By Mara Koval & Shannon McCarthy-Contreras
When we think of summer, we imagine beachy waves in our hair and perfectly bronzed skin. But let’s face it: The reality is usually more like sweaty makeup meltdowns, lobster-esque sunburns and frizz. But no more. We’ve compiled some all natural products to help you combat humidity, high temps and sun like a pro.
What It Is: This lightly tinted, all-natural sunscreen is our new favorite summer staple. With UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection, it keeps harsh rays from damaging your skin while giving your face a fresh glow. Plus, it comes in two different color-matching shades, Nude (for lighter skin) and Natural Tan (for medium to darker complexions).
Why We Love It: It evens skin tone without too much weight. (Available online; $22.50)
What It Is: With Coconut Sheer Oil, Coconut Balm, and Coconut Body Glow, this bag is a treasure trove. Use the oil as a facial moisturizer, make-up remover, or split-end tamer. Rub the balm into scaly elbows, heels or other dry-skin trouble spots–plus, you can use it to calm over-sunned skin thanks to the addition of soothing aloe vera. The Coconut Body Glow is perfect post-shower; it adds a touch of shimmer to your skin for a hot summer night out.
Why We Love It: These products keep you smelling like paradise while healing cracked, dry skin. (Available online; $118)
What It Is: This organic fruit-pigmented mascara will give your lashes the volume and length you want without all the added chemicals of most traditional mascaras including parabens, aluminum powder, thimerosol, all of which have been linked to cancer. Plus, it smells like fruit and is water resistant. It comes in different shades–Black Tea, Dark Chocolate, Blueberry and Blackberry–so you can add a hint of color or not, depending on your mood.
Why We Love It: 100% Pure gives you full, natural looking lashes, without annoying clumps. (Available online; $25.00)
What It Is: Spritz it on before makeup to tone your skin, after makeup to help set your face, or throughout the day for a light, refreshing pick-me-up. This product keeps your face hydrated while soothing irritation and helps you keep that dewy glow. Essential oils such as rosehip and ylang-ylang also add aromatherapy to help calm your skin and your mind.
Why We Love It: Pop it in the fridge for an “ahhhhhh!” experience on hot days. (Available online; $24)
What It Is: Here’s your secret weapon to revitalize sun-, salt water- and chlorine-damaged hair. This blend of all-natural and organic minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and oils is ideal as a pre- or post-swimming or sunning treatment. You can also slick some into your hair before shampooing for healthier, shinier locks.
Why We Love It: Along with protecting hair from the harsh sun, ocean and pool, this product is also earth-friendly, made from consciously sourced 100% vegan ingredients. (Available online; $29.50)
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Also published on Medium.