Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical location or enjoying your local surf-and-sand, the next month or two will probably be filled with endless, incredible beach days. Be prepared with these beach bag beauty essentials to ensure you’re ready for your day in the sun!
This one’s a no-brainer. While you should be wearing sunscreen every day, it’s absolutely a must by the beach. You’re out in the sun all day, exposed to harmful UV rays, so be smart. Go with Tarte’s new Tarteguard 30, which smells like fresh ocean’s lily, making you feel like you’re having a spa day. The trendy lotion comes in an adorable purple bottle. Plus, it doubles as skincare: it moisturizes and brightens your skin while protecting it. ($32)
Hair Protectant Spray
Don’t forget about your hair! Your scalp is one of the most sensitive spots that can burn, so invest in a hair protectant to keep it safe. Try Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. It’s lightweight and water-resistant. Just a few spritzes and you’re good to go. It’s also ideal for anyone who colors or highlights their hair; it can keep your locks from turning brassy or fading. ($28)
Heavy makeup has no place at the beach. I let my skin breathe – no foundation, concealer…except a swipe of mascara. I just can’t live without it. If you’re the same way, toss a great waterproof mascara into your bag. Maybelline’s Volum’Express Colossal Waterproof Mascara is one of the best you can find at the drugstore. It delivers full, voluminous, clump-free lashes in one coat. ($7)
Lip Balm with SPF
After an hour or two in the sun, your lips start feeling the heat. Make sure they’re nourished and moisturized with a healthy dose of SPF-infused lip balm. Most lip balms with SPF have an SPF of 15, which is fine if you’re constantly reapplying, but Shiseido has one with SPF 36! If that wasn’t impressive enough, the packaging is also irresistibly cool. Bonus: it has the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval as an effective UV sunscreen. ($22)
Do you ever resist taking a dip in the water because you don’t want to deal with how unmanageable your hair becomes afterwards? Never let that stop you again! Just treat your hair post-swim with a good leave-in conditioner, like Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Strengthening Leave-In Conditioner. The spray, which has keratin and vitamin E, nourishes and repairs frizzy, tangled hair. ($6)
Cool down after a long day in the sun with a revitalizing spray, like Evian’s classic Mineral Water Spray. It will remove any dirt and sand that may have gotten onto your skin, and revive your skin for a glowing complexion! ($12.50)
Odds are your skin will be desperate for some hydration after laying out for hours. Soothe and restore sun-damaged skin with an after-sun lotion, like Sun Bum’s Cool Down. Packed with aloe, vitamin E and cocoa butter, this hydrating lotion calm your skin, prolong your tan and prevent peeling. ($12)
What are your beach day must-haves? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR!