For those that may be visiting Australia with dreams of hitting the beach and channeling your inner Elle Macpherson, let us give you a heads up - it's not always as glamorous as it may look. The sun, sea, sand combo may sound romantic but here's what it looks like: hair getting stuck to your sunscreen, sand in every crevice of your body, losing things - including your underwear, a wet seat on the way home as a result... Unfortunately a day at the beach isn’t always as idyllic as you want it to be. Here are some ways to keep you looking your best on a trip to the beach.
What to wear
Besides your togs/cossies/swimmers/bathers/swim suit, when deciding what to wear to the beach, keep it simple. Too many items of clothing and jewellery means you'll probably lose something by the end of the day. A casual, loose-fitting and free flowing dress or skirt is great - it makes for an easy switch of bikini bottoms to underwear if you're headed somewhere after the beach while perfecting the effortless beach babe look.
Your skin and face
Sun protection is one of the most important things to remember on the beach, along with swimming between the flags and only at the times when the beach is patrolled. Skin cancer is massive problem in Australia – two out of every three Australians will be diagnosed with it by the time they reach 70. Wear SPF30+ sunscreen and continue to apply it throughout your day at the beach. Wear a good, wide brimmed hat, Australian standard sunglasses and consider other sun-protective clothing. Remind your friends to use sunscreen too – they’ll thank you in the end. As for looking your beautiful best, try waterproof mascara and eyebrow gel. No one wants to rise triumphantly out of the surf with panda eyes. Keep some good quality lip balm on hand (that wont melt too easily) to moisturise your lips through the day so they don’t become dry and cracked.
Keep your hairstyle low maintenance but make sure you protect your hair through your beach day. Wearing a big, floppy hat will also protect your colour from fading and use a UV moisturising spray. When you get home, use a conditioning mask to help your hair stay in top condition.
Let it be known: the term and connotations associated with having a ‘beach body’ are officially outdated – if you’ve got a body and it’s on the beach, then congratulations! You have the perfect beach body. But feeling your best is important. Keep your body hydrated and healthy with a moisturising regime at the start of the summer. Exfoliate your arms and legs a couple of times a week in the shower and moisturise your body after you get out of the shower and before you go to bed at night. If you want a healthy glow, try a spray tan at the start of the summer or self-tanning lotion - sun beds are banned in Australia.
Pick a bikini that you feel good in. If you order some online you can try them on in the privacy of your own home. According to Emma Mulholland’s Resort 2017 collection, bikini shorts are in, and it's best to make sure your swim suit is not going to go anywhere if you happen get dumped by a wave...
Take it with you
A part of keeping our beaches beautiful and our fauna and flora safe and protected is taking everything that you brought to the beach away with you again. Not just your personal items but your rubbish, any food you might have bought with you, drink bottles - everything. Help keep our country beautiful and take it with you.
Summer in Australia is on its way and it's time to have some beach time fun! Enjoy.