10 beach bag beauty must-haves


Photo: ©Andrey Pavlov / StocksyIt’s officially beach season! The sun is shining, the waves are calling, and it’s finally time for some much-needed Vitamin D. For your upcoming beach getaway, pool day, or just some fun in the sun, stock your beach bag with these beauty essentials.

Pre/Mid-Sun Beauty Must-Haves

Sunscreen (of course!)

We had to start with the most obvious. Sunscreen is an absolute must every day, but especially when you’re planning on being in the sun for an extended period of time. Prevent damage, protect your skin, and avoid sun burns by applying a generous amount of sunscreen before catching some rays (and reapply as needed). Sunscreen, soak, repeat.

For your face, it’s always best to use a sunscreen that’s specially formulated for facial skin, as body sunscreens can be too oily. Pro tip: keep your sunscreen in the shade (or even in your cooler) to prevent the active ingredients from degrading in the heat.

Beautylish recommends: Coola’s Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF 30 for the face and Farmacy’s Green Screen Daily Environmental Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for the body. And if you prefer oils to lotions, try Sol De Janeiro’s Bum Bum Sol Oil SPF 30.

Hair Heat Protectant

Sure, sunscreen’s a no-brainer, but don’t forget to protect your hair from heat damage, too. A heat protectant can strengthen, condition, and prep your hair for all-day sun exposure. That wonderful beachy volume and texture doesn’t have to come with damage.

Beautylish recommends: Oribe’s Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

SPF & Waterproof Lip Balm

Yep, we’re covering all your bases. A regular lip balm just won’t cut it out in the sun. Use a balm with SPF instead of a gloss or lipstick to keep lips protected against harmful UV rays. Even better if it’s tinted — it’ll keep your lips hydrated and even add a natural touch of color. Just like sunscreen, be sure to reapply often. Sunburned lips? No, thanks.

Beautylish recommends: COOLA’s Mineral Liplux SPF 30 Organic Tinted Lip

CC Cream

If you’re looking for a not-completely-bare-but-still-natural look, a CC (color correcting) cream can provide the perfect coverage without a full face of makeup. CC creams even out skin tone, smooth lines and pores, and target any areas with imperfections, such as redness, hyper-pigmentation, or scarring. The ideal one will combine the benefits of a serum, moisturizer, primer, and SPF, all in one. Plus, these come in a range of shades, so you’re sure to find the perfect match.

Beautylish recommends: IT Cosmetics’s CC Cream with SPF 50+. For an extra glow, try IT Cosmetics’s Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+. And for added coverage, we suggest adding IT Cosmetic’s Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer.

Waterproof Mascara

For a no-makeup look, a little waterproof mascara never hurts. Add smudge-free volume and length to your lashes with the right, lasting formula. No need to worry about getting in the water or sweating. Bye bye, raccoon eyes!

Beautylish recommends: TOM FORD’s Emotionproof Mascara.

Bobby Pins

Whether lounging or swimming, the last thing you need is hair in your face. Be sure to keep extra bobby pins handy just in case.

Beautylish recommends: Pop & Suki’s Matchbox Bobby Pins.

Makeup Remover Wipes

It’s nearly impossible to cleanse at the beach, whether it’s your hands or your face. Stash makeup remover wipes in your bag to give your skin a quick swipe before reapplying your sunscreen. Wipes will remove any sand or sweat to prevent breakouts and keep skin looking and feeling fresh.

Beautylish recommends: Klorane’s Make-Up Remover Biodegradable Wipes with Soothing Cornflower.

Face Mist

Whether beachside or poolside, a facial mist is the perfect way to cool down during a hot day in the sun. Instantly refresh and hydrate your skin, maintain your skin’s natural PH level, and sooth any irritation or redness. Getting a dewy, glowing look has never been easier.

Beautylish recommends: Boscia’s Rosewater Mist with Witch Hazel or Sulwhasoo’s Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Mist.

Post-Sun Essentials

After-Sun Moisturizer

Another crucial skincare step: soothe and hydrate your sun-kissed skin. The easiest way to let your skin recover from hours of heat and sunshine is with the perfect moisturizer.

Beautylish recommends: Eau Thermale Avene’s After-Sun Repair Creamy Gel. And if you’re trying to clean up your beauty routine, try COOLA’s Ecocert Radical Recovery Organic After-Sun Lotion.

Post-Sun Hair Conditioner

Add moisture back to your strands after a full day of sun exposure. It’s never been easier to reverse the effects of sunlight or chlorine—think of it like aloe on your skin. A few sprays, and you’re ready for post-beach drinks, dinner, dancing, and whatever else the night brings.

Beautylish recommends: Sachajuan’s Hair in the Sun.