A Guide to Holiday Beach Essentials

It may be colder than cold on the East Coast of the US right now but that doesn’t mean we’re not spending our winters in places that are hotter than hot. We’re wintering where the sun shines down and where our skin glows and hair flows. While the beach is idealistic in theory, execution can at times be a little tricky – bugs, salt water and sand… sand… everywhere can be something of a dilemma for a beauty guru. But don’t you worry, fellow glam sun worshippers – we have you covered with our beach essentials!

Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent

Glamorous, it may not be. But trust us when we say insect repellent will be your BFFAEAE (that’s best friends forever and ever and ever) when you’re tanning on the beach. Like it or not, those pesky little buggers are a part of tropical climates and getting bit by them isn’t only irritating, but can potentially be dangerous as well. So, be smart and load up on the most effective repellent out there – Sawyer Products is rated number one and for a reason. There’s nothing chic about being covered in itchy red bumps!

Clarins UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40

We love being tan. But we’re not looking to be twins with the lobster sitting on our plates for dinner. The key? Using copious amounts of sunscreen to save our precious skin to have a youthful glow instead of resembling a vintage leather bag. Clarins UV Plus Day Screen is chemical free while still being totally effective. Mineral filters keep those strong rays at bay and the formula can easily be worn under makeup. Just apply to clean, bare skin and let absorb before going ahead with your normal beauty routine and let you Chanel sunglasses be only thing absorbing rays!

Advanced Clinicals Coconut Moisturizing Cream

This stuff is nothing short of a miracle. Seriously. Even with sunscreen all day and every day, sometimes those persistent rays just get through to you. We’ve all had painful peels, burns that sting, and other dilemmas from the sun gods. Coconut oil has come through for us every time. While pure coconut oil is more effective, we find it a tad too greasy to use on an all-over moisturizing level. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Moisturizing Cream has all the nourishing coconut goodness of pure oil but in a much more easy to handle lotion form. Lather up, girls.

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

Yes, even your hair needs SPF protection. This was news to us as well, but then we started noticing how faded our usually luscious locks looked after a day spent frolicking in the sand and waves. Especially for gals with dyed hair, using a product with SPF in your hair before hitting the beach is an essential. We love Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil not only for its heavenly smell but also because it makes sure our locks stay beautifully lush.