We had the great fortune of sitting down with NIKKI BOSTWICK, FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, THE FULLEST, a publication built on pop culture, wellness, finances, politics and more (basically everything that you want to read about). Nikki is a force to be reckoned with – running a busy household with a toddler, spearheading multiple burgeoning business(ES) – in addition to The Fullest, make sure to check out her podcast Morning Matcha, she has just recently launched the most delicious saffron latte (a must buy). Take notes everyone.

What are your go-to wellness travel essentials?

I never wear makeup on the plane because I somehow end up breaking out- I haven’t pinpointed exactly why but I noticed a face mist and some face oil are all I need on travel days to keep my skin hydrated and keep it from getting clogged up. Speaking of face oil, it is my number one skin essential whether I am traveling or at home- I always have my face oil with me. I also bring essential oils to help us sleep soundly. We also love requesting a humidifier from our hotels, again because it helps keep our skin hydrated and we wake up more refreshed!


Check bags or carry-on?

With a kid it’s a check bag kind of lifestyle!


What are your top 3 Carry-On items you can’t travel without?

I bring our saffron latte wellness blend with me because It makes me feel nourished when I drink it as my morning “breakfast” before I start my day- while traveling or not. Another must – antibacterial wipes! We like the natural kind so it doesn’t strip our skin from its natural microbiome. Whole Foods sells a good lavender scented one.


Last trip you took?

Seattle to visit my inlaws! We love the North West!

What do you wear when you fly?

I go as comfortable as possible- usually in my cashmere jumper, no bra, some sort of cover-up and sneakers or sandals.


Best airline snack or meal?

I avoid all airline food even when in First Class. i usually grab a bag of pistachios and water at one of the counters before boarding the plane so I can avoid the service altogether.

How do you avoid jet lag?

With a 10 month old, my sleep cycle has been pretty crazy so I don’t experience jet lag because that is now my constant state of mind! But it is nice to try and stay up as best you can the first day and acclimate to your new time zone by staying awake until its bedtime in your new timezone.


Favorite city? 

London!


Kindle, iPad or book? 

A real book all the way


How do you practice sustainability on the go? 

I am horrible at it but one think I do as part of my lifestyle is sticking to mainly plant based foods and that is definitely the most simple way for me to stay eco friendly.


What are your favorite Eco-Friendly Products to travel with? 

I like to request a bathtub and bring bath salts with me and love a zinc-based sunscreen (better for the reefs to avoid using all those chemicals).

 

With so many conflicting messages about sunscreen types, numbers and ingredients we went straight to the expert on all things sun and skin safety to find out what Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD recommends for everyone. 

Physical sunscreens create a barrier on the skin that filter out UV rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb and scatter the sun’s harsh UV rays. Discover the 411 on Sun Screen breakdown.

What is a physical sunscreen? 

A physical sunscreen contains physical blocking ingredients such as Zinc or Titanium oxide. Both of these ingredients sit on the surface of the skin creating a protective barrier from UVA and UVB rays and deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are white in color and work immediately on application. Another type of Physical block can be clothing. 

What is chemical sunscreen?

Chemical sunscreens have to be absorbed into the skin and then they are able to absorb the UV ray. Common chemical sunscreens are made up of ingredients such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat.  

According to Refinery 29, “Chemical ingredients absorb rays instead of deflecting them, and are much lighter on the skin, so they’ve become the more popular pick for brands to formulate around in an effort to make sunscreen people will actually wear. The only problem is that now, years after they were introduced, we’re realising they might not be so safe.The main concern is on oxybenzone and octinoxate, two of the most common sunscreen ingredients that are also toxic for corals. We need the world’s reefs for coastal protection, food, ocean habitats, medicine, and so much more, but experts estimate that 90% of all reefs will be dead by 2050, and sunscreen could play a huge part in that on top of climate change and other stressors. But simply cutting back on chemical sunscreen won’t help — we must completely remove it from the market to see real change. That’s because one study found oxybenzone had a toxic effect on coral at a concentration equivalent to one drop in six and a half olympic-sized swimming pools.

PHOTO: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/GETTY IMAGES. 
Two live corals are pictured in front of bleached white, dying corals. Experts warn that on our current path, 90% of all reefs will be dead by 2050.

Hawaii governor David Ige responded to these startling facts last year by signing a bill banning the sale of oxybenzone and octinoxate, but Felton notes that others, like avobenzone, could be just as dangerous. “We don’t know,” she says. Key West in Florida and the island nation of Palau have followed, and more states, especially California, are likely soon ban the sale of oxybenzone and octinoxate as well.”

Chemical versus physical sunscreen:  

A physical sunscreen is always better than chemical. Chemical sunscreens, due to the nature of having to be absorbed into the skin, can interact and cause irritation, rashes or clogged pores. Another downside to a chemical sunscreen is that the sun has to actually touch and reach the skin, whereas a physical sunscreen is blocking the UV rays from ever touching the skin.

How do we choose?

This is really a personal choice but I always think the more natural the better. You can base this decision on what works best for your skin type and/or your level of health concerns. The best advice for sensitive skin types, who are worried about clogged pores and rashes, would be to patch test a few different types of physical sunscreens as these sit on the surface of the skin and do not penetrate. Remember that clothing is also considered a physical blocker. If you must go in the sun protective clothing, hats and glasses are all recommended in addition to wearing sunscreen. 

How much is enough?

The SPF number represents how long it would take the sun’s UV rays to start to burn your skin if you weren’t wearing any sunscreen. So for example, if you’re wearing a 30 SPF, it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing SPF. This is also dependent on your skin tone(melanin) and sensitivity to the sun. A good rule of thumb is to reapply every 30 minutes when in direct sun or after being in the water. However, if you’re very fair and or burn easily consider wearing a higher SPF number and applying more frequently as well as wearing protective clothing.

Discover some of our favorite natural sunscreens from Credo. Stay safe in the sun and Happy Summer!

Emily Wickersham is the epitome of a Hollywood Beauty – both inside and out – and a rising star to boot. She’s that natural beauty that we all love – confident, perfect complexion and has that laid-back + polished look. In between filming, Emily travels around the globe and we had the chance to sit down with her to learn about her travel tips on how to keep that glowing complexion in-tact.

What are your go-to wellness travel essentials? 

My Lunya sleep mask, Melatonin, Goldfaden Bright eyes cream, my electric toothbrush.

Check bags or carry-on?

Always carry on (my Away Bag) and my LL Bean Tote

What are your top 3 Carry-On items you cant travel without? 

Travel size toiletries 

Socks

Cashmere scarf/blanket 

Last trip you took?

Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Next trip you’re excited about?

My summer trip! I’m going to Paris, South of France and Ibiza. 

What do you wear when you fly?

Usually sneakers, jeans a a cozy sweater. But if I’m flying far I will wear some sort of cozy jogger pant.

Best airline snack or meal?

I don’t eat plane food. Usually I’ll pack nuts or a healthy bar. 

How do you avoid jet lag?

By drinking lots of water and exercising… but i think it’s kind of inevitable.

Favorite city? 

New York, New York!

Kindle, iPad or book?

Book