Since summer is just around the corner, I'm all ready to grab my beach bag and enjoy the sunshine! Every year, I gather the same few essentials that work for me each time.
This year I got a new *big* beach bag, with a nautical look to it, with the navy blue stripes and cord shoulder straps. It's from Primark and therefore, very affordable. Fits all I need and it's sturdy!
My core essentials are actually all about protecting me from the sun. I always take 3 sunscreens: one for the body - this year I'm trying the Nivea sun, protect and refresh SPF 30, that I'll be sharing with my boyfriend; for my face, I always use the Avène Reflexe Solar SPF50 for sensitive skin, either on the beach or day-to-day - it's non greasy and effective; for my hair, I use the L'oreal Solar Sublime - I'm actually still using the bottle from last year, it lasts a long time - I believe there's a new version this year and several brands have these protective oils. Although it's a little on the greasy side, I find it keeps my hair in good condition, so I apply it mainly on my ends. I usually wear a fedora hat or a cap so I can protect my roots and scalp (and my horrible beach hair).
Another essential is water: to refresh my skin inside and out. I always take a big water bottle and a thermal water spray - this year I'm going with Uriage but Avène or Bioderma are also great brands! I also take a small wash cloth to pat dry my face after spraying with the thermal water, so I can re-apply my sunscreen. I have very sensitive skin that reacts to the sun and salt water so this is crucial to keep it happy on a beach day!
Other basic essentials include a SPF lipbalm, a hair band, sunglasses, a hair comb, tissues, wet wipes, beach towel, a small mirror, a little wristlet with my keys, ID and some cash and lastly, some snacks - I always go for fruit like grapes or apples - there's nothing like snacking on the beach! :)
I'd love to know what do you carry on your beach bag!
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~ ♡ V.
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