After several amazing sun filled days at the incredible Petit St Vincent, a private island in the Grenadines, I am feeling more in touch with my Californian roots than I have in a while. I was in desperate need of vitamin D filled UV-rays and time to unwind on what I consider to be some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Sure, I now live in London and don’t go to the beach as much as I used to in Cali, but a Californian girl never forgets how to pack the perfect beach bag! Whether you are spending the day at the beach building sand castles and decorating them with conch shells…
…or sunning yourself by a pool or on a sailboat peacefully sailing in the sea…
…there are a few essential accessories that every beach bum needs, and I am going to share mine with you. So, without further ado, here are my list of beach essentials that are always in my beach bag:
Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting Lip Balm with Passion fruit
If you haven’t treated your smackers to Burt’s Bees before, then it’s time to start! The tingly yet soothing sensation when you apply this lip balm will turn you into a Burt’s Bees customer for life. Even better, this sun protecting lip balm has SPF 8 and a hint of passion fruit, which tastes like a refreshing rum punch. Sun protection has never been so tasty!
Vita Coco Coconut Water
It is common knowledge that being in the sun dehydrates you, but you might not know that coconut water can rehydrate the whole body at rapid speed, thus being the ultimate hangover cure. I am convinced that Rihanna, now the face of Vita Coco, lives off this stuff. How else can she go out every night and still look fresh faced in the morning? Bring a bottle of coconut water with you to the beach to stay hydrated – your body will thank you for it!
Kérastase’s Elixir Ultime
When it comes to hair care I swear by Kérastase products, thanks to my good friend Johne Barretta’s recommendation. If you’ve had your hair color ‘enhanced’ before, then I don’t need to tell you that sun exposure not only lightens your highlights or hair dye, but it also dries out your hair. A couple of drops of Kérastase’s Elixir Ultime on your damp locks will ensure your hair stays as well nourished and “mane-tained” as Kate Middleton’s. Rub a small amount in your hair at the beach to channel Kate Bosworth’s beach babe messy mane in Blue Crush – back in the day when she had curves and didn’t just feast on raisins!
Cali Cool Beach Attire
I like too many beachwear brands just to pinpoint one or two of my favourites. I’ve told you before about my obsession with Gwen Stefani, but you have to admit, she can really pull off the glam rocker chic beach look, right? When beach heat, sunscreen, and sand are combined, the outcome can be a fashion disaster. Think loose layers, Havaianas, shades, and a swimsuit that wont leave you with regrettable tan lines!
I Love My Muff Wipes
I know what you’re thinking, I had a good chuckle when I was sent a sample box of I Love My Muff wipes – brilliant marketing, no? If you are transitioning from a beach day to an evening beach bbq or full moon party, then you’re probably going to need a bit of freshening up! These biodegradable sanitizing wipes will leave you feeling as fresh as a daisy as you stroll down the beach, the waves crashing at your feet…
Nars Monoi Body Glow
I’m not too fussed when it comes to sunscreen, as long as I don’t burn, have to apply every 5 minutes, look like I’ve been dipped in a can of white paint, or smell odd. My girlfriend Mathilde introduced me to Nars’s Monoi Body Glow, which really does “create glowing, healthy looking, and naturally fragrant skin,” just like it promises on the bottle. Lather this fragrant body oil all over and prepare to smell like a tropical dream come true. After a day at the beach, your skin will love being pampered with this moisturizing oil, which I just cannot get enough of!
Nars Illuminator in Orgasm
While we’re on the topic of Nars products, it would just be wrong for me not to mention Nars’s Illuminator in Orgasm – you really can’t go wrong ordering a product in this shade right? Just a dab of this shimmering liquid cream makes your skin look as if you’ve been touched by a glistening sun god. After a day on the beach, apply this illuminator on your cheek bones and down your shins to enhance your tan and your now sun-kissed complexion.
Aloha aloe vera, aka your best friend after you have seen too much sun. Most sun worshippers apply aloe vera after realizing they resemble a lobster, but packing a bottle of aloe vera after sun in your beach bag and applying at the end of your beach day will not only treat a sunburn right away, it also moisturizes your skin and helps retain your tan for longer. So even if you don’t feel burnt, lather yourself in this soothing goodness! The more pure the aloe vera the better – I am a big fan of the organic aloe vera products sold at Whole Foods. If you can find it, tear a stem off an aloe vera plant and cover yourself in the yellow colored liquid sap found inside the leaves. This remedy is the crème de la crème of soothing and preventing a sunburn – thank you mother nature!
Are there any products you can’t live without on the beach? If so, let me know because I’m always open for suggestions! Throw in a good book, a beach playlist, and a cooler of refreshments, and you are all set for a day of beach bliss. Can’t you already hear the waves as the cool ocean water laps at your feet?
Hope you are having fun in the sun at the beach this summer!