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Summer is here, and with it comes the HOT sunshine. Summertime means pools, boats, and beaches. While we all enjoy basking in the sun’s golden rays, it’s essential to protect our skin from harmful UV radiation not just to prevent premature aging but also to protect our health and skin from potentially developing melanoma. One of the primary ways to shield our skin from sun damage is by using sunscreen….EVERY DAY.

Sunscreen alone, though, is not enough to shield your skin from the sun. You can also stay in the shade during peak sun hours, wear protective clothing like lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats to cover exposed skin. Also remember it is important to protect your eyes from UV radiation by wearing sunglasses!

The best thing you can do to get and keep a healthy glow all summer long is to use a self tanner. There are so many options available from DIY at home products to spray tan booths to professional air brush spray tans.

Here are some of go-to summertime products!


Sun Bum™ has been my top choice for body sunscreens for years. The smell is divine, and they lack all of the harsh chemicals that are not good for your skin. They offer all ranges of SPF and formulas, so you can customize what you like best!

Supergoop™ Glow Screen is one of my daily go-to sunscreens, especially when I want that dewy look. I prefer Golden Hour or Sunset, but there are 4 shades to choose from. The Setting Powder is great to have in your pool/beach bag or in your purse! Tap, brush, set and go! Great for touch ups over regular sunscreen or makeup.

Dime Beauty’s Wonderscreen™ is also in my regular rotation, and you can now get in the Glow formula. Get the daily protection you want and need from Wonderscreen® SPF 30, containing 19% Zinc (that’s a lot of protection). Wonderscreen SPF 30 is a non-greasy, non-whitening, lightweight, and reef-safe formula that won’t dry out your skin.

Sunless Tanners

There are SO MANY self tanner options out there! The above are my personal favorites based on my skin tone. I opt for Dark or Ultra Dark in the TanCeuticals and Medium/Dark in Tan-Luxe. The nice thing about the Tan-Luxe line is that you can make it as light or dark as you want based on how many drops you use. Just add it to your face and/or body moisturizer!

Always be sure to exfoliate before redoing your self tanner! I love the KP Body Smoother from Saltair and the exfoliating mitt from St. Tropez.

Are you not the best at self tanning on your own? Try a mobile self tanning service or an airbrush tan. My go-to’s where I live are Natural Glow Mobile Spray Tanning (Rita is AWESOME!) and Jacquelyn’s Spa monthly tanning membership.



Help protect your skin with cute longer sleeve cover ups and kimonos. Amazon is the best source for affordable options but I really loved the colorful kimono from Revolve linked above!

Summer Make Up

Not a fan of wearing a lot of makeup in the hot sticky heat but you still want to look put together? Try some of my favorites!

DIBS® is one of my current favorite obsessions. DIBS® brings you makeup essentials designed to deliver a flattering finish with no-nonsense application and good-for-you ingredients. The Desert Island Duos are creamy combos of bronzer and blush but can also be used on your lips. This is the easiest and most beautiful contouring tool I’ve ever used! I’ve tagged my 3 favorite combos but there are multiple to choose from. And you HAVE to use it with their double ended brush. Honestly, one of the best make up tools I’ve ever owned. GET ONE!! I also love their Status Stick for shimmer and shine head to toe. Use it on your face, decollete, arms, legs…you name it! Again, use it with their new body brush for easiest application.

Tarte™ is my other go-to clean brand. From their bronzers to highlighting palettes, they’ve got your covered in gorgeous finishes. My “must always have on me” product is the Maracuja Juicy Lip Balm. It is a moisture rich balm that makes your lips feel like silk. With a coconut smell and sheer color, this is your perfect summer pout.

I hope you get to try some of my summer favorites! Drop me a line and let me know which are your favorites!


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