By BR Tabatha
With summer in full flight it's time to grab your togs, roll them up in a towel and hit the beach! Welllllll... not quite. Gone are the days where hitting the beach was that simple. With the sun being enemy number one we need to make sure our bod is loved up from top to toe before we set foot on the sand.
So... what are our beach bag must-haves? They're ones recommended by you! Yes, all four products below have reached Top Rated status. Which means they've been tried and tested by Kiwi women in New Zealand conditions. And we couldn't ask for a better recommendation that that!
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We really can not bang on about this enough, but sunscreen is so important. For us it's a number one must-apply no matter what the time of year. In summer, however, it's a re-apply situation and the higher the SPF the better. Don't hold back on the amount you use either. A good six or seven teaspoons, minimum, is required. And be sure to slip, slop, slap throughout the day.
Sometimes the sunscreen you use on your body doesn't work for your face. If this is the case for you then you may well love La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL. This fluid soaks into skin like a dream, doesn't leave a greasy feel, and it does a fantastic job of protecting your face from the sun's rays.
Between eating and drinking and bouncing about in the waves it's easy to overlook the importance of protecting and nourishing your lips. Chapped lips are uncomfortable but burnt lips are horrible. Stash a lip balm in your beach bag, like Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick, and your lips will thank you for it.
To be honest, this is more of a 'why not, let's get luxe' step than anything else. But when you're covered in sea salt and sand, and sweat has beaded your temples, a little spritz of a cooling toner is just the ticket, and Goodness Be Cool Mist Toner gets the tick from us... and Beauty Review members too!