As boring as it might sound to some, taking care of our skin whilst we are sipping on cocktails at the beach or by the pool is absolutely essential. Period. It still baffles me how some people could stay out in the sun, tanning the whole day without any sun protection… I think I’ll skip the part where I talk about the oh-so-familiar nasty side effect of the sun (*cough* skin cancer and wrinkles) and just say - put that SPF on and protect your skin! Since I just came back from my holiday, I figured I’d show you which were the Top 3 skincare bits that I was religiously taking to the beach with me. Protected and refreshed skin? Check.
Face sunscreen is something that I almost never leave the house without, so needless to say that when I know I’ll be exposing my skin to the sun for hours I want to be prepared to combat the dangerous UV rays more than ever. This is when the incredible La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL (here) comes in action. This has been my beach best friend for a couple of years now and with a good reason. It offers the incredible SPF 50+ , which is as high as you could get really and the good news is that I can actually feel that my skin is protected. No sunburns, no dehydrated skin, no sight of age spots. It’s love! The one I have is the Melt-in Cream, which is perfect for dry/normal skin but there are multiple options from the Anthelios range to suit everyone’s needs. This gem feels really comfortable on the skin and since it is infused with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water it is supposed to be especially good for people with sensitive skin. The sunscreen has never irritated my skin or caused breakouts, which I couldn’t be happier about. I tend to apply the cream all over my face, neck, chest and shoulders and just spray the rest of my body with regular body SPF. One thing I have to mention about Anthelios though is that it could leave a white residue if you don’t rub the product in well enough, so take your time. It doesn’t have the fastest absorbing formula either, so I wouldn’t recommend it for using under makeup. Apart from that – it does work wonders, so get involved if you’re on a hunt for a new sunscreen.
If you fancy something that could be used under makeup or worn on its own, whilst adding some coverage this Bioderma Photoderm AR Tinted Cream (here) is the one to go for. It adds light coverage, which looks extremely natural and evens out the skin tone beautifully. It sinks right in, which makes it the perfect under-foundation companion for when you will be out in the sun for the day. This anti-redness beauty feels hydrating and soothing and the high SPF 50+ offers the perfect protection from UVA and UVB rays. Photoderm AR is also water resistant and designed for all skin types. Score.
Skin protection done! Now I am all about keeping my skin refreshed and healthy looking and to help me with that I adore The Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz (here). Pop this divine-smelling gem into your bag and give your face some spritzes to keep your skin feel refreshed, energized and hydrated. This instant pick-me-up adds such beautiful glow to my face and leaves the skin feel soft and smooth. It could be used as makeup setting spray as well - amazing. Great everyday staple for those hot, humid days.
Have you tried any of these products before? Which are your favorite skincare beach essentials?