Beach Beauty

The week of July 4th is one of my very favorite weeks of the year – not so much because of Independence Day, but because I spend this week on the Greek island of Tinos. The days are filled with swimming in the very salty sea, sand, rest, rosé wine, and Greek salads. Given that I spend eight hours on average at the beach each day, my beach bag beauty essentials are, well, essential. Here are my must-haves.

Even though I will exclusively be in the shade under an umbrella (except when swimming), I protect my face and body with the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ sunscreen oil. It smells delicious, has the texture of a dry oil, and is water resistant. On my face, I’ll layer that over the Alchimie Forever prototype of our Daily Defense cream SPF 23 (in the blue bottle), for added antioxidant protection from vitamins C and E, and blueberry and edelweiss extracts.

At the end of the day, when leaving the beach, I’ll slather on my Protective Day Cream, which is lightweight enough for the heat, and our Antioxidant Skin Repair Gel on my body – yes, it is for men, but I love the gel texture and the fresh scent. And all of the anti-inflammatory ingredients are great for post-sun exposure.

To keep my hair frizz-free and to prevent the sun and salt from drying it out, I spray the Aveda Sun Care on a few times per day.

To make my pre-vacation manicure and pedicure last, I carry with me SpaRitual’s Twinkle Shimmer blue (for my toes) and Christian Dior’s Nail Glow (for my fingers) with me (I love that product, it really does make the pink part of my nails pinker, and the white part whiter!).

Finally, I don’t leave the house without my favorite summer product, Huile Prodigieuse by Nuxe. I use it on my face, body, and hair, to nourish my skin and give it a nice glow and prevent dryness from the salt. I even use it in lieu of fragrance, the aroma is so wonderful. No wonder Nuxe sells one of these every 6 seconds!

On that note, I am off to the beach…