Summer is officially here in Texas! The rest of the country should be catching up really soon, and before it does, let’s make sure you’re prepared with these summer essentials.
I don’t know about you, but I love summer. I don’t think I could ever get sick of the sun, sand, and sno-cones. But, let’s face it: As much as I love the warmer weather, I still want to make sure I’m living my best life in the most natural way possible. These are some of my favorite summer products to help enjoy these sunny days in the healthiest way possible.
Summer Essentials for Clean Living
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There’s nothing like a summer barbecue or evening by the pool, but bugs can ruin those plans pretty quick. Unfortunately, a lot of bug repellent products contain DEET or other harmful ingredients that can cause rashes, nausea, headaches, and other serious health problems. Not only are you breathing in those dangerous chemicals as you apply it, but they’re also getting absorbed into your skin. No thank you. Luckily, there are plenty of safter alternatives.
My family loves the natural insect repellent from Young Living, and we also make sure to have plenty of their new wipes on hand while we’re out.
Note: I’m no longer a Young Living distributor, but still really love both of these products. They’re the best natural insect repellent products I’ve found. Find yourself a friend who’s a distributor and grab some for yourself! If you’re curious, here’s why I quit Young Living.
For the patio, I really like this candle, which is also DEET free!
Sunscreen is kind of a big deal, in terms of ingredients. We’re told to apply a thick coat to our entire body and reapply often in the name of “sun safety.” We already know that everything we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies. Add to that the fact that many conventional sunscreens actually contain ingredients that help them get absorbed into the skin even better.
Knowing what’s in our sunscreen is important. Not only do I opt for products with natural ingredients for myself, but I also look for sunscreens labeled as “reef safe.” Conventional sunscreens are killing the coral reefs (and if they’re doing that, imagine what they’re doing to our bodies). So, by looking for reef safe sunscreen, we not only protect ourselves, but we’re also protecting the environment around us. This is the brand we usually buy, and we’ve always had good luck with it!
Dew skin foundation:
I started using DewSkin by Beauty Counter last summer when my cousin introduced me to it. Not only does it give me that nice, clean face, but it also has SPF 20. I love that, because it removes a step from my morning routine. Let’s be honest. I’m a huge fan of the 5 minute face, and this foundation makes that so much easier.
Plus, while Beauty Counter isn’t the cleanest company around, they certainly strive for safety, and they advocate for better regulations for beauty products. That’s a mission I can get behind!
Sea salt hair spray:
That beachy texture is a must during the summer months, and this simple DIY makes it so easy! I have straight hair, so I make sure to spray this on every morning. It gives me the body and texture that I love, and I’m sure on someone with even a hint of curls, it would enhance those as well.
- 2 tsp pink himalayan sea salt
- 2 tbs aloe vera oil
- 1 c warm water
- 10 drops of essential oils (I used peppermint, tea tree, and lavender for a little scalp care, but another popular combo that people love for long, healthy hair is lavender, cedarwood, and rosemary).
Put all ingredients into an 8 oz glass spray bottle and mix well.
If you’re not up for even a simple DIY, this one looks like a great option from Amazon!
After sun cream:
Obviously, the best thing to do for a sunburn is to avoid it all together. Sometimes, no matter what we do right, we can still get a burn. When that happens, I like to whip up some after sun cream to soothe the burn and nourish my skin.
You can find my recipe, along with other tips for soothing a sunburn, right here.
Live Your Best Life Naturally with These Summer Must-Haves
I love summer, but it does come with its own slew of unique challenges. These summer essentials with help you enjoy the season in the healthiest and cleanest way possible.