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Julyne Derrick

How to Get Sand Off From the Beach

By July 5, 2011

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It's summer and I'm at the beach in the Hamptons where the sand sticks to my sunblock-sprayed legs like flour to a milk-and-egg-soaked chicken. So how to get the sand off of you and your loved ones (babies and diapers, ack!)? Here are a few simple tricks that work.

  • Pack talcum powder in your beach bag (Burt's Bees Dusting Powder smells -- and works -- great) and sprinkle everywhere sand hides, using a towel to wipe off the sand and powder. You'll find talcum powder makes the sand sweep right off the skin. This method works incredibly well with diapers and babies, too.
  • My favorite design blog, Apartment Therapy, has a post today on keeping sand out of the house. Make a pouch out of flannel and fill it with corn starch, tie the top and then use the pouch to wipe off sand. Corn starch, like talcum powder, quickly whisks away sand.
  • To get sand off your face, pat talcum powder on your forehead and brush it downward to cheeks, nose and chin. Sand will slide right off.
  • To get sand out of hair, sprinkle cornstarch or baby powder on your crown and roots and massage it in, then turn head upside down and shake.

Baby powder is genius. I use it to soak up oils on the days I don't wash my hair, I use it to texturize my hair when I want more body and it works brilliantly after a haircut or trim to whisk away the cut hair that sticks to skin.

Photo of baby on beach by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images


July 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm
(1) Jordan Sullivan says:

These are great tips, but there is a product out there that is, well I think more convenient. My friends and I use Sand-Off. It’s amazing and I never go to the beach without it. It’s this terry cloth mitt that has the powder infused in it already to easily wipe away sand. It really works great. Just thought I’d share as another tip for sand haters. :)

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