Summer means sun, sweat, chlorine – and our skin can take a beating. Protecting it doesn’t need to include coating it with chemicals.
Would it really be summer without some long, leisurely afternoons spent in chlorine-filled pools and soaking up sun on the beach? Unfortunately, the pleasures of summer often mean our skin takes a beating. As we head into August and the dog days of summer, now is the time to reassess your bathroom cabinet. Is your skincare arsenal protecting you, and not adding to your toxin load? If not, it’s time for a refresh. We’ve rounded up some of the best plant-based summer skincare products from brands who put to use the power of botanicals like rosehip, reishi mushroom, hemp and so much more.
For sun and wind-whipped skin that needs some love, Khus + Khus’ nourishing body balm is infused with adaptogens reishi and chaga mushroom and antioxidants hemp extract and prickly pear butter to bring back balance to your outer layer. Apply it in long strokes, toward the heart to stimulate lymph movement, because with KHUS + KHUS, skincare is whole-body care. For those who summer in the city, this aromatic blend could be your BFF.
From the Evio beauty X Aurora collection, these wipes are made of hemp fibres and infused with cannabis sativa oil to reduce inflammation. So as you wipe off your sweaty brow and the late-afternoon mascara residue under your eyes, you also get a dose of antioxidant hemp goodness. Also with green tea, these wipes are built for summer skin.
This is the cream your face craves after a day of soaking in the sun. With cooling peppermint, aloe juice, rose distillate, and calendula extract, it’ll soothe soothe irritation and restore hydration. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, avocado oil, and carrot oil make it the ultimate daily moisturizer for anytime of year.
The sisters behind this brand are so passionate about their product, they call themselves deodorant revolutionists. Trust that this all-natural, award-winning deodorant works. There are some 20 types to choose from, tailored for different types of sweaters, but we love Moon Sisters for its detoxifying charcoal, relaxing magnesium and skin-health-promoting prebiotic content. Of course, no aluminum, triclosan, etc. etc. Basically, nothing you shouldn’t be rubbing into your pits.
If you thought there was no such thing as an organic colour-correcting cream, meet Juice Beauty. This CC cream has the powers of SPF 30, so not only does it lend tinted coverage and helps even out skin tone, but also protects you from the sun. It’s got vitamin C and fruit stem cells to help keep your skin happy and healthy no matter what you face.
For those who can’t with regular sunscreen, this organic, SPF 20 translucent powder protects you from rays while also keeping shine under control. It’s got soothing aloe leaf extract, and passion fruit and rosemary oil to fend off inflammation. Take this powder in your bag and give your T-zone a quick dust over the course of the day to stay protected even as you sweat.
Our lips are the thinnest skin on our bodies – if yours aren’t protected with nourishing ingredients, get yourself a proper lip balm. Herb Essentials’ is rich in cannabis sativa oil, which helps lips rebuild their natural oil barrier that prevents moisture loss. It’s also got soothing peppermint and vitamin E to help your lips stay protected and nourished.
For gardeners, cyclists, and anyone else who feels the wrath of the elements on their hands in the summer, this season can be as hard on skin as winter. Delia’s blend of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and rosehip oil hydrates and heals nails and also promotes growth. Just rub the roller ball to each nail and massage in.