Walt Whitman once said, “To me the sea is a continual miracle, the fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there?” Leave it to good ol’ Walt to artfully say what we’ve all felt. There is something so unbelievably special about the seaside experience; the sun, the sand, the surprisingly pleasing taste of salt that lingers in your mouth after taking a dip in the water. What’s even better is the ocean’s effect on your body—its power to cleanse your sinuses, exfoliate your skin, and make your hair the perfect texture.
I recently visited the beautiful sandy beaches of South Carolina where I experienced this bliss firsthand. After a couple of days by the sea, my skin was softer and my hair more voluminous. It seemed my entire energy had also improved, like I had been completely transformed by the soothing sound of the waves crashing into the shore and the feeling of the breeze gently swaying the pages of my beach read and tousling my hair. But like all vacations, my time by the water came to an end and I trekked back to hot and sticky New York City.
Determined to keep the beach vibes going, I added some products into my routine that would mimic being seaside. Seeing as most of us are stuck in offices all day instead of romping around in the sand, I figured I would share this list with all the beauty mavens out there. These miracle-worker products give you all of the benefits of being by the ocean without having to hop on a plane or miss a second of your busy day. Quick, easy, and oh so chic, these beachy beauty must-haves should be your new summer staples.
Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist – Just as the no makeup makeup look is the epitome of modern makeup, tousled, texturized hair is the key to achieving the modern hair look. Philip B’s Maui Wowie Beach Mist is the perfect product to get you started. Sea salt and coconut work to give your hair a little windswept bounce, while Aloe Vera, Marine Extracts, pure Orchid, and Kukui work to nourish and hydrate your locks. Net-a-Porter calls it a “vacation in a bottle.” Sign me up.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 – Most of us forget that the sun doesn’t just live at the beach. You need to protect your skin always, no matter your environment. This cult sunscreen is the perfect non-chemical solution. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, phlthalates, or fragrances, Drunk Elephant’s Umbra sunscreen is non-irritating and actually good for your skin. Plus, who wouldn’t want to support a brand that backs the International Elephant Foundation (IEF)? This explains where they got their super cute name.
RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream – There’s something about the smell of coconut that conjures up summers by the beach. It’s atmospheric. This is why you simply must get involved with the Raw Coconut Cream by RMS. The smell is divine, and the uses are endless. Use it as a moisturizer, facial cleanser, or even a gentle, yet effective makeup remover. It’s 100% clean and good for you and is suitable for all skin types.
Vapour Solar Translucent Bronzer – Organic and lightweight, this bronzer stick is the key to getting a rich, authentic glow without having to spend a second in the sun. The bronzer also provides environmental antioxidant protection, as it’s infused with sun-specific super antioxidants like Pomegranate, Green Tea and Acai Berry. Shea Butter and Calendula Flower also work to nourish the skin. You’ll be a bronzed beach goddess in no time.
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner, Shell Shock – The beach has the power to completely change your mood, giving you that lit-from-within glow. When we’re happy and at peace, our entire look becomes brighter and more vibrant. A telling sign of this? Striking, healthy looking lips. Soft and supple lips signal hydration, adequate rest, and a balanced diet. But the reality is, sometimes we don’t have the time to get the rest we need because of our busy schedules and long to-do lists. Ilia helps you fake it with their Tinted Lip Conditioner that nourishes with a pop of color. I like the Shell Shock color, because it’s a soft coral shade that reminds me of all of the colorful ocean creatures.
Creed Virgin Island Water – Light, airy, and floral, this fragrance embodies the spirit of the sea. Coconut, lime, white rum, bergamot, mandarin orange, hibiscus, ginger, ylang-ylang and jasmine notes blend to bring together all of the best beachy elements. Yes, this perfume is an investment, but it’s so so worth it. All of the natural scents of the ingredients are preserved through an old school fragrance filtering system used by the brand since the 1700s. All it takes is a few sprays in the morning and a spritz in the afternoon and you’ll feel as if you were aboard a luxurious cruise ship floating in the open water.
Lavett & Chin Coconut Moisturizing Facial Mist – There’s nothing like sitting by the ocean and feeling a misty gust of wind softly dance across your face. It’s hydrating, soothing, and just downright refreshing. Get this same feeling with Lavett & Chin’s facial mist that’s delicately scented with coconut and formulated with organic Bulgarian Rosewater. A few spritzes during the day will keep your complexion glowing, moisturized, and boosted with antioxidant properties.
Soleil Toujours Après Soleil Exotic Shimmer Body Oil – To truly facilitate the seaside experience, you mustn’t forget the skin on your body. Think about it. You wear your bikini to the beach, giving practically your entire body exposure to the ocean’s benefits. The skin on your arms, legs, feet, and décolletage feel the warmth of the sun and the moisture of the water. Give your body the same attention while away from the sea by giving this super luxe body oil a try. Created to soothe the skin after a long day in the sun, Soleil Toujours’ magical oil is formulated with calming anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. But since it’s made with natural and organic ingredients, it’s safe for everyday use, meaning you don’t need to get sunburned to have an excuse to lather this baby all over your body. As a bonus, the oil leaves behind a subtle and chic shimmer. It can’t get more summery than that!
Story by Lexi Tollefsen.