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    20 Things You Need If You're Pale As A Ghost But Still Love The Beach

    Satisfy your burning desire to go the beach...without actually getting burnt.

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    1. A legit tent so you can hide like a little hermit crab until it's time to go home to AC and shade.

    Promising review: "I love this pop-up shelter! I have been using this during my son's soccer practices and games. It has been close 100 degrees this week where I am, and sitting in the sun is unbearable. This shelter has been a life saver! The first time I used this I thought it must have been a much cooler day. I looked at my phone and it was 97 degrees! It just felt much cooler with the shelter!

    This sets up easily. It fits two large folding chairs side-by-side, or several people can sit inside it without chairs. There are three zippered windows. I always keep these open for air flow except when the sun would be shining directly through them (usually near sunset). I'm super happy with this sun shelter." —Braden

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99+ (available in two colors and sizes).

    2. A pair of oversized sunglasses to cover like half of your face. You'll look cool and your face will be partially protected from evil rays of sun that just want to hurt you.


    Get the ones on the left for $15.89 (available in nine colors) or the ones on the right for $13.99 from Amazon.

    3. A tube of Jack Black SPF 25 lip balm with green tea and vitamin E for soft and safe lips.


    Promising review: "I know, I know, you're tired of the reviews of 'I tried EVERYTHING until this product, and it changed my life!!!'...but I'm TELLING you I am the most dry/dehydrated person (skin-wise and humor-wise) and this helped me SO MUCH within two days. I have an extremely stressful job where I stare at a computer screen all day, and I developed a nasty habit of picking at my lips while reading/editing documents. This product completely eliminated any option of dead skin (ew?) to pick at. I haven't even used it today, and that's unheard of for me. I'm placing a few more orders of this. I cannot stress enough how damaged my lips were! Highly, HIGHLY recommend. Thank you Jack Black, whoever you may be." —tgho

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in eight scents).

    4. A swimsuit with three-quarter sleeves and a zippered neckline to keep your delicate shoulders and back safe from the dreaded sun.


    Promising review: "Can I say how much I am in LOVE with swimsuit? It fits perfectly, allows you to choose the level of appeal you want with the zipper, and the print is AMAZING. I feel like going to the pool right now just so someone can see me in it!" —Mrs. M

    Get it from Amazon for $19.53+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 11 patterns).

    5. Or a two-piece option so you actually stand a chance at peeing in a stall., Addition Elle

    Get the one on the left from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes 4–14 and six colors) or get the one on the right from Addition Elle: the top for $34 and the bottoms for $24 (available in sizes 1X–4X).

    6. A hypoallergenic mineral sunscreen made for sensitive skin. It's non-greasy and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    This stuff is paraben, PABAs, phthalates, oxybenzone, petrolatum, dyes, and oil-free. It comes in various styles, like tinted face cream, mineral lotion, spray, and a kid's version. Styles can come in SPFs of 30, 50, or 70. And the cherry on top: It's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "Wow — this lives up to the hype. It goes great under my Chanel foundation, provides a great base-foundation, and goes on smoothly right on top. I don't use a primer anymore; just this sunscreen instead. There's no irritation, redness, or stinging after application. I have to use a sunscreen because of retinol use, and this is the best so far." —Dulcinea El Toboso

    Get it from Amazon for $11.02 (available in five styles).

    7. A classic floppy hat that screams vacation and sun safety at equal volumes.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four colors).

    8. Or what appears to be the biggest, floppiest hat known to man. Just in case you're serious about hiding from the sun.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.90 (available in two sizes and colors).

    9. A beach blanket with UPF protection so you can wrap yourself up like ET and wait for someone to bike you somewhere shady.


    This UPF 50+ blanket claims to protect against 98% of UVA and UVB rays.

    Promising review: "My son is in a wheelchair, and while we can protect his head with umbrellas and hats, his knees get a LOT of sun in the summer, even with sunscreen. Or sometimes it’s the opposite problem: we’ll be on a breezy, shady terrace, and he’ll get cold. This is soft, lightweight, and the perfect antidote to sun or wind when we are dining outdoors. Packs easily into a small backpack." — Legal Knitter

    Get it from Amazon for $28 (available in 11 colors).

    10. A hilarious-but-useful umbrella hat good for avoiding sunburns and for embarrassing anyone who knows you.

    Promising review: "As Southern California grandparents, we spend a lot of time in the sun watching our grandsons soccer games. As we watch, we've tried everything to find shade, especially for the late afternoon games when we are facing the setting sun. By far, this is the most convenient solution to date. It stores easily in no more space than an ordinary umbrella, but doesn't have to be held like other umbrellas. Rather, it is worn, like a hat, including a chin strap to keep it in place when winds blow. Compared to visors, Seattle sombreros, and other sun hats, this umbrella hat casts a LOT more shade, and also allows more air flow for comfort, without being blown around, thanks to built-in wind vents. The only downside to this hat is that you do indeed look strange when wearing it. Fortunately, we are far past trying to impress anyone with our looks." —Man in the Middle

    Get it from Amazon for $16.54+ (available in six styles).

    11. A sheer maxi cover-up so everyone can still see your amazing swimsuit, even when you're trying to layer up.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $29.90 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

    12. A Supergoop! Glow Stick you can easily apply to your face so you can get back to your intense game of beach volleyball in record time.

    This (honestly bite-able looking) stick of sunscreen offers broad-spectrum UV protection while also moisturizing. It's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I don’t usually review products, but I discovered this little guy in store before I even saw it online (and I’m definitely an online shopper) right before a trip and decided to purchase. It is definitely travel-friendly; I kept it in my backpack and reapplied throughout the day. It is clearly easy to apply, goes on super smooth, leaves a nice sheen without feeling greasy. Love it on a bare face! Have yet to try with makeup. The price point is great too, the only thing I didn’t love is that you have to push up vs. twisting — I almost popped it all out. No big deal though." —crystalpmfp

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    13. An umbrella tent — the perfect blend of shade-giving products to give you shelter when you're not swimming.

    Promising review: "~*~*~*SPORTBRELLA LIFE!!!!!!*~*~*~ a TATTOO I would TOTALLY consider getting, if I was someone with a few more tats and could afford to break it up with a funnier tat here and there. THAT BEING SAID, the Sportbrella is a WAY OF LIFE. I swear, I have spent years dealing with rickety, garbage umbrellas, watching my own father struggle to keep a standard beach umbrella properly anchored in the ground, and he is a strong and tall guy!!! But everything changed the day, last year on the sands of Jacob Riis Beach in Queens, when I saw my dude Dave's set up. He was rockin the SPORTBRELLA and I was like, 'dude, is that a tent? or an umbrella? or what is going on here?? You got GREAT SHADE, VENTILATION, and MAXIMUM STABILITY!!! This is a miracle!!!!'

    I went home THAT DAY and bought my own! Well let me tell you something, among friends and family, I am now KNOWN for my Sportbrella!! I beach with that baby nearly every weekend in New York and then I bring her down to the Delaware shore for our yearly family trip to Bethany Beach (s/o Bethany Beach, love that place man!!) <3 <3 <3 SPORTBRELLA 4 EVER." —Daphne I. Gardner

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three colors).

    14. A long-sleeve cover-up so you can bring that business casual look to the beach.

    Promising review: "Love this coverup! Classic lines and soft fabric. It was perfect by the ocean and poolside! Drys quickly! Got many compliments on my trip to Maui!" —M. Foster

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 14 colors).

    15. Or a dramatically long maxi for a "just rolled out of my luxurious California king bed with silk sheets" look.,

    Promising review: "Amazing, amazing, amazing piece!! No flaws whatsoever! Definitely considering buying other colors!" —Brittany A.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 10 colors).

    16. A rainbow striped jelly visor so you can pull the brim aaalll the way down and still be able to see.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $12.90 (available in two sizes and colors).

    17. A Speedo UPF swim tee because it turns out just wearing a regular shirt isn't always enough protection. The sun is THAT tenacious!


    Promising review: "Great swim shirt in the water to prevent sunburn. If you wear it swimming, it does provide some drag. It hasn't faded at all after washing a number of times for the summer. I would definitively purchase again. It can also just be worn as a T-shirt and it does dry quickly." —karen

    Get it from Amazon for $16+ (available in sizes S–4X and 14 colors).

    18. A fold-out canopy chair so you can relax and stop stressing about where you're sitting. The shade comes attached!


    Promising review: "This chair is amazing. It's very sturdy and comfortable. The cup holders come in handy for other things like your phone and sunscreen. The canopy can be up or down. It has two clasps to lock it in the upright position. It all easily folds up like an umbrella. It comes with an outer bag with a handle for carrying. I'm glad I went with the heavier capacity as the legs are much bigger in circumference so the chair doesn't wobble." —Cassini

    Get it from Amazon for $57.99+ (available in sizes five colors).

    19. A fishing hat you might as well utilize even when you're not fishing. It's not like the sun can tell the difference.

    Promising review: "We look like a couple of unibombers, but this hat blocks the sun from our hair and faces. I'm allergic to sunblock, so I needed something. We kayak all the time, when the weather is nice. I bought the light one for me, and the darker brown for my husband. What can I say? They work. The only problem we have is that when it's cold, and we have the face guard pulled up, it can fog up our sunglasses." —chuch

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98 (available in five colors).

    20. And a sunless tanner if you want to look like you got a tan even if you were just hiding in the shade the whole time., Sephora

    Personally, I like being pale (reanimated corpse chic, baby!) but sometimes it's tempting to fake it so people stop telling me I look like a marshmallow. This lightweight serum has shea butter to moisturize and baobab seed oil to protect skin from sun damage. It's vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

    Promising review: "I'm in love with this Body Serum by Coola! This is exactly what I was looking for. I'm usually not a fan of self-tanning solutions because I could never get them right, e.g. I would always get uneven color with weird stains everywhere. This product has a lighter texture, and while it might not give you as much 'tan' as other products out there, it makes it so easy to work with it! And you could definitely build up the intensity of your tan over time. I don't even need to wear the gloves to apply it, I just wash my hands after the application and my hands and nails look perfectly fine. It absorbs quickly and easily, doesn't leave stains on the clothes and sheets if you allow it time to fully dry (for me it's 30 mins). It is not very moisturizing, so if you have dry skin, you might want to use some cream first or try mixing this serum with your cream. Will be definitely repurchasing." —Ginger007

    Get the serum from Sephora for $46 and the brush pictured above from Nordstrom for $26.

    Remember: Sunscreen goes ON the body, not IN it!


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