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Summer is one of the best times of year to take a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of life, to just enjoy simple pleasures, like a day by the sea.

Since I’m an active, on-the-go type who’s always handling a number of busy projects, I’ve learned that spending a little time (even an hour) just “being” is as important to one’s sense of wellness and peace of mind as “doing”. Balancing activity with quiet time (for reflection, to be in nature, and to daydream) is a key component to staying healthy, being happy, and looking beautiful.

In collaboration with St. Ives (a skincare brand I grew up using), today I’m sharing with you a few of my must-have summer beauty tips to help you live radiantly and look fabulous all season long.

Because I live on the Monterey Peninsula (a few minutes away from the beach), I’m fortunate to be able to come down to the shore as often as I want. Listening to the sounds of the gently crashing waves, feeling the soft sand between my bare toes, and breathing in the cool, salty air always helps to relax and invigorate me.

Summer Beauty Tips & Beach Bag Essentials:

To make my trip down to the beach that much more enjoyable, I always make sure to pack my summer beach must-haves, including: skincare essentials (like St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotions and sunscreen), sunglasses, a magazine, a hat (to protect my face from the sun), and a snack.

To ensure my skin stays soft, hydrated, and protected from the elements (like sand, wind, and the sun), I always make sure to moisturize my skin everyday. Because I tend to be a multi-tasking woman who likes to maximize my time, I’ve found that spray lotions are the fastest and easiest way for me to keep my skin hydrated, while reducing the amount of time and effort needed to apply lotion. For that reason (and more), I’ve fallen in love with St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotions.

The Benefits of St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotions:

When it comes to summer skincare, you want lightweight, fast-absorbing skincare products that hydrate and nourish your delicate skin, without making you feel sticky or greasy.

In addition to the airy, refreshing scents of St. Ives® Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Fresh Hydration Lotion and St. Ives® Smooth & Glow Apricot Spray Lotion, these easy-to-use spray-on lotions instantly make skin soft and supple, without leaving a heavy residue or filmy feeling.

Containing 100% natural moisturizers (like glycerin and shea butter), these lotions provide all-day hydration (which is great when you’re heading down to the beach), and virtually dry on contact (so you don’t have to wait to put your clothes on).

After spraying the lotion on your skin, gently rub the lotion on your skin and let dry. Then apply a sunscreen (with a minimum of SPF 30), to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. In just two quick steps, you’re set to go!

Buy St.Ives lotion here. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of St.Ives. The opinions and text are all mine.

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