I’m writing this post after a super long beach day (as in, it’s 11 pm and we just got home) and I want to write it while everything’s still fresh in my mind. Today marks the second day we’ve taken our kiddo out to the beach and I think I have it mastered now. There are a lot of things you need for yourself and your little one to have a successful day on the water!
First- yourself. Last time I took my baby out with friends on the beach, my husband couldn’t make it so I was by myself with friends and didn’t really pay too much mind to myself- just focusing on Jocelyn. As a result I got a pretty bad sunburn on my back. So here’s the skinny on what you need for YOU:
Facial sunscreen: I have been absolutely loving Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum 50+ PA+++ Anti-aging sunscreen. Ha! What a friggin’ mouth full! Anyways, it’s super light weight and I have never gotten burnt while wearing it. My friend and I both used it on our faces today, behind our ears, etc, and I’m freckle and sun damage free after an 8 hour day. I’ll call that success!
Protective Lip products: I prefer EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Lemon Drop SPF 15. There are so many reasons why this is my go to. First, it’s ultra cheap and if it gets lost when I’m on the river, I won’t cry over a $3 lip balm. Second, it comes in a huge sphere, so I never lose it. Third, it’s not glossy or colored so my husband can use it and we can just carry around one between the two of us. Fourth, I just love the way it smells and has a light taste. Fifth, it has SPF. Holla! Pretty much the best lip balm ever.
Body Sunscreen: I prefer to use a liquid sunscreen on myself rather than a spray on. Last summer, I used spray on and half of it sprayed off my body and to the wind. I didn’t notice until I was burnt to a crisp. This year, I use several different sunscreens. Some of my favorites are JASON Pure Natural Sun Natural Sport Sunscreen SPF 45 and LAVANILA’s the Healthy Sun Sunscreen for Body.
Body Spray: I pretty much hate the feeling of being all sandy and I need to take a little something to spritz on myself onto the water to not feel so dirty while I’m on the river. Bath and Body Works White Mango Chill is my go to this summer for summer fragrance that is easy, cheap, and delicious. Their summer collection is limited edition so swing by your BBW store and spritz some on! Their Coconut Water Chill is another great fragrance from there that is limited too. Once again- I don’t have to worry about losing it in my beach bag because it’s very inexpensive to replace but the scents are super yummy at the same time!
Water: You need a lot of this if you’ll be outside all day, trust me!
And just because I can’t stop thinking about it, I have to share an article I read the other day about sand ledges and how a woman almost lost her son when he was swallowed by sand at the beach. Truly frightening and now is one of my scariest fears. My other (irrational) fear is that I’ll see a moose swimming through the water. Did you know they swim?! Don’t ask…
I hope some of these tips have helped you! What is YOUR summer beach essential?