Some of My Favorite Things For Summer
Summer is finally here! It seemed like the long, cold, rainy winter would never end but today I look out the window to a beautiful blue sky, the birds are chirping and it’s already 62 degrees at 7:30 am. I love all the green and nature bringing back its best face but with it comes bugs, sunburns and lots of sweat (especially for us folks living in the south).So today I want to share with you some of my favorite products for summer. Safe, chemical free alternatives for some commonly used products for the entire family.
Let’s start with sunscreen because most of them are loaded with chemicals that can harm our health. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has new research to back these claims showing that the chemicals in traditional sunscreens disrupt the endocrine system as well as interfering with hormonal systems in our body such as thyroid or estrogen. One of the most common chemicals in sunscreen is Oxybenzone which is known to disrupt the endocrine system and is associated with low sperm counts in men and endometriosis in women. The EWG now warms against pregnant or breastfeeding woman using sunscreen containing oxybenzone, however most traditional ones have it. And of course, who wants their children exposed to chemicals of any kind especially ones that will mess with their hormones.
So, we know that we need a natural sunscreen for the entire family, however many of these are hard to apply, leave you covered in white and can be tricky to remove at the end of the day. This is of course because they do the job of coating the skin and acting as that barrier to protect us. I’ve been using natural sunscreens for years so I have tried many and found a few favorites to share with you today.
Everyone loves the look of having sun-kissed skin but at what cost? Possible cancer, brown spots and premature aging of the skin are all the down sides of tanning. Many self tanners contain harmful chemicals and smell terrible while tanning beds are proven to be associated with increased risk of melanoma. But I have recently discovered an all natural, organic self tanner that is amazing! I am so excited to share this with you and I know you are going to love these easy to apply clothes. I used one cloth for my entire face and body although they recommend two. The tan lasted over a week too!
Phenomenal Self Tanning Clothes – These are amazing. I love to do a little self tanner on my face and before a beach trip maybe hit the spray tanning machine but I’m not really sure how good those smelly chemicals are for the body. This self tanner is made from all natural and organic extracts. It has no smell and the sheets make it really quick and easy to apply. Lasts up to 10 days giving you natural looking sun kissed tan skin. Learn More
Many people have already switched to natural deodorants to avoid the aluminum that is associated with Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. Finding a good aluminum free deodorant that works can be tricky. Here are a few that I recommend. Everyone is different so you may have to try a few before you discover what works for your body.
ThinkSport – No harmful ingredients, no animal testing and all natural ingredients make this a safe choice for a natural deodorant. It comes in many scents to choose from or unscented if you prefer. Learn More
Bugs, bugs everywhere! Oh my gosh, I can’t stand bugs and bees and they are just everywhere down south. Keeping the mosquitos and other biting bugs off my skin is a top priority in summer. DEET is used in most bug sprays and products and is known to be harmful to the brain and nervous system. Check out some natural alternatives so you can enjoy the outdoors without the bugs enjoying you.
All Terrain Natural Bug Spray – This bug spray was awarded Best Gear by National Geographic Adventure. It contains several natural oils such as peppermint, cedar and lemongrass that keep bugs away naturally without harmful DEET. Learn More
Sunshine and hot weather definitely take a toll on your lips. For me wearing lipsticks also drys them out. I have finally found a lip stick that moisturizes, comes in great colors and protects my lips from the sun and wind. Check this out.
Summer is here and it’s time to spend some time outdoors. Keep it safe this summer while you enjoy the outdoors with some all natural ingredients in your personal products. If you have a favorite summertime product I would love to hear about it.
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