SUN BLOCK: This goes without saying - never expose your skin to harmful UV rays without the appropriate protection. No tan is worth melanoma.
WIDE-BRIMMED HAT: Because you can't emulate Sophia Loren without one.
COOLING GEL: If you do go a bit overboard on sun, then after sun is key to re-hydrate and soothe your skin. We love Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Cooling Gel. But again, prevention is the best protection! Don't you forget it.
HAIR TREATMENT/PROTECTOR: While sun damage in your hair won't necessarily land you with skin cancer, it will land you with manky hair. Never a good look - and so we love Kerestase Huile Celeste. It's a protective spray that limits the negative effects of the sun, surf and sand, all the while adding a brilliant shine to your beach-ready locks.
SUNGLASSES: And while we're on the topic of protection, a large pair of sunglasses will not only add a touch of mystery to your sun bathing self - it will keep your eyes shielded from that bright sun.
CHILLED REFRESHING DRINK: If your reading this and you're under 18, then what could be nicer than a thermos of ice water with mint and cucumber thrown in? If you're over 18, go on, throw a bit of Pimms and Pineapple juice in there. Divine!
BEACH TOWEL: Large, luxurious and colourful! The more oversized, the better. This one is by Karen Walker.
BEACH PILLOW: Because reading a book looking directly skyward isn't comfy, nor good for the eyes.
JANDALS: To avoid that horrible affliction known as sand burn, the doctor can describe only one thing.
COVER-UP: This one is based around safety, Slip Slop Slap and Wrap! In this instance, slip into a sexy beach coverup, protect your shoulders and most of your skin. And look gorgeous!
MAGAZINE/ TRASHY BOOK: While some may like to stare wistfully out sea, contemplating life, when it comes to soaking up the sun on the beach they only way to do it is with a mind full celebrity gossip and tips on how to perfect that tan line.
DEODORANT: In that hot summer sun, you don't need to be exercising to work up a bit of a sweat. Depending on the crowdedness of your beach it may not matter so much, but you don't want to go through all this effort to look oh-so-beach-chic only to smell like a rugby changing room.
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