A day at the beach is by far the best way to experience summer on the Maltese islands. But, aside from the obvious towel, hat and sun lotion, there are a few items that can take your beach-bum days to the next level. Take a look at these five summer essentials for the ultimate Malta beach experience.
This bad boy isn’t only used for cooking! Slap some coconut oil on your skin this summer and wait for that golden tan to appear. Now I know what you’re thinking, I need to protect my skin while my beach goddess body is in the making; and you'd be right! Well, did you know that coconut oil has an SPF of 4, which protects your skin from 75 per cent of the sun’s UV rays? That’s just 45 minutes of protection though, so remember to reapply often, and if your skin is particularly prone to burning, you might want to give it a miss in favour of a shop-bought sunscreen. Coconut oil is also a great moisturiser, so you’ll also have some seriously smooth skin after your afternoon at the beach.
Why stop at your skin, doesn’t your hair need some love too? Use coconut oil as a conditioner while you’re soaking up the sun. Don’t apply too much though, as things might get a little greasy!
When it’s hot in Malta, by golly it’s hot! Even though the shore is a few steps away from your sun bed, you’re not in the mood to get up and take a dip. Introducing the body mist; a cooling solution contained in the cutest of vessels. All you need to do is spritz yourself with the mister, but don’t forget to close your eyes, as that trip to the sea may be unavoidable after all!
Keep your pets cool in the summer’s heat too; when your pup is panting away, quickly spray him with the refreshing solution and allow him to enjoy his beach day too.
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Malta’s underwater world is spectacular. Of course it entirely depends where you’re ready to set up camp, but the sister islands get top pick here. Gozo is full of beautiful fish that swim close to the shores but relish in the deeper water while Comino's beaches are swarming with the most beautiful marine fish imaginable. Get your hands on an underwater camera and dive deep into the blue waters below - you never know, you may find yourself face-to-face with your next insta-shot.
Disclaimer: this isn't for your skin! Lemon juice is acidic and should therefore be treated with caution - using it on your skin can cause permanent damage. But, what lemon juice is great for is naturally lightening your hair! So if you’re looking to get that sun-kissed colour and score a couple of highlights in the process; give lemon juice a shot. The best way to use it is to juice a whole lemon, strain it, dilute it with water and apply it to your hair before you expose it to the sun. You can re-apply it while at the beach of course, but one application should do the trick.
A means of escape
There’s nothing like drifting away into wonderland while the sun perches high in the sky, the waves crash around you and the smooth summer breeze gently caresses your skin. That, combined with the soothing escape of a good book or an incredible playlist - not to mention a tall bevvy to help your relax.
Whatever your beachside ritual; be sure to keep hydrated, enjoy the sun responsibly and build a couple of sandcastles to keep the soul young!