Light spring breezes and warm days will soon give way to heat waves and the full onslaught of summer. The time to prepare for summer is now, and that includes your beauty routine! Keep your skin on point this summer! I’m sharing with you 5 of my green beauty essentials for summer! These essentials will keep you cool, hydrated, and protected from the sun.
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1 | Sunscreen
This is the most important part of your summer (and any other time of year) green beauty routine. While a little sun exposure is good for that necessary vitamin D, too much can have many negative consequences. From signs of aging to skin discoloration and even skin cancer, protecting your skin is the most important thing you can do in your summer green beauty routine.
But it’s toxic!
There are not many studies to confirm that for most common sunscreen ingredients. Other than oxybenzone, there isn’t that much evidence that points to it being toxic.
What about homemade sunscreens, like those recipes I see on Pinterest?
No, do not use them as your main form of sun protection. They are not effective and there’s no evidence they provide the protection they claim to.
What sunscreens are the best?
Consumer reports have a thorough list here (requires an account to view ratings). You can also check out this article and this list. There’s also more to life than just US based sunscreens, there are many awesome ones from Asia and Europe. These sunscreens often have different ratings, PA +++ ratings, which indicate how much the sunscreen protects from UVA rays. SPF indicates how much it protects from UVB rays. Ideally, you want your sunscreen to protect from both UVA and UVB rays, so look for sunscreens with high PA ratings too.
- Ensure your sunscreen is reef safe. That means, no oxybenzone, butylparaben, octinoxate, and 4-methylbenzylidine camphor in the ingredients list.
- Use biodegradable sunscreen.
2 | Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is a wonderful addition to your skincare. It’s known to brighten skin tone and help prevent signs of aging. It also has the ability to help protect your skin from the sun. It’s not a replacement for sunscreen, but it’s a great summer addition to your beauty routine. To use you simply apply to your face after cleansing, you can do this either morning or night but many people like to do it in the morning due to the added sun protection. There are many different Vitamin C Serums out there, some include other helpful skin helping additives like Hydralonic Acid which helps keep your skin hydrated. It’s best to choose a vitamin C serum that also includes vitamin E, & ferulic acid, which helps make it more effective
Important Note: L-ascorbic acid (LAA) has a short shelf life!
If your Vitamin C Serum contains a form of vitamin C known as LAA it will have a shorter shelf life. It’s best to keep it in a dark & cool place (like your refrigerator).
Important Note: Adding New Products to Your Routine
Whenever you add new products to your routine ensure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. You should also patch test the product before using on your whole face. Only add 1 new product at a time to your routine to make figuring out what product cause you to break out or otherwise made your skin freak out easier. Allow 2 weeks before adding another new product to your routine. Introduce actives, like Vitamin C slowly into your routine, starting with once every few days and upping the usage as your skin allows until you reach your end use goal.
- Choose organic serums.
- Look for the Leaping Bunny or Cruelty-Free products.
3 | Sunbrella/Parasol
Do you feel like you are melting whenever you have to go into the sun in the summer? Do you worry your sunscreen isn’t enough protection? You need a sunbrella aka parasol. It’s essentially an umbrella for the sun, many also include UV blocking fabric in their construction to give you more sun protection. They are my summer must-have for hot & sunny places. Yes, you can use a regular umbrella but I find them hotter than sunbrellas and they may not give you the same UV blocking protection. There are many places you can find these online, and they come in all different shapes, sizes, and materials.
- Choose sustainable materials like bamboo.
- Choose well-built sunbrellas that will last a long time.
4 | Choose the Right Moisturizer(s)
As the weather changes you may notice your skin changes as well. In the hot summer months, you may find your moisturizer no longer gives you the same benefits it once did. If you find yourself an oil slick because your moisturizer now never, ever fully absorbs into your skin try looking for lighter moisturizers or emulsions. Avoid thick, heavy creams. You may also benefit from adding oils or additional light moisturizing layers like serums, essences, and ampoules to your routine. Rosehip oil is fantastic for reducing signs of aging, acne, and absorbs quickly into your skin without making it oily.
On the flip side, you might find your skin being dryer than normal thanks to spending more time in dry air-conditioned buildings. Don’t be afraid to add thicker moisturizers to your routine or facial oils. Listen to your skin and let it show you what it needs this summer.
- Select cruelty-free products.
- Choose organic products, especially facial oils.
- Look for products that are harvested sustainably and avoid anything that contains Palm Oil.
- Breaking out? Check the ingredients! Ingredients with a high comedogenic value may be the culprits (this includes coconut and olive oils!), so too can alcohols.
5 | Hydrate Yourself!
It’s more important in the summer to keep your self hydrated, both for beauty reasons and so you don’t get dehydrated. Take care when the heat index rises and make sure to keep yourself hydrated. Drink water frequently and avoid working outside during the hottest time of the day. Keep your skin and the rest of your body healthy, make sure you keep yourself hydrated. Keep a refillable water bottle with you while you are out and about so you can avoid having to buy plastic water bottles. While at home invest in a refillable filter pitcher or tap-mounted filter, ditch the water bottles while reducing waste and saving money!
- Avoid using or buying plastic water bottles.
- Use refillable filter pitchers or tap-mounted filters.
- Use aluminum reusable water bottles.
- Keep an eye out for water bottle refill stations, they are popping up everywhere!
Keep your skin looking fabulous this summer! Keep it protected and well hydrated and your summer selfies will be on point if you use these 5 green beauty summer essentials this summer.