Published on May 25th, 2018 | by Darren Paltrowitz


10 Recommended Items To Help You Get Ready For Summer 2018

With Memorial Day Weekend now underway for Americans, it is time for many of us to start thinking about how to cope most effectively with the warmer weather. Regardless of whether or not you spend a lot of time at (or near) a beach, everyone should aim to stay healthy and comfortable when dealing with what the sun brings. In turn, here are 10 tested and recommended products to help you get ready for the heat and/or fun that most likely lies ahead for you in the summer of 2018.

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50

Helping to minimize skin-aging triggers, the Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 is a medium-weight, emollient daily moisturizer. Moisturizing aside, the product also carries an SPF level of 50, providing critical protection against UV light and subsequent sunburns. It smooths over your skin to create a perfected finish. Also recommended from Dermalogica is its TSA-approved Daily Microfoliant, which offers a soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal.

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Lotion

A fragrance-free, antioxidant-heavy, sun-blocking product that includes Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, Australian Gold’s Botanical Sunscreen SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Lotion is intended for those with delicate facial skin. Water resistant for up to 80 minutes, the lotion also manages to be hypoallergenic and cruelty-free, while free of oxybenzone, parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, PABA, SLS, and dyes. Quality aside, ULTA currently sells the lotion surprisingly-low at $12.99; the brand’s Botanical Sunscreen SPF 30 is also worthy of attention.

PCA SKIN Hydrating Toner

Great for all skin types, the PCA SKIN Hydrating Toner features Watermelon and Apple fruit extracts, in addition to the marine red seaweed known as Jania Rubens. It aims to remove dirt and debris while giving one’s skin an extra boost of hydration. The toner is rich in omega-6 fatty acids. Meanwhile, PCA SKIN’s Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Water-Resistant is endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Salty Road Taffy

Just a few days ago, National Taffy Day was celebrated on May 23rd. Beyond being New York City’s only locally-produced salt water taffy, Salty Road produces a lot of taffy flavors that you may never have tried. Among the great varieties produced by Marisa Wu and crew — priced at $5 apiece in “baby box” form — are Tropical Mango, Apple Pea, and Sea Salt Caramel. Great ingredients, great taste, and just the right amount of salt.

Neuro Trim

Known for making sweet low-calorie beverages that also include fiber and vitamins, Neuro brands itself as “drinks with a purpose.” New to the Neuro fold, Neuro’s Trim features a prebiotic formula — fiber included — while also being vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free. I had the pleasure of trying the new Tropical Lychee variety, which is great both as a post-workout beverage and for cooling down while in the sun.

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream

Speaking of sweets, My/Mo Mochi Cashew Cream Frozen Desserts are gluten-free, rBst-free, vegan and around 100 calories each, yet also desserts that you will be craving. My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream makes both traditional ice cream and cashew cream-based products, as available in four flavors. Unlike other non-dairy frozen desserts, though, My/Mo Mochi’s cashew cream desserts manage to maintain the rich, creamy texture that ice cream devotees will crave. All of my sample boxes were finished within 48 hours of opening, no exaggeration.

Seat Sitters Kit

Memorial Day Weekend is a big weekend for travel, and many fliers struggle with the idea of germs spreading while on an airplane. Fortunately there is a product kit like Seat Sitters on the market, as it is affordable, portable and eco-friendly. For $14.99, purchasers of Seat Sitters get a re-usable seat cover, a disposable tray table cover, two sanitary wipes, one allergy mask, and a “No Nuts” sticker. Ultimately, your Seat Sitters gear can also be in other high-traffic seated venues, like movie theaters, commuter trains and arenas.

CleanWell Spray

Another means of staying clean and light on germs while on the move is CleanWell. The brand’s botanical hand sanitizer spray is chemical-free, alcohol-free, and scented with citrus. It can also easily fit into a small bag (or pocket). CleanWell is the hand sanitizer partner for the simplehuman Foam Sensor Pump, showing that CEO Stew Lawrence already has his company moving in the right direction.

Icelandic Arctic Berry Ale

Einstök is Iceland’s #1 craft beer company<, and its small-batch seasonal Arctic Berry Ale is now available in 17 states. Brewed with Icelandic bilberries hand-picked about 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Arctic Berry Ale carries a hint of sweetness beyond its pleasant berry aroma. The adult beverage pairs well with grilled fish, poultry and other grilled fare. Since U.S. men's soccer team did not qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Einstök recently launched an #ADOPTICELAND campaign to get U.S. soccer fans to “adopt” the Icelandic team. Humor, sports and brews, what more can you ask for?

Margaritaville: The Cookbook by Julia Turshen & Carlo Sernaglia

Few artists are likely make you think of the summer more than Jimmy Buffett. Buffett’s Margaritaville brand — which is famous for its restaurants, resorts and retail products — has a new cookbook in stores, as helmed by Julia Turshen and Carlo Sernaglia. Its “relaxed recipes” aim to mix Caribbean fare and traditional American comfort food, as printed alongside colorful photos. Buffett himself wrote the book’s foreword, ensuring Margaritaville: The Cookbook to be an authentic passionate project from the world-famous singer/songwriter.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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