Picking up these natural, non-toxic summer beauty products now guarantees beautiful skin, hair, and nails all season!
Prevent hair-color fade with a sunflower leave-in.
“Powerful UV rays can wreak havoc on color-treated hair by breaking down the chemical bonds in dye, causing color to look dull fast,” says celebrity colorist Mike Petrizzi. To remedy, spritz tresses with a protective leave-in like Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray (Buy at Ulta, $15) before going outside. The spray’s sunflower extract is full of antioxidants that create an invisible barrier over hair to keep dye from fading while also moisturizing strands to boost lock luster.
Ward off body odor with this deodorant.
Thanks to its essential oils, a deodorant like Secret Aluminum-Free Deodorant with Essential Oils Lavender & Lemon (Buy at Walmart, $10.64) will ensure fresh-smelling underarms all day, naturally. How it works: Lemon’s astringent properties limit sweating while antimicrobial lavender kills bacteria-causing odor-all without the effects that aluminum-based deodorants may cause.
Protect nails with a sun-blocking polish.
We might not think about this summer beauty must-have, but when nails are exposed to the sun, they tend to take on an unsightly yellow tinge. What can help: swiping on a UV-blocking top coat like Zoya Armor Top Coat (Buy at Walmart, $8.53). The sheer, toxin-free polish can be used alone or on top of colored polish and creates a shield to prevent the sun from altering nails’ hue.
Stay sun-safe with a mineral sunscreen.
There’s a reason dermatologists rave about mineral SPFs: They create a physical, protective barrier over skin without absorbing into the bloodstream and causing issues within the endocrine system like chemical versions can, says New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. And a formula like My Day Screen Body Melt (Buy from My Day Screen, $30) contains antioxidant-rich avocado and pomegranate extracts that further defend skin from UV rays.
Keep makeup intact with a setting mist.
After applying makeup, lightly mist a setting spray all over the face. “Like a liquid form of a setting powder, these sprays lock makeup into place so it can stand up to heat and sweat,” says celebrity makeup artist Amy Zdunowski-Roeder. What’s more, a spray that contains algae extract, like CoverFX High Performance Setting Spray (Buy from Cover FX, $31), helps protect skin from damaging free radicals.
Double-duty purse essentials:
Reach for these multitaskers to reverse summer arghs in a pinch:
- Chub rub? Rub lip balm onto the inner thighs. The balm’s waxy texture creates a barrier that thwarts the friction that leads to a painful rash.
- Greasy roots? Apply a drop of hand sanitizer on hair’s part line. Its alcohol content sops up sweat or oil on the scalp so tresses look full and clean.
- Sweaty feet? Spritz dry shampoo into shoes. The spray’s absorbent powder soaks up odor-causing moisture for dry, fresh-scented feet.