Every Essential Beauty Item You Need In Your Beach Bag


The only thing standing between you, mermaid-esque waves, dewy skin and a natural golden glow? Organisation.

Before you hit the beach, make sure your bag contains a little more than just sunnies and a towel. 

From the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, here are some beauty essentials you need to pack in your beach bag. 

SPF Lip Balm 

A word to the wise: your lips are just as vulnerable to UV damage as the rest of the skin on your body. 

So don’t forget to slip, slop, slap your pout in the process. Aside from sun damage, dry weather and salty water create the perfect storm for chapped, flakey lips. To prevent a day at the beach from wreaking havoc on your lips, upgrade your regular chapstick to a lip balm with SPF.

Left to right:

QV Face Lip Balm SPF 30+, $4.99 at Chemist Warehouse

SunSense Lip Balm SPF 50+, $3.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Dermal Therapy™ Lip Balm SPF 50+, $6.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Ultra Violette Sheen Screen SPF50 Lip Balm, $25 at Adore Beauty

SPF For Your Body

If you want to steer clear of sunburn, premature ageing and dark spots, make sure you apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to your entire body. Be sure you don’t forget about those less obvious areas like your ears, the back of your neck and your feet.

Left to right:

Reef Coconut Sunscreen SPF50 Dry Touch Lotion, $9.95 at Your Discount Chemist

Eau Thermale Avène Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+, $34.99 at Adore Beauty

Cancer Council Ultra Pump SPF50+ Sunscreen, $21.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Naked Sundays SPF50+ Glow Body Mist, $44.95 at MECCA

SPF For Your Face 

On and off the beach, wearing sunscreen is a must. Fortunately, the days of thick SPF formulations clogging our pores and causing breakouts are long gone. Use a formula that is specifically formulated for your face to enjoy hydrated and nourished skin, plus all the anti-ageing benefits that come with protecting yourself from UV rays. For easy top-ups throughout the day, try Neutrogena’s spray-on sunscreen and keep your sticky, sand-covered hands off your face.

Left to right: 

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+, $53.96 at Adore Beauty

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist SPF50, $23.99 at Priceline

 Bondi Sands Hydra UV Protect SPF 50+ Face Fluid, $19.95 at Bondi Sands

Ella Baché Active Face Great SPF50+, $55 at Ella Bache

Hydrating Mist 

Long days of sweat, salt, and sun rays can often lead to one thing: dehydration. And it sabotages a glowing complexion like nothing else. In order to keep your skin dewy, plump and hydrated, keep a mist in your beach bag and regularly spritz over your SPF to safeguard your skin against moisture loss.

Left to right: 

Olay Mist Ultimate Hydration Essence – Calming, $35 at Woolworths

A’kin Rose Mist Toner, $19.95 at David Jones

innisfree Green Tea Mist [Micro], $25 at innisfree

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Deluxe Edition, $79 at Myer

Hair Treatments

There’s a stark difference between salty beach tresses and frizzy, dry hair. To avoid the latter, infuse strands with nourishing and conditioning products and prevent hair from being compromised by the harsh and drying effects of salt water. Rinse out the salt water, run any hydrating treatment through the ends, and comb it out to prevent your locks from feeling like straw. 

Left to right: 

Herbal Essences bio:renew Pure Coconut & Aloe Hair Oil Blend, $16.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Glow Lab Hair Mask, $18 at Woolworths 

JUSTICE Professional Detangle Brush Compact, $12.95 at JustCuts

The Body Shop Shea Beautyfying Oil, $20 at The Body Shop

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  1. My body can not tolerate body sunscreens. So far had allergic reactions to all of them. On the face chemical based can wear about 3 to 4 hours on average before they start burning my eyes and create heat on my skin. Physical can tolerate a bit longer, but no more than 6 hours per day. Skin just shrivels and suffocates. So I use only face spfs and only for short period of time. So at the beach I am only early mornings and late afternoons.

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