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Beauty and the Beach: 10 Vacation Essentials

Swimsuits, sandals, and sundresses are obvious vacation must-haves, but cosmetically-speaking, a beach vacation requires a lot more than a bottle of sunblock. Whether you're prepping for a winter getaway, a spring break trip, a summer vacation, or a tropical honeymoon, keep these essentials on hand to look good basking in the sun and sand any time of year.
  • CVS Clear Spray Sunscreen SPF 50

    Sunscreen is a must to prevent the rapid aging caused by sun exposure. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing an SPF of 50 or higher for adequate coverage during outdoor activities. This affordable CVS version comes with a spray nozzle to make self-application a breeze.

  • Jouer SPF 15 Lip Sheer

    Don’t forget your lips! The skin there is delicate and even more susceptible to burning than the rest of your body. Apply an SPF-enhanced lipstick or balm at least as often as you apply your sunscreen.

  • Fekkai Summer Hair After Sun Daily Mask

    This hair mask deep conditions to repair the damage sun can cause to sensitive strands.

  • NARS The Multiple

    To look your best on the beach, this multipurpose cream-to-powder makeup can give a shimmery minimalist glow to cheeks and eyes; plus, it’s easy to apply with limited mirror resources.

  • Cover Girl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara

    To ensure your lashes stay lengthened throughout swimming sessions, use a waterproof mascara that won’t leave you with raccoon eyes.

  • UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo

    After a day on the beach, wash hair with a shampoo that’s specially-formulated to remove chlorine, salt, and mineral deposits. UltraSwim's gentle formula also eliminates the green tint that chlorine can cause to some hair colors.

  • Tweezerman Pink Pedro Callus Stone

    Your feet spend their vacation wading through hot sand and walking in flimsy flip-flops. Snap them back into strappy-sandal shape with a callus stone to smooth heels and remove dry, dead skin.

  • Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect After-Sun Moisturizer

    Skin that’s been baking in the sun needs extra TLC. Hawaiian Tropic’s Shimmer Effect replenishes moisture that’s been lost, while light-reflecting particles impart a soft glow.

  • Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

    Get a beachy, relaxed ’do without the salt and sand. Bumble’s Surf Spray adds texture and lift for a low-maintenance style.

  • Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot Eau de Toilette Spray

    The perfect vacation perfume is light, tropical, and versatile. Worn day or night, Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s body spray with scents of jackfruit, apricot, and papaya pulp sprinkled with vanilla and candy sugar is fresh and inviting, never overpowering. Plus, it comes in a sturdy aluminum bottle—perfect for toting in a beach bag.

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