Summer Essentials- Skin and Hair Sun Protection

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The summer sunshine- who doesn’t love it?! The magic and radiance of sunshine gives life, happiness, and a golden glow to all who embrace its beauty and power. Although the vitamin D we get from the sun is essential for good health, we all know the dangers of too much sun. I know these dangers all to well. I’ve had pre-cancerous cells removed from my skin and my brother is a melanoma survivor. Growing up in the sunshine state and enjoying the lifestyle that goes along with it (not to mention living in Australia during grad school) puts me at greater risk. In addition to the terrifying medical concerns associated with too much sun exposure, there’s also that superficial premature aging thing that is a bit of a worry. I guess you could say I’ve become a sun-protection warrior. I’ve gathered my favorite natural skin and hair products that help defend against the damaging effects of too much sun exposure. I’m continuing my Summer Essentials Week by sharing these sun-warrior products with you.

Protect Your Skin

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J. Crew Fedora (similar here) and sunnies (see them also here, here, and here). Protect your peepers and your beautiful head with a great fashion statement.

COOLA Organic Liplux Sport, Peppermint and Vanilla Lip Balm Sunscreen, SPF 15 We often forget about protecting our lips, but sun can damage your precious pout, making it look years beyond your age. This delicious lip balm will keep your kissers conditioned and shielded from the sun.

Mineral Fusion Brush-On Sun Defense, SPF 30 This handy little beauty has mineral sunscreen powder built into the brush. Throw it in your bag and you can touchup your makeup and your sunscreen throughout the day. This wonder wand is also loaded with sea kelp and white tea to boost antioxidant protection.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen This is my go-to sun protector and makeup wrapped all up in one handy little package. Whether I’m spending a day at the beach or pool, or I’m running my normal everyday errands, I use this Tarte BB cream every single day. Living in the sunshine state it is essential for me to protect my face from the sun everyday and combining it in my daily makeup routine makes it all the easier.  I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup and this has just enough coverage to even out my skin tone while protecting my skin.

COOLA Organic Suncare, Pina Colada Sport Sunscreen Spray, SPF 30 Scented to match my favorite beachside cocktail, this sunblock comes in a convenient clear spray and is water resistant. The aroma of its delicious fragrance will transport you to your favorite tropical vacation.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Natural Body Lotion SPF 15  This is my everyday body lotion. The Florida rays are strong year round so I want to be sure I protect my skin everyday- particularly exposed areas like my shoulders, arms, and décolletage. Creamy and smooth, this formula soaks right into my skin giving it a subtle gleam while going to battle against the powers of the sun.

Protect Your Hair

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Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser– When I was little, my hair would turn green from all the swimming in chlorinated pools. This isn’t quite the look I was going for then or now. Although I don’t have the problem quite as much as I did back then (probably due in part to us having a saline pool as well as the fact that I don’t spend as much time fully immersed like I did in my days of playing Marco Polo), I still like to purify my hair from the chemicals. This product cleanses chlorine and salt from your tresses and adds moisture that may have been lost.

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil– Not only are your locks at risk to sun damage, but so is your scalp. I often fail to protect my scalp from the sun and possible skin cancer. I just forget about it (I am very forgetful). Although I have hats, and bring them with me to the pool and beach, I don’t find them to be very comfortable (I know, this is really bad). Enter Aveda to save me from myself. I just spritz this over my dry or damp hair and I’m ready for battle. An extra bonus- this light mist provides my mane with a water-resistant UV defense.

Yarok Feed Your Sunshine– I recently stumbled upon Yarok and love everything about their company- organic and natural products, socially responsible, philanthropic, and their products work. This powerful potion works as a preventative and a treatment. Apply prior to your pool and beach fun to protect against the damaging effects of chlorine, sun, and salt. Apply after to replenish your tresses.

Protect Your Kiddos

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Sunnies- from Target! Yes, Target! I just love Target. I got them while shopping at the store but found similar ones here. Mila and Kaiya love that these match mommy’s “cheetah” sunglasses. Mommy loves that they protect her girls’ beautiful brown eyes.

Babo Botanicals Swim & Sport Cucumber Aloe Vera Detangling Spray– This detangling spray has the most amazing fresh, clean scent and helps tame my Cherry Blossoms’ thick tresses. This is my go to after a day in the sun and pool has made their mane dry and tangled.

Bare Republic Mineral Sport Sunscreen Body Spray SPF 30– This spray-on sunscreen for kids is formulated by one of my favorite brands, COOLA, smells like coconuts, is mineral based, is water-resistant and is sold at Target- how coola is that?!

California Baby Soothing and Calming Spray– I have loved California Baby products since we first brought our cherry blossoms home from Japan. This spray will cool your little one’s skin after a day of too much fun in the sun.

California Baby Super Sensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen Stick– This sunblock stick is perfect for my girls’ faces. It is thick but it’s easy to apply and it provides long-lasting, splash-proof protection for my little mermaids.

Opening Photo Credit to the lovely Allana Wesley White Photography.

11 thoughts on “Summer Essentials- Skin and Hair Sun Protection

  1. I am going to try that Tarte BB Tinted Treatment! It sounds just right if you don’t want a “too made up makeup look”. I like wearing men’s hats better than women’s hats! They often have a wider brim on styles like fedoras, and they sit a bit larger on your head which is more comfortable around the ears where women’s hats pinch your sunglasses arms! Hat designers – are you listening?? 🙂

    1. Thanks Cori for the hat advise- I wouldn’t have thought of trying men’s hats but that sounds perfect. Sounds like you could be a hat designer! Try the BB cream too- you’ll love it.

  2. Tis the season for sun protection! I love Coola and have sworn by Alba’s Daily Shade lotion for YEARS. It’s great for incidental sun exposure when running around town. Thanks for the tip on Yarok Feed Your Sunshine too! I love Yarok’s leave in conditioner and am always on the hunt for organic/natural products.

    xx Jean

    1. Thank you for sharing, Jean. I’m always looking for the best all natural and organic skincare products too. I know it can be difficult to find great products so I was happy to share my favorites.

    1. Thank you so very much Deepti! I love Aveda too and have always found great stylists at their salons. I love supporting other blogs and would love to get to know your blog. Thanks for reaching out.