It's that time of the year again! The monsoon season is almost over and the beaches and islands in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo will be waiting for us with all its glory and beauty. If you love boat rides, the islands of Redang, Perhentian, Tioman (to name a few) are a mere 1.5 hours boat rides away from their respective jetties. Or head to Kota Kinabalu and explore the 5 islands just 20 minutes boat ride away at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. If you are feeling more adventurous, head to Pulau Mataking or Pulau Mabul. Believe it or not, tropical paradise is at its best right here in our home, Malaysia!
Before packing your bags, don't forget a few beauty essentials you must not leave home without. Sun, sand and sea are a nice combination but neglecting special skin and body care have its consequences. Think of peeling sun burnt skin. Ouch!
Behold, the six beauty products that are as essential as the coconut drinks that you'll have by the beach:
This. is. a. MUST! If you have acne-prone or sensitive skin, physical sunscreen is your best bet. Formulated with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the ingredients work by reflecting sun rays off and away from your skin. Beauty gurus swear by this! We love Laneige's Light Sun Fluid. It is waterproof and its SPF 50 will keep you well protected while you snorkel with the fishies!
The skin is not the only body part affected by sun exposure, your hair does too! Protect your hair from over-drying by applying leave in conditioner or hair oil to ensure it stays hydrated and frizz-free. Formulated from plant extract without silicone, Aveda's Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil works wonders in protecting your hair from damage.
SPF FOR YOUR LIPS
The skin on our lips are sensitive to sun and dehydration. Throw in the salty water factor, it can get chapped easily. Slap on a moisturizing lip balm with SPF like Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant. It contains SPF 15 that will protect your lips from the harsh sun and you'll be good to go.
AFTER SUN BODY LOTION
Once you watch the sun set, don't forget to keep on moisturizing your body with a good hydrating body lotion. This will ensure your skin is well hydrated and stays supple. We love Acca Kappa's Wisteria Body Lotion. With aloe vera extract that is good for after sun care, it will keep your skin supple and ready for next day's beach activities!
After all day of playing, your skin deserves a mask that delivers extra nourishment and reinvigorate your skin while you sleep. Sulwhasoo's Overnight Vitalising mask will get the job done superbly, leaving your skin supple and well-hydrated when you wake up the next day for more sun and sea!
BONUS: QUIRKY BEACH HAT
What is a beach vacay without a chic beach hat to flaunt? It looks cute on you and it protects you from the sun. We adore this cute beach hat from Aldo. Chic? Checked. Protective? Checked. Instagram worthy? Checked!
What do you think of these beach beauty essentials? Do you have any beauty favorites that you would like to share? Give us a shout out in the comment section below!