8 Beach Bag Must-Haves to Prevent Sun Damage
The Crypt Keeper look can wait
Do you really want to age a million years in just a couple of hours? We thought not. So do not--we repeat: do not--step onto a beach without a multi-pronged sun protection strategy. Here, eight items you must pack in your bag for your next beach day.
A Crushable Straw Hat
If bulk is the only thing that’s keeping you from 360 degrees of sun protection, then a sturdy straw hat with a broad brim that you can also roll up when in transit is your solution. Oh, and it has to be stylish, too.
Lola First Aid Sun Hat ($215)
A Sun Stick
Zinc oxide is a physical sunscreen (which means it gets between you and the killer rays). Make sure it’s the principal ingredient in your facial sunscreen, and then smear that so-irritant-free-you-can-use-on-kids all over your face, chest and the backs of your hands.
Lite + Cycle Sun Stick ($16)
A Rash Guard
In order to avoid getting too much sun on our shoulders and chest, put on an SPF 50 surf shirt--the new laywoman’s term for what surfers have always called a rash guard--both in and out of the water.
Mollusk surf shirt ($88)
Ah, we love you, micronized aerosol formulation. A spray sunscreen is super lightweight and easy to use, but be sure to rub it in so you get complete coverage.
Supergoop SPF 50 Mist ($13)
A Hair Drying Towel
Post-beach day, go directly to outdoor shower. Rinse salty water from hair and wrap up in a frizz-reducing, absorbent turban. By the time you’ve driven home, your hair is dry and lovely.
Aquis hair turban ($30)
You need polarized lenses because they cut down on glare. (Sun - glare = less squinting + fewer wrinkles.) However, you want a polarized pair that’s inexpensive enough to leave in your bag. You know, so you’re not in danger of forgetting your sunglasses yet again.
Some Hair Sunscreen
Yep, hair can prematurely age, too (crispy texture much?). And if you have color-treated hair, the sun is your mortal enemy. So massage through a bit of lotion with SPF, especially on the ends of your hair where all the damage and fading shows up first.