Summer beach essentials!

December 23, 2019

Your go-to checklist for endless summer fun

With the unofficial kick-off to summer just past us, we’ve got nothing but the beach on our brains. 

Don’t get caught scrambling when your group text blasts “beach day!” Read up on our must-have essentials so you can be prepared for nothing but fun in the sun.

Essential #1: Refreshing beach beverages

Roll up to the beach with beverages on hand. Warm temps and sunshine, while delightful, can easily dehydrate you if you’re not paying attention. Grab a reusable water bottle and fill it to the brim with this refreshing homemade coconut water lemonade. You might need to pack an extra bottle or two for friends. It’s too good not to!  

Citrus-y Coconut Lemonade

  • 4 cups coconut water
  • 5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Juice from 3 limes
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • A few mint leaves (optional)

In a pitcher, put lime, lemon, and orange slices together. Add lemon juice, lime juice, and agave nectar, and then pour in coconut water. Add ice cubes and mint garnish and mix well. Pour into your bottle and enjoy! 

Essential #2: Accessories that go the distance

Cute suit and sunnies? Check, and check. Now what about an eco-friendly beach towel and packable sun hat? Opt for a multi-purpose beach towel made from recycled materials, like these! We want to ensure our Planet stays beautiful and happy for a long time to come. Purchasing products that support Mother Nature in the best way possible can only do good things.

Next, be sure to keep your shade game strong with a sun hat. Covering your hair and shading your eyes with a wide brim is a great way to help minimize potential sun damage. But don’t forget that SPF… 

Essential #3: SPF that protects your skin

Be sure to apply sunscreen *before* you arrive at the beach. Giving your SPF at least 15-20 minutes to fully absorb will help keep sunburns at bay from the get-go. All Alba Botanica® sunscreens use skin-loving ingredients that not only work to deflect UVA/UVB rays, but also help hydrate and nourish skin. 

Our favorites for easy application include our Hawaiian Sunscreen Coconut Clear Spray SPF 50 and Fast Fix Sun Stick SPF 30. Set a timer for every 80 minutes if you’re going in the water so you can reapply on schedule! No matter how high your SPF is, if you’re splashing around you’ll need to apply a fresh coat.

Essential #4: Soothing and nourishing After Sun Care

If you do happen to get a little burned, or your skin’s feeling dry from salty air – check out our After Sun Care. Refreshing Aloe Vera in the form of gel and lotion, and a medicated spray with cooling menthol, goes a long way towards soothing parched, irritated skin. We like sticking a tube of our Alba Botanica® After Sun Gel 98% Aloe Vera in the fridge before we head out for the day, so it’s nice and cool by the time we get home.  

And there you have it! 

Tag us in your beach pics with #AlbaBotanica so we can see all of the ways you’re embracing summer.