Wow, today it was about 100F/38C in New York City and at those temperatures, people really only have the beach or pool in mind. It’s just too hot to think of anything else. So in light of the heat and because I’m a native Californian, Marta has passed the reins over to me to bring you our “Beauty and the Beach” tips.

When it comes to enjoying the beach (or pool) a little prep in advance can go a long way. First of all, shave your legs (or whatever else you need to shave) the day or night before (or in the early morning, if needed). I like to use Eco-Armour Natural Shaving Cream ($24), and it helps to ensure I don’t end up looking like a wooly mammoth on the beach.

I’m very fair – to the point of turning into a ghost in the winter. As such, it’s preferable to pre-tan before going to the beach. First of all, I definitely look better in my swimsuit and secondly it is a much safer way to get a tan. I’ve fallen in love with Beautisol Summer Glow Body Self Tanner ($39). The best thing about this product is that it looks natural and you don’t have to be an expert to apply it and still look great. I would recommend you put this on the night before you go to the beach or the pool.

Beach day: Wake up and take your shower. Salt water or chlorine pool water can really damage your hair, so you’ll want to protect your beautiful salon-styled and colored hair with a product like Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Protectant ($20 in the shop). Next, apply sunscreen before you go to the beach or the pool. One of the main reasons to do this is to ensure you’ve covered your entire body with sunscreen. The other benefit is that you don’t need to apply sunscreen immediately when you get to the beach – this is already taken care of, and you’ll be sand free! Of course, you will need to re-apply depending on how often you go in the water or stay out in the sun.

The sun is strong (sand and water are also extremely reflective), so everyone needs a powerful sunscreen. I like to use MD Solar Sciences Ultra Mineral Screen Gel SPF 50 ($25). A high SPF will help protect your skin from both burns and future wrinkles – and since you pre-tanned at home (right?), you don’t actually need the sun to be tan.

I remember those cute surfer “dudes” with white zinc lips on the beach as a teenager. Fortunately, today we don’t need white zinc lips to be protected. KaplanMD Lip 20 Anti-Aging Treatment Gloss ($30) moisturizes, repairs, plumps, and protects with SPF 20! What more could we ask for?

Wearing a lot of makeup on the beach or at the pool never looks good or youthful, no matter what your age is, but mascara is still a must because it really helps to make your eyes pop. I like to use Luka Mineral Cosmetics Siren Mascara ($20) as it is water resistant, looks very natural and is long-wearing.

A touch of bronzer, like Youngblood Mineral Radiance Bronzer ($33), can go a long way to define your face and give you a sun-kissed look. Sometimes I also need a bit of help to even out my skin, so I’ll use 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 ($32), which looks very natural. Also don’t forget to bring your hat, towel, sunglasses, water and whatever else helps you relax and enjoy your day at the beach.

Post-beach or pool, I need to shower to get the chlorine or sand off my skin and then put on some nice lotion, such as Skinfinite The Balm ($34) or SenZen Sealed and Delivered Body Treatment ($44). Your skin has been protecting you all day from the elements, so the least you can do is give it some pampering before you grab a great book, jump in bed and call it a day.