Summer is an exciting season for beauty enthusiasts everywhere. While it might be a challenge to stay fresh amidst all those beach trips, this is the time to embrace bronzed cheeks and a sun-kissed glow. After all, you'll want to look your best as you go on your most memorable trips and vacations, right? But before you fly off to your next destination, don’t forget to pack these beach beauty essentials.
Some sun is great, but don't let yourself go blind as you soak up the sunshine! Not only will it harm your eyes, but you'll end up squinting in all your photos too. Fortunately, a stylish pair of sunglasses can save the day. This year’s trendiest style is none other than the vintage cat-eye — a favorite among celebrities and models everywhere. Of course, you can never go wrong with some classic Ray Ban wayfarers too.
No one's stopping you from going full glam at the beach, but make sure you cover all your bases by using waterproof make-up. This way, you don't have to worry about your face melting off. For instance, Luscious Cosmetics has the perfect waterproof brow pencil which is smudge-proof, sweat-proof, and cruelty-free! On the other hand, you could also just go for a classic "no-makeup" makeup look. Glossier is known for their natural-looking make-up that will give you a sheer, subtle glow at the beach and beyond.
A Statement Hat
Like sunglasses, hats do more than just make you look cute — they'll keep you protected from those nasty UV rays too! This season's trends seem to have a "go big or go home" theme, so why not try a wide-brim hat for yourself? On the other hand, bucket hats have also made a comeback, just in case you're looking for something more casual and nostalgic. You can find them everywhere, from your local Forever 21 to Free People.
When you’re not in a bikini, denim cut-off shorts will come in handy due to the versatility they bring to your wardrobe. They even make for a comfy cover-up you can just slip into after taking a dip. But if you're looking for something more tailored, Woman Within’s selection of shorts come in a variety of styles and sizes, making it easy for you to find the perfect fit for your body type. Pair with a flowy top or a patterned crop top and you’re all set for a seaside trip.
It’s easy to get Kate Hudson’s signature beachy waves with a good salt spray — and without any damage. Simply spritz all over slightly damp hair, divide the hair into four sections, and let it dry for 30-45 minutes. Spray your hair a bit more after letting it down, and you’ll end up with a chic and effortless seaside look. Elle’s top recommendation is hair stylist Fredric Fekkai’s signature spray, which is infused with sunflower seed oil to add some shine to your locks.
High SPF Sunscreen
This list would not be complete without sunscreen, as you should know by now. Using a sunscreen with a high SPF level is especially important during the summer, where the risk for skin damage drastically increases because of the heat. When at the beach, make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours to get a full range of protection the whole time. Peruse your local pharmacy for reliable brands like Neutrogena and Nivea. Once you have all the essentials in your beach bag, gear up and get ready to chase the sun! It’s easy to be confident knowing that you’re fully prepared to face whatever the sweltering heat throws at you. The best part is that you’ll get that healthy summer glow and those picture-perfect moments in no time.