5 Green Products for Healthy Summer Skin

Summer is finally around the corner - although this dreary weather would have me fooled. My skin care regimen in the winter is mostly geared toward maintaining adequate moisture levels and to prevent chapping caused by the cold weather and forced hot air. 

If you live in a seasonal locale, like me, it's important to adjust your skincare routine to account for the variability in weather, the strength of the sun at a given time of year, and participation in outdoor activities.

I use SPF year-round; yes! even in the cold climes of New England. And you should, too! But, I switch to additional protection that offers more coverage at a higher SPF for the summer time and also incorporate other products that help to soothe skin exposed to all the wonderful things we love about this time of year - the sun and the ocean!

I also have to take extra precautionary measures to prevent (or at least attempt to prevent!) the worsening of the aggressive patches of melasma I have on my face.

If you struggle with melasma, or are sensitive to hyperpigmentation, it's important to be EXTRA vigilant about the products you're utilizing to ensure that they protect form the sun and help to prevent inflammation from things the seem as innocuous as sweat or even heat - which can be a trigger.

Below are some of my favorite products that I trust and are consistently in my rotation of seasonal skincare products.

 

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream with SPF

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I've been a fan of Josh Rosebrook products for a while now - I love that they're made in the U.S.A from entirely planted based organic ingredients and are transparent about their supply chain.  The nutrient day cream is very lightweight, does not feel greasy, and, like all Rosebrook products, smells great. 

I use the nutrient daycream for year-round sun protection when I'm going to have light exposure to the sun - think : driving, running errands, sitting near a window (yep - even that minimal sun exposure warrants sun protection) etc. - and as a base onto which I layer dedicated sunscreen when I'm going to be outside for prolonged periods of time. You wouldn't really notice the non-nano zinc oxide in this moisturizer because it's not chalky and applies without the white cast that most zinc-containing sunscreens leave behind. This SPF is also available in a tinted version.

 
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I use this soothing toner all summer long in the morning and evening, and as a face mist throughout the day if I've been in the sun.  Face mist definitely seems a little "extra," but I absolutely feel that it helps soothe inflammation and irritation caused from the sun or after a run on hot day - it's just a great skin boost overall.  Pomegranate and red algae extracts aid in hydration and protection against environmental pollutants , while the other amazing ingredients, including resveratrol, brighten and help to even the complexion.

I use this face mist by Josh Rosebrook year round and when I'm traveling  because it's available in a travel-friendly bottle. The hydrating accelerator  is packed with all sorts of power ingredients like turmeric, sea buckthorn, borage oil, and marula oil - plus, it smells divine.

 
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Speaking of extra, this jar of gold will set you back a pretty penny. But, by my estimation, is entirely worth it.  A cult favorite, The Blue Cocoon is a beauty balm concentrate that melts into a deliciously silky oil that is potent enough to replace all the various oils, lotions, and potions one might use in their skincare regimen, yet sensitive enough to be used in conjunction with even the harshest products (but don't use harsh products!).

I had my first foray into May Lindstrom skincare when I tried her aptly named face mask "The Problem Solver,' which I promptly fell in love with and have been using once per week for the last few months. 

The Blue Cocoon had been on my radar, but I was reluctant to shell out $180 for a moisturizer.  After doing a lot of research on the ingredients and reading copious reviews, I decided to go for it.  It has been about six weeks, perhaps still too early to tell if it has made a difference or not, but I have loved it so far.  It truly is the most luxurious skincare product I have ever used -  I even look forward to the ritual of putting it on in the evenings because it feels great, and the blue tansy oil is very relaxing. A truly all-in-one product, it is recommended for facial skin, lips, and as a soothing topical application for sunburns, bug bites, and even delicate baby skin.

Because it helps to remove heat from the skin, I plan to add a morning application beneath my Josh Rosebrook SPF moisturizer throughout the summer months. Anyone with sensitive skin would enjoy the calming properties contained in this balm as it claims to offer soothing benefits to people with skin issues ranging from acne, rosacea, eczema,

A little goes a long way, so a jar will last a while if you follow the application instructions.

 
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Often neglected when it comes to sun protection, our lips are just as vulnerable to sun damage as the rest of our face. Hurraw! are purveyors of vegan, palm-oil free lip balms available in a range of delicious flavors, which include a sun balm with SPF 15 and a tinted sun balm, which is perfect when you want some day-time color plus the added protection of SPF.

 

 
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I've tried just about every sunscreen under the sun (ha!) and have settled into my routine with this mineral suncreen by Suntegrity for daily application when my SPF moisturizer isn't enough. Unlike a lot of zinc sunscreens, this one is thick yet easy to apply, and leaves minimal residue. Sorry, guys, but there's really no natural sunscreen I've found that doesn't leave a bit of a white cast. This one is tolerable and much better than any other brand I've used. 

With a nice citrus scent, this sunscreen has the added benefit of skin nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which pulls moisture into the skin, and sweet orange oil, which is an antioxidant.

Please note that this sunscreen is meant for regular day-time use. If you're going to be at the beach, in the water for prolonged periods of time, or doing something rigorous, it's important to use a water resistant active or sport sunscreen meant for heavy sun exposure and activities in the water or that would produce sweat. I really like the EIR NYC Surf Mud Stick (please note that Surf Mud contains beeswax).

 

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