You’ve got the obvious – swimsuit, sunglasses, snacks – covered, but when it comes to surfside beauty maintenance, most of us fall into two camps – those who throw sun cream and a hair bobble into their tote, and those who bring along the entire collection of their makeup bag. Instead, tread the middle ground – as a general rule, it’s all about minimal makeup, maximum protection. Bright colours will go well with a tan, multitaskers will save you time and space, and above all, pick products that will boost your hair and skin with moisture. To help you pack, we’ve compiled our top 10 beach bag beauty essentials below.
Water bottles should be permanent fixtures in every woman’s bag and a beach bag is no different. As a virtuous alternative to buying disposable water bottles, invest in a BKR. These sturdy glass vessels are free from BPA (a harmful chemical found in plastic) and are designed to keep water cooler for longer, making them a no brainer for a day in the sun. What’s more, the new Teeny version will significantly lighten up your load.
Leave heavy foundation at home and dare to bare with Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42, a nutrient packed full-coverage BB cream, which evens out your skintone and hides imperfections without feeling like you’re wearing a mask of makeup. The lightweight formula is water-based, which means that it feels cool, not sticky, when you apply it and it won’t melt off in the heat. Instead, skin appears healthy and radiant with a sheen rather than matte finish.
We spend so much time choosing the right suncream for our skin, but our hair quite often gets neglected. The combination of seawater and sun can leave hair looking more scarecrow-like than Grecian goddess but luckily Sachajuan has Hair In The Sun, a leave-in styling cream which coats hair in a shield of UV filters whilst hydrating it to counteract the drying effects of heat and sun.
Cracked, sunburnt lips are never a good look, so keep them chap-free and glossy whilst you tan with a no-fuss tinted balm that holds up well at the beach. Supergoop Acai Fusion Lip Balm SPF30 employs antioxidant-rich acai berry alongside an SPF30 formulation to keep lips conditioned and protected with the added bonus of a sheer hint of pink. Plus, it’s not sticky at all, so you won’t have to worry about your windswept hair getting stuck to your lips.
The elements can be harsh on the hair; after being exposed to a strong sea breeze and drenched with salty sea water and sand, hair is left knotty and tangled, so it’s wise to have a brush handy to prevent it from becoming unmanageable. The Wet Brush is specially designed to be used on both dry and wet hair, making knot removal a fuss-free pain-free experience and taming even the most salt-laden hair and wildest flyaways to a manageable glossy head of hair with minimal damage done.
If the idea of leaving the house without mascara is unthinkable, even for the beach, a good waterproof mascara will be your saving grace. Lengthening, curling, volumising, and long-wearing; not only does this Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara define your lashes without resulting in you looking like a panda bear once you emerge from the sea, it glides on easily, stays put for hours on end, and won’t end up halfway down your cheeks. Seriously, this stuff will not budge.
Sometimes your skin needs a boost – especially after outdoor exposure – and what’s more, sun, sea, and sand can play havoc upon your hydration levels. A quick spritz of Grown Alchemist’s Hydra Mist+ Desert Lime & Amino Peptide gives skin instant hydration and soothes sensitive skin, which is just what you need after a day of sunbathing. The smell alone is enough to make this product beach bag-worthy. With aloe vera and olive leaf, this face mist will keep skin in optimal condition, while pomegranate and bilberry leaf extracts will visibly calm redness.
If you’re going from beach to bar, Clean Skin & White Woods Eau de Parfum Rollerball Duo, a pair of summer-perfect scents will keep all bases covered. By day wear White Woods, a refreshing blend of bergamot, orange, pepper, and vanilla, then come sunset layer on Skin, an understated musky cocktail of lotus blossom, amber, vanilla, and honeydew. Compact and portable, smelling good on the beach has never been so easy, and what’s more, you can now smell like your favourite perfume, not your sunscreen, all day long.
There’s no beach bag beauty product more essential than sunscreen – and this one packs a punch. An innovative alternative to thick, heavy creams, Coola Eco Lux Body SPF30 Unscented Sunscreen Spray is a lot easier to spritz on for a quick-head-to-toe before sun exposure. Not only does the spray-on-and-go formula provide lasting protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays, but it also contains a blend of ingredients to keep skin healthy – from soothing cucumber to nourishing algae extracts and raspberry seed oil, a potent antioxidant.
Thanks to Maui Babe Amazing After Browning Lotion, just because you’re layered up in sunscreen doesn’t mean you have to forgo a tan. Not only will this fast-absorbing formula soothe any unexpected sunburn and rehydrate flaking skin, but it will also enhance tan for a deep, lasting colour. What’s more, the natural and radiant finish gives you a sheen that makes it a serious summertime staple when baring all is on the agenda. Say goodbye to a ghostly, pale complexion.