Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, which prevents damage from free radicals – and it’s delicious. This herbal sunscreen smells like a gorgeous mixture of green tea, oats and honey, and it’s made from all natural products and vitamins. Hydrated with jojoba and shea butter, it’s ideal for sensitive skins. Did we mention it smells terrific?
Slightly more heavy-duty than the Aubrey, Alba’s Lavender has a high SPF rating. Even better, it’s highly water-resistant and ideal for kids and grown-ups getting in and out of the pool or beach. Infused with aloe vera, chamomile, gingko biloba, and yes, lavender, this is another sunblock that doesn’t smell like cheap paint, but gentle, natural perfume.
Great Parasolz has a fun and fabulous array of parasols to suite any taste and price range. Made from materials as diverse as lace, painted paper, nylon, and satin, a parasol can be the ultimate sun accessory. Spend as little as $8 on a charming printed paper version, or go full-on glam with the $112 nylon with crystal accents.
Ah, sunglasses. As with jean cuts, what’s current and trendy today is passé by tomorrow. For the fashion-savvy, this season’s sunglasses are big and bold. Bright blue, pink and orange are the colors du jour. If you’re focused on the cutting edge, you can’t do better than Nina Ricci’s line. Big and bold? You bet. Jackie O would be proud – in fact, Nina Ricci is re-lauching “her” style this year.
Looking for something a little more modest? Consider IMAN’s Global Chic Signature Sunglasses. IMAN is style, much like her husband David Bowie. Her sunglass line reflects that, but they’re also affordable. Her signature oversize styles are custom-ordered to your taste of color, from black to garnet to plum to tortoise to white.
#4. Sun Hats
Looking for something distinctive, yet practical? Coolibar makes a great range of stylish choices. Coolibar hats are all UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) 50, keeping your valuable head cool, calm, and collected. Their website offers useful sun safety tips, a glossary, and a guide to picking the perfect summer hat.
The Chlorine Resistant Bucket Hat is self-evidently perfect for horsing around in the pool with little ones…they tend to splash.
The Savannah Wide Brim Hat conjures up visions of grand southern dames strolling down wide peach tree-lined avenues – and the wide brim protects you from even the fiercest Dixie heat.
A little more rugged and outdoorsy your style? Check out prAna’s line of hats. From printed beanie and cadet caps, prAna brings out the cute mountaineer in every woman.