Friday Favorites: Sun Awareness Week

Did you know that this week is Sun Awareness Week? Living in Florida, it’s especially important to stay protected in the sun, so I thought I would share some of my favorite things to help me stay sunburn free! In high school, I spent way too much time in the sun with way too little sunscreen. My goal every summer was to get TAN. These days, I really regret that mentality and work hard to help make up for any damage already done.

Sun Awareness Week 2016

I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’m naturally pale, and I’ve learned to embrace it. Once upon a time, you would have found me at the beach laying out with SPF 8, trying to soak up every bit of sun. These days, I’m more likely to be found under an umbrella with a hat, sunglasses, and cold beverage, soaking in nothing but the scenery. I’ve realized that you don’t need to be tan to look beautiful, especially if you hope to still look great down the road! These are some of my favorite beauty products for sun protection:

Sun Awareness Week 2016 Life, Love, and Cupcakes

MAC Studio Fix SPF 15 РMy favorite foundation has the added bonus of built in SPF. In the winter SPF 15 is usually fine, but for the summer I prefer to layer on some of these other products.
Laura Geller SPF 30 Spackle Primer – This is more of a sunscreen than a primer, but I love how it’s not sticky and leaves no residue or white cast! I apply this most days after my regular moisturizer.
Mario Badescu SPF 30 Moisturizer – On days when I am keeping my makeup simple, I’ll opt for just this followed by a little foundation, or will just mix a bit of foundation right in!
Kiss My Face Face + Neck Protection -This is my favorite face sunscreen for the beach and pool.

If I’m going to be outside for a long time, I usually try to take further precautions to stay protected. A light gauzy beach coverup and a hat can go along way to help keep you from getting sunburned!

Sun Awareness Week Favorite Beach Items

Vineyard Vines Hat – My husband doesn’t understand my love of white hats, but they go with everything! Just wash occasionally to keep them nice and white.
Polarized sunglasses – Your eyes need protecting too! I didn’t understand paying $200+ for a pair of sunglasses until I got a pair of really good polarized ones. Believe me, they’re life changing!
Beach Coverup – Light and airy, but still offering some protection from the sun.
Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic Shirt – These UPF 50 tops would be perfect for active days outside. I’m eyeing this one for the boat!
Lilly Pulitzer Sophie Dress –¬†These UPF 50 dresses are perfect for days when you know you’re going to be in the sun, but still want to look cute!
Columbia PFG Fishing Shirt – These are my go to for days on the boat or windy days at the beach.
Umbrella – Get one that screws into the sand…trust me!
Floppy hat – For when you want to look a little more fabulous

If you’re going to the beach, pool, or spending any time outside this weekend, I hope you take an extra minute to reapply sunscreen. I promise 20 years from now you won’t regret it!

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