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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Joy

My Beach Bag Essentials ft. Sun Bum

Updated: Dec 12, 2018

If you could go back in time, what’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger, stupider self? For me, it would be to stay out of those harmful tanning beds and wear sunscreen whenever my skin is exposed to the sun. Over the years, I’d like to think that I’ve grown much wiser (although this is still TBD); I now completely avoid tanning beds, and I realize that there are two things that don’t go well together: incredibly fare, burn-prone skin, and the sun’s powerful rays.

But if you’re like me, it’s so hard to keep yourself out of the sun - particularly in the summer! I love doing outdoor activities and laying out on nice, warm sunny days, and I especially enjoy spending time at the beach! Fortunately for me, everyday was a beach-day during my recent trip to Cabo San Lucas! I was so excited for this vacation, that I had my beach bag packed a week before I even left the Midwest! I had it stuffed full with all of my beach bag essentials: beach towel, snacks, two different pairs of sunglasses, a good book to read, and a big floppy hat. But spending 5 days in a row on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula meant I needed to protect and prevent my skin from burning in the sun! That’s why my beach bag wasn’t complete without all of my favorite Sun Bum sunscreen products!

Before I started using Sun Bum’s products, I made a list of everything I wanted my sunscreen to provide for me:

  1. First and foremost, maximum protection from the sun’s rays (obvi)

  2. Tolerable or no fragrance (I hate the icky sunscreen smell!)

  3. No oily residue left behind

  4. Paraben free or as natural as it can get

  5. And it HAS TO BE cruelty-free (no animal-tested products allowed in my beach bag!

Sun Bum checked off all of those boxes for me. I’m especially drawn to their zinc-based Mineral Sun Care line because of its easy application, non-greasy appearance, and natural skin-protecting ingredients. To get maximum protection from the sun at the beach, I now combine their Mineral Spray Sunscreen and Mineral Face Stick with some of my other favorite Sun Bum Signature Sun Care products. I use their Clear Zinc on my more sensitive, burn-prone areas, like my nose and ears. And I also protect my kisser during the day with their SPF 30 Lip Balm (they have lots of flavors, but coconut is my favorite!) or their Nude Beach Tinted Lip Balm (other shades available) if I’m looking for some subtle color on my lips. Sun Bum also carries a fantastic line of beachy hair care products - I’m currently in love with their Revitalizing/Deep Conditioning Masque because of how well it hydrates and smoothes out dry, damaged hair (and it smells amazing!).

Unfortunately, skin cancer runs in my family, but I’m glad I have a dependable sunscreen to help prevent myself from becoming a victim to it too. That’s why I’ll never leave my favorite Sun Bum products out of my beach bag! Click any of my pictures or links to shop Sun Bum’s products, or find them in the skin-care aisle at your local Target. Trust me, and #TrustTheBum!

Oh, and here’s a pro-tip from Sun Bum: Put their ‘Cool-Down Hydrating After-Sun Lotion’ in the fridge before applying it for extra cool and refreshing relief!

Thanks for reading!

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