Hitting the surf and sand should consist of a sun-soaked day of relaxation with the biggest worry being what ice cream flavor you should indulge in. Keep it that way by packing these beach beauty essentials in your bag to take the guesswork out of staying sun-safe and beautiful.
Pack That SPF:
Packing an SPF is a no-brainer, but choosing the right one can be complicated. With so many formulas available — mineral SPF, a spray can format, all natural — it’s important to pick one that works best for your skin and will offer broad-spectrum protection. Enter Dermalogica’s offerings, which expertly combine full UVA and UVB protection, feel divine when applied and pack a serious skin-care punch. Pure Light SPF50 brightens and evens skin tone while preventing sun-induced cellular damage and discolouration, and like all Dermalogica products, is formulated without artificial fragrances or ingredients to ensure there is limited irritation.
Hair needs an SPF, too, and sun and skin care favourite Shiseido helps save your strands with their Refreshing Sun Protection Spray SPF 16 for Body and Hair. This easy to use spray formula is lightweight and reaches every inch of your scalp and hair, which is often overlooked but very important (ever had a burn on your part? Serious ouch). As an added bonus, residue settles on shoulders for a subtle floral-scented SPF boost.
If you’re a glamour girl and makeup is a must, do an SPF tint like MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. Silky smooth with a barely-there feel, this stuff is a dream cream: it blends into the skin so seamlessly that it makes your complexion look flawless and has the elusive quality of looking more like your skin vs. makeup. It’s also water resistant and is infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients for added performance and skin-improving results.
If you prefer a powder, go for AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+. A pleasure to apply, its puff applicator cools and soothes the skin on contact. Providing light to medium coverage, this compact fills in micro lines to ensure a flawless, even complexion while boosting radiance thanks to its green tea-infused formula. The powder formula is also ideal to keep shine at bay while you’re in the sand.
You can wear eye makeup to the beach, so long as you’ve picked the right product. The gold standard in budge-proof liner, Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner comes in a multitude of colours/finishes and seriously will no smudge. For a fluttery fringe that won’t run either, swipe on Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Waterproof Mascara. It’s low wax content and solvent-free formula is super gentle and light (which is a rarity for usually-harsh waterproof formulas) and its ball shaped applicator results in a 360° length and volume effect.
If you want your pout to pack some colour, start with a good lip stain. CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain is a cheap and cheerful choice, with 11 shades available and amazing colour payoff. Make sure to top with an SPF balm, like Maybelline Baby Lips which boasts an impressive SPF 20 and also comes in six flirty, fun shades.
Roll On That Deodorant:
If you’re a beach-sport kind of girl, toss Clinique’s Antiperspirant-Deoderant Roll-On into your beach bag. Its fragrance free formula easily slicks on, never feels sticky or leaves any telltale residue and prevents wetness and odour. For a clever scent boost all day, wear a solid perfume crafted into a piece of jewelry, like the Tory Burch Solid Perfume Pendant Necklace. This graphic patterned statement necklace contains a stash of solid perfume in a floral scent of wonderfully combined neroli, bergamot and jasmine.
When packing up for the day, pamper sun, wind and surf-dried skin and hair with Aerin’s Beach Cream. With an illuminating shimmer and super hydrating formula, this double duty formula makes skin and hair soft and gorgeous. It sinks into skin quickly, is deeply hydrating and comforting, and, when warmed in hair, a deep conditioning treatment is activated, restoring hair to a healthier beauty.