Your Summer 2015 Grooming Survival Kit

Everyone knows summertime is filled with patios and pool parties, sweaty tennis matches and sun-filled mini-breaks to South Beach. Naturally, you’ll want to keep your cool and look your best throughout, so we’ve got you covered. Here are the eight must-have items you need in your summer survival kit.

1. Sweat- and Acne-Banishing Skincare

We all know sweating is inevitable, so wash it off and prevent acne in one fell swoop with NeoStrata’s Clarifying Gel Cleanser, $26 for 150 ml, Toning Solution Level 1 Toning Solution Level 1, $27 for 100 ml and Blemish Spot Gel, $23 for 15 ml, available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

2. Hydrating Serum

The sun, wind and chlorinated pools can leave your skin feeling tight, looking flaky and covered in fine lines. Revitalize your face with the fast absorbing, non-greasy Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil, $75 for 30 ml, available at Sears stores across Canada.

3. UVA and UVB Protective Sunscreen

It’s just a fact: you need to use a sunscreen to prevent your skin from aging and burning from the sun’s harsh UVA and UVB rays. Period. Protect yourself from head to toe with Garnier Ombrelle Complete SPF 30 Waterproof Lotion, $17 for 240 ml, available at Walmart stores across Canada.

4. Pasty-white Eliminating Self-Tanners

Yes, women use self-tanners and guess what? So can you, unless of course, you prefer wearing your pants in the pool. Eliminate those unattractive pasty-whites with Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion, $38 for 200 ml, available at Sephora  stores across Canada.

5. Fresh and Clean Liquid Soap

Whether it’s 18 holes or six matches, washing up is a must. With micro-infused scent technology, not only will you be squeaky clean you’ll smell it, too with Dial Fresh Reaction Revitalizing Body Wash in Sub Zero and Alpine scents $7 each for 473 ml, available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

6. Odor Eliminating Anti-Perspirant

Don’t be that guy who’s too cool to wear an antiperspirant and lets the heat and humidity take over. Fight odour, wetness and, eh hem, white pit stains with Gilette Clear Gel in Undefeated scent, $4, available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

7. Light and Fresh Cologne

Cool down with a breezy, aquatic fragrance, bursting with clean, fresh and tangy notes that include bergamot, lavender, clary sage, orange blossom and tonka bean. Try: Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale Colonia EDT, $75 for 50 ml and $97 for 100 ml, available at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.

8. Anti-Allergy Spray

We hear you: the great outdoors takes a toll on your eyes, throat and nose. Stop seasonal sniffing, sneezing, congestion and red itchy eyes naturally with a mist or two of Saje Natural Wellness Allergy Release, $20 for 100 ml, available at Saje stores across Canada.

9. Colour Protecting Shampoo

Thanks to your increased outdoor activities, excessive sweating, the heat and pollution, you’re washing your hair more frequently, stripping it of its natural oils and colour. Wash in a little colour to subtly reduce your grey with Control GX Grey Reducing Shampoo, $11 for 177 ml at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

Adriana Ermter

Adriana Ermter

Adriana is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines has hosted beauty videos for fashionmagazine.com, as well as contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and chatelaine.com, Flare and flare.com, Huffington Post Canada, National Post, AmongMen.com, thekit.ca, iVillage.ca and thewhaleandtherose.com. She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.

You may follow Adriana on Twitter: @AErmter and on Instagram: AdrianaErmter.

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