Here's What a Beauty Editor Keeps in Her Beach Bag — Spoiler: SPF Is Involved
I spend a good few minutes in front of my medicine cabinet before every beach trip. While the bathing suit and a good book (preferably something super juicy and suspenseful) is important for successful sunbathing, so is SPF, lip gloss, and sea salt spray. Curious as to what my fellow beauty editors pack along seaside, I reached out and had them fill a dream beach bag with products that perform.
Selene Milano, InStyle Senior Beauty Editor
Kayu St. Tropez Woven Seagrass Tote ($115; net-a-porter.com)
Every beauty editor is obsessed with Elta MD ($23; dermstore.com). It’s a zinc sunscreen—the only way for me to truly prevent discoloration—but it’s lightweight and blends into skin seamlessly. It never leaves a white, chalky film. I also use zinc on my kids at the beginning of any sunny day. But as any mom will tell you, reapplication is the tricky part. With Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70+ ($10; walmart.com), I can just spray them all over when they hop out of the pool or ocean. I’m totally obsessed with these hair ties ($48; bylillia.com) that double as bracelets. They come in the best colors and are strong enough to hold all of my hair. I give them out to friends, and I always get compliments on the stack on my wrist.
Sheryl George, InStyle Beauty Editor
Mar y Sol Caracas Tote ($125; nordstrom.com)
My beach bag staples would include sunscreen, of course! I love Neutrogena’s Wet Skin Sunscreen ($10; target.com), since it doesn’t require you to towel off post-dip. For my face, I like Supergoop’s Setting Mist ($12; nordstrom.com). It makes reapplication a cinch. A fine mist delivers SPF50, and it doesn’t disturb any makeup you may have on. Even though I wear minimal makeup at the beach, I always rely on a tinted moisturizer and a fun eyeliner color. I love Urban Decay’s 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Deep End ($20; sephora.com), which gives off a pretty pop of aqua and is waterproof.
Victoria Moorhouse, MIMI Editor
J.Crew Straw Market Tote ($50; jcrew.com)
SPF sticks make applying suncreen to your face, but especially your nose and lips, incredibly easy. I love Fresh's Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen ($25; sephora.com) because it's water resistant and doesn't feel too heavy on my skin. I also love carrying a facial mist in my bag for a quick spritz—there's nothing more refreshing. I'm so obsessed with Evian Mineral Water Spray ($15; sephora.com). I even bought one for my mom so she can throw it in her bag, too. Because my hair is super long (and I might leave it down at the beach so I can get the perfect 'gram—no judging), it gets tangled quickly. I like to sprtiz in a little Bed Head Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray ($19; ulta.com) so brushing my hair later isn't actual torture.
Dianna Mazzone, InStyle Assistant Beauty Editor
Calypso St. Barth Florabella Nisida Metallic Straw Tote ($225; calypsostbarth.com)
The Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush, which holds a SPF-infused powder, is genius. A few swipes with its retractable brush re-ups your sunscreen game without messing with your makeup ($57; colorescience.com). Since Korres After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel ($26; sephora.com) instantly hydrates and cools, I like to slather it on my limbs post-beach day, pre-dinner. Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet ($36; nordstrom.com) is my favorite lip and cheek duo of the moment. It’s easy blend with just your fingers, so beach-side application is a cinch.
Erin Lukas, Beauty Writer
La Ligne’s Painted Woven Straw Tote ($195; net-a-porter.com).
Although I’ve experienced enough sunburns in my life to know the importance of applying sunscreen before hitting the beach, I’m extremely impatient when it comes to waiting for it to dry before getting dressed or hitting the water. This sunscreen by Neutrogena, Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 70 ($10; drugstore.com), dries quick and doesn’t leave a greasy finish on my skin—or my wardrobe. My hair is straight, but thick so once it gets wet or hits the humidity, it tends to have a life of its own. Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray ($27; sephora.com) helps keep the mess looking like it’s intentional by enhancing my natural texture. If I’m at the beach, I completely forgo my regular makeup routine. Aside from worrying about how my makeup looks after taking a dip in the water, I also don’t want my makeup to melt from sitting in my bag under the hot sun all day (I know, beauty editor problems). Glossier’s Skin Tint ($26; glossier.com) is not only super easy to use, but it instantly refreshes your skin back to its hydrated, dewy state by massaging on just a few drops.