Star's Top 10 Beach Essentials

Star's Top 10 Beach Essentials

The Philippines is blessed with many of the most beautiful beaches all over the globe. Within just a few hours by car or plane, you get to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand! Beach trips are not complete without some items to maximize making beautiful memories.

For someone who frequently takes beach trips and enjoys surfing, we asked Star Cua to show us her essential items to have the best fun under the sun. From sun protection to good music, she's got us covered to help us make our beach trips the best and most equipped it could ever be.

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  • Beach Hut
    MAX SPF100++ Sunscreen Spray


    This sunscreen from Beach Hut is at the top of my beach essentials. I really love this product because not only does it have SPF100++, but it is also sweat- and water-resistant

    Personally, I feel more confident knowing that my skin, especially my face, is well-protected using this than any other brand out there. Of course, to be safe, you still have to reapply every after 3 hours, but compared to other sunscreens that I've tried in the past where I would already feel my skin burning after an hour or two, this works wonders! 

    I also like that it is easy to apply and doesn't leave a sticky feeling and white cast on the face or the bodyーjust spritz away, and you're ready to have ultimate fun under the sun!

  • Hydro Flask
    32 oz Wide Mouth


    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Of course, with the heat of the sun whilst you surf or tan, you'll need cold water for refreshmentーyou wouldn't want to look "dry," right? Hydro Flask keeps water super cold even through hours and hours of the scorching heat of the sun. 

    Also, with its 32 oz capacity, it can surely keep you hydrated throughout the day, and it also calls for fewer drink refills. If I could only bring only one thing to the beach, you'd bet it would be this. I mean, who would rather buy an overpriced plastic water bottle anyway? With this water bottle, you are also taking part in saving the environment!

  • Fresh
    Jeju Aloe Ice Soothing Gel


    There were times my face and body would get bad sunburns after surfing for hours and hours under the scorching heat of the sun. And I swear to you, this product is what saved me during those days. 

    We all know that aloe vera is the go-to ingredient for sunburns, but what makes this product one of the best is the cooling effect it has on the skin. It has really helped soothe sunburns on my face, shoulder, basically everywhere. I can't even count how many times I've repurchased this product anymore. 

    Just a tipーplace this in the fridge so that when you use it, it leaves a longer cooling sensation on the skin.

  • JBL
    Go 3 Portable Waterproof Speaker


    What's a beach trip without good music? I always make sure to bring a trusty portable speaker and blast my beach playlist to liven up the atmosphere and bring extra good vibes. 

    The JBL Go 3 is the perfect choice for when you want to bring a speaker outdoorsーwhether you just want to chill by the pool or the beach or you're out on a hike! It is just the right size, and it has an IP67 rating, meaning it is waterproof and dustproof

    Speaking of good music, I've specially curated a playlist on Spotify that is perfect for all beach trips. Here's a link if you want to give it a listen!

  • Printed Round Beach Towel


    Right off the bat, the first thing that caught my eye is this towel's designーI think it goes without saying that it is very Insta-worthy! This is best for you and your friends to sit on instead of sitting directly on the sand and burning your butt.

    I personally love this towel's material. It is made from microfiber, so it is highly absorbent, and it is quick-drying. It is also soft to the touch, which makes it very comfortable! There are different designs available, so you can choose one that floats your boat and matches your aesthetics.

  • Happy Skin
    Love Your Lips Intense Color Butter Balm SPF 15


    The scorching heat of the sun, along with the UVA/UVB ray, not only harm your skin but your lips as well! This is why your lips also need some sun protection. Why just protect your lips when you can also look fresh while doing so? 

    What I love about this product is that it has SPF 15, it moisturizes my lips, and it leaves a nice flush of color. If you want to go for a natural fresh look, I suggest applying it in a soft, dabbing motion. A little goes a long way with this since it is quite pigmented! 

  • Rapoo
    S1005 10000 mAh Fast Charging Powerbank


    This very affordable fast charging powerbank will surely get you through a day of selfies, OOTDs, IG stories, and still have enough left to let you play your favorite beach playlist with its 10,000 mAh capacity.

    I love how lightweight and slim this powerbank is. It lets me easily put it inside my beach bag without taking up a lot of space. Just remember to charge this before your beach trip to ensure that you get all the juice you need to power up your phone or other devices! 

  • Ocean Pack
    Super Dry Floating Waterproof Adventure Dry Bag


    I have been using this bag for a little over 2 years now, and I must say that it seriously is a lifesaver, especially when you go island hopping where there's a big risk of your things getting wet. 

    Trust me when I say you need this! The bag's material is highly water-resistant, and it has saved the lives of both my phone and vlogging camera.

    There are different sizes available so you can easily choose one according to how much things you'd like to put inside the bag. There are also various colors available, so you can go for a dark color or choose a bright one so you can easily spot your bag when you leave it on the beachside or on the boat!

  • Beach Hut
    Tanning Dry Oil SPF4 with Coconut & Macadamia Oil


    On rare times that I don't surf, I like to indulge myself in the joys of tanning and relaxing. Because of my Asian yellowish skin tone and "flush" genes, I initially found it quite hard to achieve a really nice tan. This tanning oil from Beach Hut is a game-changer for meーmy tan has never looked so good! I easily get that "golden tan" look every time I use this.

    I recommend this tanning oil for those who want to get a quick and gorgeous tan without having to lay under the sun for long hours. One thing that I'd like to note, though, is that this tanning oil does not provide much sun protection, so I think it would've been nicer if it had at least SPF 30.

  • Human Nature
    Pure Virgin Coconut Oil


    Coconut oil has UV-filtering properties that can help protect your hair from sun damage, so I always put coconut oil on my hair after surfing. It also helps bring back moisture to the hair, and based on my experience, with regular use, it strengthens the hair, adds shine, and repairs damages as well.

    I also like that I can use this product for my body, too! It can be used in place of lotions or creams to keep your skin soft and moisturized. To avoid a greasy look or malagkit feeling, apply this on your skin right after you get out of the shower.