had with PVC-based manual scrubs – they end up in the ecosystem in the end, making damage but they're far better and less aggressive towards the skin than e.g crushed wallnut shells in scrubs. It's up to you to decide on which side of the story you're at. Sundance Sun Milk SPF 20 contains titanium dioxide (nano) which, in fact, is the best possible option regarding physical sunscreens. Although medium thick in texture and white in color, this sunscreen absorbs rather quickly and doesn't leave a white cast on the skin.

Priprema koze za ljetovanje zapocinje sa dobrim, pouzdanim sredstvom za suncanje koje sadrzi zastitni faktor (bilo da se radi o klasicnoj kremi, mlijeku itd.). Sundance mlijeko za suncanje SPF 20 | Sonnenmilch 20 Mittel (200ml kosta cca 8KM) je fantasticno otkrice iz drogerija koje pruza jednu solidnu zastitu uz ugodan osjecaj na kozi. Nazvano je mlijekom za suncanje no tekstura je dosta laganija, kremastija ali nikako ljepljiva ili teska na kozi. Mnogo volim ljeto i sve sto povezujem sa njim – ukljucujuci i ljetne mirise poput krema za suncanje. Ovo mlijeko za suncanje ima jedan prilicno standardan a time i prepoznatljiv, ugodan miris koji dijele mnoge kreme za suncanje. Dopasti ce vam se ako inace volite sve sto asocira na plazu. Ovaj post nije namijenjen nekoj detaljnijoj diskusiji na temu ‘za i protiv’ kada su kreme sa zastitnim faktorom u pitanju stoga cu se samo fokusirati na ono sto je u ovom slucaju bitno da znate – ovdje se radi o ‘fizickom’ zastitnom faktoru koji odbija UV svjetlost dok ‘hemijski’ zastitni faktor upija svjetlost. Vecina ‘fizickih’ blokatora u kremama za suncanje su u biti zinc oxide i titanium dioxide. Za njih su pojedina istrazivanja pokazala da su toksicni za morski svijet nakon sto zavrse u vodi sa koze plivaca. Mislim da se tu radi o slicnoj dilemi kakvu sam licno imala kada su u pitanju nacini kojima pilingujemo kozu. Pilinzi na bazi plasticnih PVC kuglica su nadaleko bolji i njezniji spram nase koze od npr. smrvljene oharove ljuske ali takodjer nanose stetu ekosistemu. Na vama je da odlucite na kojoj strani price cete se pronaci. Sundance Sun Milk SPF 20 sadrzi titanium dioxide (nano) koji je ustvari najbolja opcija kada su fizicki blokatori u pitanju. Iako je srednje gustoce i bijele boje, ovo mlijeko za suncanje se lijepo upija u kozu i ne ostavlja bijeli trag.

Balea shower gels are one of the most affordable but also one of the best shower gels from the drugstores. They have something for everyone (even dry, sensitive skin) and the Balea After Sun Shower Gel (300ml) has become my go-to shower buddy for the past month. Not only does it look cool mirroring the aqua effect with its turquoise blue coloring, it actually has a cooling effect on skin – something very useful and soothing in these extremely warm summer days. It's of a sweet, perhaps coconut-reminiscent smell and it feels hydrating on the skin. It can double up as a shower cream as it softens the skin beautifully and it also is efficient in removing all the sunscreen off the skin along with sweat, chlorine and sea salt. So it's great if you've been at the beach or by the pool. Sundance Sensitive Aftersun Balm (200ml) is the product I like the least from this drugstore bundle. Packaging (as with the sunscreen) is standard but as soon as you flip the lid open you'll notice a very strong alcohol scent. This is by itself a huge faux pas! I'm not excessively strict about scanning the ingredients list but having Alcohol Denat on the high second place is completely off – this after sun balm isn't suitable for sensitive skin. It also cannot possibly be suitable to be used on skin after sun exposure since the alcohol will additionally dry it out. I'd pass on this one  and would definitely get something truly soothing as a after sun moisturizer is a definite summer bag essential. I'm pleasantly surprised with the Balea Pink Pomelo Deo Spray (200ml). This isn't something to combat sweating and it's more along the lines of Axe body sprays for men – light, refreshing body spray. I keep it with me in my bag for a quick spritz as I enjoy the zingy citrus vibes this has. What are your summer bag essentials? If you have a great after sun hydrating option, I'd love to read about it in the comments!

Balea tusiralice su zasigurno jedne od najboljih ali i cjenovno najpristupacnijih uopsteno pa i iz drogerijskog ranga. Mislim da u Balea asortimanu svako moze pronaci neku tusiralicu za sebe (cak i ako vam je koza suha ili osjetljiva) a Balea gel za tusiranje nakon izlaganja koze suncu (300ml kosta cca 2,5KM) mi je postao najbolji drug i standardni dio postave ispod tusa tokom posljednjih mjesec dana. Ne samo da izgleda lijepo asocirajuci na azurnu vodu zahvaljujuci svojoj trikizno-plavoj boji, vec zaista ima hladece djelovanje – nesto sto je jako korisno i ugodno u ovim sparnim ljetnim danima. Miris koji ga krasi ima jednu blagu slatku notu koja me podsjeca i na kokos u manjoj mjeri a takdojer djeluje umirujuce, hidratizirajuce na kozu. Mozete ga koristiti i kao kremu za brijanje posto lijepo omeksava kozu te je ucinkovit i u uklanjanju hlora, krema za suncanje i morske soli sa tijela. Koristan ce biti ako ste vrijeme proveli u moru ili pored bazena. Sundance Sensitive umirujuci balzam poslije izlaganja suncu (200ml kosta cca 3KM) je proizvod koji me najmanje dojmio iz ove drogerijske postave. Pakovanje (kao i kod mlijeka za suncanje) je klasicno, od plastike a cim otvorite poklopac osjetiti cete veoma jak alkoholni miris. Ovo je samo po sebi velika greska, pogotovo posto se radi o balzamu namijenjenom umirenju koze nakon izlaganja suncu. Alcohol Denat je na visokom drugom mjestu na listi sastojaka i iako nisam izrazito stroga po ovom pitanju – naprosto nema mjesta tvrdnjama da je ovaj balzam namijenjen osjetljivoj ili suhoj kozi koju alkohol moze samo dodatno iziritirati i isusiti. Licno bih preskocila ovaj balzam i pronasla neki drugi, istinski umirujuci proizvod. Ono sto me prijatno iznenadilo je Balea Pink Pomelo deo sprej (200ml kosta cca 3KM). Ovdje se ne radi o klasicnom dezodoransu vec radije necemu slicnom Axe body spreju za tijelo koji lagano osvjezava i mirise. Ovaj sprej drzim u torbi za brzopotezno osvjezenje posto mi je citrusna nota ugodna nosnicama. Koji proizvodi su neophodni u vasoj torbi tokom ljeta? Ukoliko ste otkrile dobru alternativu za umirujucu kremu nakon suncanja, rado bih procitala vasa otkrica u komentarima!

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