summer skin

Memorial Day is a hop, skip and a jump away. That’s a sure fire indicator summer, as well as bikini, tankini and one piece season, is, too. While you love romping around on outdoor trails with your four-legged best bud and diving headfirst into your favorite watering hole, you don’t want your skin to take a beating from the surf and turf. Lucky for you, many types of organic skincare products will keep your best asset (aka your skin) smooth and supple this summer.

One company that does a stellar job creating awesome, natural skin products is Yes To. Personally, I’m a fan of the company’s Age Refresh Yes To Blueberries overnight cream, and the Yes To Carrots 15 SPF daily moisturizer. The company has a full line of SPF care, and face, body, hair, lip and baby care. Also to consider this summer: Yes To’s full line of soothing skin goodies. The gentle products are free of parabens, phthalates and SLS, calm and soothe irritated skin, help rebuild damaged cells, and keep skin hydrated. The company also has a philanthropic streak: The Yes To Hope campaign strives “to supplement the daily lunches of 10,000 children across Africa by the end of 2012 by providing schools with funding for year-round organic gardens.”

If you’re planning one of those great, but ouch-I-got-a-million-bug-bites hikes, take a look at Burt’s Bees line of natural outdoor skin products. The company has after sun soothers, herbal insect repellent, and poison ivy soap. All products are paraben, phthalate and petrochemical free. Plus, no animal testing!

And Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

There are great brands out there that skip the chemicals and up the goodness. A few to consider:

Badger SPF 30: This lotion is made with olive oil, yellow beeswax, jojoba oil, cocoa butter and essential oils, such as lavender, chime and sweet orange.

Juice Beauty: These authentically organic lotions come in various tints and SPF values.
 
HollyBeth: Need a quick hit of an uplifting scent after a day at the beach? Give their Natural Luxury Flourish Roll-on Perfume a try. The sent is sensual, earthy, and floral, and is made from 100 percent essential oils, jojoba oil and vitamin E. It’s also USDA approved organic, and vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

Other Tips for Supple Summer Skin

Stay hydrated: Drink lots of water!

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh rays.

Check the labels of all the beauty products in the bottom of your beach bag. Make sure you really want all that on your skin.

Instead of heading to your local drugstore for a icky, chemical-laden bronzer, make your own!

Resources:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-586/4-Summer-Natural-Beauty-Products-That-Wont-Break-the-Bank.html

http://www.treehugger.com/style/hollybeths-natural-body-products-get-dull-dry-skin-summer-ready.html

http://www.treehugger.com/style/juice-beauty-gives-drab-summer-skin-a-boost.html

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