What's a city-dweller to do when urban life gets overwhelming?
Retreat to the cottage, of course! Whether you've got one in the family, or just know someone who does, a piece of waterside paradise is the ultimate summer escape from the stresses of crowds, traffic, noise and pollution.
It's also a break from your day-to-day beauty routine. If you're anything like me, you skip the full face of makeup and just grab the basics, like these:
Everything you need for your next cottage trip is available from Shoppers Drug Mart. Astounding fact: they've got more than 1,200 locations across Canada. So prepping for a cottage trip doesn't get more convenient than that!
Here are my top picks from Shoppers Drug Mart for cottage beauty:
1. A Hydrating Body Wash
Obviously you need to bring a body wash. It's less drying than bar soap, and there's no chance of it getting all slimy in that wonky cottage shower. Usually, I find body washes very generic, but this one from Dial has an extra somethin'-somethin': coconut water! I love it to drink, and I love that it's in here, giving me rich but clean-rinsing hydration.
2. A Repairing Hair Mask
While you're lathering up in the shower, it's a great opportunity to throw on a deep-conditioning hair mask. (Who's got the time for these things in the city? Not I.) This one from Gosh is packed with argan oil, shea butter, pro-vitamin B5 and keratin proteins—basically everything you'd see in a salon hair mask, but at an affordable price, and it only needs to be left on for five minutes. I put it through my lengths alone, and they just drink up all the nourishment.
3. A Self-Lathering Razor
Now that your mask's in, time to take care of business, a.k.a. hair removal. Forget lugging around a big can of shaving gel, and just use this two-in-one razor instead. It's the first one ever to create its own lather when wet, as well as condition your skin while you shave. Who doesn't love a good multitasker?
4. A Non-Greasy Sunscreen
Next comes sunscreen, but you knew I'd say that. (I'd be a bad beauty editor if I didn't.) Anthelios is a cult favourite for a reason, and that's because it's frickin' effective. Think: broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, fragrance-free and fast-absorbing. The latest incarnation is this SPF 60 in a crazy-thin, spreadable fluid, which dries matte and won't leave you greasy. Promise!
5. A Whitening Toothpaste
Last stop before you head out to sit on the dock: brushing your teeth. If you use this one, you might even return home from the cottage with a brighter smile! As Colgate's fastest-working whitening toothpaste, it offers whiter teeth in just three days of brushing (with full results visible after four weeks).
Where To Buy
Stock up on these cottage beauty products—plus many more!—at Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada. For more ideas and a chance to win one of five $5,000 prizes, visit shoppersdrugmart.ca/funinthesun or any Shoppers Drug Mart store. Happy shopping/cottaging!
Have Your Say
Have you tried any of these prodz? Do you scale back your beauty routine at the cottage? What do you bring?