There's absolutely nothing wrong with going totally natural and bare-faced when you're planning to hit the beach, but let's be serious — there are just too many incredible products out there that we're dying to test out! And, who's to say you can't get a little glam for your day at the beach? After all, you spent all that time searching for the perfect bikini, why not spice up your look a little?
When it comes to beach-worthy beauty products, there's a lot to consider. You want your skin to look amazing, but you don't want to be wearing heavy layers of foundation. You need to protect your skin and hair from all that sunshine, but you also want to make sure you're looking bronzed and incredible. It's a tall order.
Luckily, there are plenty of brands out there that are totally delivering. Before you load up your beach bag for the summer, make sure to toss a few of these in there as well — that is, if you haven't already purchased them while preparing for summer 2018.
Here are 25 amazing beauty essentials every woman should have in her beach bag. After all, why not feel like your best self when you're relaxing on the sand?
25 Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Body Oil
The first collaboration between Becca and Chrissy Teigen was a huge success, so beauty lovers couldn't wait until they revealed their next product — and no one is disappointed.
This glow body oil is basically a beach in a bottle — a fantastic scent of sandalwood and bergamot, a bit of shimmer to give you an effortless glow, and a punch of moisturizing to make sure your skin is refreshed and rejuvenated.
Literally, everyone needs to have this in their beach bag this summer. It's amazing.
24 Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel
Many women go a little bit lighter with their foundation in the summer months, but that means you'll want to start with a solid base — summer definitely isn't the time you want to be plagued by blemishes. Make sure your skin is looking and feeling it's best with a product like this refining peel gel, which the brand claims helps pick up impurities that are dulling your skin to give you a brighter, more glowing appearance thanks to all those enzymes and peptides.
23 Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
There's nothing worse than that slightly chalky tinge you can get if your sunscreen doesn't quite rub in all the way — and luckily, there's a solution for that.
If you hate sunscreen but know you need to protect your skin, Supergoop!'s product is exactly what you need.
It guards against all those pesky UVA and UVB rays, and it's apparently weightless, colorless, odorless and greaseless — basically, you'll feel like you're not even wearing any sunscreen, which is exactly what you want.
22 Tan-Luxe Wonder Oil
Women know that laying out in the sun and baking for hours isn't a healthy choice, but what's a girl to do when she wants to get a bronze glow? Turn to self-tanners, of course. Unfortunately, a lot of those can be a bit fussy and tough to work with. That is until you try this product from Tan-Luxe. It's a self-tanning oil that gives you a really natural, buildable glow (no scary Oompa Loompa orange, promise), and also is packed with extracts and caffeine, both of which will help your skin look firm and amazing.
21 Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Don't want to bother with foundation but not quite confident enough to go totally coverage free? Not to worry — that's literally what tinted moisturizer is for.
Make-up artist Pati Dubroff swears by this Nars staple, saying that "tinted moisturizer helps add a wash of even glow without feeling too heavy on the skin."
It won't cover up huge blemishes or anything like that, but it just evens everything out a little and gives you a really natural look. Plus, it's even got some SPF in there — bonus!
20 Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen
There are many women out there who absolutely swear by the transformative power of a good highlight, and if you're one of them, look no further than this amazing Tom Ford product. Make-up artist Fiona Stiles raved about it to Violet Grey, saying "even if you aren't wearing makeup, adding a bit of highlighter to the tops of cheekbones, eyelids and along the nose adds dimension to the face." Plus, who couldn't use a little extra glow, especially if it means you get to carry around this super luxe product?
19 James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face
Going to sleep and waking up with the perfect sun-kissed glow sounds way too good to be true, but thanks to James Read, you can literally do that. Make-up artist Sabrina Bedrani gushed about this product, saying that,
"This goes on like a mask that you put on at night. It has a nice texture, and you will wake up looking refreshed and sun-kissed with a very natural, even tan."
Given how tough it can be to apply self-tanner well to your face, this product seems like it's been sent straight from heaven.
18 Nars Satin Lip Pencil
It takes a very, very devoted kind of beauty lover to wear actual lipstick to the beach. You're sweaty, there's sand everywhere, you're probably going to get in the water at some point — it's just a recipe for disaster. If you swear by freshening up your look by incorporating a bright lip color, though, these Nars satin lip pencils are the perfect solution. They're sheer but have enough pigment to really transform a look (and unlike a gloss, they're not sticky, meaning they won't attract every stray grain of sand on that beach).
17 Bumble And Bumble Surf Infusion
Somehow, actual surf-tousled waves never look quite as good as hair styled to look gently tousled by the salty ocean water — which means this is a product you definitely need in your beach bag.
The sprayable mixture contains tropical oils, sea botanicals, and a sea mineral complex that will help nourish your hair, as well as some UV filters to protect it from the sun, and helps you build some major surfer girl volume.
I mean, it's practically a guarantee you'll have amazing hair all day long.
16 Maison Margiela 'Replica' In Beach Walk
Most women don't really bother bringing perfume to the beach because, well, chances are you'll either sweat or wash it off at some point. However, if you're looking to get a bit luxe with your beach vacation, toss this amazing scent in your bag. It's a fresh, floral scent with key notes of bergamot and coconut milk, meaning it basically smells like a beach in a bottle. What could be more perfect? It's literally named beach walk, so why not toss on a spritz before you traipse through the waves?
15 Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Gel Dew Drop Highlighter
This favorite of beauty lovers was tough to get your hands on back when it was launched last year, so we're not sure what your luck will be like — but if you have a chance to grab a bottle, do it without a second thought.
It's a shimmering, absolutely dreamy highlighter which will give you the perfect golden glow that seems like the sun is shining only on you.
I mean, you don't even need any other makeup if you have something this amazing on.
14 Nars The Multiple In South Beach
Unless you're extra enough to bring a full-on beauty bag filled with products to the beach, chances are, you want to keep things pretty simple in your beach bag. After all, you don't want other beachgoers stealing your bag crammed with luxe products! This Nars product is the perfect beach product because you can sweep a little on your lips for a pop of color, a dab on your cheeks for a healthy glow, and even a bit on your eyes to make them pop. One product, a few swipes, and you're done.
13 Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
There's a reason that the Sugar lip treatments have become such a beloved product in every beauty lover's arsenal — they're amazing! They keep your lips super moisturized, they keep them protected from the sun, and they're really richly pigmented for a balm.
It gives your lips the perfect wash of color, and unlike lipstick, you really don't need a mirror to apply — just one quick swipe and you've got the perfect beach red lip.
I mean, we'd pack one in every color! They don't take up much space, right?
12 Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes With White Tea Extract
Sometimes, even if you're wearing really light make-up to the beach, your skin just reaches a point where you need to wash everything off. Maybe you've been sweating, maybe you got salt water on your face, you just need to clean everything up. That's what cleansing wipes are for. These ones by Burt's Bees have cucumber, aloe, and white tea to help remove any makeup or sweat while keeping your skin soothed and cool. Trust us, wipes come in handy more often than you would think.
11 Oribe Apres Beach Wave And Shine Spray
Okay, so you didn't want to put in the effort of doing your hair before heading to the beach, because you knew it would just get wet. However, you want to look cute later in the day.
So, what's a girl to do? Turn to Oribe, obviously.
This beach wave and shine spray has plant extracts and oils that will give you the perfect surfer girl waves, and just looks even better when you allow it to air dry rather than heat styling it. A few spritzes and you're good to go.
10 Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, And Rosewater
Just imagine this — you're laying in the hot sun, sweating up a storm, and you reach in your bag for this product. You give your face a spritz and feel the cool mist moisturizing your parched skin as the scent of aloe, herbs, and rosewater fills the air. I mean, it sounds like paradise, right? There's just something so luxurious about pulling out facial mist on the beach. Plus, it definitely can't hurt to take care of your skin in the hot sun.
9 LovelySkin Aloe Vera Soothing Skin Relief
Even if you tried to reapply frequently throughout the day, if you have skin that's particularly sensitive to the sun, you may still find yourself getting a little too red by the time your beach day comes to an end.
So, just in case, toss this in your beach bag.
The soothing skin relief product from LovelySkin has aloe to calm potentially red skin and helps keep things hydrated and prevent potential peeling. Obviously, you don't want to get to a stage where you're sunburned, but if you can't prevent it, at least you can treat it.
8 Benefit Cosmetics Badgal Waterproof Mascara
If you're the kind of girl who absolutely cannot part with her falsies, chances are, it may feel a bit strange to go to the beach with nothing on your lashes. So, while you probably shouldn't go full on with lash glue and a fake set, you'll need a mascara — and this is the perfect solution. Benefit's Badgal mascara will give you super lush lashes, but the waterproof formula means you don't have to worry about it smudging all over your face.
7 Simple Skincare Waterboost Micellar Makeup Remover Eye Pads
We said it once, we'll say it again — wipes will pretty much always come in handy.
Even if you already have full-sized wipes in your bag, these micellar eye pads are a necessary addition.
The gentle formula means they're perfect even for women with sensitive skin, and they can help remove anything from make-up that's irritating your skin to swiping off your remaining sunscreen before reapplying. There are so many uses for them you'd be silly not to include them in your beach bag!
6 COOLA SPF 30 Scalp And Hair Mist
You've made sure to pack plenty of sunscreens to protect your body and your face, but have you considered your hair? It's just as important to protect your gorgeous locks from the sun as it is to protect your skin, so add this mist to your beach bag. You can just spritz a layer over your hair and it will help take care of it, keeping it hydrated and protected from the sun's harsh rays. Plus, the ocean salted sage is the perfect fit for the beach.
5 First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream
We have to admit, we will always absolutely love coconut scented and infused products for the beach — there's just something about coconut that makes it the perfect pairing for the beach.
If you're just looking for some moisturizer to keep everything hydrated while you're out and about, consider this coconut water cream.
It's super lightweight and absorbs really quickly, which means you can apply a quick layer before continuing your fun beach activities. Plus, you get a quick whiff of that intoxicating coconut scent.
4 Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation
There are plenty of Sunday Riley fans in the beauty world, and if you absolutely must pack some kind of foundation for the beach, this is a great option. It's buildable, so you can take things a little more full coverage if that's your style, but it's also super lightweight and has chamomile and green tea infused in the product, which helps to soothe skin and reduce redness. It basically allows you to wear foundation without looking like you've caked on foundation for the beach.
3 Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow Foundation
No matter what you need, there's probably a product out there for you — this is the perfect example. Perhaps a tinted moisturizer just doesn't have enough coverage for your taste, but you also don't really want to rock full on foundation.
This foundation is about 70 percent water, which means it's really light and hydrating, but it also has decent coverage.
It's literally the best of both worlds — you'd be silly not to add it to your beach bag to help you achieve the perfect beach-worthy skin!
2 Ouai Anti-Frizz Sheets
If you care about hair products whatsoever, chances are, you've heard of Ouai — the brand is totally slaying the haircare game, and this product is no different. If your beach woe is frizzy hair that seems to be flying all over the place, this is your beach bag essential. The hemp paper sheets have shea butter and coconut oil, which helps to smooth out any potentially frizzy strands as well as give a bit of shine to your hair overall. Flawless.
1 Nails Inc. Polish In Pink Rave
There's nothing quite like a vibrant shade of nail polish to make your tan truly pop — and this is our pick for summer 2018.
Nails Inc makes great products, and this shade from their Rainbow Riot line is so bright you'll spot it from halfway across the beach!
It's a little bit cheeky, it's definitely loud, and it's the perfect shade for the beach. I mean, you can do a neutral nail color any day of the week — for beach day, you want some vibrancy!
References: allure.com, violetgrey.com, sephora.com, thekit.ca, brit.co, theeverygirl.com