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September 2021

I Wanna Soak Up the Sun

The rain has finally stopped, and I’m running to the beach. What should I toss in my tote?

When it comes to fun in the sun, AskMelissa always has a host of Best Kept Secrets. Here are a few of our recent favorites:


Get Hip, Get Green Reusable Shopping Bags

The Get Hip, Get Green Reusable Shopping Bags also make great beach totes. A favor in the Oscars goodie bag this year, you’ll feel glamorous and good about the environment—the company donates a portion of their proceeds to children’s environmental causes.

Price: $29.95
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La Roche-Posay ANTHELIOS 40 Sunscreen Cream and Daily Moisturizing Cream SX SPF 15

French Women Don’t Get Fat. And they also don’t get sunburn with Anthelios sunscreens. For those in the know, they provide the best UVA and UVB protection with the highest level of the ingredient Mexoryl™ SX. We love its light, nongreasy feel—and it is fragrance and PABA free.

Price: $28.49 and $21.00
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Solar Recover Save Your Skin

OK. So, you forgot to reapply your sunscreen and now you’re sporting a skin shade just this side of vermilion. This refreshing, all-natural spray calms sunburn pain. You can also use it to moisturize hands and face or even as an aftershave. And there’s no greasy residue on the skin.

Price: $11.00
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Nikon Coolpix S60

You feel the sun on your skin, smell the salt air, hear the waves crashing. You can capture the moment, because you listened to AskMelissa and put this handy little camera in your beach bag. The touch screen controls make it shockingly easy to use.

Price: $239.00
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Flip UltraHD Camcorder

Instead of flipping out that you’ve forgotten to bring the video camera once again, keep the Flip digital camcorder in your beach bag. It’s so easy to use: one-touch recording, digital zoom, 120 minutes of fun in the sun. And we love the built-in USB port and software that lets us email and edit video and upload easily to MySpace and YouTube.

Price: $180.88
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Sigg Water Bottles

Quench your thirst in eco-friendly style with Sigg’s water bottles, made of aluminum and 100% recyclable. With over 150 patterns and colors, there is something here for everyone. The 1-liter size fits into most car and gym cup holders.

Price: $15.99–24.00
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Lilly Pulitzer Mother/Daughter Tunic Dresses

Your daughter won’t be willing to do this indefinitely, so while she is, create a picture-perfect moment at the beach in these matching mother/daughter tunics. The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck designed the limited-edition dresses in honor of Lilly Pulitzer’s 50th anniversary as part of a program to raise funds for EB, a rare and inherited skin disease affecting young children.

Price: $268.00 and $98.00
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