We are well into summer and I am definitely enjoying this beautiful sunshine! Being in the sun frequently during the summer led me to find the best skincare products that are organic, free of preservatives, and actually nourishing for my skin while protecting it from the sun. I was actually quoted in New Beauty magazine this month about this very topic. I am currently on the New Beauty magazine advisory board, below is my quote for the Summer-Fall 2016 issue:
Everyone needs a good hair care product for summer. With the heat and humidity, it’s hard to find something that works well, and is good for your hair. Have you tried Intelligent Nutrients hair care line? Whether you have straight or curly, thick or thin, short or extra long hair – they have an extensive line of products that are Non-toxic, Certified organic products that work! Their website even filters your search based on hair type or concern. This company is environmentally conscious and lists every ingredient in their products. Check them out online here
Another good product for summer isn’t necessarily for your skin or hair, but it is called a “beauty food” for a reason and it can give you a boost of energy to go out and enjoy those outdoor activities. Everyone needs a good probiotic in their diet and Moon Juice makes one that is water soluble and super easy to take. Not only is this product organic, but ALL Moon Juice products are organic and plant derived. This is something worth trying! Find these probiotics and other products online here.
I’ve always looked for a self-tanner that is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates, is easy to apply and is affordable. Sounds impossible, right? Wrong! It exists! St. Tropez has an In Shower Tanning Lotion – kind of amazing. You put on wet skin, leave for a few minutes and rise off. It’s as easy as using body wash. It’s a gradual building tan, and it leaves you looking sun-kissed. Try it out and let me know what you think
Don’t forget about your lips in the summer! With sun exposure, your lips can get chapped and dry and no one wants that. I love lip oils. YESto has a line of cooling lip oil that is organic and all natural. It feels fabulous on your lips. It hydrates and restores and it’s so natural you could eat it. The coconut lip oil has eucalyptus oil blended with it as well that leaves your lips cool, tingly and refreshed.
I use this Sun Bum lip balm when I’m in the sun – usually while playing tennis and I know I will be in the sun for a long period of time; it’s ranked as one of the safest, SPF lip balms by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Not only do you need to protect your lips from the sun, but it is also very important to protect your skin from the sun. There are many ways to do so without using sunscreen like planning your outdoor activities around the sun, staying in the shade, or even by wearing more clothing. When you are in direct sun, a good sunscreen is so important. The EWG has a guide that lists sunscreens and their safety ratings to help you make a smart purchase. You can find that information online here.
I know a lot of people who subscribe to various beauty boxes that are super convenient for trying new products in trial sizes (and sometimes full size) before making a financial commitment. If you are looking for a great organic and natural beauty box, here is an article in Eluxe magazine that describes 12 of them to try out!
Good nutrition is essential for the summer (and every season!). Shop organic and local when possible. Your local farmer’s market will have affordable fruits and vegetables along with other products that are organic and grown right in your area! It’s fun to see the various farms and what they provide each week. If you haven’t found a local market yet, check this link out – it helps find a farmer’s market in your area
If there isn’t a farmer’s market that is local or convenient, you can always try a coop service or a local delivery service. I stumbled upon a really cool Fruit Share service that delivers fresh fruit and veggies right to your door. Their “Best of Summer” box is 7 weekly deliveries that equals just about $50/week. You can’t beat that for organic, local and delivery! You can see if it’s available in your area online here.
I would love to hear about your favorite organic beauty products. Send me a message, post a message on my wall or tweet me! I would love to share ideas with our social community. If you have topics you’d like me to address in my next newsletter email me, I’d love to hear them.
Soak up the sun and enjoy your summer!