getting ready for a beach vacation is relatively easy, right? just pack a swimsuit, and you’re good to go. not so fast. of course, packing your suitcase for a beach vacation is step one. if you missed that post, please refer to it here. next is what to pack in your beach bag. if you’re spending hours on the beach, then you want to be prepared. there’s nothing worse than settling into your beach chair then remembering you forgot to toss sunscreen into your beach bag or a bottle of water. don’t worry, i have you covered. today, i’m sharing my list of what to pack in your beach bag. and if you’re interested, here’s a YouTube video where i go through an exhaustive list of what’s inside my bag.
but first things first. before i head to the beach, i use self-tanner for a little summer glow. yep, the safest tan is a fake one. ha! it’s easy to apply tanner at home, but you need the right supplies for a flawless tan. the good news is it’s safe and suitable for all skin types. below are some of my favorite products.
step 1. shower and exfoliate. if you want to avoid streaky tan lines exfoliating is the most important step. one of my favorite body scrubs is Elemis Frangipani that i apply with an exfoliating glove that leaves my skin smooth and soft.
step 2. after i step out of the shower, i apply moisturizer to ankles, feet, knees, elbows, wrists, and palms. these are the key areas that tend to soak up too much self-tanner. wait ten minutes or until your body is completely dry. this is an important step as your skin needs to be dry to absorb the self-tanner and avoid streaks.
step 3. apply the self-tanner with a mitt. if you skip using a mitt, then your hands tend to turn orange. plus, the mitt helps apply the tanner evenly and smoothly. apply the product directly onto the mitt.
step 4. use long even strokes when applying self-tanner, working one section at a time.
step 5. wait twenty minutes before you put your clothes on. this allows the product to settle and avoids staining your clothes.
step 6. moisturize daily to keep your faux tan for as long as possible. Jergens Daily Moisturizer is my go-to moisturizer all summer long.
don’t forget to cover up before heading to the beach. that means applying sunscreen. lately, i’ve been loving SuperGoop Play 50 SPF. but when i asked my Instagram readers to recommend their favorite sunscreen, Elta MD kept popping up. as a matter of fact, my aesthetician who applied my IPL and Microneedling treatments recommended Elta MD. another favorite is La Roche Posay.
Supergoop Play | Sum Bum | Coppertone
a Yeti cooler is a must-have to keep drinks and snacks cold. this is the perfect size for the beach.
lips need extra attention during the summer months, especially when you’re out in the sun. Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment is a favorite of mine that keeps my lips moisturized.
sights and sounds of my favorite Tybee beaches.
canvas beach chairs are the absolute best. no beach towel needed. but i still stash one in my beach bag just in case. a beach umbrella protects your skin from the UV rays. look for one with a sand anchor and tilt pole. the umbrella fabric also has UPF sun protection. a hat is a must-have while spending time on the beach. but a beach tote is the most essential piece of equipment that helps contain all of my beach gear.
fashion on the beach. aren’t these two adorable?
one of my favorite activities when spending time at Tybee is a bike ride. this bike is the latest rage – an e-bike that has a motor.
happy Wednesday, ladies. time to put a smile on someone’s face, including yours.