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Whether you're going on a long haul trip or a quick jaunt to the country, count on these brilliant styles to take you there.

Baggu Weekend Bag Sailor Stripe

This roomy nautical-inspired bag is spacious enough to accommodate more than a weekend’s worth of outfits. And, thanks to the lightweight canvas composition and double handles, you’ll have no trouble carting it to and from your destination.

Everlane The Reverse-Denim Weekender

 

Love the look of a leather weekender but not the heft or price? Opt for this leather-accented style that’s just as sleek as it is smart. The sturdy and water-resistant twill material can stand up to unpredictable weather conditions, while the size is nicely suited to overhead bin storage.

Lesportsac Luggage Large Weekender

It may be extremely lightweight and foldable for packing as a spare, but this nylon weekender is no less sturdy for it. Thick straps ensure it’s easy to carry, while a separate small pouch keeps essentials organized and within reach.

Herschel Novel Duffle Natural Hemp

This sporty—yet polished—duffel is the perfect tote for an active weekend away. It features an exterior lined shoe pocket, which can double as storage for dirty gym clothes or a yoga mat. For easy transport, the lightweight construction and crossbody strap are invaluable. Available in 31 vibrant color combinations.

Barneys New York Large Weekender Bag

This stunning catchall is roomy enough for several nights' worth of clothing. Just be prepared to share: Its neutral and unisex appeal will make it a family favorite.

4 New Ways to Get Glowing Skin

If getting a well-rested glow naturally (the good ol’ eight-hours trick) isn’t cutting it, give one of these new facial treatments a try to fake a radiant complexion.

Facial Dry Brushing

What it is: On clean, dry skin, use a natural bristle brush in light strokes moving from your neck to your forehead.

Benefits: Exfoliate dead skin cells and improve circulation.

Our take: First, make sure to use a dry brush that is intended for your face—not your body. We tried the Aveda Tulasāra Radiant Facial Dry Brush ($44, aveda.com). Body brushes have thick bristles that would be too tough for the more sensitive skin on your face. I tried it in the morning, before cleansing since I tend to wake up looking puffy. I followed the included tutorial and made upward strokes starting at the bottom of my face and working up then continued with my normal morning routine (cleanse, antioxidant serum, moisturizer). The repetitive motion was almost meditative and kind of made me want to fall back asleep. I felt like it woke my skin up and that I could immediately see a little glow. After a few days of repeated use and consulting my dermatologist, I decided that using the brush every day was too much exfoliation for my sensitive skin type, but have continued to use it once or twice a week and love the results.

A Metal Facial Massager

Benefits: Similar to dry brushing, a metal face massager rolls over skin to help promote lymphatic drainage and in turn, decrease puffiness, cool the skin, and some claim to help skincare products penetrate into the skin.

Our take: I loved how relaxing it was to roll The Body Shop Twin Ball Massager ($9, thebodyshop-usa.com) over my lotion in the morning. It got the blood flowing and left my face feeling more awake. The key is to apply a serum or moisturizer before using the tool so it can easily glide across skin. I like to amp up the cooling benefits by keeping the massager in the refrigerator so the metal is extra cold. This treatment is great for sensitive skin or if you don’t want to disrupt your normal skincare routine since there’s no exfoliating or poking involved.

Dermaplaning

What it is: A small, sterile blade is used to scrape off a very fine layer of dead skin and peach fuzz on the face.

Benefits: Removing dead skin and baby hairs from your face can leave skin looking brighter and feeling smoother. It also clears the way so your skincare products can penetrate more easily. Note: Avoid dermaplaning on areas where you’re having an acne flare-up.

Our take: Dermaplaning first started as an in-office treatment but we tried the new at home version with Dermaflash ($189, sephora.com). The tool comes with a cleanser and moisturizer to prep and soothe before and after the treatment, along with six blades (you use one blade per treatment). After cleansing, you attach one of the exfoliating stainless steel edges to the charged device and turn it on. Then hold skin taut and make upward strokes. The thought of putting a vibrating blade next to my face really scared me at first but once I made the first stroke and realized it didn’t hurt, it was fun to see all the white dust—aka dead skin—piling up. The first thing I noticed after I was done was how soft my skin was. With all of the hair gone, it was completely smooth. I did have a little redness at first but it quickly went away after applying the moisturizer. After one use, I didn’t feel like my skin was brighter but I love how clean it felt and how my much more even my makeup looked thanks to the hair being gone. Being a germaphobe, I also appreciate that you get to use a new blade every time so you don’t have to worry about not cleaning it right and bacteria building up.


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4 Brilliant Ways to Use Aloe Beyond Treating Sunburn

Best known as the goo that you slather all over your sunburned skin, aloe vera is a summer staple for just about everyone. But there are lots of different ways to use this plant aside from healing some extra sun damage. Here, our favorite ways to use the green plant beyond the bathroom after your sunning session.

Soothing Leave-in Conditioner.

If your tresses are in serious need of some hydration, dermatologist Mona Gohara says that aloe vera can be a good option. “Some of the proteins, minerals, and amino acids may act as a good hair conditioner,” she says. “Leaving it in may decrease inflammation in the scalp.” Gohara recommends using it a day or two after getting hair colored to repair any damage done to your mane. Be sure to wash thoroughly after using it to make sure there’s no buildup left behind.

Gentle Makeup Remover.

Got leftover mascara from yesterday on your face? Try out aloe vera gel as a gentle way to clean it off for good. The gel will lift away stubborn makeup and hydrate your skin in the process. Gohara says to be careful if you have eczema, though, as aloe can cause a flare. “It can be a common allergen, believe it or not,” she says.

All-natural Brow Gel.

For a natural DIY eyebrow product, try swiping some aloe gel onto your brows with a clean mascara wand. The gel is gentle and will give you a flexible hold, but it will make sure that your hairs stay in place. Since aloe vera gel is super hydrating and conditioning, your brows will be extra soft and feathery after you use it.

Goof-proof Addition to Your Garden.

Need to spruce up your outdoor (or indoor) plant collection, but not sure your gardening chops are up to par? Aloe is a super low-maintenance choice, as you can grow an entire plant from just one leaf. The desert plant is also great for those who can’t remember to water plants or have to be out of town a lot—it can go weeks without being watered and still look fresh as ever. Plus, with your own supply right outside, you’ll have plenty of product to help with your hair, brows, makeup, and, yes, your sunburn.


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How to Care for Your Sunglasses

You’ve nailed the style—but are you keeping them in pristine shape?

Putting Them on Your Head.

Though most people do it, any eyewear aficionado can tell you this is rule number one not to break. The reason is threefold:

With aviator styles—or any pair that has wire nosepieces, for that matter—your hair can get caught, which yanks your hair (ouch) and could even bend or break the bridge of the sunglasses.

Depending on the shape of your head, it can stretch out the earpieces of your sunglasses, making them too loose.

When you bend over or look down, they’re bound to slip off, eventually resulting in a broken or scratched pair.

Not Getting Them Adjusted.

Everyone’s face is slightly asymmetrical, whether visibly noticeable or not. Most people often also have a slight difference in the height of their ears—one may be a little lower than the other. Likewise, unless you’ve snagged a fresh-out-of-the-box pair that’s never been touched by other human hands, there’s a good chance your new sunnies were tried on by others in the store and may be slightly askew. Many good sunglasses stores (like Sunglass Hut) offer complimentary in-store adjustments—tiny tweaks to make sure your shades sit properly on your face. And did we mention that it’s free?

Tossing Them in Your Bag.

Yes, you are absolutely allowed to stow your sunglasses in your purse—so long as you’ve put them in a protective case (like the one they came in) beforehand. It seems like an unnecessary step (it’s so easy to just unzip your tote and drop them in), but the interior of a bag, often filled with keys and other loose objects, is the number one cause of damage. If your mini crossbody is too teeny for a hard-shell glasses case, do the bare minimum and wrap your sunnies in the microfiber cleaning cloth (that they also came with) before tucking them away.


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What You Must Know When Packing a Picnic

How to safely pack your food this summer so you can feast without getting sick.

Summer is in full swing, which (hopefully) means trips to the park or the beach. If you’re taking a picnic along, you should know a few food safety rules so you can pack, transport, and eat your meal without the threat of food poisoning. Liz Weinandy, MPH, RDN, a dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, shares her picnic basket guidelines—what not to pack, how long certain foods will keep, and much more.

Do: Pack Wisely

First, you’ll need the right carrier for your picnic. Weinandy recommends using fiberglass, plastic, or steel coolers, like the Igloo Ice Cube Roller, instead of a traditional basket or insulated storage bag since they have more insulation. Because you’re filling the cooler with ice packs and food, it can get pretty hefty, so she suggests splurging on one with wheels. “Definitely packing right before leaving is a good idea—put cold foods closest to the ice or gel packs,” she says. “Packing a cooler that is full rather than half full will extend the time the items inside stay cold.”

Don’t: Leave Food Out For Too Long

While you can, of course, leave out non-perishable foods like chips, cookies, or bread to munch on throughout the day, perishable items should generally not sit out for more than two hours. “During the summer this time often shortens because in hot weather (above 90 degrees Fahrenheit), food should never sit out for more than one hour,” she says. “Bacteria growth is more rapid at hot temperatures. Meats, cold foods, and mayonnaise-based options like potato salads are safe as long as they remain in a cooler and on ice.” These can stay in the cooler as long as the ice is not melted.

Do: Keep Hot Foods Hot and Cold Foods Cold

“A good rule of thumb is to remember cold foods should be kept at below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and hot foods should be kept above 140 degrees Fahrenheit,” Weinandy says. A cooler with plenty of ice will help keep the foods cold enough, while hot foods can be placed in a thermal or insulated bag. Items that you buy in the refrigerated section of the grocery store (like deli meats and cheese) should be kept cold, and if you have condiments that need to be refrigerated after opening, you should put those on ice after use. Whole fresh fruit is non-perishable and doesn’t have to be kept cold, but cut fruit should. And lastly, salads (leafy and mayo-based) should be stored with ice packs and left in the cooler. Weinandy advises that as long as the ice remains frozen in the cooler, the food can stay there for several hours.

Don’t: Open the Basket or Cooler Too Much

Remind your fellow picnickers about this, too. “Something to keep in mind is that opening the cooler lid frequently will raise the temperature of the cooler more quickly than if the lid remains mostly closed,” she says.

Do: Keep Your Cooler in the Shade

Place it under a shady tree or beach umbrella. “By keeping the cooler in the shade, it will stay cooler longer,” Weinandy says.

Don’t: Keep Leftovers

“I have been to many picnics where food is all spread out, everyone eats shortly after and the total time is around 30-45 minutes,” she says. “Most foods can be set out for this long without a problem. However, it would be best to throw any highly perishable foods away after eating. Most people don’t like to throw away food though, so if this is the case, keep these perishable foods in the cooler for the whole day. Only keep leftovers if the food has not sat out and it was stored in the cooler. The food should still be on ice in the cooler when you get home.” Bring a food thermometer along to check if it’s still okay to eat (use the temperature guidelines above to be safe). Overall, she recommends following the “golden rule” of food safety: “When in doubt, throw it out.”


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