Do Not Pack Your Beach Bag Without These Summer Beauty Essentials

Choosing the right sun care products is just as important as finding the perfect suit. With so many new SPF options for your skin, hair, eyes, and lips, it’s tricky to determine which really work. We took the guesswork out of that process so you can start enjoying summer sooner.

1. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion SPF 30

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion SPF 30
 
This is by far our favorite face-specific sunscreen for summer. Not only does it smell amazing, but it’s non-greasy and won’t clog your pores with tons of ingredients found in an average body block. The unique ribbon formula also provides hydration for your skin in addition to protection and it has a matte finish unlike so many other products that leave you looking super shiny.
 
$9, Drugstores

2. St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil
 
As the leader in self-tanning products, St. Tropez has once again nailed a genius new launch in the form of their dry oil. The golden glow on this bad boy will have you looking like Gisele in no time thanks to a 100% natural tanning agent. Did we also mention your new hue will last up to 10 days? Stock up now because they’re already flying off the shelves.
 

3. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad
 
If you were a good chica at the beach and applied a generous amount of SPF 50 every hour, then you might be in need of some help in the tan department upon leaving. Fake a bronzed face with these sneaky little towelettes that contain Active Vitamin D, Microencapsulated DHA, and Soy Proteins to deliver color deep into the skin. Plus, the Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids exfoliate, tighten pores, eliminate blackheads, and help fade existing sunspots. Basically the best pads, ever.
 

4. La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
 
A must-have in our beauty book. Chill it in the fridge before stashing it in your beach bag.
 

5. ColorProof HumidityRx™ Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

ColorProof HumidityRx Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray
 
If you’re anywhere where the weather is hot, humid, and frizz-inducing, this should be the number one hair product you take with you—especially if your locks are color-treated. Not only does it provide protection against the heat, but it adds some serious shine.
 

6. Palladio Rice Paper Blotting Tissues

Palladio Rice Paper Blotting Tissues
 
Gotta have these tissues because an oily T-zone is not cute.
 

7. Murad Acne Complex Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++

Murad Acne Complex Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++
 
If you’re prone to acne or breakouts throughout the summer, try Murad’s Oil-Control Mattifier with SPF 15. The willow bark extract clears skin of impurities, while Argan extract reveals a smoother visage.
 

8. Osmosis Skincare UV Neutralizer Harmonized Water

Osmosis Skincare UV Neutralizer Harmonized Water
 
Drinkable SPF? Si, there’s actually such a thing. Available in Tan Enhancing and No Tan Enhancing formulas, these “UV Waters” work because of their unique wave pattern, which vibrates on your skin, thus protecting you from 97% of UVA and UVB rays. It might seem crazy, but we tried it and it actually does what it says!
 

9. PHYTOPLAGE Protective Sun Oil

PHYTOPLAGE Protective Sun Oil
 
The sun, sand, and surf can have drying, damaging effects on your hair, so apply Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil to preserve your color and prevent fading while you’re frolicking in the ocean.
 

10. Beach Sexy All-Over Bronzing Stick

Beach Sexy All-Over Bronzing Stick
 
If you’re going straight from the pool to a party, enhance the tan you’ve worked on all day with an all-over bronzing stick. Victoria’s Secret just launched a pocket-sized one with light-reflecting mica to give your legs, arms, and back just the right amount of sun-kissed color.
 

11. Supergoop!® Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30, Travel Size

Supergoop!® Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30, Travel Size
 
There’s no excuse not to pack the block when there are so many travel-friendly 3 fl oz versions. We’re loving Supergoop’s Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 at the moment.
 

12. Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15
 
Since your lips can burn so quickly, make sure they’re slathered with Fresh’s newest Tulip-tinted (sheer hot pink) treatment with SPF 15.
 
$22.50, fresh.com

13. Brush On Block

Brush On Block
 
If you hate the mess that comes along with applying sunscreen, there’s another way for you to get your SPF—through a mineral brush on wand. Susan Posnick created this magic stick to provide effortless coverage anywhere, anytime. Plus, it won’t irritate your skin since it’s not directly absorbed; it only sits on the surface to ward off harmful rays. Plus, it’s water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes.
 

14. Acuvue Oasys and 1-Day TruEye Brand Contact lenses

Acuvue Oasys and 1-Day TruEye Brand Contact lenses

UV protection for your eyes is just as important as SPF for your face and body in the summer months and Acuvue Oasys lenses offer the highest level of protection in a lens (at approximately 96% of UV-A rays and greater than 99% of UV-B rays that reach the cornea) compared to other brands, which only provide 80 to 90% protection. Even if you think you’re shielded from the sun’s harmful rays in a pair of Ray-Bans, they can actually sneak past the sunglass frame, especially around the hours 10 am and 4 pm. Keep your peepers safe; upgrade your contacts.

Visit acuvue.com for pricing and ordering information.

15. no!no! Hair MICRO

no!no! Hair MICRO 

Clearly hair removal is one topic we pay slightly more attention to in the summer. Instead of dealing with waxing, tweezing, shaving, and the like, zap unwanted strays before you put on that swimsuit with no!no!'s Hair MICRO device. It uses heat so it won't burn your skin like other at-home lasers and it can be used on the face, neck, body, and bikini line.

$225, my-no-no.com