Summer means showing more skin, so take care of it and keep it glowing.
Have you ever noticed that having too many products in your self-care arsenal is just as bad as having none at all? When your cabinets are packed to the brim with products that you’ve accumulated for one reason or another, you just end up with more clutter and another item on the To Do List. A streamlined bathroom cabinet stocked with what you need (and emptied of what you don’t need) is definitely the way to go. The Elysian staff pored through our favorite products and sampled lots of new ones until we arrived at the 7 products you absolutely, positively NEED to get through the summer:
Coconut oil has been a coveted ingredient in beauty products for years, but Kopari has maximized coconut’s natural benefits with a proprietary blend of organic materials to boost absorption, reduce greasiness and improve performance. You can use it to moisturize your face and body, but it also serves as a hair conditioner, a makeup remover, a shave oil, and a belly balm. Kopari’s secret formula delivers a kicked-up version of everything you already love about coconut oil, and it’s produced in their solar-powered lab in Southern California, with no parabens, sulfates, GMO’s or animal testing.
Kopari Organic Coconut Melt ($38, amazon.com)
If you only protect yourself from the sun when you’re at the beach, then it’s time to rethink your strategy. To avoid wrinkles and dark spots caused by sun damage, you’ve got to be vigilant, and make sunscreen a part of your daily self-care regimen, rain or shine. We love Invisible Zinc because it’s natural and it absorbs completely, leaving no crusty white residue. It feels weightless, doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, and holds up well under makeup.
Invisible Zinc Sunscreen ($34.35, amazon.com)
Even though we’ve been told again and again that a suntan is evidence of sun damage, we still associate bronzing with a healthy, robust lifestyle. My Skin’s Friend is the sunless bronzer we’ve always dreamed. It delivers a sun-kissed glow overnight, with no streaking, no weird odors, and no damage to undergarments or bed linens. It’s made with all organic ingredients, and contains no perfumes or fragrances.
My Skin’s Friend Organic Self Tanner ($39.87, amazon.com)
There’s nothing worse than being at an outdoor concert or a friend’s barbecue and finding yourself on the menu as you become dinner for every fly and mosquito in town. But spraying yourself with a funky-smelling repellent is almost as bad as being a bug magnet. We love Avon’s Skin So Soft because it keeps the bugs away, and has a light, pleasant scent. The towelettes make bug protection wonderfully simple, but be forewarned, everyone who sees you applying SSS with the towelette is going to ask you for one, so be sure to bring extras or practice your apologetic shrug.
Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Towelettes ($11.99, amazon.com)
Summer hair is exposed to sweat, saltwater, chlorine, and any number of pollutants that you might encounter when you spend your days outdoors. You need a shampoo that cleanses effectively without drying or damaging the hair cuticle, and we found one: Cactus Weightless Moisture Shampoo. The whole product line – which includes a conditioner and a leave-in spray – delivers deep conditioning with botanicals that leave your hair in better condition than it found it in. Best of all, it smells like happiness.
Cactus Water Shampoo ($30.99, amazon.com)
The whole Hydro Boost Line from Neutrogena delivers hydration in a formula that is gentle but non-irritating. We love the facial cleanser because it removes all the sweat and gunk from your skin, deep-cleans your pores and moisturizes your face at the same time.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cleanser ($6.45, amazon.com)
Three seasons of the year, I can convince myself that I have a magical genetic defect that keeps me from emitting any kind of body odor. But when summer comes around, all of that goes out the window, and I need a product that delivers effective protection. I’ve tried every spray, roll-on, gel, cream, you-name-it and it is nearly impossible to find a product that is effective but doesn’t contain harsh chemicals. Almost. Underarmed is an aluminum-free, non-toxic deodorant made with organic coconut oil, beeswax, avocado butter and lavender essential oil. It is non-irritating, has a light scent, and most importantly, it keeps you from being a smelly, sweaty mess regardless of whether you have any magical genetic predispositions.
Super Natural Goods Deordorant ($15.99, amazon.com)