Here’s What We’re Packing In Our Pool Bags This Summer

Pool days are here and, quite frankly, we’re overjoyed. But… What do you pack in your bag to keep your skin protected during these sweltering days ahead? Thankfully, you don’t have to pack much in order to have a good day at the pool, but forgetting these items could result in unhappy, sunburnt skin. And we don’t want that for you. Once you’ve grabbed your hat, sunnies, towel, swimsuit and favourite magazine, pop these products into your bag…

Facial sunscreen with SPF 50

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF 50

We cannot stress the importance of sunscreen during the summer months (actually all year round) enough and how you should be reapplying it every 90 minutes if you’re sweating or swimming. Choose a sunscreen that contains a SPF 50 for maximum protection. We love this one from Kiehl’s, as it’s lightweight and easy to apply. It’s compact enough to keep in your bag for the pool and will protect your skin from sunburn, provided you apply the product liberally and regularly.

Bronze oil spray SPF 30

NIVEA Sun Protect Bronze Oil Spray SPF 30

Bronze your bod with this tan-activating protecting oil. It has immediate UVA/UVB protection, as well as natural melanin extract to stimulate the skin’s natural tanning process. It spritzes easily onto the skin, leaving it feeling silky soft. We love that it has a SPF 30 to protect the skin. The product contains the signature NIVEA suncare scent that puts you into the best summery mood, making it an ideal poolside companion.

Hand and body lotion

Afriderm Hand & Body Lotion

The chlorine of the pool can dry out your skin, so be sure to keep a nourishing hand and body moisturiser, like this one from Afriderm, on standby after your last swim. Once you’ve showered, apply this product to your body, including areas such as ankles, knees and elbows to replenish your skin after moisture loss. This multi-purpose cream contains vitamins A and E and sodium lactate to protect the skin from free radicals, as well as deeply nourish and soothe any forms of irritation.

Lip balm

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15

Don’t allow your lips to get neglected when you take a dip. Try this soft, nourishing lip balm by Bobbi Brown, which contains SPF 15 to provide additional protection. It has the best combination of hydrating ingredients, such as aloe vera, beeswax, avocado, olive and wheat germ oil. Use your fingertip to blend the product onto your lips and feel free to reapply whenever you need.

Hydrating mist

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Miracle Hydrating Mist

Post pool day, refresh your skin with this delicate hydrating mist from Elizabeth Arden. It contains a superfruit blend of vitamins and antioxidants that’ll give your skin a proper boost after a few fine spritzes. The formula also has apple-leaf extract, a highly soothing element, to calm irritated, unhappy skin. It’s compact and great for perking up tired-looking, poolside skin.

What are your must-haves when lounging next to the pool? Let us know in the comments below.


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