Best Beauty Picks for the Beach: Skin

Slather, spritz, repeat! That's just what we did with a boatload of products before awarding these summer-worthy choices top marks.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter

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Cleanser: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter

Coconut oil is the secret to the foaming action that cleans deep without stripping skin; shea butter, soy, and hazelnut desensitize and hydrate.

Buy it: $22; clarinsusa.com.

Seventh Generation Body Wash in Peppermint

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Cleanser: Seventh Generation Body Wash in Peppermint

The eco-friendly company known for household products just launched a personal-care line that includes this refreshing body wash, also in Mandarin, Lavender, and Chamomile.

Buy it: $8; seventhgeneration.com.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Toner

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Toner: Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Toner

Even dry and sensitive complexions will tolerate this alcohol-free toner that removes impurities and refines pores.

Buy it: $20; elizabetharden.com.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

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Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Magically rich and oil-free, this gel absorbs quickly to rehydrate and keep moisture in and environmental irritants out.

Buy it: $37 (1.7 oz.); clinique.com.

Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Radiant UV Base SPF 50

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Moisturizer: Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Radiant UV Base SPF 50

A sheer veil of broad-spectrum protection and moisturizer in one, it goes on invisibly under your makeup as a liquid, so it's the perfect SPF for layering.

Buy it: $60; esteelauder.com.

RéVive Sensitif Oil Free Lotion SPF 15

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Moisturizer: RéVive Sensitif Oil Free Lotion SPF 15

For oily to normal and sensitive skin, this light-as-air lotion packed with antioxidants and cell-rejuvenators controls excess oil and gives a matte appearance, so it's great for sunny, hot climates.

Buy it: $195; reviveskincare.com.

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

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Moisturizer: La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

From the brand known for its crème comes the next generation "soft cream"—super light and luxurious, but packing the same star ingredient: Miracle Broth infused with sea kelp and other healing ingredients to calm sunburn and other irritation.

Buy it: $150 (1 oz.); lamer.com.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick

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Body Moisturizer: Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick

This handy balm-in-a-stick contains argan oil, the rich source of skin-soothers vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Toss it in your beach bag to use on lips, hands, feet, elbows, or cuticles. It's even great for scars and stretch marks.

Buy it: $22; josiemarancosmetics.com.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

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Body Moisturizer: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

The Japanese tradition was to steep botanicals in hot water, infusing a piece of silk with the steam to nourish skin. This mister goes for the same goal, delivering hydration and antioxidants via Okinawan red algae, green tea, and rice bran extract.

Buy it: $48; tatcha.com.

Moroccanoil Body Soufflé

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Body Moisturizer: Moroccanoil Body Soufflé

Here, creamy goodness goes on lightly, quenches skin, and comes in a generously sized tub so you can enjoy using it every day.

Buy it: $52; moroccanoil.com.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

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Body Moisturizer: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

This salve is 20 percent shea butter—rich enough for hands dehydrated by salt water, wind, and sun, but not oily.

Buy it: $28; usa.loccitane.com

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body with Active Vitamin D

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Exfoliator: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body with Active Vitamin D

These towels exfoliate, give a natural self-tanning glow with vitamin D, firm skin with caffeine, and even minimize shaving time using the hair-inhibitor Capislow.

Buy it: $45; dgskincare.com.

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