The countdown to my impending beach vacation is almost down to single digits, so I figured now’s a good a time as ever to start planning an itinerary and brainstorming what to bring along for the trip (IE. every makeup product I’ve ever owned, at least 10 different bikinis, and two full bags of shoes). Andrew and I will be driving out to Gulf Shores, Alabama to spend Memorial Day weekend at the beach, and I am just SO DARN EXCITED, YA’LL. It’s been a little over five months since I left my old life and moved 1,200 miles from Central Florida to Texas, and my soul is itching for a beach day. My mom’s side of the family lives in the neighboring town of Fairhope, so I’m under the assumption that there will be lots of laughter to be shared, sweet white wine to be consumed, and perpetual games of Scrabble to be played (it’s a long-standing family tradition. And yes, in case you were wondering, I am the reigning champion).
As a native Floridian, I know a thing or two about maintaining a healthy summer beauty routine. Dry skin is no fun, burnt skin is not cute, and thou shall not shave the day before going to a beach under any circumstances. Life can get hectic at times—I can certainly vouch for that—but it’s crucial to take care of yourself, especially in the harsh summer heat. So, before you and your friends, boo, family member, or whoever head out for a long, fun-filled day in the sun, consider these summer beauty tips:
Wear sunscreen. Lots of it!
You are not invincible—if you spend too much time basking in the sun sans protection, you will get burnt. I’m no doctor, but all it takes is one bad sunburn for skin damage to occur and/or wrinkles to manifest. If you want to look fabulous well into your golden years (think Halle Berry or Jane Fonda), then you’ll need to take necessary precautions. I’d opt to go with a sunscreen containing SPF 30, at the very least, making sure you reapply every couple of hours or each time you submerge yourself into a body of water. A bronze color can easily be achieved through spray tanning and it takes a lot less time than lounging in the sun all day, literally frying your skin.
If you do get burnt, pure aloe vera will alleviate the pain and help your skin heal better than any store-bought lotion.
Find a foundation with SPF in it.
Some people refuse to wear makeup at the beach, but I have a slightly uneven complexion so if I’m wearing any makeup at all, it’s usually foundation. If you’re anything like me and loathe putting sunscreen on your face (oily skin problems), finding a good foundation with added SPF is a godsend. I prefer to use Bare Minerals, but there are scores of amazing products on the market ranging from value priced to exorbitantly expensive. To apply the mineral foundation, I use these fabulous brushes by Vanity Planet.
They’re super soft, simple to clean, and come in a sleek faux-leather rollout pouch that makes them easy to pack when going on trips. The Palette Make-up Brush collection is my go-to, essential brush set and includes 15 brushes in varying sizes. These are seriously a dream come true for the gal who thrives on organization. I’ll never lose another makeup brush again! Vanity Planet is an honest brand with a big personality that is dedicated to bringing you the best health, personal care and beauty products. They encourage you to look and feel your best, and are deeply rooted in confidence and care.
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Waterproof mascara is your friend.
This may seem like common sense, but it’s often overlooked. I use waterproof mascara on two occasions: when I know I’ll be crying and when I know I’ll be swimming. The last thing I want when I’m trying to look glam at the beach is make up running down my face, transforming me into a raccoon-lookalike. Some mascara products are easier to remove than others, therefore it’s always advisable to read honest consumer reviews before making a purchase.
Skip the hair products and opt for natural beach waves.
I may be a little biased as someone who grew up in a small, east coast town about a 5-minute drive from the beach, but I’m a firm believer that salt water will always give you the best waves. The best part? There’s little effort involved. Simply throw your hair into a bun or ponytail upon waking up, take a dip in the ocean, and BAM, instant waves. Pro tip: After a long jaunt at the beach, I highly recommend deep conditioning your hair.
Most importantly, stay hydrated!
As a general rule of thumb, the more water one drinks on a consistent basis, the healthier they are. There are SO many benefits of staying hydrated, from increasing your level of energy to eliminating toxins in your body, that it’d take me an eternity to list them all here. However, remembering to stay hydrated (especially while out in the summer sun) is paramount. It’s suggested that one drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and albeit I may not always reach that goal, I try my best to drink as much H2O as I possibly can.
Do ya’ll have any summer beauty tips to share? Leave them in the comments below!