The Beach Beauty Checklist You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Rachel Krause
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During the lazy, hazy days of summer, the temptation to shirk all of our usual responsibilities is strong(er than we’d like to admit). But even as we leave work behind for long weekends, and skip town to head off to far-flung beachside destinations, it’s important to maintain our diligent beauty routines so that we don’t suffer for our freedom. If you’re headed to the beach—as you should be!—don’t stress over what to bring. We’ve got you covered with this easy checklist.

You shouldn’t leave home without sunscreen any time, let alone when you’re headed to the beach. Always, always pack a sunscreen or two (face and body!), even if you’ve already applied it once—it’s not enough. Choose a formula that you don’t mind reapplying, like an easy spray or a cooling gel. Add an SPF lip balm to your arsenal, too, to avoid burning the delicate skin on your lips.

Toning Mist
Spending all day at the beach can’t be beat, but it should come as no surprise that spending hours in the sun can start to wear on you. Packing a refreshing toning mist is an easy solution to the sleepy, sticky feeling you can start to get after a long period of basking. If you’re bringing a cooler with you, go ahead and add your mist to the inventory for an even better pick-me-up.

Cleansing Wipes
A beach day is a guaranteed recipe for sweaty summer skin, which can be a breeding ground for breakouts and clogged pores. If you’re acne-prone, a blemish-fighting cleansing wipe is all but necessary to keep your face feeling fresh. We’re partial to Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make-up Removing Wipes, as they tone and purify the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind.

Protect your eyes—and the fragile skin around them—with a pair of sunglasses that protect from both UVA and UVB rays. The area under your eyes is some of the most delicate skin on your body, and eyelids run the risk of getting sunburnt, too. Not just any pair will do, so be sure that yours offer the full spectrum of protection.

A UV Protectant for Hair
Similar to the way the sun can wreak havoc on your skin, your hair can incur serious repercussions from prolonged exposure, too. Protect your color with a UV-protecting serum or spray, ideally a formula that has nourishing properties to protect the hair from damage, too. Consider a leave-in conditioner that doubles as a sun protectant, like Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer.

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