Summer is among us and that means it’s time to break out the good stuff. No summer is complete without a bag full of skin & hair essentials to take with you to the beach or pool. These products are a combination of new and old finds that I think are essential to both your skin & hair’s summer needs.
I don’t know about you but I love summer because it finally means a chance to relax in the sun and even hopefully get that sun kissed tan skin that always makes you feel more confident. However, laying in the sun for hours on end with no SPF can be very damaging to your skin, while it may not show right away, not wearing SPF can cause lots of health/skin issues down the road. I have two sets of my favorite types of sunscreen to protect my skin, the first is the Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen SPF 70 which is easy for reapplying at the beach/pool since it is spray form and is usually my go-to for reapplying. Before I even get to the beach/pool while I am getting ready I apply the Hawaiian Tropics Silk Hydration Weightless SPF 30 & Oil Free Face Sunscreen to my body and face. This stuff is probably my favorite sunscreen ever because it not only smells amazing but it also feels amazing. It melts into the skin and literally makes your skin so silky smooth that you won’t even be able to tell it’s sunscreen.
Like I mentioned earlier tan skin is always something that just goes hand-in-hand with summertime. I love the feeling of being tan but have recently realized that there are ways to achieve that without baking in the sun with no SPF. One of my favorite products for the beach is the Maui Babe Browning Lotion. This product has NO SPF so it is very important to layer it with an SPF of some sorts in order to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. If you can get past the odd, almost barbecue like smell, then this product will change your life. The lotion itself is brown so even while tanning you already sort of have that bronze look to your skin. If you’re looking for an all in one type of product the Sun Bum Tanning Oil SPF 15 is that product. It is a tanning oil so keep that in mind and maybe save this one for the pool unless you want to be a sandy-oily mess at the beach. It has an SPF of 15 and it smells like coconuts. A sun-less option also by Sun Bum are their Self-Tanning Towelettes which are basically just towelettes with self-tanner on them and you can apply it all over your face or body to achieve that tan look without the sun!
After sun skincare is equally as important as protecting your skin from the sun. After returning from a day in the sun my skin usually feels dry and sometimes even a little sunburnt depending on how well I reapplied that day. I have two products that in essence do the same thing but I equally love both. The first is the Sun Bum Cool Down Spray and this product is a spray oil/lotion that you can apply to your skin after the sun in order to calm and heal your dry and irritated skin. It smells like cucumber and contains aloe which will help restore any sunburnt skin. The other product is the Hawaiian Tropics Silk Hydration After Sun and this is more of a gel-like consistency and smells tropical. This one is ideal to put on before bed and just like the sunscreen it melts right into the skin leaving your skin silky smooth to the touch.
Some of my favorite hair products to take with me to the beach are sea-salt sprays like the Ouai Wave Spray or the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Spray. Whenever I get out of the water I will spray a bunch of this in my hair and scrunch it up in order to get those soft beach waves. If I am not in the mood for a messy beach look then I will spray the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner all throughout my hair and brush it out with my Tangle Teezer Hairbrush and just let it air dry like normal.