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The Definitive Beauty Packing List for a Beach Vacation

Sunlit palms. White sand. Turquoise water. Packing for a magical beach vacation requires certain essentials to ensure one's skin is well prepped and protected. Below, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green and celebrity and bridal makeup artist Nydia Figueroa share the ultimate beauty arsenal for your next beach vacation.

By Adrian Martin

“I also love to pack a hydrating mist in my beach bag to keep my skin refreshed and cool under the hot sun.”

Sized-up shades

If you’ll be enjoying an extended holiday, Figueroa suggests packing foundation a shade or two darker in addition to your everyday shade to match your beach vacay tan. If that sounds like too big of an investment, reach for a hydrating, lightweight formula like the Rose Inc Tinted Serum that has flexible shade matching to support your skin pre– and post–tan.

Hydrating mists

“I also love to pack a hydrating mist in my beach bag to keep my skin refreshed and cool under the hot sun,” Figueroa says. Dr. Green explains that heat, sweat and water can leave your skin feeling dry and dehydrated. Keeping a face mist handy while you’re at the beach and during flights can help fight dryness and give your skin a much-needed hydration boost.


“Aircraft cabins usually have humidity of less than 20%. The dry air can cause your skin to go into overdrive and produce more sebum to rehydrate itself.”

Your everyday skincare products

If you’re a light packer who tends to use skincare products provided by hotels, Dr. Green warns to tread lightly as these products could contain ingredients your skin isn’t used to and that may not exactly agree with it. Instead, she advises packing any other skincare products that are part of your everyday routine at home. There is one caveat, though. For trips where you’ll be spending a lot of the time in the sun, she recommends skipping retinol as it can increase photosensitivity and the likelihood of incurring damage from the sun’s UV rays.

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