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Michela Marra

Everything You Need to Know About Sun Protection

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I never really learned to love the seaside until I realized the source of my discomfort there: it’s not the sand, not the heat, or even the saltiness that creates that annoying tight skin sensation. My real problem with the seaside was my incredibly sensitive skin. A single ray of sunshine would leave me with long lasting irritation. If I did not use at least 50 SPF for the first ten days of sunbathing, I would become as red as a lobster.

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Michela Marra

15 Beauty Essentials to Pack in Your Travel Bag for a mountain vacation

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I was born in southern Italy, in a town situated at the foot of a mountain. My mother still lives there and every time I go back (not very often, to be honest) it’s always a pleasure waking up in the mornings, opening the window and feeling immersed in nature — certainly different from downtown Milan! Mountains are part of my DNA and my past. Even if most of my summer vacations were spent by the seaside, my father never missed an occasion to take us all around Italy, including its highest peaks: from Trentino to Valle d’Aosta, there’s not a single mountain he didn’t know. Life however, unfolds in mysterious ways and now we all live in different places. Some of us live in the South, some in Milan and others travel between London and Dubai. However, the mountain is still an obsession we share and whenever we get the chance, we try to spend a weekend together somewhere in the Alps. When I am unable to make arrangements with my family, I have my friends and partner who share my passion for the mountains… and that explains how I earned my black belt in last-minute packing for vacations in the mountains, especially in summer when a weekend escape from the city becomes a matter of life or death. From sun protection (crucial!) to refreshing cleansers and nourishing creams, I’ve compiled a list of the 15 beauty essentials that you must not leave home without if your destination is snow capped.

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