It’s time to hit the beach, but are the contents of your summer beach bag up to par with your enthusiasm? Some time in between you booking your next beach visit and you slipping into a bikini, harness yourself with these nine beach essentials to protect your skin, hydrate your body, and achieve a flawless (and non-toxic) tan.
This list assumes you have your bikini, a pair of protective sunglasses, and a good book in hand. Let us sort the rest, which are not only practical but also eco-friendly, organic, or simply less toxic than their traditional counterparts.
9 Summer Beach Bag Essentials
What are beach bag essentials without the bag, first? Don’t bring your most expensive bag to the beach, especially when it’s bound to be taken over by sand and other elements. Café Press makes sustainable eco-friendly tote bags that are on the cheaper side and allow for customized designs! Price: $17.95.
With an SPF 30 and a water resistant time of 40 minutes, Beauty Counter’s protect All Over Sunscreen fare well for a less-toxic version of regular sunscreen. It is formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It also contains healing aloe vera and antioxidant-rich green tea and blood orange extracts. Price: $32.
This lip balm is #1-rated by the EWG and boasts SPF 15, providing protection from UVA rays with active ingredient avobenzone. It also blocks 93% of UVB rays. Other ingredients include coconut oil, beeswax, yerba mate, and orange oil extract. It is gluten-free, cruelty-free, and fragrance-free. Price: $2.99.
Conventional cotton towels are filled with pesticides that can transfer to your skin, especially in a hot environment. Beech Brand’s Dazzle Stripe towel is inspired by 1920s-1940s military Dazzle Ships and is lightweight and fast-drying. It is treated with a unique eco-friendly antimicrobial technology that helps prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold, mildew, and algae. Price: $34.
Control frizz and nourish and protect your hair while basking in the sun. OUAI’s hair oil is formulated without parabens or phthalates and is infused with ama oil, borage oil, baobab seed oil, and African galangal root extract. Work a few drops through wet hair and let it air dry. You’re luscious locks will thank you later. Price: $28.
6. Retap Bottle
Plastic bottles are already harmful enough. Add sun and heat into the equation, and we’re talking leaching overload. This 17-oz bottle is designed in Denmark and makes for the perfect vessel for your beach beverage needs. It is made with borosilicate glass, making it safe, strong, and reusable. Price: $15.88.
Your nails are just as susceptible to losing hydration as the rest of your skin. Avoid peeling and splitting cuticles on the beach with this nourishing nail and cuticle oil. The formula includes reishi mushroom, horsetail herb, tulsi, and grapefruit, lemon, pomegranate, and orange oils. Price: $32.
Block the sun’s rays with stylish and eco-friendly sun hats. Gypsy & Lolo’s newest collection of sun hats are made in the USA from upcycled raffia and grass straw materials. Price: $40-$46.
Despite precautionary measures, you’ve baked in the sun and now you’re paying for it. It’s always good to come prepared. La Bella Figura’s Rainforest Hydration Treatment brings together the superfood powers of jasmine, marshmallow root, chamomile, and cocoa oils to help boost circulation for supple, glowing skin as well as to reduce inflammation and redness. The balm also includes mango seed butter, illipe seed butter, coconut oil, olive wax, sacha inchi seed oil, and buriti fruit oil. Apply to affected skin area to heal your skin (and hair) from sun damage. Price: $125.
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