5 Skin Care Essentials to Pack in Your Beach Bag This Summer
Swimsuit? Check. Towel? Check. Sunnies? Check. Good work—you’ve packed the basics ahead of your beach trip. But you’re not done just yet. Here, five skin-saving must-haves to toss into your tote before hitting the sand.
You didn’t actually think you could get out of packing SPF, did you? Applying sunscreen to your face and body every day—whether you are beach bound or sitting in an office all day—is a cardinal rule when it comes to protecting skin from sun damage. It’s a no-brainer then that sunscreen is at the top of this list. Reach for a formula that’s first and foremost suited for your skin type, offers broad-spectrum coverage containing an SPF of at least 15, and is non-greasy (so you’re not tempted to skip an application!). For the face, we love La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid. The fast-absorbing, weightless formula features Cell-Ox Shield XL antioxidant technology to help protect skin from free radicals caused by UV rays. Plus, it’s suitable for all skin types and is free of parabens and fragrance. For the body, we’re suckers for La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Body Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid. It leaves a matte finish on the skin and boasts the same antioxidant technology as its facial counterpart. Don’t forget to apply it 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours, earlier if you’re sweating or going in the water.
Need some more help picking out an SPF? We’ve laid out our all-time favorite sunscreens for all skin types!
LIP BALM WITH SPF
Your lips need a little SPF love too. To avoid a sunburned pout—ouch!—make sure not to leave home without a handy lip balm containing SPF, like Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm. Its blend of hydrating ingredients—hello, shea butter—leaves lips feeling baby-soft (the name says it all) and best of all, they stay hydrated for up to 8 hours. It’s offered in six shades, but Quenched—their colorless version—is the one to reach for because it contains SPF 20 to protect and moisturize lips at the same time. Just like sunscreen for your face and body, reapply often, especially if you go for a swim. If you prefer some color on your pout—read: lipstick—Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Rouge Volupté offers SPF 15 in nine gorgeous shades.
Have you ever sought out shade while at the beach to cool off, only to discover that there’s no shade in sight? Us, too. To give your skin a refreshing pick-me-up when you just can’t beat the heat, spritz Vichy Thermal Spa Water onto your face. Not only does it feel incredibly soothing on the skin, its formulated with minerals and antioxidants that can help strengthen the skin’s surface.
You still want to look your best even while at the beach, right? To keep shine under control, bring along some blotting papers to absorb any excess sweat and oil on your face. NYX Professional Makeup Blotting Paper goes beyond just mattifying skin. Pick between four types—Matte, Fresh Face, Green Tea, and Tea Tree. We like Green Tea for the beach because it leaves skin looking fresh, and the green tea extract in the formula nourishes skin.
If you’re looking for some tinted facial coverage at the beach without sacrificing SPF, try a BB cream that blurs but also protects. We love BB creams because they’re lightweight and many of them offer skin soothing and hydrating benefits. A great option—for less than $10!—is Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. It contains SPF 30 to protect skin from damaging UV rays and helps even and enhance skin tone.