I love the sun, and I love the beach. Growing up in Southern California, I lived in my bathing suit. What else did I need? Summer is here, and the beach is still heaven on earth. Why not plan beach getaways with your favorite fifty-ish gal pals?! I have compiled a list of must-haves for your fun in the sun. Packed in a beach tote, this makes a great gift for your hostess… and even yourself!
Care for Your Hair
It’s no secret – I color my hair. To protect your hair from dulling and damage, here are a few suggestions:
- Color at least two weeks before intense sun exposure.
- Before entering the surf or pool, DON’T wash your hair, it needs the oils. DO comb through a leave-in conditioner, with 10-15 SPF (Sun Protection Factor), then wet it. Rinse immediately upon exiting the water.
- SPF for your hair?!? YES! Recommended for color treated and au natural hair protection.
Top 3 Conditioners with Sunscreen
- Rene SPF, Cost: $23. Water resistant UV protection. Claims to work all day, but reminds us to re-apply every 2 hours for optimal protection.
- Phyto Plage Protective Beach Hair Spray, Cost: $6.50. With hydration and UV protection, it protects and restores extra dry and damaged hair.
- Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, Cost: $28. Claims to “Lock in protection from the sun for up to 16 hours.”
Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Cost: $35. If you want to lighten your load, this sunscreen is for both hair AND skin.
Protect That Skin You’re In
While wading through the information on sunscreens, I discovered the waters get deep fast! Let me help you with a few quick tips.
- The SPF in our makeup foundation does not provide enough protection.
- 30 SPF is usually adequate as it provides protection from 96% of the harmful UVB rays.
- SPF doesn’t provide protection from all harmful rays – for more, look for the words “broad-spectrum.”
- Sunscreen should be applied every 2 hours or directly after swimming or sweating.
- Apply A LOT. The average adult body requires about one shot glass full of sunscreen.
- Wait time: long enough for the lotion to sink in.
- Look at the expiration date. Sunscreen loses its efficacy over time and through heat exposure.
Top 3 Sunscreens
- Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30, Cost: $20. Made with zinc oxide, olive oil, jojoba oil and shea butter, goes on smoothly and is safe for the entire family, even babies.
- All Good Sport Sunscreen, SPF 33, Cost: $12. This lotion contains zinc oxide, green tea, and rose hips (antioxidants), along with jojoba and extra-virgin olive oils (moisturizers), and is safe for children.
- Sunology Natural Sunscreen, SPF 50, Cost: $15. Contains zinc oxide and titanium oxide, is water resistant for up to 80 minutes, is rich in antioxidants, and won’t clog pores.
Derma E Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen, SPF 50, Cost: $17. This anti-aging sunscreen is packed with vitamin C and green tea, is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, GMO-free and vegan.
Protect Your Pout
Top 3 Lip Balms with Sunscreen
- Nivea A Kiss of Protection, SPF 30, Cost: $3. By far the most popular, this lip balm boasts a “stay put-formula that lasts for hours.”
- True Natural Lip Balm, SPF 30, Cost: $6.99. Designed for athletes and beach goers that are constantly on-the-move. With aloe and vitamin E, it is gentle and long lasting.
- ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner, SPF 15 Cost: $26. Sometimes you want a little color with your lip balm. ILIA offers a subtle tint combined with antioxidant oils of avocado, cranberry, and passionflower. Comes in 2 colors: Bombora (coral-red) and Kokomo (dusty mauve).
Yes to Carrots Lip Butter With SPF, Cost: $8. Contains organic jojoba and sunflower-seed oils, comes in many fruity flavors.
Super Supple Summer Skin Scrubs
All Over Baby Soft Skin
For the face, neck, décolletage, elbows and knees – all over! Combine 1 tsp baking soda with 2 tsp coconut oil and mix well. When the scrub is like a thick batter, gently smooth it all over, rubbing in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water.
Fabulous Flip Flop Exfoliant
Mix 2 TBS honey with 2 tsp of cinnamon. Once mixed, rub this all over your feet (and hands); rub well, then rest. The cinnamon removes rough, dry skin, and stimulates circulation. Rinse when you feel it beginning to warm or after 3 minutes, whichever comes first.
Lastly, always remember to stay hydrated. Sweet tea and Mai Tais don’t count as hydration. Sorry. The health authorities commonly recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. That equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. Just remember “the 8×8 rule” of hydrating. Then…. maybe something with an umbrella!