As the inaugural lazy summer weekend is upon us, collecting the essentials for our beach bag has become job one. Don’t head to the beach without these indispensables:
Worshipping the sun more than you should? Guilty here. We recommend a healthy dose of Decleor’s 100% pure serum to prepare skin, boosting its natural defenses with Chamomile and Geranium essential oils. The fact that it prevents skin from aging, thanks to Argan Oil and Rose Essential Oil, and promotes an even and long lasting tan are bonuses.
SPF for the face and body are not mutually exclusive; both are critical to having the best protection, and we recommend investing in one made specifically for face as ingredients in all-over sunscreen may clog pores or trigger acne.
Sure it’s jam-packed with ingredients we cannot pronounce, but Shu Uemura’s Haute Protection features some key ingredients that stand out, even to an SPF novice: Sea Water, Potassium, and Titanium Dioxide. Sea Water replenishes our skin with minerals, whereas Potassium is splendid for regulating the amount of water in your body’s cells (no flaky post-sun skin); and Titanium Dioxide is a physical sunblock (vs. a chemical one) that reflects or scatter UV radiation before it reaches your skin. Pretty advanced, no?
Dr. Gross’ Powerful Sun Protection is an effective, water-resistant SPF 45 sunscreen that is a high-performance oil-free (no clogged pores!) cream with powerful anti-aging and sunburn protection. With key ingredients like Blueberry Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Lycopene and Chelators--detoxifying compounds that protect skin from harmful environmental elements--this is a multi-tasker as it reduces inflammation, hydrates the skin, and shields against free radicals that can cause wrinkles and fine lines. Just don’t forget to apply often; not using enough sunscreen is the one reason even the most prepared people burn.
NOTE: If you are carrying light, or low on reserves, this just might be an exception to having separate sunscreens for face and body.
Lips don’t go overlooked when applying makeup; the same care should be extended at the beach. That's why we love Aveda's SPF lip balm formulated to protect the delicate skin of your lips with antioxidants to combat harsh environmental factors.
Besides leaving your lips moisturized and feeling comfortable, Aveda’s lipsaver is delicious smelling – thanks to cinnamon leaf, clove & anise oils, a refreshing and fantastic way to shield those harmful UV rays.
Wind-blown hair slathered with the remnants of your sunscreen is not a good look. Why not capture the chic appeal of a surfer girl with beach spray – it’s a bed-head look, others will only try to mimic.
Lanza’s unique formula contains nourishing ocean botanicals and fortifying sea minerals to give hair a healthy look. Features Keratin Healing System, color preservers, triple UV protectors, thermal guard, and rainforest botanicals.
Between the SPF, salt water, and sand castles, you become a sticky mess. We trust wipes from the world-renowned baby brand, Mustela, to clean up everything from our face to our toes. Gentle enough for a newborn, these wipes, enriched with aloe, can even help sooth the accidental sunburn spots.
Too much sun? It happens to the best of us. Be prepared with the ultimate after-sun cream to minimize redness and dryness, and take the “ouch” away. No chance it helps with those ridiculous bathing suit lines, but you can at least comfort hot, over-exposed skin.
The key to beauty is knowing when to take on a trend, and when to leave it on the runway:
LEAVE IT -- The spring runway's "bare face" was simply gorgeous! We are all for fresh faces glowing with bronze skin and nude shades. But no mascara? No way. That simply doesn't translate well on street...or even the beach. Makeup artists reveal that eyes simply don't pop without mascara; even one coat of waterproof can help delicate lashes stand out. And don't forget an eyelash curler! It takes just one squeeze to boast uplifted fringe.
LOVE IT -- Finally, the antidote to maximal dressing is here! Minimalist looks were prominent on the runways, and are key for spring/summer 2013. Chic black and white looks appeared casual (by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, and 3.1 Philip Lim) and glam (Oscar de la Renta, Valentino). Prada is jumping onto the trend with a summer capsule collection of "breezy patterned dresses and accessories in the graphic color combination" now in stores. No matter what your style, less is more this season!
LOVE IT -- While the thrill of a new scent is fantastic, we clamor for classic summer fragrances that take us back to summers' past.
* Calypso Violette makes us reminisce about beach vacations, hearing the sounds of the ocean waves crash along the shore. With an
Burberry Summer features florals like rose, waterlilly, and freesia, which are complemented by fruity notes of citrus and green apple.Sweet, light, and fresh,
When you want to escape our fast-paced world, look to some serious aromatherapy to help you unwind and relax. To plan your next session of “me time,” pick any of these calming spa favorites for ultimate relaxation.
Chillax with this calming essential oil rich with lavender and Roman Chamomile. Rub onto temples and wrists for a relaxing sensation.
Give those soles a well-deserved break by spritzing some of this soothing spray onto tired feet and legs.
Soak up the beauty benefits of the ocean with these eucalyptus, peppermint and lemongrass scented bath salts.
Next time you take a bath, relax your sore and stiff neck with this comfy bath pillow made with a soft terry fabric.
6. Deep Steep Grapefruit Bergamot Organic Rich Body Butter ($8.79, FragranceNet.com)
Slather on some of this 100 percent natural body butter for maximum hydration and ultimate relaxation.