Summer, summer, summertime: beach bag essentials

 

You can’t think about summer without including the beach. They go hand in hand. So for those days that you’re out in the sun, here are some essentials that you may want to include in your beach bag.

Compiled by LaTria Garnigan

Sunscreen is a must. Arbonne’s Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for body will help defend your skin. It’s a water-resistant mineral sunscreen formulated with zinc oxide along with botanicals, antioxidants, minerals and moisturizers in a non-oily, lightweight formula. ($44, www.arbonne.com)

Australian Gold has a new product, it’s X-Treme Sport Spray Gel. It is SPF 50 and protects while you stay active. It offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, Aloe Vera provides natural soothing and skin conditioning, it is water resistant up to 80 minutes and features the Australian Gold signature fragrance. ($7.99, mass drug stores and www.AustralianGold.com)

Skin isn’t the only thing on your body that needs protection from the sun. Your hair is also delicate. Coconut oil has long been known to be a good resource for your hair, skin and body and Carrington Farms has made that even easier. The Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Paks are convenient single-serve paks containing 1 tablespoon of organic unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil — which is great to put on your hair before exposure to salt water and chlorine. (MSRP $8.99, www.carringtonfarms.com or Wal-Mart)

Another pre-treatment for your hair can be found with the Macadamia Professional Endless Summer Sun Shield Dry Oil Veil. You spray it on your hair before sun exposure to help protect and shield hair from harmful rays. Formulated with exclusive pro oil complex, it hydrates and helps minimize loss of color, dryness and damage. Hair is left looking shiny and smooth. ($20, www.macadamiahair.com)

Once leaving the pool or beach, don’t forget to reach for the CANTU Anti-frizz Smoothing Oil. It is a pre-treatment styling aid for frizz control. The Argan Oil helps to tame the frizz, smoothes flyaways and adds shine without weighing down hair. It is perfect for all hair textures. ($7.99, Walgreens and Sally Beauty Supply)

Yes, sunscreen and hair protectants are the most important, but for those ladies who like a bit of glam then LIT NYC Lip Gloss should also be a staple in your beach bag. The great thing about this lip gloss is the lighted LED cap that illuminates the lip and a handy mirror on the bottle, which allows for precise application anytime, anywhere. Serious shine and color in sheer and cream formulas can be worn alone or over any lip product. It is available in 12 shades. ($7.50, CVS)

No beach or pool day is complete without snacks. Yes, water should be your main priority, but if you want a tasty, yet healthy addition Sparkling Ice comes in convenient 8oz cans you can easily transport in your beach bag. The soda alternative is slightly carbonated with B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants. It contains zero calories, zero carbs, is gluten free, caffeine free and sodium free. It is available in four delicious flavors — Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Cherry Limeade and Kiwi Strawberry. ($1.19-$1.29/bottle, available in select retailers nationwide)

As a chocolate lover, I was happy to taste the Bauli Mini Croissants. This sweet and tasty portion-controlled snack — filled with chocolate — is easy to share with friends on the beach, with just 50 calories a pop. They are made in a real oven with no preservatives and naturally leavened dough. ($1.99/2.64 oz bag, available at select retailers)

If you like gummies, then you’ll love the Go Organically Fruit Snacks. And being organic, and made with real fruit purees and fruit juices, you’ll feel good about eating them. Just try to not to eat them all in one sitting, it’s possible. They snacks are GMO-free, gluten-free, preservative-free and made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources. Each pack is only 70 calories. ($3.99, www.goorganicallysnacks.com)

Viki’s Granola On-the-Go Packs are a great way to snack on granola while out for the day. Made with 100% natural ingredients, the packs come in original, blueberry almond and maple cranberry. The box has features 10, 1.5oz bags. ($11.99, www.VikisFoods.com)

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