Living the Dream

Every Day is a Beach Day in California

Californians have the best. The weather is nice here all-year round. It's tempting to head to the beach everyday and not anything else done, but people have work, school, and other obligations. On the days that people go to the beach, good preparations are important to having a safe and fun time.

The benefits of water are numerous. Here's a short list.

  1. Hydrate

  2. Store water in a stainless steel bottle with ice and stay hydrated and cool. Bring extra water.

  3. Bring fruits and snacks high in water content

  4. Bring a cooler packed with ice. Throw in sliced fruits and vegetables. Fruit cups made up of watermelons, pineapples, apples, and grapes are the best.

  5. Use a sunscreen with spf 50+

  6. Sunscreen when used correctly protects the skin from getting burned. Use one that is at least spf 50+, apply 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun, reapply every 2 hours, and use at least a teaspoon on each body part. Apply a couple of layers on the face. Below are three sunscreens picks by our editors.

    Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

    Sun Shiseido

    Perfect formula for the active, sporty person. Great for the face and body. It reduces the appear of photo-aging.

    Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33 - Sunkissed Tints

    Sun Janmarini

    Light, non-greasy formula is perfect for use under makeup. It offers water-resistant, broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection with oil control.

    Sun Shield TINT Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    Sun Obagi

    Slightly tinted, this sunscreen offers skin protection against both UVB and UVA radiation.

  7. Wear clothes with spf protection.

  8. Rashguards offer protection from the sun and environment. They protect against rashes caused by sun exposure and injuries. They are worn on their own or under a wetsuit. Roxy has a nice selection of rashguards for girls and women.

  9. Beach umbrella and chair

  10. Invest in a big umbrella and a chair and enjoy the beach all day. Those who want to suck up the earth's warm may want to lie down on a big beach towel or blanket instead.

  11. Wear surf sandals

  12. Reefs, vans, hurley make sandals meant for the beach. They have soles with grip.

Beach days are fun days. Clean up after to ensure a clean environment. There are always plenty of seagulls flying overhead. Bring some bird seeds to feed them.