It’s that time of year again: the time to flee the scorching city streets in pursuit of some Vitamin Sea. Summer is here and the beach beckons, along with the oh-so-familiar urge to give it all up and become a full-time beach bum.
And while swimming, sunbathing and sipping Pina Coladas all rank high on the agenda, so does achieving your potential as the sun goddess you were born to be.
So, without further ado, we’ve rounded up our favorite summer staples for you to add to your tote this summer.
A tan is great, but a glowy tan is Glamazon. Whether or not you plan to spend your summer sunning yourself by the sea, bronzer is that bae that will keep you looking like the goddess you are, no matter where
you are. Our current favorite is Benefit Cosmetic’s Hoola Matte Bronzer
, an award-winning bestseller for good reason. Dust it lightly across your forehead, cheeks and chin for an effortless, supermodel chisel that’s perfect for the summer.
Between spritzes and sunscreen-smearing, don’t forget that your pout also needs some tender love and care. Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment
is our hot favorite this season, because it comes packed with SPF 25 (a lot more than most balms offer!) and a buttery, natural tint to imbue color, moisture and protection in one fell swoop. Antioxidant Lemon Butter and Coconut Oil deeply penetrate, leaving a soft, cushiony pout that stays quenched for up to 12 hours.
Looking for the one, true face mist that will never let you down? Well, the jury’s out and the verdict is unanimous: Avene’s Thermal Spring Water
is all you need. The miracle mist that sells every two seconds across the globe, has earned its cult status thanks to a foolproof formula of mineral-rich water, including Aqua Dolomiae, that works to soothe the most sensitive of skin types. A quick spritz is all it takes to rejuvenate and refresh sun-parched skin, and it doesn’t even leave a sticky residue – in our opinion, a must-have for beachside chilling.
While you’re peeling back the layers for summer, make sure to do the same with your makeup, too – the hotter it gets, the more breathing space you need to give your skin. If you feel like you can’t go without a little bit of base at the beach, swap heavier options with something lightweight, like Nykaa’s SKINgenius BB Cream
. Infused with SPF30, Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Cucumber, it floods your face with antioxidants while hiding the little blemishes you don’t want to show off with your bikini.
We don’t need to tell you that no list of beach essentials is complete without sunscreen, and the one we’re putting on this one is Bioderma’s Photoderm Max Aquafluide SPF 50+ in Doree
. This water-resistant beauty blocks excess sebum and the sun’s harmful rays, leaving you with a dry-touch finish that sits as easy on the skin as you will on your beach lounger. A great formula for layering makeup over, what sets this one apart from the rest is a gorgeous, sun-kissed tint that’ll have you look the part of a beach bum even before the tan sets in.
There’s a fine line between a rosy glow and sweaty red, and Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder
will ensure you stay in the safe, loving aura of the former. Enriched with Jeju minerals and refreshing mint (thanks, K-beauty), all you need to do is pat your face with this between naps to absorb excess sebum and keep your skin looking peachy-fresh and radiant. Moreover, since it works to mattify your skin without making your makeup patchy, it’s a great alternative to layers of pressed powder that will clog your skin.
Does your post-dip hair look more ratty than Ratajkowski? Set it right with Toni&Guy’s Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray
– a lightweight formula that will give you lived-in, surfer girl tousles that belie your 9-to-5 desk job. Not sure how to use it? It’s super simple – just towel-dry your hair and spray it evenly from root to tip, working your fingers through it for texture and volume. You can either tie it up for a youthful, textured ponytail or leave it loose – both great day or night looks for your next island destination.