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9 Poolside Beauty Essentials You Need This Summer

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Summer is finally upon us and along with backyard barbecues, trips to the vineyard and jaunts down the shore, comes the opportunity to spend your day poolside. Whether you want to call out of work to take a dip or bring your laptop to turn the pool into your own personal office, one thing’s for sure: You need to bring a few beauty essentials to keep your strands and skin healthy and protected all day long. From a mattifying moisturizer to a high-gloss styling spray, ahead you’ll find nine must-have hair, makeup and skin care products to toss into your favorite pool bag.

9 Best Poolside Beauty Essentials

  1. 1. Broad-Spectrum SPF
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    1. Broad-Spectrum SPF

    Point blank: You can’t go to the pool without sunscreen. Make sure your body is protected from the sun’s damaging UV rays by keeping a bottle of this mousse sunscreen on hand at all times. The foamy texture sinks into skin for water-resistant wear that lasts up to 80 minutes. And since it’s made with shea butter, olive oil and jojoba oil, your skin will feel happy and hydrated all day long.
    Try: Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50 

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  2. 2. Lightweight Moisturizer

    Let’s be honest, we go to the pool to score a gorgeous golden glow, but we don’t always come back with one. To fake the appearance of a naturally sun-kissed complexion, toss a jar of this lightweight moisturizer into your pool bag. Designed to visibly reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and dry skin, you’ll fall head over heels for this mattifying formula. Best of all, once you leave the pool, you can use it as a primer for your favorite makeup, too!
    Try: GlamGlow VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer

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  3. 3. Mineral Sunscreen Brush
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    3. Mineral Sunscreen Brush

    Instead of trying to blend a mineral SPF into your skin (it’s tough, we know), try dusting your complexion with this award-winning mineral sunscreen powder. The built-in brush makes application easier than ever and the formula itself is a true skin hero. Designed to reflect and scatter UV rays while minimizing the look of uneven skin, you’ll be smitten with the mattified finish. But, just because it’s mattifying doesn’t mean it’s not also hydrating. You can thank hyaluronic acid powder for that.

    Try: Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield Medium

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  4. 4. Glow-Enhancing Palette

    Poolside selfies are a must. And if you want to look like a rosy glowing goddess when snapping your pic, look no further than his quad of cheek essentials. Pop the top of the pretty compact to find a soft-focus highlighter, matte bronzer and two blush shades that work together to create the ultimate summer complexion. Each product is sheer and buildable, not to mention blurring, which makes it the perfect pool staple when you want to add a touch of color without putting on a full face.
    Try: BECCA Cosmetics BECCA x Khloe Kardashian Malika Haqq Bronze Blush Glow Palette Made with Love By Malika

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  5. 5. Setting Spray
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    5. Setting Spray

    Sure, this mist is technically a makeup priming mist, but you can benefit from it on its own, as well. Made with eucalyptus leaf oil, a single spritz hydrates and balances skin with a refreshing cooling effect. The result? A dewy, even and radiant visage that looks picture-perfect at the pool.
    Try: Tarte Cosmetics Ready Set Radiant Skin Mist

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  6. 6. Finishing Spray
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    6. Finishing Spray

    Keep the pool from drying out your hair by spritzing your strands with this styling spray. The vegan formula promises a layer of sealed-in gloss, helping you to achieve the high-shine tousled look before even stepping into the pool. In addition to the lacquer finish, the spray offers light hold, which helps to keep flyaways at bay despite any humidity lurking around the pool.
    Try: Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Hair Spray

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  7. 7. Clarifying Shampoo
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    7. Clarifying Shampoo

    After you finish your pool sesh, it’s important to take the time to properly wash your hair. Since chlorine can be super drying (not to mention fading if you have color-treated strands), this hydrating shampoo is a must-have for your pool bag. Made with white caviar oil and Swiss glacial water, this luxe formula promises to repair past and present damage while preventing against future wear and tear.
    Try: miriam quevedo Glacial White Caviar Resort Collection Cleansing Hair Balm

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  8. 8. Self Tanner
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    8. Self Tanner

    If you feel a tad too pale for a pool day, prep for your waterside moment with this streak-free tanning oil mist. Simply spritz the nourishing mist—which features a blend of argan oil, vitamin C, hibiscus and chamomile extract—onto dry skin and rub in with your hands or a tanning mitt. If you use your hands, make sure to thoroughly rinse them immediately after application to avoid any staining around your fingers and wrists. From there, let your streak-free tan dry and flaunt your head-to-toe glow.
    Try: COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist 

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  9. 9. Body Lotion
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    9. Body Lotion

    Everyone’s favorite Brazilian beauty product deserves a spot in your pre- and post-pool routine, so why not pop it in your bag to stay well-stocked at all times? Made with moisturizing coconut oil, fatty acid–rich cupuaçu butter, skin-firming caffeine and glow-inducing mica, there’s literally nothing not to love about this deliciously scented body cream.
    Try: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

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Rebecca R. Norris

Rebecca R. Norris is a full-time freelance writer living in the DC metro area. She writes for a variety of publications, covering everything from beauty and wellness to style and celebrity news. She is a graduate of George Mason University. There, she earned her B.A. in Media: Production, Consumption and Critique, along with a minor in Electronic Journalism. The Virginia native is a lover of lists, Stevie Nicks, dark chocolate Sprinkles cupcakes and the Oxford comma.