For most Aussies, the first whiff of sunscreen in summer is like an aphrodisiac – here come those sexy beach days. Make sure you’re ready for action!
Pack your summer beach bag because here come those sexy, salty days. Make sure you’re ready for action!
I WAS NEVER
a Boy Scout. Actually, I wanted to be a Girl Guide like my sisters, causing my mother a mountain of worry, but I do live by the Scouts’ motto of “Be prepared”. This is especially important when it comes to fun in the sun and keeping my beach bag stocked with all the essentials.
Diligent planning means I never get to the beach and, realising I’ve forgotten something, quite dramatically ruin my (and everyone else’s) day!
But what grooming essentials should be in the bag? I’ll keep a few of mine secret, but here are the absolute must-haves.
This one is a no-brainer. The brand you use isn’t important, the SPF rating and application definitely is. When you’re out in the Aussie summer sun, using anything less than a broad spectrum SPF30+ would be dangerous. Make sure you lather it on thick (which is why I prefer creams over sprays), and re-apply every two hours and after swimming. Don’t forget to (casually) flex and as you apply it onto your hard-to-reach places.
You never know who might be watching and might offer to give you a hand.
HAIR AND SCALP UV PROTECTION
Definitely protect your hair and scalp from the sun and surf and apply liberally and often. However, tossing your hair around like you’re in a Beyonce video, while spritzing may induce a masculinity plummet.
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You know, the ones parents clean up messy kids with! Keeping some handy in summer helps prevent greasy, sun-screen-y fingers and sand going in your eyes, in your food and on your screens. You will thank me for this one.
I prefer using “natural” smelling deodorants when I’m at the beach instead of the medicinal type fragrances of your everyday antiperspirant. There are some great chemical-free choices available and, although they might not cut it as a weekday 9-to-5 option, you don’t get more Australian than the fresh feeling and smell of eucalyptus on a hot day at the beach.
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There is definitely nothing wrong with using the same sunscreen on your face that you use on the rest of your body. But I’m something of a princess (I hear you gasp of disbelief) and prefer to use something lighter and less greasy on my face. This helps stops the breakouts and clogged pores that many of us suffer during summer. I use an SPF30 on my body but I never use less than an SPF50 on my face. It is scientifically proven that sunscreen prevents skin ageing and who wants to look like a sultana?
You probably got the memo about sunglasses as a teen-homo, well before most of your friends, right? But what type of sunglasses you wear at the beach is about more than just a fashion statement. Make sure your sunglasses state that they have UV protection. Sunglasses without UVA and UVB protection simply filter out the ambient light, the glare, but won’t protect your very delicate eyes from UV damage.
Lips need extra special care out in the elements as they have fewer of the cells that trigger tanning, which is the skins’ natural protection from UV rays. This means they get burnt and damaged faster. Again, the brand isn’t important as long as it has UVA and UVB protection and is a minimum of SPF30. Note that you will need to apply lip protection more often than sunscreen on your face and body, especially if you are a lip-licker.
When applying sunscreen to your hard-to-reach places, don’t forget to (casually) flex. You never know who might be watching.
Will Fennell, The Grooming Guy @leskinbar_bywillfennell www.leskinbar.com