Feeling Fabulous at Fifty-ish Fun in the Sun

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

  1. 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.
  2. Phyto Plage Protective Beach Hair Spray, Cost: $6.50. With hydration and UV protection, it protects and restores extra dry and damaged hair.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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!