If you’re living in America, then there’s a good chance come this Wednesday that you’ll be celebrating our Independence Day. Given the hot and humid weather, my guess is that you’re going to be at the beach during the day. Whatever you do, be sure not to go without some essentials. I’m here to share what I like to refer to as the beach bag essentials.
Quite frankly, I don’t care whether or not your planning on spending 24 hours at the beach or just 30 minutes. You want to be prepared to go or not go at all. These are what I consider to be necessities and essentials.
I understand that hauling a bunch of stuff to the beach can be a real pain in the neck, but the alternative is far worse if neglected. What sounds worse? Lugging a bunch of stuff to the beach for one day or dealing with the repercussions of not doing so for weeks sometimes months even? Just read the list and bring what you can.
Your skin will be glad that you did!
Fourth of July Beach Bag Essentials (To Protect Your Skin)
So, this list is in no way shape or form presented in any order of importance. As far as I’m concerned all of these things are important. I’ll kick things off with the common hat and shades. While basking in the sun at the beach, you need to sport some polarized sunglasses as well as a hat. The skin around your eye region is super sensitive and when it becomes burned or damaged by the sun, it ages. The UV rays are no good for the region and it has been proven to cause premature aging skin.
Another must-have is an umbrella. While the umbrella isn’t going to provide the best protection from the sun, it’s something that you need to bring with you or rent at the beach. This combined with the use of shades and a hat will help ensure that your skin stays protected.
Never and I repeat NEVER go to the beach without both applying and bringing sunscreen with you. You need a sunscreen that contains SPF 30 or more. Heck, I’d even recommend using a sunscreen that has SPF 50 if you can find it. Be sure to apply this before heading to the beach and bring it with you to reapply as needed. Applying sunscreen after going in the water is important. You’ll need to reapply as it will not last all day long.
While I’m on the sunscreen kick, I also suggest packing some chapstick that contains SPF. You don’t want your lips to get burned. Trust me, it happens – A LOT. Just pack a lip balm with SPF in it and apply it frequently.
I always carry aloe vera gel with me when heading to the beach. This is necessary to start the recovery process in the event that you need to hydrate your skin and temporarily relieve the pain that may come about due to neglecting your skin. Get a head start on fixing things.
When you’ve had enough at the beach and you know it’s time to go, don’t leave without applying some body cream. There are products called after-sun body creams which help fix your moisture levels after enjoying your long day on the sand.
The last and perhaps most crucial item that must remember is a big bottle of water. Not keeping your body hydrated while spending time at the beach is the worst thing you can do for your skin. Sure, you need to use the right products but it’s just as important to remain hydrated from within.
Begin packing your bag for the 4th of July and you’ll be ready to head to the beach come Wednesday. Don’t be a fool, preparing is cool! So just do it!