5 must-have beauty essentials for your beach bag

Who says you can’t be glam at the beach?

Content Producer / February 20 2024

The beach is the perfect destination for relaxation and fun, but the sun, sand, and sea can interfere with your usual beauty regimen. As such, preparing your beach bag with the right essentials can make all the difference.

Here are five must-have items to ensure you stay protected and look your best while enjoying the sun and surf.

Lip balm 

Obvs, carrying SPF is a no brainer. As for your lips; they need protection too! A nourishing lip balm with SPF is essential for keeping your lips moisturised and protected. Even better, opt for a tinted option for that extra bit of benefit.

We recommend:

Ultra Violette Sheen Screen ($27 at Sephora)

Hydrating mist

The salty sea air and sun exposure can leave your skin feeling dehydrated. A hydrating facial mist can be a refreshing way to replenish moisture. Choose one with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or rose water to calm any skin irritation and provide a quick refresh throughout the day.

We recommend:

Avène Thermal Spring Water ($26 at Priceline)

Waterproof mascara

If you wish to maintain a bit of glam on the beach, opt for a waterproof mascara. This ensures you can enjoy the waves without worrying about smudging or running. Look for a formula that's also easy to remove at the end of the day to avoid unnecessary tugging at the delicate eye area.

We recommend:

Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara ($21.95 at Priceline)

Clear brow gel

To maintain well-groomed, natural-looking brows, add a clear brow gel to your beach bag. This product helps tame and set your brows, giving them a polished look that withstands humidity and activity without adding colour or heaviness.

We recommend:

Benefit 24 Hr Brow Setter ($48 at Sephora)

Leave-in conditioner 

The combination of salt water and wind can tangle and damage your hair. A detangling hair spray or leave-in conditioner can help manage knots and protect your hair from the elements. Ingredients like argan oil or keratin can also help nourish and strengthen your hair.

We recommend:

Mr. Smith Leave In ($53 at Adore Beauty)

Seriously Chic Sunscreen

Is the seriously chic part necessary when it comes to sun safety? Definitely not. But it doesn’t hurt to have a super cute bottle of sunscreen on hand to reapply (often) throughout your beach day. We may have stolen this particular bottle from our partners, so while you’re out having a swim, come up with a good excuse as to why. May we recommend, “babe, it just melts into my skin so quickly” or even “the skin care powerhouses in this sunscreen we’re calling my name!”. We think we’re onto a winner. But before you hit the beach, make sure you’re prepared with not only a good excuse but a hat, a cover up shirt and of course sunnies.

We recommend:

The Answer Daily Ritual Face Cream ($49.95 at The Answer)

Main image credit: @mirandakerr

Our waterproof makeup guide contains even more beach-ready beauty essentials…

Olga is BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer. When she's not writing about beauty, she's probably watching endless TikTok videos about the topic. Her extra one per cent of brain space is reserved for her two poodles. She can be easily bribed with a good blush or lip tint (take notes, please).

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