The Best Health and Beauty Products To Pack in Your Beach Bag

Stay calm, cool and collected with these essentials.
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Stay calm, cool and collected with these essentials.

SPONSORED: When the weather's hot, looking hot—and feeling cool—can be like mission impossible. Especially if you're hitting the beach, whether it's in your town or some more exotic destination. Sun, sweat, sand, swim... even one of those S's can wreak havoc on a girl, but all four? Yikes!

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting anyone wear full hair and makeup with their swimsuit a la Courtney Stodden or Heidi Montag. In fact, minimal is definitely the way to go—and that goes for what you put in your beach bag too. With just a few key items (think protective, waterproof, lightweight), you'll be prepped AND pretty.

SPF protection: You already know (I hope) about the importance of diligently applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen all over your bod to ward off the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. When I'm at the beach I like to also bring along a separate product for my face, which is way more delicate and therefore susceptible to sun damage and premature aging. I don't like the feel of a greasy, heavy sunscreen though—so I appreciate that Olay has an entire lineup of moisturizers with built-in SPF, including ones for combination/oily skin and sensitive skin.

Waterproof mascara: Smudgy raccoon eyes may work on the runway, but they're not really appropriate for real-life daytime situations like the beach. To prevent them from accidentally happening to me, I've taken to wearing waterproof mascara all summer long, whether I'm at the beach or not. (That's because sweat alone, not just immersing your head in water, makes regular mascara migrate.) I go for the blackest, most volumizing formula I can find to make eyes pop against a (faux) tan.

Conditioning spray: So I just learned something about salt sprays recently: they dry your hair out like crazy! The same would apply, I imagine, for the real thing (saltwater), so if you're going to be in an ocean, you'll definitely need to remedy a potential dry-hair disaster. I love the new Pantene Aqua Light Weightless Conditioning Shake, which detangles and nourishes without weighing hair down. You just spritz it on damp hair without rinsing out. Easy!

Body mist: Speaking of sprays, I love those mini body spray things for a quick pick-me-up after a long day in the heat. The mist feels ultra-cooling and the scents are usually light and fresh, not overpowering. (Try Secret Scent Expressions in So Very Summerberry.)

Tampax® Radiant™ Tampons: With FormFit™ protection that gently expands to fit your unique shape, and a LeakGuard™ braid to help stop leaks before they happen, you’ll have complete peace of mind if you’re hitting the beach during your period. These even have a CleanSeal™ wrapper—the first ever re-sealable wrapper for worry-free disposal.

Tampax Radiant Tampons

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