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ManiMe's best beach day must haves

The most essential products for the perfect day at the beach

By: ManiMe
Jul 22 2021

Packing up for a day at the beach? You’ve probably already got a list of certain essentials — we’re talking towel, water, sunglasses, etc. And of course, snacks and a good beach read are a must for cultivating the perfect oceanfront getaway. Listening to the waves crash as you make your way through your summer reading list is practically heaven on earth. Add in an icy refreshment of your choice and, well, there’s pretty much nothing better.

But before you head out the door to secure your spot on the sand, don’t forget to bring along the beach day beauty must-haves below. A few items can go a long way in helping you make the most of your vacay — even if it’s just for the day.

SPF Your Skin

UV rays aren’t welcome here! If you’re out in the sun, it’s best to apply sunscreen frequently on any and all exposed skin. Sunburns are never fun to deal with — peeling and blistering skin is as irritating as it is painful. Without sunscreen, your skin is vulnerable and you may increase your risk of getting skin cancer. Think of sunscreen as your beach day beauty BFF. And you definitely don’t want to be without them.

Protect Your Pucker

Staying out in the sun means you’ve got to look out for your lips, too. Pack a lip balm that has SPF so you can keep your lips safe from potentially harmful sun exposure. Because let’s be real: Dealing with cracked lips is the last thing you want to be doing when you’re trying to relax beachside. Reapply as needed, but be sure to keep your lip balm tube in a shaded spot so it doesn’t melt!

Hydrate Your Hands

Even when you’re right by the water, your skin can still be thirsty and dehydrated. Our hands are especially prone to dryness no matter the locale or time of year. Use a non-greasy hand cream to get some much-needed moisture. Bonus points if it’s got some SPF!

Go For Color

Neon Summer

Our general motto in life is the more color, the better. The ‘80s are in full swing with this patchwork of vibrant neon hues that will get the party started (even if it’s a party of one). A playful palm leaf print adds tropical vibes, making it the perfect mani for your beach day.

Channel The Wave

Beach Waves

It doesn’t get more fitting than this. If you’re beach bound, a calming, gradient-like palette of turquoise and sand right on your toes is the perfect accessory. When paired with your favorite beachy sandals, it’s a summery look that is definitely made for the ‘gram.