The 17 Best Beauty Essentials to Keep in Your Beach Bag, According to Experts

As hard as it may be to believe, we’ve already reached the tail end of August, but there’s still plenty of summer sun left to enjoy. It’s no surprise that our favorite way to take in warmer months is with frequent beach and pool hangs, which is why keeping a stable of protective and effective beauty products is key.

One nonnegotiable that should always be included in your outdoor rotation? “Sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen,” board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick tells “It’s important to go to the beach with enough skin-care/g40106958/best-new-sunscreens-2022/” data-ylk=”slk:sunscreen” class=”link “>sunscreen for the day. Since the amount that’s needed per application is the equivalent to one shot glass, this may mean if you’re spending the day at the beach, one bottle of sunscreen actually may not be sufficient.”

In addition to providing general face and body protection, broad-spectrum sunscreens can also help your makeup of choice apply more smoothly. “Protection against the sun’s harmful rays is important in leaving skin healthy, happy, and supple,” celebrity makeup artist Judi Gabbay says. “Sunburned or sun damaged skin is a major factor in how your makeup applies—a good beat starts with a good base.”

For those looking to take their no-makeup-makeup looks beachside, opt for a selection of hydrating, waterproof products with lightweight formulas that won’t feel cakey on your face. Though tweaking your daily rotation may seem a little daunting just for a beach trip, experts note that the swap can ultimately mean the difference between a flawless finish and accidental smudging.

For pro tips on exactly what to pack this summer and for blissful vacation trips ahead, we’ve pulled together a short list of expert-approved beach makeup and skincare products worth adding to your tote bag.

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