5 Beach-Day Secret Weapons
Summer might be quickly coming to an end (sob)—but that doesn’t mean we’re giving up our weekends at the seashore just yet.
We’re rounded up a collection of pocket-sized, sand-friendly supplies—compact enough to stow in your shoe while you’re swimming—to keep you tidy, sun-protected, and even a bit tipsy at the beach.
From a totally no-mess SPF to Steve McQueen-worthy shades, here are the must-haves you need in your bag to finish out summer with a bang.
We’re always on the lookout for fun fashion finds. To help us get inspired, we love Wantering, a search engine for the sartorially savvy (a.k.a. it’s your new shopping best friend). We’ve asked the trendsetters behind the site to share some of their styling know-how for the summer season. Here’s what they had to say about looking casual-cool on your off-duty days.
Hello heat wave! No matter what activities you have planned for your remaining summer weekends, we’ve got styling suggestions for you!
Top 6 Reasons to Use Sunscreen
By now you’ve probably seen that the Birchbox editors are über vigilant about sun protection. Since you’ve been following along closely, we’re sure that you’re now wearing SPF everyday, right?
All joking aside, we know that despite the best of intentions, sometimes we’re all a little guilty of skimping on the sunscreen—especially if we don’t know how much formula to use or how often to reapply. (Hint: you need more for your entire body than you’d think).
We quizzed our Birchbox staffers to test their sunscreen IQs, and realized that we could all use a quick refresher; thus the handy tips in the video above! I know I’ll be applying it more liberally and more often. Since I worry about clogged pores, I always look for an oil-free formula made especially for the face. I love using COOLA Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face because it’s super lightweight and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Now go have some fun in the sun (but remember that sunscreen!)
Looking for more sunscreen tips? Read 9 Sun Protection Tips You Need to Know Now from Jill Scalisi, the founder of Scalisi skincare.
This past weekend, I returned to the beach for more fun in the surf an sun. On my last trip, I noticed that my post-beach routine was missing something to eliminate the salty residue and and dry skin I had as a result of spending a full day seaside. So, this time I packed my LATHER Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub and boy were my problems solved! At first, I was concerned that using a physical exfoliant might be too harsh after a full day at the beach. The LATHER scrub, however, almost immediately foams when you work it onto your skin with water. The granules quickly whisked away the salty film and grime and the alpha hydroxy acids worked to soothe and restore any damage done by the sun. Perhaps the biggest bonus though was that the lemony scrub really topped my beach day off nicely by turning my shower into a soothing aromatic experience—and really got me ready for the glass of wine and the amazing dinner that followed.
Protect yourself from the sun with more products from our Birchbox Shop.
Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
As unusual as this is for me, I didn’t make it to the beach until Fourth of July weekend this year. Between keeping busy in the Birchbox office and weekend events in NYC, I hadn’t been able to make a trip. Being back at the beach is fun and relaxing, but I was reminded how it can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Here are a few of my must-haves when at the seashore.
Tocca SPF 30+ Towelette in Stella: Although Stella may be a bit girly for some of the guys out there, the scent is light and not overbearing. A great improvement from your drugstore SPF scent! These towelettes are individually wrapped and measure 8” x 8”. I use one for each half of my body and they work like a dream. Forget the mess of liquid sunscreen and the splotchy results you get with a spray!
SIRCUIT® Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist: I sprayed the Molecular Mist on my face and neck before, during, and after visiting the beach and it did an amazing job of keeping my skin hydrated and cool. The 2 oz size makes it easy to throw in your bag and the ‘heavy water’ complex used in the formula is ideal for long-lasting hydration.
Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment: After frolicking in the surf and sitting out in the sun, my hair can be left stripped and coarse. Also, given that the beach tends to be a pretty humid place, it’s important to tame frizz. I love the Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment because it restores shine and health and deals with frizz and fly-aways without being too heavy.
Stay tuned for more of my beach and summer picks coming soon in You’ve Got Male! In the meantime, check out some more summer products in our Birchbox Shop.