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Tastemaker: Sara Elizabeth of Sara Elizabeth Skincare

The local skincare pro talks sunscreen and her other summer essentials


Age: 45
Neighborhood: Mount Helix
Current job: Creative Director/ Esthetician at Sara Elizabeth Skincare
Background: Sara learned the art of skin care by working on supermodels in New York City. She’s been at her Mission Hills studio for more than a decade. After developing the formulas for years and sourcing the ingredients herself, she launched her namesake skincare line in 2015.
Design philosophy: “Midcentury modern meets farmhouse chic.”
Personal style: “Comfortable, with timeless pieces that will last for the long haul.”

Her Favorite Things:

Sun protection is a must in San Diego! My Ultra Lightweight Whipped SPF 30 is so light and easy to use. It gives a luminous glow and is waterproof for 80 minutes.” $60, saraelizabethskincare.com

“I love French pop and right now Cesaria Evora is what I’m listening to. Her music reminds me of summer.” cesaria-evora.com

"Sun hats are such a stylish way to shield your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.” Coronado rancher, $58, Anthropologie

“Château Guiraud Sauternes dessert wines are subtly sweet, light, and crisp—perfect for hosting backyard get togethers." $20, chateauguiraud.fr

”I love stopping at Sigi’s Boutique whenever I’m in La Jolla. I stock up on my favorite 3x1 boyfriend jeans, plus other hard-to-find pieces.” 7888 Girard Ave, La Jolla

Oliver Peoples frames are the perfect mix of modern meets retro.” “Emmy” sunglasses, $295, Oliver Peoples Fashion Valley

“Each Branche Charmeuse silk pillow case has 18 amino acids and a high copper content to restore hair elasticity and luster while you sleep. It can even reduce fine facial lines! My blowouts absolutely last longer because I sleep on this.” $95–$115, branchebeautysleep.com

“I get my daily caffeine fix from James Coffee Co. Their drinks are beautiful and delicious—the best combination.” $17 per 12-ounce bag, 2355 India Street, Little Italy

“Italian-made O Way is the most effective organic hair care line I have ever used.” After-sun hair mask, $32, ingenioussalon.com

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