5 Cottage Beauty Essentials For Your Skin, Hair and Smile

Bring these basics on your next escape from the city.
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Bring these basics on your next escape from the city.
Beauty Editor and Shoppers Drug Mart

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:

Cottage beauty essentials

Cottage beauty essentials, available at Shoppers Drug Mart this summer.

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

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango 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.

My pickDial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash, $6.99, at Shoppers Drug Mart.

2. A Repairing Hair Mask

Gosh Argan Oil Intense Mask

Gosh Argan Oil Intense 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.

My pickGosh Argan Oil Intense Mask, $9.99, at Shoppers Drug Mart.

3. A Self-Lathering Razor

Schick Intuition Revitalizing Moisture Razor

Schick Intuition Revitalizing Moisture 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?

My pickSchick Intuition Revitalizing Moisture Razor, $13.99, at Shoppers Drug Mart.

4. A Non-Greasy Sunscreen

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 60

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 60.

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!

My pickLa Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 60, $28, at Shoppers Drug Mart.

5. A Whitening Toothpaste

Colgate Optic White Express Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste

Colgate Optic White Express Anticavity Fluoride 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). 

My pickColgate Optic White Express Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste, $6.49, at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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?

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