Aptly named Hampton Sun is a fragrances and skincare brand created “to bring the glamour back into sunbathing.” Their beach-inspired, antioxidant-rich range has been meticulously designed to capture the essence of the beach landscape that inspired its co-founders. We spoke with co-founder Salvatore Piazzolla about what sets the brand apart, their latest products, and more.
Have you always been interested in skincare?
As a teenager I had problem skin, so I was always concerned about it being well taken care of. As I got older, I realized the importance of wearing sunscreen but most SPF products made me break out. I was always searching for a new innovative sunscreen product that was light on my skin and wouldn’t clog my pores.
What about fragrance?
I associate smelling Privet Hedge in bloom with a gorgeous summer day – I needed to find a way to bottle that beautiful day. Privet Bloom was born!
Where did the name Hampton Sun come from?
Lounging poolside at my home in Southampton with my partner Grant Wilfley and some friends, we realized that all the SPF products we had been using didn’t feel luxurious and we wanted to create something for the lifestyle of basking in the Hampton Sun.
Do you spend a lot of time out East?
As often as I can, mostly weekends in the summer, but I love escaping the bustle of Manhattan and going out to the Hamptons year-round.
What are some of your favorite spots in the Hamptons?
For dining, I go to Sant Ambroeus religiously, love Canal Cafe and we always enjoy Tutto il Giorno for dinner. To go shopping you can find me at Tenant and Peter Millar in Southampton.
Can you tell us about your personal beauty regimen?
I am diligent, but low key with my routine. I make sure to wash my face with an oil-free cleanser and I never leave the house without an SPF moisturizer.
What do you think sets your products aside from competitors?
Hampton Sun’s formulas are expertly created to give the customer the most luxurious and sophisticated suncare experience – we aim to bring glamour back to sunbathing and believe that skincare is an important aspect of suncare. We infuse our formulas with antioxidants, high-grade moisturizers and natural ingredients like Walnut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera. We also offer the highest level of technology available in suncare—our continuous mists are highly effective and water resistant for up to 80 minutes!
Do you have any tips for properly applying sunscreen?
We suggest applying sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure, just to make sure that you’re getting the best protection possible. The rule of sunscreen is to reapply every 80 minutes, but listen to your body, if you need to reapply after 50 or 60 minutes, make sure you do.
Any tips for applying self-tanners?
Exfoliate first! Then apply our After Sun Moisturizer on problem areas like ankles, knees and elbows for a flawless glow. Apply two coats of Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel, then wash hands with soap – using exfoliator on the palms.
Can you tell us about some of the new products you’re working on now?
New this season is our SPF 8 Instant Bronze continuous mist, 1oz travel size SPF 35 and Hydrating Aloe. We have a special broad-spectrum mineral-based baby formula that is 100% natural and tear-free and several fragrances that will be launching
What are you most excited about for this season in the Hamptons?
I love spending time
in my garden, it’s
the perfect escape from City life,
but I’m most looking forward to seeing my friends, enjoying the beach and lounging
by the pool – all of the things
that make up the quintessential