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!


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.


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.le­skin­

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