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Beyond Sunscreen: 8 Things to Equip Yourself in the Battle Against the Sun’s Relentless Rays

You remembered your sunscreen, but what else should you have in your sun-protection arsenal?

We all know that, at this point, sunscreen is as essential to your day-in, day-out skincare routine as cleanser and moisturizer. So let’s presume that if you’re planning to spend a day hiking, sunbathing, or just spending any time outdoors that you’ve got the sunscreen thing figured out. But why stop at a swipe or two of Coppertone? There’s a whole slew of items that are worth having in your anti-sun arsenal. So no matter what form your sun-worshipping takes, you can make sure you and your skin are well protected.

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Water Bottle

In skincare, as in life, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And that means, above all else, staying hydrated. And this is doubly important if you’re going to be spending time out in the sun. Perhaps you’ve gotten into a good rhythm of getting in all your requisite H20 on a daily basis. But if you could use a little more structured help, a motivational water bottle can do wonders. This stylish bottle from Healthish reminds you how much water you should be drinking throughout the day.

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Beach Tent

Whether you prefer sitting shoreside or only come out of the water when you start getting pruney, it’s good to have some shade on hand for when you want to kick back on the sand. This luxe, vintage-style tent from Business & Pleasure is perfect for posting up at the beach all day (you can readjust the angle of the tent so that as the sun’s path changes, you’ll be able to stay in the shade).



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Umbrellas—they’re not just for inclement weather! A lightweight parasol is all you need to keep the sun from breathing down your neck no matter where you’re going. A paper parasol in particular is lightweight and easy to carry and comes in a variety of colors and designs.

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Long Sleeve Linen Shirt

When it’s hot out, the last thing you’re probably thinking as you decide on what to wear for the day is: “Time for a long sleeve shirt!” But if you’re goal is to protect your skin and stay cool, never fear, that’s what linen is for! A breezy, white linen shirt is perfect for covering up without overheating. You won’t even have to splurge (you can never go wrong with a basic from Uniqlo) and it’s a summertime staple that will add the exact right amount of casual polish to any look.


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Not a neckerchief person? Get ready to channel you’re inner Sam Neill in Jurassic Park because you’re about to be. We spend so much time thinking about our faces and limbs that it’s easy to forget the places you don’t look at, like the back of your neck. So whether you’re going to be on the trail in the wilderness or just walking around your neighborhood, complete your outfit with a neckerchief or a bandana.

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Wide Brimmed Hat

To paraphrase a certain hair-related idiom, “the wider the brim, the closer to God.” Baseball hats will certainly do the trick, especially if you’re going to be doing something more physical and will want to make sure it stays put. But if you’re having a more leisurely time in the sun, why not opt for a hat with a particularly wide brim and maximize the amount of the sun’s rays you’re blocking.

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The kaftan occupies a similar space in your anti-sun arsenal as the long sleeve linen shirt, but it’s for your whole body. If your day in the sun is of the more lounge-y, stroll-y variety, you’d do very well to make sure you’re covered from clavicle to toe while still getting plenty of cooling air to keep you from overheating. Just throw on a kaftan and you’ll be easy, breezy, and covered.

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Post Sun Care

Hey, nobody’s perfect. Maybe you only did a few of these things, or maybe you took as many precautions as possible and you still ended up being more sun-smothered than sun-kissed. If you’re feeling a little overheated after a day in the sun, try using something like this After Sun Soothing Mist from Herbivore that spritzes your skin with a relieving aloe vera mist.