Beach Bumming Beautified
The Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and the beginning of beach-bum season. Unfortunately, we received a substantial amount of rain this Memorial Day weekend here in Texas, so any beach plans would have been null and void. Luckily, I usually travel off season during the summer holidays, and have saved my beach adventure for my upcoming birthday – weather permitting. But remaining beautiful while being around all that sun and saltwater can be a challenge on our hair, skin, and nails. Here is a list of some protective essentials that will be found in my beach bag.
– Broad spectrum sunscreen: This is common sense, but still needs to be reiterated. If you’re anything like me, five minutes in the sun can result in a completely different skin tone. This is all the more reason to lather myself in sunscreen. I preferably use SPF 50+ oil-free base for my face, as well as oil based lotion for the rest of my body. Lotion ensures I don’t miss a spot, but the spray is so much more convenient and less messy.
– Waterproof mascara: I love to amplify my look with amazing lashes. The key to keeping them intact is using waterproof mascara.Whether I get caught in a downpour, scorching temperatures, or massive ocean waves, I’ll be thankful that my lashes remain smudge-free.
– Lip conditioner / lip gloss: Dry, chapped lips can be as much of a problem for me in the winter as they are in the summer. So I don’t neglect moisturizing my lips just because it’s hot outside. I will make sure to bring along my favorite lip conditioner, rich with SPF, to keep my pout hydrated and supple. A little lip gloss on top is the perfect low-maintenance way to keep my beach look in tact as well. I personally enjoy it because it doesn’t require a mirror to apply. A perfect nude or mauve shade is best for my skin tone, and adds just enough color.
– A head scarf: I usually try to keep fly-aways in place, and control strong beach winds on my tresses by adding a vibrant head scarf. This helps protect my hair from sand, salt, and wind. I personally prefer an up-do with a scarf around my edges to add a little pop. If I must wear my hair down, I opt for a fedora with colorful trim instead.
– Bright nail polish: When preparing for my get-away, I usually treat myself to a mani and pedi. Instead of choosing my usual, go-to shade, I opt for bright colors. I’m leaning towards a bright yellow, or citrus orange as a bold, eye-catching shade. Bright colors always put me in the mood for beach fun. If it’s a color I’m obsessed with, I will try purchasing the color from the salon or find a duplicate in the drugstore. This allows me to take the color with me and handle any touch-ups or chips after frolicking in the sand and ocean.
– Blotting papers: The last thing to do when preparing for a hot day at the beach is to pile on more makeup. I usually swap out the pressed powder for blotting papers to retouch or freshen up my look. Blotting papers are an easy and quick way to remove unwanted oil and shine. Piling on more makeup in the heat can be harmful for the skin in the long run. It can result in increased oil production and clogged pores.
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