Is it too early to say that summer is upon us? If you love warm weather like me, you have been counting down the days to summer since the first snowfall. However, it’s important to remember that with warmer temperatures, endless hours spent tanning at the pool, and spontaneous beach trips, our body is at a higher risk of sun damage. Whether you plan on soaking up the sun on the beach or simply taking a day hike to your favorite waterfall, you should definitely have your go-to beauty products to keep your body happy and healthy. Here are 10 animal cruelty free products that are totally worth investing in to keep your hair and skin glowing all summer long. All of these products are produced by companies that do not test their products on animals. So not only are you happy and healthy, animals are too!
Lush H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment; $21.95
UVA and UVB rays can weaken and break the protein bonds in your hair, creating split ends and destroying your hair color. Although it may be hard to pronounce, using Lush’s H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment is an easy way to re-nourish and treat sun-damaged hair. This all-natural hair mask softens and conditions hair with nourishing ingredients such as mashed bananas, avocado, olive oil, and shine-enhancing balsamic vinegar. The best part? This hair treatment won’t leave you smelling like you just emerged from the kitchen; it is infused with all-natural bay leaves, rosemary, and cinnamon leaf oil to leave your tresses smelling fresh and clean.
Fresh Sugar Lip Moisturizer; $24.00
Although I recommend this lip balm for year-round use, it is perfect for the summer. It blends reparative oils with real sugar to provide your lips with delectable moisture while providing protection against wrinkle-causing free radicals by containing vitamins A, C, and E. The Sugar Lip Moisturizer is also SPF 15, giving your lips protection from damaging UV rays.
Evian Mineral Facial Mist; $18.00
This cooling mineral spray is perfect to mist on your face during the heat of the summer to cool you off and leave you feeling refreshed. Not only will this spray leave you feeling energized, it also provides your skin with hydrating minerals that go deep into your pores to wash away germs and keep your face feeling fresh and clean.
Let’s face it: we all sweat. Especially during summer. Hey, it’s not our fault, it’s hot outside! Luckily, E.L.F has it covered. These mattifying blotting papers are every girl’s saving grace when it comes to getting oily skin. Not only do they absorb excess oil, they also contain translucent powder that mattifies your skin without disturbing your makeup, leaving your skin shine-free and refreshed!
Unfortunately, just because it is summertime that doesn’t mean we all have the luxury of spending every waking moment at the beach. Fortunately, Not Your Mother’s has created the perfect hair product for those who want natural-looking beach waves without going to the beach. Simply mist this texturizing spray on to damp or dry hair and you’ll look just like you would have spending a day soaking up the sun in the salty air.
Honest Beauty SPF 30 Sunscreen; $20.74
I don’t know what’s worse, damaging your skin from sun exposure or putting on sunscreen only to regret it one hour later when you’re dripping a combination of sweat and grease. Fortunately, Honest Beauty has created a lightweight, non-greasy SPF 30 sunscreen that allows you to protect your skin without all feeling like you just put on an extra layer of skin. Moreover, this sunscreen contains no synthetic chemicals, is water-resistant, and contains naturally derived ingredients.
The dilemma with wearing makeup during the summer is feeling like you’re constantly melting. It’s every girl’s nightmare that she will go to blot her face with a napkin only to wipe off half of her face. Luckily, if you invest in this full-coverage, lightweight foundation, you won’t have to worry about melting like an ice cream cone in the heat of the scorching sun. This foundation is has a fluid formula infused with SPF 15 sunscreen that protects your skin while covering dark spots, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.
Burt’s Bees After SunSoother; $10.00 on www.burtsbees.com
There is nothing worst than trying to fall asleep with an awful sunburn. Fortunately, Burt’s Bees has formulated a lotion to ease your pain. Packed with aloe vera and intensive hydrating ingredients, this lotion will soothe and moisturize your skin after a long day in the sun.
Lush Dreamwash Shower Smoothie; $23.95
After a long day sweating in the sun, there is nothing better than taking a refreshing shower. This body wash will further enhance your shower experience by gently cleansing your skin with the absence of harsh and irritating chemicals. Made with aloe vera, rose, tea tree oil, lavender, and camomile, this calming shower smoothie will soothe your skin and leave you feeling beautifully radiant.
Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum; $24.00 on www.pixibeauty.com
Did you know that the reason skin wrinkles is because it loses its elasticity? Although this happens naturally with age, it can be further progressed by smoking, stress, and overexposure to UV rays. Pixi’s Hydrating Milky Serum helps to improve your skin’s elasticity, keeping your skin healthy and young.
From a sweet SPF infused lip moisturizer to an inexpensive and waterproof mascara, use this list to keep your body on it’s A game during the sweltering heat of the summer. Not only is it important to take good care of your body, it’s also a plus to have naturally glowing and sexy looking hair and skin all summer long. Who says you have to have a perfect beach bod to rock a two piece? Use these foolproof beauty products, slip on your favorite bikini, and rock healthy, glowing skin!