After my melanoma diagnosis, I spent a lot of time avoiding the sun at all costs. I wore cardigans in the summer, and I kept as much of my body covered at all times, even if it meant wearing t-shirts over my one piece in the pool. (If I even got in the pool… Sometimes I would sit on a covered porch and watch everyone having fun in the pool without me.)
Two summers ago, I finally realized I don’t have to be afraid of the sun, nor do I have to hide from it. If I take the proper precautions, I can still enjoy pool days or beach days with my friends. Today I’m excited to share how to pack the perfect pool day bag with y’all!
Big Float • If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am obsessed with my pineapple pool float. I bring it to my aunt’s house every weekend, and there is always a fight about who is going to use it! (Pro tip – buy a cheap pump so that you don’t lose an hour of your pool day trying to inflate a float.)
Facial Sunscreen • I practically break out at the thought of putting a regular formula sunscreen on my face. I wear SPF 30 every day since it’s in my moisturizer, but on pool days I pack it with me so that I can reapply. The last thing I want is a lot of sun exposure on my face; I want to delay the aging process as long as possible! This is my facial sunscreen of choice, and it’s perfect for oily skin!
Hat • Whether it’s a floppy hat, a boater hat, or even just a ball cap, I always try to wear a hat to the pool. The brim will shade your face, and the hat itself will protect your scalp from getting a sunburn.
Water • It’s tempting to bring booze to the pool, but I make an effort to drink lots of water so that I don’t dehydrate. My aunt keeps the pool fridge full of La Croix, and I keep a Kong with lemon water on hand.
Oversized Sunglasses • The bigger the better! Not only are large sunglasses fashionable, but they protect your eyes (and the delicate skin around your eyes) from sun damage.
Sunscreen • I saved the most important for last! I do not go out into the sun without sunscreen! I was recently gifted Vita Liberata’s Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50 with Marula. Trying new sunscreen is always a little nerve wrecking, but I really liked that this was a sunscreen with a built in self tanner, so I gave it a try. Please know that I am very picky about sunscreen given my health, and I was so pleased with this product that I actually look forward to putting on my sunscreen before getting into the pool. It needs about an hour to set, so keep that in mind when applying. I personally find the self tanner to have two benefits. Not only does it give me a nice little bronze glow, but because it’s a self tanner, I am super cautious about making sure it is applied everywhere and I can see exactly where it is applied. I don’t have that luxury when using a spray on sunscreen on myself.
I want to hear from you – what are your pool (or beach) day essentials?! Happy Wednesday, friends!
A big thank you to Vita Liberata for the gifted products. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that support Seersucker Sass!