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Beauty and the beach

By Hayley Kaufman
Globe Staff / June 10, 2010

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The sun, the air, the sand — who doesn’t love the beach? Well, between the schlepping and the prepping, quite a few of us. To help you make the most of your upcoming visits to the shore (and keep you looking chic while you’re there), we’ve collected a bevy of sunny must-haves. Now, just find the perfect beach read, and you’re ready for anything. Even sand.

Smooth operator Biggest drawback of bathing-suit weather: revealing one’s thighs after months under wraps. Can a skincare product made with caffeine, coffee seed oil, and shea butter help firm things up? Here’s hoping. DermaFirm corrective lotion, $97, available at www.skincarerx.com.

Shade maker Every summer, it’s the same story: Your S.O. comes home with $6 sunglasses that look like Erik Estrada might have worn them circa ’78. He deserves better (your S.O., that is). Preppy, tortoise-shell sunnies by Tommy Bahama, $138, available at Tommy Bahama stores and www.tommybahama.com.

To dye for You’ve got your sunblock, towel, iPod, and, of course, the latest copy of The Economist. Now you need a fab tote that fits your sun-drenched style. Ted Rossi Tie-Dye Jet-Set bag in blue sherbet (shown), also in orange sherbet and vanilla sherbet. Available at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.

Quick change Summer means it’s time to get your tootsies in shape and a nice bright polish is a must. But then you’ve got to deal with the chipping and the stinky nail-polish removers, right? Not so fast. Sula’s Paint & Peel nail colors, $9, come in an array of shades that you can peel off as soon as you want a change. Available at Anthropologie, Ulta stores, and at www.sulabeauty.com.

Wax, don’t wane Guys, there’s beachy hair and then there’s hair that looks like you just rolled out of bed after a night at McGreevy’s. Pull yourself — and your hair — together with Sculpt Wax by Emmett Cooper Haircare, $22. The line has lots of high-profile fans, including Josh Duhamel. Don’t know who that is? Ask your wife. Available at www.emmettcooperhaircare.com.

Repair shop Even with all that sunblock you slather on, your skin needs some love after a day in the surf. To smooth tired skin, try First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream, $28, available at Sephora stores and at www.sephora.com.

Suit up Studs and other embellishments are one of the big trends this season, which make this sea-blue bikini from 1 Sol Swimwear a perfect summer acquisition. And at $135, you’ll still have money left for a slinky pareo. Available at www.1solswimwear.com.