Finally summer is here! Well, maybe not technically but the warm weather allowed me my first beach trip of the year. There I was toes in the sand, the sun shining down on me, hands on hips, taking in a deep breath of the fresh salty air and that’s when I realized, I was not ready to be at the beach (cue fast dash back to my towel, hat, & coverup). We’ve all experienced that moment when we’ve realized that we haven’t quite prepared like we should’ve (like when you're so regretting that second bowl of ice cream as you try to squeeze into your swim suit).
It doesn’t help either that the pages in the reading materials we ladies bring to the beach (and by ‘reading’ I mean looking at pictures in our magazines) are saturated with beach-perfect models––them with their sun-kissed skin, perfectly wavy hair and dewy skin. It makes it all seem like an unattainable feat for the pale swamp witches of the world. However, I’m letting you in on five beauty beach must-haves that will allow you to master the beach this summer.
Let’s face it, the first trip to the beach is always a reminder of just how long winter really was– when you’re sprawled out on your towel and any of your limbs that hang over onto the pale sand suddenly become invisible. Say goodbye to camouflaged-sand legs, and hello to the best fake tan you’ve ever had (and if you’re one of the lucky ladies with no need to tan, skip ahead to #2).
Most self-tanning lotions for me personally come out too orangey or streaky, but the Moroccan Mineral Dark tanning lotion gives a truly tan complexion with build-ability and helps your skin feel a little more moisturized so that the tanning lotion doesn’t just sink between your scales, I mean skin (that’s not just me, right?) it’s your #1 pre-beach must-have.
Aside from getting your fake tan on, it’s also a pretty good idea to protect your skin from the sun––especially your neck and face. We all know the sun feels amazing, which is why it might seem surprising that when you get home after a day of baking in the delicious feeling sun, you’ve aged into your grandmother.
Ok so maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but with time, the sun causes wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation to happen (and it ain’t pretty)––not to mention that little thing called, uh, what was it? Oh yea, CANCER. All skin types are susceptible to cancer. Which is why this Mesoestetic SPF 50 face lotion is a definite beach (and daily) must-have. Your skin needs moisture in order to keep looking youthful and vibrant. Plus this stuff feels amazing and won't make you break out. I use this as my daily moisturizer and it works great under foundation. On a beach day, I apply it before I leave my house and after I swim.
Since the Mesoestetic face lotion isn't water or sweat proof, you're going to need a good sunblock. If you’re anything like me, you probably hate slathering greasy sunblock all over your face. I hate the smell of it, the feeling of it, the fact that the kid of the person camped right next to us is a sand-throwing monster (yea I said it), which gets all over my towel and sticks to my freshly greased sun blocked face––you know the story, but that’s why this next beauty beach must-have is one of my personal faves.
Colorescience is a mineral sunblock that is water-proof and comes in the best application bottle ever. It’s so easy to use. It’s a million times better than any face sunblock I’ve ever tried and it never makes me break out. They have a range of SPFs (I personally recommend the SPF 50), shimmer or no shimmer, and also comes in a nice range of colors or clear. I prefer the tinted ones so I don’t have a sickly complexion, because I do not tan my face EVER. My color is medium matte.
The next beauty beach must-have is probably something that we all carry around on a daily basis, lip balm. But I want to broaden your lip balm horizons. There’s something about the beach that calls for dewy complexions and glossy lips. I’ve always had a love-hate-relationship with lip gloss (I don’t do sticky very well), which is why I was so impressed by this lip shine from Nivea. It isn’t sticky at all, and is slightly tinted with SPF 15. It makes my lips feel and look luscious.
But if you’d rather skip the shine and go for a higher SPF, then give Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy a go. It’s smooth and sheer with a zingy grapefruit scent (or there are other scents if you don't like grapefruit. Don't freak out).
I know I've raved about this product in the past, but I seriously never go anywhere I plan on swimming without bringing it along. It’s a 10 is the miracle answer to the ratted nest of hair that always seems to happen at the beach. It smells so good, detangles your hair, makes it silky, replenishes the moisture, and helps enhance natural waves. I apply it before I swim, then after I swim I rinse my hair and spray it all throughout my hair. One particular beach trip, I was attacked by seaweed (not the slimy stuff but the spindly one) and it was all tangled in my hair. After a few spritzes of It’s a 10 and some finger combing everything came right out. This stuff is absolutely amazing. On a side note, I’ve had a few moms tell me that this recommendation has been a life-saver for their girl’s hair during the summer season (it’s not always about you, just sayin’).
What beach beauty products do you take on your beach trips? Have you tried any of these before? Please share your secrets. ;)
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