Some are too sticky. Some are too thick and never seem to absorb completely. And some have a strange smell. The best natural sunscreen is the one you don’t think twice about using. You don’t want your fun in the sun spoiled by something that feels like a chore or, worse, an icky blanket of goop. With the right products and after-sun care, nourishing and protecting your precious skin will easily become a habit you won’t skip – at least not in the summer months!
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Before You Head Outside: Prep Your Face & Body with Natural SPF
When you spend any time outside during the summer, one thing’s for certain: you’re going to sweat. That’s why it’s smart to use a water-resistant formula that can hold its weight. I’ve been using Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen SPF 45 for years. It offers broad-spectrum protection and is water resistant up to 80 minutes – which is about the time you should reapply anyway. If you want something a little easier to put on, Alba now has an air-powered spray sunscreen that even kids will approve. Unlike aerosol cans, air-powered sprays don’t harm the environment. It’s also water resistant and free of parabens, phthalates, gluten and animal testing.
Just because it’s hot and you’re sweltering doesn’t mean you can’t look good. With makeup on and hair done, you can put your best face forward. Of course, spending more time outdoors is going to take its toll. Not to worry! Simply powder your face (yes, over your makeup) with Mineral Fusion Brush-On Sun Defense. It’s a smooth, oil-free powder that works with your foundation to keep skin looking fresh. More importantly, it provides antioxidant protection and SPF 30. It works for all skin types and tones.
Your lips are more sensitive than you think. If you don’t use a protective balm, you could end up with swollen smackers and lots of discomfort. As with lipstick or balm, it’s very likely you’ll consume a little bit of whatever you put on, so make sure it’s made with natural ingredients. Alba Un-Petroleum Lip Balm with SPF 18 is plant-based and free of artificial colors. While it’s protecting your lips, it’s also hydrating them with jojoba oil and vitamin E. Re-apply often…very, very often!
After the Sun Has Set: Hydrate & Rejuvenate with Aloe Vera
The sun dries your skin and can leave it feeling irritated – even if it’s not actually burnt. To bring back that balance, it’s important to hydrate as soon as you head indoors for night. My go-to products contain aloe vera, because it’s well known for cooling and soothing sun-exposed skin. Alba’s Very Emollient™ After Sun Aloe Vera Gel is a pure formula – no synthetic fragrances or artificial colors. Remember, aloe is naturally clear – not neon green or royal blue. If aloe is too sticky for you, an after-sun lotion or aloe spray can also refresh and replenish skin.
Don’t let your strands become straw-like from too much sun. Use a UV-shielding hair mask, like Alterna UV+ Rehab Deep Hydration Masque. It helps block UVA and UVB rays that cause the most damage. Meanwhile, the bamboo extract and shea butter nourish deeply to keep hair healthy and strong. If you’ll be spending a lot of time in salt water or chlorinated pools, be sure to condition thoroughly and often!
You may love the golden glow you get from basking in the sun, but your skin is also at risk of discoloration. Help protect your face from sunspots and unwanted freckles with Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum. Featuring aloe vera (no surprise) and fruit stem cells, this non-GMO formula is worth using every night. If you can’t swing the 365 days, give it a try for the summer months to lighten and brighten your complexion.