Buenos Aires summers are hot (sorry, again, New Yorkers.. I'm sure this is not exactly what you want to hear from me!). Little relief is found on the streets when it's 95 degrees and you are running around the gorgeous avenues, attraction to attraction. In fact, the heat is an incentive to Argentinians to take their vacations in the months of January and February: great if you're not into congested cities, not so great if you like to truly experience a culture and interaction heavy with locals.

My friend KarenTina and I decided to embrace the heat by laying out by the outdoor pool at Sheraton Park Towers. I had left my sunscreen in my room so she kindly offered hers. It was Epicuren's Discovery Sport Treat SPF sunblock, a brand I'm not too familiar with. Sometimes I get very suspicious when it comes to sunscreens. A lot of it is junk (it's sad to think that Banana Boat, one of the most toxic and chemical-rich, is one of the bestselling brands).

Thankfully this was not the case with Epicuren.

What I like about this sunscreen is that it's not just a sunblock but it's full of antioxidants. In fact, after some extensive research, it's one of very few enzyme, protein-rich sunscreens I found on the market. It smells pretty wonderful as well, not as chemically or forced (synthetic coconut scent anyone?). The base is actually aloe vera gel, with a whole bunch of other cool stuff packed in (vitamin a, vitamin e, vitamin c, apricot oil, cucumber and green tea extract). It stood by it's "water proof" label (believe me, I tested) and didn't gunk up on my skin. It went on smooth (it's very thin) and actually lasted for quite some time. I didn't feel like I had to reapply right away after getting out of the pool. I definitely recommend it. Even if you're not lounging at a pool, it's nice to apply it to the back of the neck or arms when running around the city.. and no need to worry about sweating it off. It passed that test too.