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I know summer supposedly started yesterday, but for us, it’s been about a month of hot weather. If you need me, I’ll be sweating off my makeup in the 10 minutes it takes to get out the door and go to our local air-conditioned favorite places. Anyone else?
More sun and heat can wreak havoc on your skin. It’s so important to take care of it (and you) in the extreme weather. And of course, to make sure you’re keeping it clean and non-toxic for your and your family’s health.
In honor of summer’s official start, here are some clean summer beauty products that you may not even know exist. These are my faves, and they will help keep your skin under control without attacking your body and balance.
Okay, so you know you need deodorant. (Unless you’re some kind of magical being that doesn’t sweat.) But it’s hard to find a non-toxic, non-antiperspirant deodorant that actually does the trick. (Plus help keep you dry – a girl can hope, right?)
Schmidt’s does both for me. It doesn’t keep me perfectly dry, but it actually does do a great job, especially compared to others I’ve tried. The Charcoal + Magnesium has toxin-pulling power (more on that later) to keep you fresh, while the Rose + Vanilla scent is just amazing. (They gifted me some products months ago, just so you know, but with no obligation to review. I genuinely love them and shopped them before they gifted me.)
Noticing an oil leak on your face lately? When you’re exposed to the hot sun more, your skin produces more oil as a protective coat. Charcoal draws toxins, oil, and impurities out of skin for a clearer face, less breakouts, and more balance.
Wait – if your face is more oily in the summer, why would you need more oil? Fair question. Your skin will compensate (and overcompensate) for what you don’t have. So if you use products that strip skin of oil and moisture, it will create more. It’s best to try to keep the balance, to feed your skin what it needs so that it doesn’t have to do so much work.
Plus good facial oils have vitamins and antioxidants to do your skin even more good. And there are ones specifically suited for your needs. I love Brightening, but you might opt for Plumping (for firmer skin) or Balance (for calming skin). Apply directly, or add a couple drops to your moisturizer.
All moms know that wipes are multi-purpose and essential for life. I used to take a pack of facial wipes with me every summer to camp because a) ain’t nobody got time to wash your face at night. (But you need to.) And b) they were such a lifesaver for cooling down in the summer heat.
Go refreshing and multipurpose with facial wipes – these are made for your face. Borrow some baby wipes from your littles to serve the same purpose (but make sure they’re non-toxic for you both). Or get a reusable cloth – not so much on the refreshing your skin, but it definitely makes getting makeup off easier!
A Sunscreen Stick
First, sunscreen, obviously. And second, if you’re like me, you skip the sunscreen stick, thinking you can just smooth some sunscreen on your face and be good to go. And then you’re walking around wondering if there’s a slather of white on your face that you missed. That’s not even considering kids and trying to keep their squirmy selves still while you try to rub in all the sunscreen on their face.
When there’s the ease and convenience of a sunscreen stick available, go with the sunscreen stick. (That one is non-greasy and protects from UVA, UVB and even blue light.) Also our go-to for sunscreen is Babyganics.