Let’s be honest, everyone looks better with a tan. But unfortunately we all know the kind of damage the sun does to our skin. I’m a frequent spray-tanner (read about that here) because I love having a healthy looking glow year-round. I burn pretty easily and freckle like it’s my job, so it’s best for my skin to stay covered in a high SPF. To kick off summer, I was asked to participate in the #AlohaYourSenses campaign, sponsored by Hawaiian Tropic® at Walgreens. I’m sharing my must-haves for the pool/beach – and how I always make sure to keep my skin covered in SPF.


Lauren James Bikini (wearing XS, comes in 2 other colors!) / Karen Walker Sunglasses

Hawaiian Tropic® sunscreen passes the test for everything I like in a sunscreen: tropical scent, non-oily base, separate face lotion option that won’t clog your pores, and a silky/not sticky texture. This summer I’ll be a frequent visitor of the many rooftop pools in Chicago where I’ll be taking my trio of SPF 30, Face SPF, and after sun moisturizer. With Hawaiian Tropic’s delicious sent of hibiscus and coconut, it’s easy to imagine I’m somewhere by the ocean (and not just at a pool in the Midwest)!  For Memorial Day Weekend, I created a tropical getaway with my sister and cousins in my parent’s backyard – with my family enjoying the sunshine is one of my favorite places to be! My idea of the perfect getaway is anywhere I have the sun, a good book, a cold drink, relaxing music, and good company.


Hawaiian Tropic® sunscreen has always been a favorite brand of mine because of the fresh coconut scent and the way it leaves my skin feeling luxurious and smooth while protecting it from the sun. Today I’m sharing the details on why their new Silk Hydration™ collection (available at your local Walgreens store) is my top pick for SPF and the benefits of each lotion. Here are 3 lotions I’ll be carrying in my beach bag all summer:

Hawaiian® Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen: a soft, weightless, SPF 30 that not only protects your skin from the sun but also contains hydrating ribbons that provide 12 hours of moisture to prevent your skin from drying out from the sun. The scent of coconut and exotic florals makes this lotion even more indulgent.

Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Face Lotion: I’m pretty careful about the products I use on my face. I always like to buy a sunscreen option that is specifically for faces to prevent clogged pores.  The face lotion isn’t too greasy and the SPF 30 is just enough protection.

Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ After Sun Lotion & Soothing Aloe Gel: And, for the days you stay out in the sun a little bit too long, there’s a soothing after sun lotion with coconut and papaya that will cool your skin off and replenish it from a long day outdoors.

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Hawaiian Tropic® and Walgreens have an #AlohaYourSenses sweepstakes that will offer a chance to win themed prize packs with the Hawaiian Tropic® products, Walgreens Gift Cards and other summer goodies! Here’s a link to the sweepstakes to enter to WIN:

Don’t forget – you can easily swing by your local Walgreens to pick up these 3 lotions – they’ll definitely come in handy for all of your pool days, beach trips, and summer vacations! All May and June there will be various promotions for the products, so make sure to check online and in store for coupons and #AlohaYourSenses. Hawaiian Tropic® is Buy One Get One 50% off (excludes lip balm & trial sizes) this week at Walgreens.

Take advantage of some savings in-store while you stock up on your favorite Hawaiian Tropic® products with this downloadable Walgreens coupon for printing: Limited quantities are available for a $1 off any 1 Hawaiian Tropic® (excludes lip balm & trial sizes).

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Enjoy your own tropical getaway within the comfort of your backyard this summer with the new Hawaiian Tropic® collection! Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend so you know where I’m headed 🙂 xoxo


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