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Your swim and sun beauty guide

Everything you need for poolside hangs, beach days and summer fun.

Beach day faves

Easy SPF touchups, post-beach refreshers and so more.

Post-swim picks

Hydrate and repair after splashing in the chlorine, salt water and sun.

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Which type of sunscreen is best for the beach?

At Ulta Beauty, we know picking the best sunscreen for the beach is crucial. Here’s what to look for:

  • Broad-spectrum protection: This shields your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause wrinkles and aging, while UVB rays burn the surface.
  • SPF 30 or higher: SPF indicates UVB protection. SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks 98%. Choose SPF 30 for everyday beach days or higher for extended sun exposure.
  • Water resistance: Choose a sunscreen labeled "water resistant" if you'll be swimming or sweating. Be sure to reapply sunscreen according to the label's instructions, even if it's water resistant.

Sun protection is key to healthy, beautiful skin! Browse our Sunscreen offerings to find a variety of beach-friendly sunscreens including mists, liquid, mousse, and more that meet your needs. We carry a wide range of top brands to ensure you find the perfect sunscreen for your next beach adventure!

What beach or pool bag essentials should I pack?

Make a splash with the perfect beach or pool bag essentials and must haves from Ulta Beauty! Here's what you need for a fun and flawless day in the sun:

  • Sun Protection: Shield your skin with a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. While you're at it, keep your lips nourished with SPF lip balm – we have a variety of tinted or scented options!
  • Stay Hydrated: Combat the summer heat by staying hydrated with a plenty of water.
  • Beach-Ready Hair: Tame beach waves or pool frizz with leave-in conditioner or beach wave spray.
  • Post-Swim Refreshment: Keep your skin cool and cleansed with a facial mist. For a quick makeup touch-up, we recommend packing a travel-size setting powder – perfect for absorbing shine and keeping your makeup in place all day.

How do I get beach wave hair after swimming?

Forget the flat, lifeless hair after swimming! With the right products from Ulta Beauty, you can transform your post-swim locks into gorgeous beach waves.

Pre-Swim Protection: Shield your hair from chlorine and saltwater with a leave-in conditioner.

Sea Salt Spray for Texture: Spritz a Texturizing Sea Salt Spray onto damp hair, scrunching upwards for beachy definition.

Creamy Waves Defined: For a more sculpted wave, apply a dollop of Beach Wave or Curl Enhancing Cream to damp hair, focusing on mid-lengths to ends. Scrunch and let air dry for effortless texture.

Braided Beauty: Create looser waves by braiding damp hair with gentle Hair Elastics that won’t break your wet hair. Let air dry completely, then unravel for a relaxed, beachy look.