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How to Make the Holidays Super with Sue Williamson

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Meditation. Seeing The Nutcracker. Lots of family time. Being sustainable. Keep reading to discover how to make your holidays super with Sue Williamson…

You may recognize Sue from our SPF Spotlight video on Zincscreen or her How I SPF video where she talks about how she uses sunscreen on her acne-prone skin. Well, we instantly fell in love with her “pimple positive” attitude, cute vibes and the work that she does with Girlfriend Collective, a sustainable activewear brand, so featuring her super holiday advice here was something we couldn’t pass up. Here’s what she had to say…with a bit of a health-and-wellness bent.

Hey, hi, hello, Sue! Tell us what’s on your holiday agenda this year?
Last year, I spent three weeks frolicking around Mexico with friends and family, so this year I’m slowing it waaaay down! I’m excited to spend time with my family, give really thoughtful gifts and be present and grateful for what I have. 

Love. Any favorite holiday tradition(s)?
I love going to see The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center and try to go every year! I was in my town’s production growing up as a dancer, and to me, nothing says “holiday” quite like that iconic ballet!

How about your go-to holiday hack?
Meditation! I use the Calm app all the time — for 30 minutes in the morning, or even for five minutes in a cab on the way to an event. It’s really important to stay centered and not get caught up in the stress the holidays can bring.

We feel more zen just hearing about that – so nice! Now, what do you think is the most underrated holiday activity?
As someone who’s lived in New York for 11 years, I always look forward to going to the huge suburban grocery store near my parents’ house in Tennessee. There’s nothing like loading up a cart (a cart and not a basket!) with things for a house full of people.

That is so true – groceries for all! What are you going to be gifting your friends & loved ones this year?
To me, Unseen Sunscreen is a foolproof gift for anyone and everyone. For my best friend, I’ll give her a tube of that and a compressive bra and legging set from Girlfriend’s winter collection. All of our compressive pieces are made from recycled materials and can be recycled into new clothes once you’re finished with them, and I know she’ll love that.

For my more skincare-obsessed friends, I’ll be gifting Superscreen Daily Moisturizer. It can be hard to remember to wear SPF in the winter (even though you need to wear it every day!), but this product makes it super easy…and it’s an amazing moisturizer in its own right. For my close friend who also has acne-prone skin like me, I’m giving her Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40. It uses non-nano zinc oxide as its sunscreen active, which means it’s perfect for sensitive skin that’s easy to irritate.

I’m also a big fan of the Glow Pros set — it has all of my favorites in sizes that are perfect for travel. I love the fact that I can refill the mini Superscreen jar from my regular-sized jar when I’m going somewhere…and then I can recycle it when I need a new one.

That’s the best hack ever – and so environmentally-friendly! OK, last but not least…what’s the holiday spot you love the most?

Again, I’m going home to Tennessee to visit my family this year and I’m really just so excited! It’s always nice to spend time with nature and animals and just take a slower pace for a while.

+Shop all our SPF gift picks for health nuts here. Love some of the health-and-wellness tips Sue had to share above? Tell us some of yours in the comments below!