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Editor’s Picks: The Best Products for Every Summer Beauty Need


By Lisa Elaine Held

Just like a long picnic in the park or a lazy afternoon spent lounging in a hammock with a beach read, your summer beauty routine should feel easy-breezy.

Sure, your skin, hair, and nails might need a little extra love, since you’ve got to think about sun protection, exposed limbs and toes, and frizzifying humidity. So the key is choosing multitasking products that solve for summer woes in simple ways.

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After years and years of testing all kinds of natural beauty products, these are the ones that I’d choose for the season over and over again. Every one, of course, is made with safe, primarily plant-based ingredients and is free of chemicals that could potentially mess with your health.

So you can spend your summer relaxing under an umbrella looking all nourished and glowy, not anxiously reading ingredient labels at the drugstore.

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The Best Summer Beauty Products

  • For Safe Sun Protection

    The realm of mineral-based sunscreen (AKA sunscreens that have zinc and titanium dioxide as the active ingredient, not oxybenzone) has expanded considerably over the past few years. It’s great that there are now so many options, but the cheap ones are often low-quality (read: they don’t rub in at all and you spend your whole beach day looking like Casper) and the good ones are often super pricey. Juice Beauty’s SPF 30 Sport is the perfect happy medium. It’s effective and emollient while still affordable. And for your face, I use the brand’s Stem Cellular CC Cream year-round. It takes care of sun protection while also moisturizing and evening out your complexion.

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  • For Sweat Defense

    I’ve put all kinds of natural deodorants to the test in seriously sweaty scenarios like hot yoga and HIIT class. If you really need to NOT sweat (i.e. you’re going to an outdoor wedding on an 100-degree day), I’d recommend opting for a traditional antiperspirant and deodorant. But for day-to-day use, Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is my number one pick.

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  • For Sun-Kissed Skin Repair

    Why should you trust this post-sun skin care solution? It was formulated by a surfer (who knows a little something about skin that’s been burned and chafed and salted for hours). EiR NYC’s Sunset Oil is made with aloe to soothe sunburned skin, arnica for sore muscles, and jojoba, olive, almond, and coconut oils to rehydrate.

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  • For Added Moisture (and Pedi Extension)

    You’re still going to need more moisture, though, and Skincando Combat-Ready Balm can save your skin on so many levels. Think sunburn relief, irritated bikini lines, and keeping your feet pretty in between pedis. Need proof? The product is used by soldiers serving in the Middle East to soothe the itchy, irritated skin that comes with living in the desert.

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  • For Beach Waves

    If you’re at the beach, getting beach waves is pretty simple: Jump in ocean. Let hair dry. Good job! But for work or play days when you want the waves (or just can’t deal with pointing a hot hair dryer towards your head), Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray is a super popular pick. It’s made with sea salt and kelp (literally bringing the ocean to you) and scented with essential oils like rose geranium, so your hair toss will smell great, too.

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  • For Simple Minimalist Makeup

    You can’t be fussing with an overflowing makeup bag during summer, and you also don’t want your face to look mattified. Keep your natural glow and throw an RMS lip2cheek in your bag for when you need a quick face touch-up. You dip a finger in the little pot and dab some on your cheeks and lips and suddenly you’ve got a little glowy color in an understated, natural way.

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  • For Avoiding Itchy Limbs

    Mosquitos can ruin a barbecue or pool party, but bug sprays are also super toxic. Avoid the chemicals and opt for Babyganics Natural Insect Repellent, made with essential oils like citronella, peppermint, and lemongrass. I recently put it to the test while camping in the wilderness and was able to hike and sit around a fire for hours without a single bite.

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