11 Beauty Essentials to Bring on Every Beach Getaway
With humid days fast approaching, it may be about time to rethink one’s beauty regimen—switching gears to a routine that combats the havoc wreaked by repeated sun, sand, and surf. Below, road-tested products proven to maintain healthy skin through every surf lesson, destination wedding, and sunset cocktail hour.
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SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion ($105)
I’ve been a fan of this Japanese skincare brand for years, and am especially in love with the travel-sized products that come in the Pitera Essence Set. The toning lotion contains AHA and Pitera, SK-II’s proprietary ingredient (rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids), to exfoliate dead skin cells. It’s the perfect tool for wiping away sunscreen and end-of-the-day grime, but also leaves skin hydrated and smooth to the touch.
ISSA Toothbrush by Foreo ($199)
If you’re someone who’s always after the latest beauty tools, then Foreo is a brand to watch. The Swedish company made waves with its next-generation sonic face brush, called the Luna, which uses hygienic, non-porous silicone to both clean and minimize irritation. This toothbrush uses the same innovative material to prevent bacteria build-up, which is often prevalent in standard nylon-bristled toothbrushes. I’ve converted to ISSA, not only for the fact that it leaves me feeling squeaky-clean, but also because the brush has a fool-proof timer that tells you when to switch sides, and when your dentist-recommended two-minute cleaning is complete.
Banana Boat Dry Oil Clear UltraMist ($7.99)
I am, by my own admission, an avid sun-seeker. I’ve never been known to shy away from a bottle of tanning oil, but my anxiety about sun damage and the impending signs of aging is starting to creep in. This lightweight formula is my current solution—the SPF 25 protects from damaging UV rays, while the dry oil spray doesn’t feel like you’re layering on globs of sunscreen. The infusion of argan oil is also super moisturizing.
Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder ($49)
There’s no better complement to a sun-kissed glow than rosy pink blush. I’m a big proponent of Gucci Cosmetics, which debuted last fall (their bronzing power is also my go-to). This lightweight powder has maximum staying powder, is a fabulous shade of light pink, and who can resist a chic compact with the brand’s infamous interlocking “G”s?
Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer in Fleur d’Eau ($30)
I love the limited-edition shade of this Chanel lip-gloss, which is a mix of rosy pink and coral red. It pairs well with any look, from daytime beachwear to evening maxi-dresses.
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in Gold Ashes ($38)
There’s nothing less appealing than heavy make-up in the heat and humidity of summer. That’s why I stick to cream-based products, like this lightweight eye color by Armani. The innovative formula goes on like a liquid (use the tip of the finger to distribute evenly over lids), but stays put like a smudge-proof solid. I apply a light swath during the day for a hint of shine on the beach, and then layer on at night for a darker smoky eye.
Davines OI Hair Oil ($20 for 50mL)
I am obsessed with Davines’ high-shine, anti-frizz hair lotion. It smells amazing, is lightweight, and is infused with all-natural active ingredients to keep hair strong and shielded from the damaging effects of sun and saltwater.
La Mer The Body Crème ($175)
I can’t help but advocate for Le Mer’s rich body cream. It’s a splurge, yes, but the nutrient-rich formula gives you a hydrated glow that’s undeniable.
Givenchy Beauty Color Kajal in Turquoise Imagination ($26)
This Spring 2015 eye pencil from Givenchy can be applied as a shadow on upper eyelids, or be used to line bottom inner-lids for a more precise, graphic effect.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Crème Riche ($87)
There’s nothing better than coming home from a day at the beach and slathering on a super-hydrating moisturizer to plump up skin and bring you back to a hydrated, neutral state. Chanel’s Hydra Beauty line does just that, but the formulas are also lightweight enough to use during the day without any greasiness or shine.
Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Clementine ($24)
If you’ve ever suffered from sunburned lips, go pick up a jar of Sara Happ. Her exfoliating scrubs have gained a cult following among beauty editors. The formulas are sugar-based, and contain polymer blends to adhere to lips, without any drying parabens or petroleum. I use the clementine scrub before and after the beach, which is best applied in a circular motion (and wiped away with a tissue). It leaves lips soft and hydrated.
Katie James is an assistant editor at T+L. Follow her on Twitter at @kjames259.