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6 Beach bag beauty essentials

A day at the beach is not always as relaxing for your beauty routine as it is for you. Make sure you keep these beauty essentials stashed in your beach bag to handle whatever the sandy shores send your way.

beach and sun protection essentials

Beach beauty essentialSunscreen

Don’t even think of leaving home for time surfside without sunscreen. Protect your body’s largest organ from the sun’s harmful rays with an SPF of at least 45. As tempting as it may seem to opt for a very low SPF or no sunscreen at all to give your skin a little color, it’s certainly not worth the possibility of painful burns and even skin cancer, especially when there are so many sunless tanning options on the market.

We recommend: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF45 Sunblock. Not only will it not clog your pores, but it is also waterproof and sweat-proof. Still if you’re going to spend an extended period of time outside, make sure you reapply. $9.99 from

Beach beauty essentialLip balm

Your lips can get dry and cracked after a day of being exposed to hot sun and harsh salt water. Keep a tube of lip balm on hand to keep rough lips at bay. Keep in mind that like your skin, your lips need a measure of SPF protection as well.

We recommend: Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting Lip Balm with SPF 8, which protects and hydrates lips. $4 from

Beach beauty essentialAloe vera

If despite sunscreen the sun has still gotten the best of you, slather on some aloe vera to soothe and help heal your burns.

We recommend: Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel with a delightful rose petal scent. $3.59 from

sun protection and beach must-haves

Beach beauty essentialVolumizing hair spray

Has a day out in the elements made your hair fall limp and flat? Give it a boost with some volumizing hair spray. 

We recommend: David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray, which texturizes and volumizes your hair using ingredients such as sea salt and volcanic ash. Created by famed hairstylist David Babaii (whose client list includes Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow) in collaboration with Kate Hudson, a portion of proceeds from sales of these all-natural products benefit the non-profit WildAid. $9.95 from

Beach beauty essentialDeodorant

Sometimes the hot sun can make you sweat more than you anticipated. Be prepared with a stick of anti-perspirant.

We recommend: Dove Go Fresh Anti-perspirant and Deodorant Ultimate Clear refreshing scent. $4.79 from

Beach beauty essentialEye makeup removing wipes

Decide to take a dip but realize you still have your made up face on? Save yourself from some serious potential raccoon eyes by packing makeup removing wipes, to take that guck off easily and quickly.

We recommend: Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, which gently and effectively removes all types of makeup, including eye makeup. $8.99 from

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