When I hear "beachy," I instantly think of wavy hair that looks casual and sexy. While you never want it to look forced, it's easy to fake having that great just-back-from-the-beach look. The Sarah Potempa Beachwaver is basically a Godsend for those who don't have naturally wavy hair. The mechanical barrel does all the work for you, so you end up with perfect spiral curls. Use your fingers to tousle the curls, so they look a little more "messy." For those who already have the waves, but need a bit more texture, try TIGI Session Series Salt Spray ($18.95, Tigistore.com), which smells amazing.
I always want my legs to look moisturized and a little sparkly when showing them off. No, this doesn't mean pulling out the glitter. Instead, I use a shimmery body lotion or oil, like MAC To The Beach Body Oil ($22.50, Maccosmetics.com). It comes in two shades, so darker and pale girls alike can use it. You can even bring this bottle with you to the beach without worrying about it spilling, since the cap snaps into a lock position. Genius!
Whether you're rocking a one-piece or running around in a teeny bikini, you want your skin to look its best. That's a little harder in the summer season when sweat gets trapped under your clothes, causing breakouts on your arms and back. Keep things clear with Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Smoothing Body Towels ($36, Dgskincare.com). These towelettes use glycolic & mandelic acid to exfoliate your body, so breakouts are cleared and prevented.
It doesn't matter how many products you have, if you get overheated, your face will become a red, sweaty mess. Cool yourself down with a hydrator, like Kahina Toning Mist ($46, Beautysage.com). Not only does it feel great on your face, but it tones your skin. Another great option is Super Coconut Quench ($38, Getsuper.com).
At this point, it's just stupid to go outside without sunscreen on your face. If you want to get a flawless finish, though, try a tinted moisturizer, like Origins A Perfect World BB Cream ($35, Origins.com). It contains SPF 15, so you stay protected while it covers dark circles and redness.