7 Derm-Approved Beauty Products to Keep in Your Summer Beach Bag
Now that summer has officially kicked off, we have every weekend beach trip planned to perfection. Swim, surf, sun, beach reads, repeat. But if you’re on the fence about which beauty necessities to pack in your beach bags, we have you covered with expert-approved products to keep you protected.
Obviously, SPF is a must, but what else are you supposed to put on to stay hydrated and worry-free? Find out the summer must-haves with recommendations from trusted derms and aestheticians from around the country. (Photo via Brit + Co)
1. Elta Clear SPF 46 ($33): Consider your search for a sunscreen that won’t make you break out or feel greasy over. “This is one of my favorites for anyone who seeks a great sunscreen that’s not overly moisturizing,” says Joel Schlessinger, a Nebraska-based dermatologist at Skin Specialists P.C. “It feels like a ‘city block’ sunscreen (AKA a daily SPF formula) but gives superior protection. It’s safe for acne-prone skin too.”
2. EOS Active Aloe Lip Balm With SPF 30 ($3): You may be focused on your skin, but it’s important to protect your lips too. “The skin on lips is extremely thin, making them more vulnerable to sun damage,” says Marnie Nussbaum, a dermatologist specializing in medical, cosmetic, and laser dermatology in New York City. “In order to protect them, it’s important to have a lip balm with SPF in your beach bag. This one offers SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection and 80 minutes of sweat/water resistance — a must-have for anyone who is spending time at the beach this summer.”
3. LovelySkin Aloe Vera Soothing Skin Relief ($29): Just in case your fun in the sun takes a turn for the worse, you’re going to want to find some relief fast. “If you’re getting burned, try this,” recommends Schlessinger. “It’s an antioxidant-rich treatment that helps calm inflammation, hydrate skin, and minimize peeling.”
4. Benefit Cosmetics Badgal Waterproof Mascara ($19): It’s a beach day, so you don’t need a ton of makeup. But a dab of mascara so you look awake won’t hurt, right? “I love this mascara because it’s waterproof and lasts!” says Deanne Mraz Robinson, a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder and president at Modern Dermatology of Connecticut.
5. Simple Skincare Waterboost Micellar Wipes ($6): Shari Marchbein, a board-certified dermatologist at Downtown Dermatology in New York City, keeps a stash of these gentle cleansing wipes in her beach bag. “These are unscented and don’t leave any residue on the skin (like most other wipes)” she says. “They are perfect for removing makeup prior to applying sunscreen as well as removing sunscreen after a long day at the beach.”
6. Colorescience Brush-on Powder SPF 50 ($130 for 3): When you need a little SPF refresh after you’ve been out in the sun for a bit, this handy powdered, waterproof sunscreen stick is the answer. “I do not recommend this as a base or first layer of sunscreen, but it can be reapplied over makeup and on the body, too, if needed,” says Marchbein.
7. COOLA SPF 30 Scalp and Hair Mist ($26): “Don’t forget to protect your hair,” warns Elizabeth Houshmand, a dermatologist at Epiphany Dermatology in Dallas. “If you have highlights or color treated hair, you will want to take care of your locks. This scalp and hair mist is a great option.” Spray it directly on dry or wet hair before heading into the sun. Then just reapply as needed.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)