When it comes to your skin and travel in hot weather, there is one thing that all experts agree upon – bring the sunscreen!

As the countdown begins for our long-awaited family trip to Cambodia, it’s down to the nitty-gritty. All the details are done – flight booked, hotels arranged and various excursions mapped out. Now, what to pack. Like many travelers these days, I’m foregoing checked luggage for a carry-on. In addition to it being less costly, the convenience of avoiding checking in your bags and then waiting to collect them on the other side outweighs the luxury of having a different outfit to wear every day. Besides, you’re never going to see the same people every day (except for your family and they won’t care) and when it’s hot out, it’s easy to wash and wear.

I’m still tweaking my clothing for my tropical getaway, but my skin travel bag details are nearly finalized. Here’s what I plan to pack:

  1. Anthelios Sunscreen. Everyone’s favourite, including mine, this sunscreen has travelled wide and far with me and my family. This year I’m packing Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Crème (for my face) and Anthelios XL SPF 50 Kids (alas now discontinued but I have a bottle saved from last year) for long days spent outside. Formulations designed for children have staying power so when it comes to skin and travel, this one gets a thumbs up, especially in hot climates when there will be plenty of perspiration involved. We’ll be putting the kids lotion into smaller containers so that it meets travel guidelines for carry-on items.
  2. Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C 10% Serum. This high potency antioxidant serum, featuring L-ascorbic acid is something I apply daily under my sunscreen. Its ability to fight free radicals generated by pollution and UV rays encountered when you put skin and travel together, can’t be dismissed.
  3. Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum. I have been applying this wonderful hydrating serum nightly for many years now. It forms the backbone to my skin care regimen and I never leave home without it. In addition to helping skin to regenerate, it helps to protect against damage from UV rays and inhibits skin pigmentation, which can be exacerbated upon exposure to intense sunlight.
  4. Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Exfoliating Cleansing Gel. I tend to switch things up between AHA-Mazing Clean and Cloud Nine Foaming Cleansing Crème. After a long winter (this year has been a very long one indeed!) of super gentle cleansing, I’m ready for one that exfoliates.

If you think I’ve forgotten the moisturizer, it’s one product that I generally skip when travelling to hot climates. My face loves the humidity and dryness is never an issue. However, when it comes to my body, especially my legs, that’s a different story. Especially if I’ve been out in the sun all day. Apothekari Shea Body Butter (transferred to a smaller jar) helps to alleviate dryness. Not a surprise at all, but perusing skin care products when I travel is something I love to do so I may come home with a treat or two.

Getting ready for Cambodia

Now to get packing and arrange the very last details. Which novels am I taking – I devour them when I travel – how many pairs of shoes and oh, I mustn’t forget the antiperspirant. If spring break takes you afar this year, bon voyage!



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Bespoke Vitamin C Serum

I love it! Been using it for years. It’s so perfect to put on right after I wash in the morning. I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to a skin care routine but using the Vitamin C in the morning and A is for Anti-aging at night consistently over the years has kept my skin young and firm.
Would not want to imagine life (or my skin) without these two essentials. Thank you Sharmani!

*Received as press sample*

Pricing per bottle is definitely up there, but I think much like skincare, if you have struggled to find a deodorant that works for you, the price won't be as much of an issue because something like this can have a huge impact on your life. One bottle should last about 3-4 months with daily use which I think is fairly close to most deodorants. While I know there are baking soda-free options (baking soda can cause skin irritations due to pH disruptions) and options that use Deoplex, I have yet to find a combination of Deoplex and lactic acid which may be what's working for me. Honestly, the only thing I didn't enjoy was that "wet" feeling when I would first apply it, but after 15 seconds it dries down AND it doesn't stain clothing so that's a huge plus. Even though I received this as a press sample, I would buy this deodorant on my own as I didn't just smell good at the end of a long day, but I smelled like absolutely NOTHING which is WAY better to me than smelling like "I'm covering something up" or like body odour. I also trust and appreciate the research I know Apothekari has invested into making sure the formulation is scientifically sound so I know that's also partly where my dollars are going. I only need to apply once a day and I'm good to go so one bottle might even last more more than 4 months at the rate I'm going! HIGHLY recommend and even though all three scents had the same results, my preferred scent was the Lavender as it just one of my favourite scents overall!

Your deodorant is actually miraculous! I’ve tried every kind of deodorant before with varying degrees of mediocre success. Yours manages to actually work through Barre fitness classes and in my office otherwise called the boiler room!! I will definitely be buying more.

I love, love, love Apothekari deodorant! I am allergic to anti-perspirants. I have spent years trying to find a product that works, especially in the hot climate here in Arizona. This deodorant not only works, but keeps me fresh and odor free for over 24 hours! The grapefruit ginger fragrance is lovely and subtle. Thank you, thank you!

I am absolutely IN LOVE with Apothekari! A is for Anti-Aging Retinol Serum has changed my skin. I suffered from adult acne and I have not had a single pimple since I started using this Ah-mazing serum. Not to mention how firm and bright my skin is. And Made in Canada! It’s the whole package!

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