Ahhh, a day at the beach. Show up pasty and plain and return home hours later with a rosy glow, streaky highlights and feet softer than they were after your last pedicure. If only there was a way to capture the beautifying benefits of the sun, sand and surf without having to book an island getaway. Oh wait—there is. Thanks to these ocean-inspired body skin and hair care essentials, you can feel beach beautiful no matter where you are, no matter what time of year.
Jason Smoothing Sea Kelp Shampoo. Welcome to hair paradise! Suds up with this silky-soft shampoo for beach-babe style, minus the salty buildup and sun damage. Specially designed to fight frizz and smooth unruly tresses, it’s made with sea kelp—packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids—plus kukui nut oil and ginseng to super quench strands while bringing out natural shine. For extra manageability, finish with the conditioner.
Reviva Labs Hawaiian Seaweed Beauty Mask. Stepping on it may send you squealing, but seaweed shouldn’t be a stranger in your skincare routine. Offshore, this ocean treasure has great potential for moisturizing, brightening and rejuvenating skin. Don’t worry, you don’t have to harvest your own. Slather on Reviva’s soothing Seaweed Beauty Mask and let this plant-enriched cream work its magic.
Alba Botanica Sea Lettuce Cleansing Milk. Stay in summer mode despite chillier weather with this light, soap-free, sea lettuce cleanser. Sea lettuce? Yes! Not a huge hit at the salad bar, this leafy, aquatic plant (otherwise known as Ulva lactuca) is a type of algae naturally rich in antioxidants. Alba blends it with kelp, spirulina and other marine sensations for a creamy wash that rinses away makeup and impurities while also protecting your skin.
One with Nature Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salts. If Cleopatra counted on them, so can you. Mineral salts from the Dead Sea (home of the world’s very first spa, set up by the Queen of Sheba herself) are rich in skin-nourishing minerals that can help improve elasticity, increase moisture retention and promote pH balance. Fill up the tub and soak your way to softness!
Alba Botanica Sea Salt Body Scrub. Grainy yet gentle, sea salt is an excellent exfoliator, buffing away yucky dead cell buildup to reveal fresher, younger-looking skin. Alba’s Sea Salt scrub is enhanced with macadamia, avocado and sweet almond oils so tender, newly exposed parts are instantly smothered with healthy hydration. Use this all-over salty stripper in the shower before applying sunless tanner for more even color coverage.
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