As a girl born and raised in Florida, summer is more of a lifestyle than it is a season. Considering there are only a few weeks of cold all year, there isn’t much change in fashion when Memorial Day arrives. However, I was inspired by International Fashion Bloggers Project #98 and my long awaited family trip to the beach to create a list of the bare essentials one may want to keep handy for the Florida Sand and Sun. Here is Part One of My List:
This is the easiest category since pretty much every Florida girl has Shorts, Tanks or T’s, Sandals (after all, sandals are a go everywhere kind of footwear in Florida), and a swimsuit (or five) in her closet. Choose lighter colors if possible (black is torture in the sun), and what you feel a bathing suit will look good under.
Due to a combination of my pale skin, my oily face, and having a tattoo exposed to the sun, I rely on three different sunscreens to protect me from the vicious Florida Sun.
Coppertone Sport: Since I am very pale and tend to burn easily, I chose the Broad Spectrum UVA/ UVB SPF 100+ protection. I will still have to apply every 80 minutes but this gives me a fighting chance of not getting burnt. This sport brand (as opposed to some others) includes the necessary antioxidants to prevent any long-term skin damage. And, it sticks to you like white on rice! While some may find that a bit annoying, I will take that any day over 2nd degree sunburns (trust me, I’ve learned my lesson!).
Neutrogena Clear Face: Since I tend to have oily skin and am prone to adult acne breakouts, I chose Neutrogena Clear Face, Break Out Free, SPF 30 facial sunscreen. It is ultra light and yet is waterproof for any thing you might be doing beachside.
Coppertone Tattoo Guard: Since I do have a tattoo that is exposed to the sun while in beach attire, and it is one I cherish very much, I chose the Coppertone Tattoo Guard, which is specially formulated to protect the colorization and sharpness of tattoo lines and pigment. While mine isn’t very large, I will probably share with my brother since the lotion is great for covering larger tattoos as well.
After considering my lengthy list of sunscreens, you may find yourself wondering how I have a tanned, “beachy” appearance. Simple, I fake it. I have seen the effects reckless sun exposure can have (wrinkles, skin cancer treatments etc.) so, while I love the beach, I refuse to subject myself to any unnecessary pain (now or in the future) to do it. That’s where my daily moisturizing routine comes into play:
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is a great daily use product that gradually brings a natural looking tanned glow to your skin. It does not have the same smell as typical tanning products and does not leave awkward spots or streaks if not applied just right. This is a great feature for someone like me who can be ADD at times when it comes to a beauty routine. This product also comes highly recommended by the readers of Allure Magazine as it was chosen as the Reader’s Choice for Self Tanner.
Since the Jergens Natural Glow doesn’t have the same overpowering smell as most self -tanners, its great to layer with a wonderful fragrant lotion like another Allure Magazine Readers Choice Winner: Japanese Cherry Blossom Lotion from Bath and Body Works. It was chosen as best Body Lotion for its light springtime fragrance. Best of all, the lotion and shower gel come in handy travel sizes- perfect for a weekend at the beach!
While these are the most essential essentials, stay tuned for a beach-worthy makeup and accessories in part 2 of A Florida Girl’s Fashion and Beauty Guide to a Weekend at the Beach!