Summer is a time to spend days outdoors enjoying the sunshine, but the season’s hot and dry elements can take a toll on your hair, skin and body. Look your best and protect yourself from sun and heat’s damage with these six beauty products.
For anyone who wants that healthy looking sundrenched glow but does not want to risk the dangers of sun tanning or tanning beds, the Tropic Spa Home Mist Tanning System is an at-home DIY alternative to streaky lotions and expensive and inconvenient spray tans. The lightweight cordless system charges up with an phone-size adapter and is ready to go in a few hours. The adjustable-height unit can hang over a door, such as a shower stall. Once loaded with cans of tanning solution, the user presses a button to emit as a light mist while turning in a circle for 12 seconds to get even coverage. Then using gloves the users blends and touches up areas that need more precise application. The user then wears loose clothing while mist dries, in two about minutes. While dermatologists debate the safety of tanning formulas, this system uses a spray that mainly contains DHA, (Dihydroxyacetone) which is derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane. The unit comes with an instructional DVD, and users can also view a video for guidance on use. $300.00, Available at www.tropicspatan.com
Summer sun can make your skin dry as a dessert. Replenish moisture with Medicine Mama’s Apothecary’s naturally healing and beautifying formulations. Sweet Bee Magic is the bees knees when it comes to balmy salves. Developed by natural skincare guru and alchemist Donna Steinmann, the line contains honey bee products as well as blends of organic oils and elements from ancient trees that give it anti-oxidant, prebiotic, enzymatic anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory potency. Products include the Sweet Bee Magic Wand and V-Magic, a formulation that relieves dryness and irritation for “feminine comfort.” $19.95 - $29.95. Available at www.medicinemamasapothecary.com
Be gentle on your skin, especially during summer months when sun exposed skin can be sensitive. Rather than rubbing in your make up with your fingers or rubbery spondes, brush it on lightly with cosmetic brushes, like the ultra-soft Morphe brushes. Plus, expensive designer cosmetics can only go so far, but with Morphe makeup brushes they go farther. These super soft natural hair or synthetic brushes hold powder makeup for minimal waste and apply easily for a flawless, beautiful finish. Available in a variety of styles and bristle types, for all types of skin and desired effects. Available at www.morphebrushes.com.
Everyone knows you should protect your skin with sunscreen, but most people do not know that many sunscreens contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are ingredients studies have shown to mimic the hormone estrogen. Safe 100-percent chemical-free SPF formulas, by Nature’s Brands from Herbal Choice Mari contain only pure natural earth and plant based ingredients and are paraben/detergent/preservative free, Cruelty/gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and synthetic/fragrance free. The certified-organic line includes tinted lotions, facial creams, washes, make-up removers and even aftershave. Order online at www.naturesbrands.com
Let it Shine
Chlorine from the pool and harsh summer sun can dry out fade your color-treated hair brittle. Keep your color rich and replenish moisture and softness with Pureology Hair care products, including fortifying Purelogy Strength Cure Shampoo, $27 (8.5 oz), detangling and conditioning Purelogy Strength Cure Condition, $29 (8.5 oz), strengthening Purelogy Strength Cure™ Masque, $50 (5.2 oz), repairing Purelogy Strength Cure™ Fabulous Lengths, $28 (3.4 oz) and coating and strengthening Purelogy Strength Cure Split End Salve, $28 (1.7 oz). All products are made from concentrated Zero Sulfate and Pureology’s exclusive Anti Fade Complex to maximize color retention and maintain long-lasting that the brand guarantees. Find stores at www.pureology.com.
Beauty on the Inside
Skin hydration in the summer is as important on the inside as the outside, and celebrity-tested ASHIEDA offers a drinkable beauty concoction, Beauty Nectar, that can be consumed straight up or made into a cocktail with vodka for those who want to drink themselves pretty. The sweet tasting hydrolyzed collagen formula is 100% natural and made without sugar, chemicals or additives, to replace the protein naturally lost in skin over the years, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. 10 bottles (10 oz. each) $39.99. Available at www.ashieda.com.