Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Beach Bag Essentials: Beauty Items, etc...

Negril, Jamaica
Ready for the chill on the beach on your vacation? The last thing you want to do is realize you forgot something important while you are on the relaxing on the beach. 

Some items are obvious like sunscreen, but I have a few unexpected essential items that you may not have thought to put in your beach bag. 

Beach Bag Essentials 

Sunscreen SPF 30 to 50 
Never forget your sunscreen! Some are better for you than others according to The Environmental Working Group. Some brands that scored well are Bull Frog, Alba Botanica and Juice Beauty. Here is a link to the Environmental Working Group's Guide to Sunscreens to help you choose the safest sunscreen for you and your family.

Read about Sunburn Remedies

Lip Protection
Don't forget to protect your lips! Use a tinted lip balm to protect your lips with pretty sheer color. Try Babo Botanical SPF Lip Tint Conditioner or Sky Organics Organic Tinted Lip Balm.

Baby Powder 
Baby powder in a beach bag? Yes! Put a small baby powder in your bag. Sprinkle a bit on areas of skin that have clinging sand. Lightly spread it over the area. Then, dust it off. It helps remove sand that is stuck to your skin and helps reduce the rashy irritation the skin can get from the sand.

Sun Glasses

Be sure they have UVA/UVB protection to protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from wrinkle causing UV rays.

A Hat 

A hat of course. A hat that has a floppy 3" or larger brim offers the most protection from the sun. Especially a hat that has sun protection right in the fabric. 

The Wallaroo Hat Company has a nice selection of hats with a UPF rating. UPF is Ultaviolet Protection Factor. Fabric with a UPF rating offers a higher amount of sun protection than regular fabrics. The fabric has a tighter weave, a heavier weight and minimal stretch than regular fabrics.  They can also have chemical UV absorbers and UV Reflectors. A rating of 50+ is great protection.
A Hair Tie
Throw an elastic hair tie in your bag to make a pony tail after you get tired of your hair blowing in your face from the wind.

Baby wipes
You will need them for removing sand from the hands before a snack.

A healthy anti-oxidant snack
I love a snack on the beach. Choose a smart snack. Pack a healthy snack of fruit such as watermelon and blueberries. 

Not only are these fruits refreshing on a hot day at the beach, they are full of anti oxidants that give your skin a little extra natural sun protection. 

Pack your fruit in a reusable container. A plastic bag that takes off in the wind is no good for the beach birds and the sea creatures.

Bottled water
You need to drink water on the beach to stay hydrated while in the sun. Use a reusable water bottle or be careful to take your water bottle including the cap back to the beach house for recycling. Plastic caps are dangerous for beach birds and sea creatures who mistake them for food.

A small bottle of olive oil 
Why in the world would you need olive oil on the beach? For a beach beauty treatment! You can apply it to your feet then, massage them with sand for fabulous exfoliation of rough skin. It can be any oil you like really.

There are some practical non beauty items you may want to pack in your bag as well.

Cell phone protection 
A zip close plastic sandwich bag is great protection for your cell phone from sand and moisture. Your phone's touch screen actually works through it when the bag is pulled tight.

And, of course,


tissues and napkins,

a little cash for ice cream from the Fudgy Wudgy guy,

a towel,

and a steamy beach read. 

Click here to find a nice romance novel

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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