Guest beauty post from The Campus Diva
Itâ€™s finally summer â€“ we skipped spring â€“ and all of a sudden the beaches are at full capacity. Since we havenâ€™t seen sun like this in almost a year, you may realize youâ€™re forgetting things in your overloaded beach bag on your first couple of trips to the sand and waves.
You may have forgot the magazines, but thatâ€™s okay because you remembered your iPod and headphones. You might realize you forgot snacks, but you did remember your wallet, so you could just buy food there. However what you really donâ€™t want to forget and what thereâ€™s no replacement for is your beauty.
Make sure you pack these four products and youâ€™ll be a sun stunner all day on the beach.
1. SPF face moisturizer
We all know how amazing the sun feels, but also how bad it is for our skin. Divas do not have skin wrinkles at an early age because of the sun â€“ youâ€™re smarter than that. Two great SPF face-specific moisturizers I would recommend because they are not heavy or leave an oily residue on your skin are the Eucerin Everyday Face Protection SPF 30 Face Lotion and Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock with SPF 30 for Face.
You may think SPF 30 sounds high, but when youâ€™re in the sun all day with no shade and you may not be an expert re-applier, 30 is a great number. I use the Eucerin one every morning all year round, so I just keep the Aveeno in my beach bag for the days when the rays are extra intense.
2. Leave-in conditioner
Nobody likes knotty beach hair, or windblown, sea-salty string hair, and thatâ€™s what youâ€™ll get if you donâ€™t properly protect your hair for the beach environment. First of all, you have to remember the beach is not a fashion show, but you do want to look casually good. Donâ€™t straighten your hair prior to going â€“ the frizz will be out of control. Let your hair dry naturally and spray it with the leave-in conditioner of your choice. This will help protect your hair from the salt in the air and water, and it will also keep your hair waves somewhat tamed.
I personally recommend all Moroccanoil hair products. Although the Hydrating Styling Cream is a little different than leave-in conditioner, it has the same effect and I think it makes hair look and feel great.
3. Tinted Lip Balm
When it comes to makeup, every Diva should have a product or two that they never leave the house without. Mine are lip balm and mascara. For lip balm, I never stray from Palmerâ€™s Cocoa Butter and I definitely over-reapply throughout the day. However, this is not enough for the beach sun. Sorry ladies, sunburned lips are not in style this summer. Youâ€™re going to need something with a little SPF in it, and something with a little color will make the rest of your neutral face pop. My favorite tinted SPF stick is definitely Burtâ€™s Bees. It comes in a bunch of different shades and keeps your lips protected in the sun.
My other must-always-have product. Obviously the water will make mascara run, and nobody likes a girl who sits in the sand because â€œthe water will ruin her makeup.â€ Buy the waterproof version of your everyday mascara, and go splash away in the waves. I recommend the Maybelline XXL Extensions Waterproof Mascara. It lengthens, adds volume and lasts all day. Totally worth the $11.
Between your luscious and healthy beach hair, extended eye lashes and color-filled lips, youâ€™ll be turning heads while you listen to your iPod and eat the food you had to buy due to your forgetting the snack bag. Having a non-sunburned face never hurt anyone, either. Enjoy the beach!
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Shannon began A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. In 2013 she launched a bath and body line as an extention of the beauty blog. One thing she always has on her at all times? Lip balm.