Beach Bag Essentials

These beauty picks will keep you safe and smelling good in the summer sun


I’m a beach bunny, but the difference between me and most other sun-lovers you probably know is that I’ll actually pack a huge beauty haul in my Burberry tote to drag onto the incredibly beautiful walkways of Summerland. A bit high maintenance, you think?

Well, I’m not exactly known for being a no-frills type of girl. But I’m not talking about glosses and lotions here. I’m talking about beauty hacks that help me out with my hot-weather hair meltdowns and dry skin emergencies that I inevitably end up suffering through. While I don’t want to get all pedantic about why you should be using an SPF, I will say it’s a good thing I haven’t found a favorite because every year the technology behind these types of products and their FDA-approved ingredients just keep getting better. And while I’m not totally opposed to scrunching my beachy hair with some real seawater, why not use a sea salt spray that also smells pretty?

How’s this for a morning laze on the beach: a real sunscreen that doubles as a matte BB cream, a yummy-smelling body oil that keeps your skin hydrated well past the 10 a.m. sunburn hour, and an organic bikini balm to temper the tenderness and irritation on recently lasered skin up top or waaayyy down there. Summer’s heat is already here if you’re craving a quick trip to the beach. Here are some of awesome beach bag essentials inspired by the warm, salted scents of the splashy sea that will ensure savvy sun seekers stay sunburn free.

A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.