5 Sensational Spring Skin Savers
As winter seems to trudge on and my skin parches from indoor heat, I pine to get outside. This native Californian lives for a sunny day and greenery, but I don’t look forward to any additional toll in dryness or skin damage. Thus, here’s my ultimate compilation of true fav skincare savers that have seen me through as we prep for spring and gotten me unsolicited compliments and ‘where can I get that?’ queries.
Let's shake out the picnic blankets and dust off the swim totes: the sunshine is a-comin'!
1. Kopari Organic Coconut Melt
If the coconut craze were leading up one beach trail, it would lead to this jar! This organic and sublimely refined vegan melt is the ultimate can-do product, which on the surface is a body and hair moisturizer, but can do anything from balm up your baby’s bum to deep treat your under-eye wrinkles. I’ve bathed in it for weeks during summer and folks, it gives glow. While highly moisturizing, your skin’s absorption rate may vary so use sparingly at first and have a hand towel handy. Please don’t mistake me for a coconut cream pie…I know, I smell that good!
$34 for 7 oz., amazon.com
2. Patchy Natural Deodorant
This vegan, 100% plant and mineral-based natural deodorant is free of aluminum, parabens and synthetic preservatives, but still full of marvelous natural fragrance and uses ingredients like baking soda and arrowroot to neutralize odors. You won’t get enough of their yummy scent combinations that handily come in a twist up applicator style like Sweet Lemonade, Calming Fields (lavender + spearmint) Lemongrass Gardens and a new edition…Take a Hike (cedar wood + nutmeg) that’s formulated for men—though I might have to give it a whirl too. For the record, my husband likes and uses Calming Fields just fine and my daughter who is a tween has taken to Sweet Lemonade.
$5.95 travel size, full size $9.99, rusticmaka.com
3. Farmaesthetics Bug Bite Balm
My friends and I laugh that you can just set me out on a lawn at a party and I am the bug light, attracting mosquitoes right and left. So I’m always on the search for a good bite treatment that really works, as my skin is typically eaten alive. This Bug Bite Balm is an all-natural way to calm a bite with peppermint oil, camphor and witch hazel (the latter to reduce inflammation), and I have to say after roller balling on several bites, I don’t have to reapply and the deep itch is abated.
4. Miists Ultra Slim Sprays
Sometimes you just need a little spritz midday to feel refreshed. Miists hand-held sprays fit perfectly into the palm of your hand let alone your purse or activity bag and provide up to 150 sprays of sunscreen, bug spray, refreshing rose mist, etc. I recently took the hand sanitizing spray on a trip, and what a lifesaver it was for purifying my kids’ sticky fingers.
$3.49 each or $15 for 3, miists.com
5. Farmhouse Fresh Lemongrass Ocean Mineral Bath Soak
This product from Farmhouse Fresh, which has a cult-like following, is from their new Organics line and is deliciously refreshing after a long day under the sun. Take a portion of the bath soak which is filled with Atlantic Ceara, Pink Himalayan and Epsom salts, organic teas, herbs and rose hips and place directly into your bath or use their bath tea bags with bobbing cork which they sell separately (and kids get a kick out of) as a set for $16.
Then relax and soak your spring cares away. I’ve used this with my family, and even the aromatic scent of this as it filled the bathroom alone was a hint of the bathing goodness to come.
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