Packing Essentials: Palm Beach Winter Escape | bluemercury

Resort travel during the winter is not my favorite. I am pale and pasty, and the last thing I want to do is get into a bathing suit. I popped into our Bluemercury store in Bethesda to stock up on winter pick-me-ups for resort travel. Here are some of my secrets:

Marla Malcom Beck Packing Essentials: Palm Beach

1. Travel with lots of sunscreens. I believe you should have the right sunscreens for the right time of day. I love Clarins’ new Multi-Active Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 for morning breakfast with the kids. It rehydrates and pre-hydrates before an active, sun-filled day. After breakfast, I will jump up my sunscreen level with SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 which has a gorgeous tint and evens out my skin tone. Packed with titanium and zinc, it is an amazing physical block. Later in the afternoon, post-shower and pre-sunset as we sit outside with friends, I love using La Mer’s antiaging SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid. Infused with La Mer’s Miracle Broth, it is hydrating but doesn't make your skin look shiny.

2. Focus on your legs. My bare white legs stand out like a sore thumb. I pack Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel and put it on my legs before I go to the pool for a little self-tanning boost. At night before I go out, I use St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil. It tans and makes my legs look goddess-like!

3. Don't forget the lips. My lips are dry so I always pack Fresh's super hydrating Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy. I pack a range of fun lip glosses - this is one my daughters and I adore - Entrepreneur by Lune+Aster. (Yes, I created this and yes, I am trying to brainwash my daughters.)

4. Bring your favorite fragrance. Acqua di Parma Colonia is fresh, delicate and not season-specific. There’s nothing like warm nights, golden legs, a chic dress and your favorite fragrance. That is what resort vacationing in the winter is all about!!!

Marla Malcom Beck and Barry Beck with Leonard Lauder in Palm Beach
Barry and I with Leonard Lauder, the Steve Jobs of the cosmetics industry, enjoying lunch at Mr. Lauder's Palm Beach home!