The sun may damage our skin, but that doesn't mean that we have to avoid it. We venture to the beach as much as the next girl, and do it in style, I might add. Here are the essentials you need for a safe, but chic day at the beach.
We get it. You're at the beach, so the goal is to get that summer glow. But keep in mind that you shouldn't be exposing your bare skin a full day at the beach. Take a break from the rays with a cover up like Top Shop's Turquoise Babydoll Cover Up ($44, Us.topshop.com).
Protect your eyes with one of the newest shades this season. Lovers of all things vintage, we're just a little obsessed with the cat eye, like the Damsel Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($14, Urbanoutfitters.com). Find the best shades for your face shape <a href="/blogs/" here.
No one said you have to go all soccer mom with a baseball cap. Play up your cute factor with a fedora or our favorite - the wide brimmed beach hat, like Zara's Black Flexible Wide Brimmed Hat ($25.90, Zara.com). And it's perfect if you ever make it to the races or polo matches this season!
Nothing will protect you better than the tried and true sunscreen, like L'Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Crystal Clear Mist Spray SPF 50+. And now the FDA has new rules set in motion that will make it easier for you to get the protection you need. Check out the new regulations <a href="/blogs/" here.
Your lips are one of the most sensitive places on your body when it comes to getting burned. To be on the safe side, go with Maybelline Baby Lips SPF 20 Lip Moisturizing Balm ($3.99, Maybelline.com). They also come in different shades for a subtle color.
One of the most painful places to get a sunburn is on the scalp. Not only is it forgotten about, but who wants to put sunscreen up there? Sexy beach waves, like Ciara's, and grease are not compatible. Get the best of both worlds with our DIY tip. Mix 2 teaspoons of sunscreen with one cup of water, pour into an empty spray bottle and spritz!
It has become common knowledge that even a tan isn't good for your skin. Now protect your skin and get a safe summer glow with a self tanner that has built in SPF like Supergoop SPF 20 Gradual Self-Tanning Sunscreen Mousse ($38, Nordstrom.com).
If you are going to spend more than a few hours at the beach, it's essential that you bring an umbrella. And now that many have UV protection, such as Shade USA's Beach Umbrellas ($14.95-49.95, Shadeusa.com), you can enjoy your time outside worry-free.