My beach essentials: Dara Torres

The Olympic swimmer shares her favorite bikini, water bottle, and more

Olympic swimmer Dara Torres feels at home in the pool and also at the beach. “My business suit is my swimsuit so I had to get over any fear of anyone seeing my psoriasis on my elbows or back really quickly,” says Torres, who was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease that causes itchy red patches on the skin when training for the ’92 Olympics. The condition is aggravated a bit by chlorine,but salt water and going to the beach actually makes it feel a bit better, she says. "I don't cover up any outbreaks at the beach; it's about being yourself," says the athlete who has recently partnered with the company Celgene on the “Show More of You" campaign. Here, the 12-time Olympic medalist shares her must-haves for trips to the ocean.

pre-beach barre

"I love barre because it really tones your legs and your rear and that's essential for looking good in a swimsuit."
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fabiola molina sunkini

"These bikinis are great for swimming or paddle boarding in the waves because the straps are adjustable and don't fall down."
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ray-ban wayfarer sunglasses

“I don’t care if I look like a raccoon from wearing them, it’s important to protect your eyes. I always go back to the old Wayfarer style from when Tom Cruise did Risky Business."
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s’well water bottle

"Swimming in salt water can make you dehydrated. These bottles keep your water cold even when it’s really hot outside. ”
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c.o. bigelow mentha lip balm

"I always pack this in my beach bag to keep my lips moisturized."
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baseball cap

"I always wear a hat to the beach. You can get fancy with a cute straw one. I’m really into fedoras right now, but they don’t cover my face as much as I’d like, so I go for my old Yankees cap that I love.”
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