It's beaching season. Are you ready?
Words: Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | Photography:Marguerite Oelofse | Styling: Mandy Nash
Waves crashing against the shore, a cold drink in your hand and the sun in your face: the makings of a perfect beach day. Summer is here and it’s time to turn your at-the-desk daydreams into a reality. But, like with most adventures, you only realise how unprepared you are when you’re already there and it’s too late to do anything about it. So, here are a few things you should remember in order to make your day as dreamy as you had imagined.
Aside from the fact that beach fun is incomparable - your skin is glowing, you’re feeling yourself and you’re usually with your favourite people; there is nothing quite like it - the other perk is that it’s also meant to be one of the more affordable summer activities. But that it takes some planning, it’s quite easy for it to get unnecessarily expensive when you haven’t given yourself enough time to get yourself together and have to pick up essentials on the way. Getting to the beach and having to rent an umbrella you have (at home) but forgot to pack is annoying, especially in this economy. So get up early enough to make sure you’ve packed in all your basics.
And then proceed to do your skin prep. It’s easy to neglect this step, but it’s quite key in getting beach-ready. Radiant skin is an instant confidence boost and, well, if you’re going to spend your day baring skin in swimwear, you want to be sure it’s at its best. So exfoliate, hydrate and apply as high an SPF of sunscreen as you can, from head to toe.
Leaving looking after your health in the silly summer season as an afterthought is peak recklessness. You’re likely to be drinking more and sleeping less than you normally would, so keep hydrated and nourished. And seeing as you’re up early, make a good breakfast, take the time to enjoy it and drink lots of water.
On the style front, while you want to nail it, worrying about what to wear may be counterintuitive to the vibe of relaxation. So, keep it simple in flowy dresses that you can throw on over your costume, pair shorts with soft cold shoulder blouses or bikini tops. There really are no rules and it's all about how you feel. Less does tend to be more, though, because it can take up to 5 business days to fully get beach sand off of all your items.
And once you’ve got those down, throw any extras you want to take with and start checking if your squad is good and ready to go.