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Beauty Column - The Must-Haves of Beauty Products (September & October 2020)

Oct 27, 2020 10:20PM ● By BETH LUBERECKI

Are you a lipstick lover or face-cream fanatic? Then you’re in the right place. Every issue, we give you the lowdown on fabulous fragrances, luxurious lotions, must-have makeup and everything in between. Because whether you’re a laid-back surfer babe or a total product junkie, you know it’s a beautiful thing to look as good as you feel. 


Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is showing up in all kinds of beauty products. Emera’s haircare line—the first salon professional brand to contain CBD—incorporates the popular ingredient to help soothe dry, irritated scalps, reduce hair breakage and loss and promote healthy hair growth. CBD contains vitamins and essential fatty acids that help form collagen, which improves hair’s elasticity and strength. So, the end result is thicker, fuller-looking hair. Find the Emera CBD shampoo, conditioner, scalp treatment and detangler ($27 to $32) locally at Sanibel Day Spa (239-395-2220,


The sun is always shining in these parts, which means sunscreen is a must all year round. Eczema Honey’s new Gentle Hydrating Sunscreen ($14.99) offers broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection in a mineral-based formula that’s mild on your skin. Zinc oxide is the key ingredient when it comes to blocking the sun’s rays, while other ingredients like coconut alkanes, glycerin, aloe vera juice and shea butter help hydrate and soften the skin. Find the new sunscreen and other Eczema Honey products at local CVS stores.


Escaping to a deserted island sounds pretty good right about now. But if that’s not in the cards, you can turn your daily routine into a mini-getaway with the new Big Island Basics line from Tommy Bahama. With a fragrance that blends Cuban vanilla and agave with coconut water, citron peel and wild geranium, the line includes a hair and body wash ($26.50), soap ($19.50), hydrating lotion ($26.50) and lip balm ($12.50) that you’ll want to reach for when you need a break from everyday reality. Pick up the products at the Tommy Bahama store at Coconut Point in Estero (239-947-2203, or the company’s several Naples locations.


Frequent hand washing, lots of cooking and cleaning at home—your hands might be in rough shape by this point. Gloves in a Bottle ($12.95) is a shielding lotion that bonds with dead skin cells to form a protective layer that helps skin hold onto its natural oils and moisture. Even while you’re washing and sanitizing, your skin is working on healing from within. You can also use the vegan, hypoallergenic lotion on your feet and the rest of your body if there are other spots that need some TLC. Pick up Gloves in a Bottle, with or without SPF, at Vision Ace Hardware in Fort Myers (239-561-3560,


Even if we’re not hurrying off anywhere these days, waiting for your nail polish to dry is no fun. So for your next at-home mani or pedi, reach for Nails Inc.’s new 45 Second Speedy Gloss ($8.99). Dubbed “the world’s fastest-drying nail polish,” the vegan formulation includes calcium and magnesium to help strengthen nails, plus a twofold resin complex (polyester and acrylic) to provide better adherence and a glossy finish. And the brand’s wide-hugging brush makes DIY application easy, especially in the middle of a Netflix marathon. Grab one of the 10 shades of the new polish at local Sally Beauty stores.