Top Products to Solve Common Summer Problems

By Ashley Camuso

Summer is the season we look forward to most—even during a pandemic. Three months filled with beach escapes, bike rides and poolside rose . But like everything in life, with all of those pleasures comes a little pain. Along with bliss-filled summer also brings bug bites, painful sunburns, chafing and sand in places it’s not welcome. But never fear! Gone are the days of water-damaged phones and sticky sunscreen thanks to some functional, fun products we’ve uncovered. 

From insect repellent that doubles as perfume to a thigh rescuing anti-chafe stick, here are your solutions to every possible summer problem.


The Problem: Bad-Smelling Bug Spray

Your Solution: Intelligent Nutrients Smart Armor Perfume Serum

While insect repellent is meant to help us, it can actually do more damage than good. We’re not just talking about the horrible scent. Most sprays are filled with high risk pesticides and chemicals that can seep into our skin and lead to diseases like neurotoxicity. Luckily, there is a spray savior we can turn to. Intelligent Nutrients Smart Armor Perfume Serum works double time as a certified organic perfume and an insect fighter. The formula is 100 percent DEET-free, meaning it’s absent of harsh chemicals, and made up of 75 percent soybean oil instead, which is proven to be just as effective. Unlike other organic repellents that may contain as little as 5 percent active ingredients, this super serum contains 100 percent active ingredients for maximum protection. Even better, it’s travel friendly and small enough for any summer adventure. Make bug spray seem like a treat, not a chore!

The Problem: Thigh Chafing

Your Solution: Megababe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick

Summer weather means biking, running, and hiking. While those activities get our hearts pumping and bring on some happy endorphins, they can also give us dreaded thigh rashes.  We’re happy to introduce you to Megababe’s Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick! The balm-like formula creates a skin barrier, allowing thighs that rub to glide smoothly against each other. You’re not only avoiding that annoying friction, you’re also avoiding harmful ingredients. The non-toxic stick is made with aloe, grapeseed oil and antioxidant rich vitamin E to provide extra hydration without sacrificing your health.

The Problem: Phone Water Damage 

Your Solution: ProCase Waterproof Phone Case Necklace

Our phones go everywhere with us, whether we like it or not. So it’s inevitable that our delicate tech is prone to all sorts of damage. Come summertime, when we’re often lounging on boats or beaches, water damage is at the very top of that list. However, with the right protective tools, it’s easily preventable. This waterproof phone case necklace will allow you to protect and accessorize all at once. Available in various colors and compatible with almost every phone size, the dry bag offers waterproof, snowproof, and dirtproof protection for your device (and wallet) while maintaining full touch screen functionality. This means protection way beyond the pool, while you hike, snorkel, fish, and kayak your way through the season.  

The Problem: Sunburnt Lips

Your Solution: Burt’s Bees Phone PopSocket

How many times have you lost a trusty chapstick to the depths of your car floor, the bottom of your beach tote or who knows where? Enter the Burts Bees Chapstick Phone PopSocket. The PopGrip with built-in Burt’s Bees Original Beeswax Lip Balm attaches right to the back of your phone. The discrete design keeps your balm within reach at all times, whenever and wherever you need it. Convenient and cute, this is a smart solution that’ll leave you with smooth lips all summer long.

The Problem: Sand Everywhere

Your Solution: Beach Sandy Sand Remover

After a beach trip, sand follows us far beyond the boardwalk. While it’s seemingly impossible to prevent, we’re loving this sand remover. It’s a brush set that removes sand from your body and belongings by wicking away any excess so you won’t track anything back to your car or house. The lightweight beech wood brushes come in a portable microfiber towel bag, which means you won’t have to worry about it getting wet. Bonus! The brush even works for your sand-covered little ones, or your pets’ paws too. 

The Problem: An Overfilled Beauty Bag

Your Solution: Viva Naturals All-in-One Almond Oil 

Thanks to sun damage and chlorine-induced dryness, it often feels like we need a new product for just about every summer beauty issue we run into. There’s no need to fill your beauty bag to the brim when you have one or two safe, trustworthy products on your side.  All-in-one almond oil  is a versatile (and insanely inexpensive!) product that can be used on just about any body part, from hair and nails, to under eyes and face, or even as an additive to your favorite body cream. Full of nutrient-rich fatty acids, almond oil improves complexion and skin tone, and can even fade scarring. Better yet, the 100 percent natural oil is non-GMO, allergen and hexane-free. 

The Problem: Sweat Stains

Your Solution: Pacifica On-the-Go Deodorant Wipes

For most of us braving the summer heat, a light swipe of deodorant in the AM just won’t cut it—and most summer schedules don’t allow us the luxury of a midday shower. These on-the-go wipes are an easy solution to deodorizing and a safe one too. 100 percent vegan, aluminum-free and made of natural fiber, they’re made with ingredients like coconut milk and pineapple that provide a fun tropical scent. If we can’t travel to an island this summer, we should at least smell like one.

The Problem: Heat Exhaustion

Your Solution: Way 2 Cool Microfiber Cooling Towel with UPF 50

Heat exhaustion is the most common heat-related condition observed in active populations, ranging from athletes to recreational hikers. And it almost always comes down to forgetting one key word: hydration. A microfiber cooling towel will be your new summer sidekick. It’s easy to activate and the super absorbent technology retains water like magic, ensuring you stay up to 30 degrees cooler during the most intense heat. While it cools, the towel also works to protect the skin. With a powerful UPF of 50 that blocks 98 percent UV radiation, it’s a unique alternative to sunscreen, especially during activities that don’t allow time for reapplication. Good news is, it’s also safe for children and pets.

The Problem: Bulky Water Bottles

Your Solution: Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle

While cooling tools are helpful, water is the ultimate hydrater. Losing as little as 2 percent of your body’s water content can significantly impair your physical performance. This collapsible water bottle will ensure you remain at the top of your game. Given how easy it is to carry around, you’ll truly have no excuses. While keeping your hydration levels in check, the rollable bottle will also keep you safe in other ways. It’s made of eco-friendly materials like 100 percent food-grade silicone and free of BPA and other harmful leaching chemicals. This is the summer accessory you can and should take absolutely everywhere. 

The Problem: Smelly Soles

Your Solution: Gran’s Remedy Foot Odor Eliminator

Got a case of “summer shoes”? You know that unpleasant odor that stinks up a room after a sweaty run or night full of dancing? No more smelly feet! Sprinkle this odor-eliminating cooling powder into your shoes for seven consecutive days and it’ll leave them fresh for up to six months. Unlike similar products that just temporarily mask over the smell, this powder actually treats the source of the odor. That’s all thanks to a development of three active ingredients that reduce the numbers of all five of the bacteria and fungi known to cause smelly feet. It’s a lot less wasteful and disappointing than having to replace your favorite footwear.

About Ashley Camuso
Camuso works in New York City and lives in the Hudson Valley, indulging in a healthy balance of city subway adventures and quaint country hikes.

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