Memorial Day Weekend marked the unofficial start to the sunniest season. Now’s the time to get your skincare routine ready for a summer of adventure! Not sure what to pack? We’ve rounded up 9 summer beauty essentials to tuck into every beach bag, backpack, and travel tote!
We've got everything you need to make it an unforgettable summer, from sun-care products that protect against harmful rays to stylish and skin-brightening beauty picks. Dive in!
Add These 9 Summer Skincare Essentials to Your Vacation Packing List
Nalu Koa (HI)
Kool Ocean Gel
Maker: Stephanie Gray
It’s no surprise that Kool Ocean Gel boasts the tagline “Saving Hawaiian Vacations One at a Time.” Aloe, cucumber, and blue-green sea algae drench your skin in a cooling Pacific plunge, helping to soothe the effects of too much sun. Don’t let sunburn bust your vacation plans—this gel is a must-have in any traveler’s beauty bag!
Caley Cosmetics (TX)
Vacay Vibes Bakuchiol Kit
Maker: Cindy Holland-Rodriguez
Summer’s the season for showing skin—don’t let dry, rough patches ruin the fun! Island Ambrosia face cream and Tropical Melt cleansing balm are a one-two punch against a tired countenance. Bakuchiol, Vitamin C, and tropical enzymes plump and smoothen skin so you’ll finally nab the sun-kissed radiance you’ve been hearting on your socials.
Herban Roots (NC)
Chemical Free Sunscreen
Maker: Georgia Colon
Herban Roots cheekily compares the experience of typical sunscreen pastes to “spreading diaper creme,” and their sheer, non-greasy formulation proves why! This airy and floaty blend defends against rays without the funky build-up. Best of all, it’s made with all-natural ingredients, so it’s safe for your skin and marine life!
Bug-a-boo No-Itch Stick
Maker: Jennifer Maves
Say goodbye to frustrating days spent swatting away airborne pests! Simply glide on this easy Bug-a-boo No-Itch applicator stick to clear the air so you can enjoy picnics, beach days, and BBQs without the buzz and bite of pesky irritants!
ESAS Beauty (CT)
Maker: Robbert Van Batenburg
Keep your hands feeling fresh as a flowerbed with this rinse-free cleanser! Each wanderlust-drenched scent whisks you away to a distinct carefree paradise. Bask in the waters of the Mediterranean with Capri, or electrify your afternoon with a stunning sun-splashed Miami fusion.
Pholk Beauty (NJ)
Honeysuckle Rose Hydrating Mist
Maker: Niambi Cacchioli
Summertime heat is no match against this Honeysuckle Rose Hydrating Mist! When things warm up, spritz your face with a refreshing blast of soothing botanicals. It’s a quick way to refresh after a workout or give yourself a pick-me-up on a sweltering afternoon. Your skin will love the royal treatment!
Honey Avocado Lip Balm
Maker: Kalpana Shinde
Ready your lips for an unforgettable summer romance! Karomni combines raw honey and avocado oil with rich butters for a sweet kiss of ultra-plumping, super-softening moisture. This balm is a must-have for any sizzling summer evening.
Fancy Gloss (FL)
Maker: Jacqueline Garcia
Set the stage for a stylish summer! Your nails deserve a break from sleepy wintertime hues. So liven things up with this eye-catching neon Pink Haze polish! It pairs perfectly with giant sun hats and colorful, billowy dresses.
Inspired Apothecary (PA)
Over Did It Creme
Maker: Stephanie Mitchell
Long secluded hikes and bike rides on the beach—summer is a siren song calling us to the outdoors. It’s easy to overdo it, and when the doing is overdone, you need this Over Did It Creme! It’s packed with ingredients known for their soothing properties. Slather it on trouble spots so you’re ready to get back in action!