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Expert Summer Skincare. Tips for sun lovers

Expert Summer Skincare Tips for Sun Lovers

By Suzanne Davis

Ah, summer. The season of barefoot beach strolls, rooftop cocktails, and seemingly boundless opportunities for R&R. Of course, all that summer sun, sand, and sea can also wreak havoc on your skin.


How should we live our best summertime lives while retaining the glowing, dewy skin of a Hollywood starlet’s fantasy? Number one (and this should come as no surprise): wear sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen. Using an SPF 50 daily is recommended by dermatologists all year long for preventing cancer and wrinkles, but especially in these outdoorsy months, when UV radiation intensity is highest. Be sure to re-apply after taking a dip in the pool, and consider donning the ultimate sunscreen…a hat. Visiting Oceanside and forgot to pack enough sunscreen or other beach necessities? Don’t worry. You can easily pick up summer essentials, from brand-name sunglasses to reef-safe sunscreen at The Seabird’s cool new Beach Rambler conveniently located steps away from the resort. Simply walk down the beach stairwell and you can’t miss our fully restored 1941 George T. Hall airstream. (You can also find more of our recommendations for staying cool in the sun — and being able to make the most of your beach time — here.)


For other insider tips this season, we turned to one of our expert skin saviors, Sydney Eger, a lead esthetician. She’s on staff at The Seabird Resort’s self-care mecca, Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge, which overlooks the glimmering Pacific Ocean — a wellness-boosting view in and of itself. Among its top summertime spa treatments? The Sun Salutation, with its organic sea algae face and body mask, and Beach Body, a cellulite-reducing treatment that uses blueberry extract and bamboo to Baywatch effect. Of course, there are plenty of other holistic treatments for mind, body, skin, and soul on the menu


In between spa treatments, it’s important to keep up your own summer skin routine, too. Here, a few of Eger’s top summer skincare tips that you can use at home, at the beach, or wherever you roam:


Clean Up Your Act

Falling asleep without taking off your makeup is a major no-no, but in summer, it can be a downright nightmarish mistake. Given the frequent heat exposure, pros also recommend using less makeup each summer…all the better to show off your sun-kissed skin. Eger would take your cleansing routine a step further than just a few seconds of swishing with Cetaphil. “At the end of the day, do a double cleanse with an oil-based cleanser,” she says. “This breaks down sunscreen, makeup, and the dreaded ‘gunk.’”


Get Gritty With It 

Exfoliate once or twice a week to shed skin cells that aren’t doing you any favors. “When your skin starts looking dull, it’s time to sluff off the dead cells,” Eger says. “Start with exfoliating once or twice a week.” Not sure if getting granular is for you? Fret not; you’ve got options. “For sensitive skin, an enzyme mask will be your exfoliating perfect match.”


Mask Up…

…and we don’t mean that way. Summer is an ideal time to use facial-worthy skin masks. “Finding dry patches but your t-zone gets easily congested? It’s time to multi-mask,” Eger notes. “My pro pick would be using Osea’s Red Algae mask for congested areas and its White Algae mask for hydration and firming.” (Conveniently pick up the red algae mask and other popular Osea products at Sunny’s.)


Ready to soak up the Southern California sun (safely!) while also giving your summer skin a boost? 



couple in bathrobes at the sunny spa

Looking for a Spa in Oceanside? Get That SoCal Glow at Sunny’s Spa and Beauty Lounge

When staying at The Seabird, you don’t have to go far to find the best spa in Oceanside. 


By Andrew Bender

Sunny’s Spa and Beauty Lounge at The Seabird offers more than just a top-notch massage, facial, hair treatment, body work, or mani-pedi. Spa Director Marissa Edwards calls it “a full immersion experience” — an alchemy of natural spa products, meditative techniques, and therapists whose sole intention is your wellbeing.


Since opening in 2021, Sunny’s Spa has quickly become the seaside town’s go-to relaxation spot and the leading spa in Oceanside, perfect for Mother’s Day, a wedding day (an array of beauty services, including blowouts and makeup are on the menu), or any day. 


Arriving through the spa’s bright yellow doors, each guest is greeted with their choice of bubbles or herbal tea. After slipping into The Seabird’s signature, plush seersucker robe, head to the Lookout lounge to relax with the ocean views and, as Edwards notes, “the natural soundtrack of Oceanside Beach,” as you prepare for your treatment. 


The Look

Edwards calls the spa’s design “inspired by the good-hearted energy of Oceanside,” effortlessly blending sustainability, minimalism, inclusivity, and “updated twists on traditional relaxation spaces.” 


Taking its cues from nature, she says that the spa’s color palette is intentionally minimal and cool, with clean whites accented with blond woods and splashes of blue from nautical to teal to sky. “Artwork enhances the relevance to the natural environment of the region,” she says. 


While other spas often offer the classic Mediterranean grotto experience, Edwards says, “We’ve transformed ours to fit our modern-day space. We call this special space The Cove, combining dry warming stone benches with radiant heat, cooling mist, and aromatherapy sanarium which transforms the sauna into a tropical bath. All together, it’s a much-needed respite for stress relief, mood enhancement, and immune and respiratory system boost.”


Even the lighting is thoughtfully calibrated for a residential rather than a commercial spa feel. The result, she says, is “a subtle mix of calming and life-infused energy.”


The Must-Try Treatments


girl laying and relating at the steam room


One of Edwards’ unmissable treatments is the Healing Cocoon. It’s 75 minutes of sea salt and botanical body scrub followed by a marine body mask infused with algae, white tea, copper and zinc peptides. The scrub increases circulation, softens, and exfoliates, while the body mask helps plump, firm tone, and deeply moisturize the skin.


Another is the Deep Sea Anti-Aging Facial, which, she says, “visibly smoothes fine lines, brightens dark spots, deeply hydrates, releases facial tension, and stimulates collagen production.” A combination of white algae, white wine, white tea, and copper peptides blended with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, probiotics, and an intense marine-based oxygen serum works together to “give your skin an anti-aging boost” in just 90 minutes.


For couples tying the knot at The Seabird, Edwards recommends the signature Soul Ritual. “Perfect for the bride, groom, or both, relaxing for the body and connecting with your soul, or soul mate,” she says, through an exfoliating body scrub, healing wrap, full body massage, aromatherapy sound bath, breath work and special attention to the scalp, hands, and feet.


For the expectant mom, the Family-to-Be treatment combines a prenatal massage, baby bump facial, and an oceanfront family photo session.


And in honor of Mother’s Day, Sunny’s Spa will feature two special offers all May: Mom & Me takes mothers and their adult daughters through four hours of a manicure, pedicure, massage or facial and poolside lunch, while Soothe Your Soul is just for the special mom in your life. 


“Rooted in the ocean,” Edwards says, “this package encourages a full-day escape with our vagus nerve meditative massage, deep sea anti-aging facial, manicure, pedicure, and a poolside lunch.”

View all treatments here.


The Team


relaxing massage at The Seabird


A spa is only as good as its expert therapists and estheticians, and Sunny’s Spa has you covered. 


“Our providers, all southern California locals, bring a combined mastery of healing arts and beauty expertise,” Edwards says. “While classically trained, as a team we find ways to infuse new trends seamlessly, often introducing guests to traditional therapies like vibrational sound and gua sha sculpt, all with our current-day twist.”


The Products

True to Sunny’s Spa coastal focus, spa products come from OSEA, based just up the Southern California coast. “[Through this partnership], we have brought our most restorative and beneficial resource, the Pacific Ocean, right into the treatment room,” Edwards says.


OSEA’s sustainable, vegan, cruelty-free, and climate-neutral products are made with high quality natural ingredients — without colors, dyes, and synthetics — incorporating elemental ingredients like salts, clays, essential oils, and seaweeds from around the world.


Additionally, at the spa’s retail counter, guests can craft their own essential oil blends — whether the goal is to unwind for a good night’s sleep or feel reinvigorated for a night on the town — in addition to choosing pre-made potions.


Visit Sunny’s Spa in Oceanside

For more information, please contact the spa or follow @sunnysspaandbeauty on Instagram for more updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Sunny’s. 





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Photo by Rebecca Webb

Art That Draws Inspiration from the Coast

How the beauty — and fragility — of Oceanside’s greatest natural resource sparks the creativity of local artists.

The Pacific has inspired many people in Oceanside — the surfers who ride its waves, the fishermen who plumb its depths, the beachgoers dazzled by its kaleidoscopic waters at every sunset. 


That same water has also inspired artists, many of whom are so drawn by the area’s beauty and uncommon light that they’ve settled here permanently, making Oceanside a burgeoning center for creativity. In 2017, the city was recognized as one of the state’s first officially designated cultural districts, thanks to its eclectic emerging cultural scene. 


It’s not just the beauty of the water that spurs creativity — many local artists are moved to communicate its vulnerability. “Art can be powerful in its ability to connect us to a place and shape our understanding of the surrounding environment,” says Courtney Mattison, a Los Angeles–based ceramic artist and sculptor whose works capture the physical beauty of the imperiled ocean. Her piece Our Changing Seas VII, which hangs above the reception desk at The Seabird Resort, is a constellation of 350 individually handcrafted ceramic pieces whose fragility evokes the brittle bodies of living coral. 


“The work celebrates the immense biodiversity of coral reefs while raising the specter of climate change,” says Mattison, who has a master’s degree in marine science. “Vibrant tones and textures of healthy reefs are juxtaposed against white glazes, emphasizing the stark contrast of coral bleaching. Viewers may feel as if they are hovering over the seafloor and discovering details from every angle.”


Mattison is among many artists whose ocean-inspired works can be viewed at The Seabird and its sister resort Mission Pacific, a rotating collection curated by the Oceanside Museum of Art. From surrealist paintings to photorealism, the art at the hotels is connected by a focus on sustainability and the local environment, particularly the ocean. “The OMA did a wonderful job selecting contemporary works from local artists with meaningful ties to local ecology and culture,” says Mattison.  


For example, San Diego–based artist Akiko Surai used rope — a material closely associated with the ocean — in her work Pacific Stratum, which hangs outside at Mission Pacific’s Rooftop Bar. The colorful, fibrous shapes evoke jellyfish or perhaps cells under a microscope, and change as the sun moves across the sky. Michelle Montjoy, who lives and works in Oceanside, transformed t-shirts she sourced in local thrift stores into Chorus, an installation of dangling sculptures that emulate swaying ocean life (spot it in the pre-function space at The Seabird). 


For Presence of Mind, an elegiac collection of 33 watercolor-painted cyanotypes — a photographic print with a distinctive blue color — in The Seabird’s lobby, San Diego artist Annalise Neil fastidiously photographed natural items both large and small along the Oceanside coastline. “This work is built entirely from the visual fabric that makes up the wild regions surrounding Oceanside, from the creatures of the sea to the rippling lagoons,” she explains. “I’m passionate about the wilderness of this ecosystem, and believe it must be noticed and loved in order to be protected and kept healthy.”






Chorus by Michelle Montjoy

christmas gift packaging decoration

Holiday Markets in Oceanside

Tis the season…to find the perfect gift. We prefer to shop local, which is easy when so many holiday markets are held in Oceanside throughout December. Whether you need a last-minute gift, fun stocking stuffer, or a unique souvenir from your time staying in Oceanside, these markets and pop-ups are worth a stop during the holiday season.



Holiday Gift Market


Oceanside’s sprawling Sunset Market transforms into a festive Holiday Gift Market every Thursday night in December. Browse countless gifts and goodies from more than 200 merchants, sample snacks and freshly prepared food from around the world, enjoy the live music, and keep the kids entertained with special activities. With so much to explore, you’ll want to set aside ample time to stroll the street market aisles. Every Thursday on Pier View Way, west of Coast Highway, from 5-9 p.m.



Holiday Mercato at Beach House Winery


Sip while you shop at Beach House Winery’s annual Holiday Mercato. Featuring gifts from local farms and artists (not to mention a wide selection of wine!), you can also enjoy live classical holiday music as the soundtrack to your spree. Beach House Winery, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.



RANSACK Vintage & Makers Market


One of Oceanside’s most popular shops for vintage and handcrafted finds with an American West twist, RANSACK is holding an eclectic pop-up market featuring local “makers and pickers.” If you love one-of-a-kind gifts, this is the market for you. Don’t miss posing at the tintype photo booth for an extra special seasonal souvenir. RANSACK, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 



Oceanside Morning Farmers Market


Though open every Thursday morning year-round, the Oceanside Farmers Market feels extra cheery around the holidays and is the perfect spot to grab gourmet goodies to level up your gift baskets. Here you’ll find an array of locally sourced delicacies such as organic honey, artisanal baked goods, olive oil, and more that will make any holiday gift or gathering taste a little sweeter. Freshly cut flowers and other flora are also available to brighten up your gift list…or just grab a bouquet for yourself. Every Thursday at the corner of Pier View Way and North Coast Highway from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Once back at The Seabird, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to participate in and continue the holiday cheer, from magical storytime with elves to hands-on craft workshops. Still looking for the perfect gift? Stop in at The Ozone right across the street. Located at our sister hotel, Mission Pacific, the shop offers a highly curated selection of goods from local brands and designers. Just take a peek at what’s in store for the holidays here.