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July 2, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 3 Faves: 0

Top 5 Carry Alongs For The Bathing Beauties' Beach Bag

By Rachael Ellen More Blogs by This Author

Hop in your convertible, pile in your minivan, or  hitchhike, if necessary, to get yourself near a body of water this 4th of July weekend! I don’t care if it’s an ocean, lake, pool, or busted water bed, this holiday is all about enjoying the summer heat with some H20, barbecue, family, and friends. Before you find yourself soaking up rays, here are the Top 5 Carry Alongs for your beach bag!

1.) Sunscreen

People, get serious here! I understand that being tan is a priority for a successful summer, but every beach bag NEEDS sunscreen, even if it interferes with the oh-so-important tan. If you are going to be swimming or running through the sprinkler, remember to reapply sunscreen immediately after to keep your skin protected from damaging UVA and UVB rays. For others remaining poolside and lounging, sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 to 4 hours to keep consistent protection.

2.) Sunglasses

What kind of stylish bathing beauty would you be without stunna’ shades? Every hot summer excursion needs a pair of cute sunglasses as an outfit complement, but also as a precaution against the sun’s intensity. Ophthalmologists believe that too much UV exposure can raise the risk of eye diseases like cancer, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Do yourself a favor, grab a pair of killer shades, look fabulous, and keep your peepers protected.

3.) Floppy Hat

After protecting skin and eyes, the next Top 5 is the top of your head! Having hair covering your cranium isn’t really a substitution for a classic, functional floppy hat. Similar to sunscreen, different hats will have different ratings of Ultraviolet Protection Factor or UPF. A clothing’s UPF rating is the amount of ultraviolet radiation that is blocked by the fabric.

Excellent UV ProtectionUPF 40-50+blocks 97.5% of UV radiation

Very Good UV Protection UPF 25-39blocks 96.0-97.4% of UV radiation

Good UV Protection UPF 15-24blocks 93.3-95.9%of UV radiation

Embellishments like oversized flowers and ribbons make the floppy hat one of the more versatile and fun beach bag additions on the Top 5 Chart!

4.) Hair Sunscreen

Attention to all of those who color their hair--this is for you! Hair sunscreen, like the ones produced by Redken and Paul Mitchell, are all about keeping your color. Using a hair sunscreen not only maintains, but also adds moisture to your “do.” This was recommended to me by a friend, so I’ll definitely be giving this one a try this summer!

5.) Waterproof Mascara

Ladies, we are not linebackers or raccoons. It’s time to end the bleeding mascara epidemic that’s plagued our summer fun. Black rivers of makeup running down the face isn’t attractive, and trying to rub it off is dang near impossible. Save yourself the headache! Applying a light layer of waterproof mascara before heading out will keep your lashes lasting. Remember to keep a tube in your bag for darker application when the sun goes down!

Now, if you don’t have a cute beach bag already, go get yourself one! You’re going to want to keep it stocked with these Top 5!


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  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Great Top 5's!

  • Um, I never really thought of the Hair Sunscreen. Great idea I will have to look into this. I have noticed not from going to the beach but just everyday coming and going outdoors, that my hair gets lighter in the summer, it must be the beautiful suns fault!!

  • Victoria-
    I never knew that Hair Sunscreen existed until I started researching. It makes perfect sense, so I'm not at all surprised! I had similar results with my hair in the summertime, I guess now we can explain why!

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