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It’s been a hot summer so far, and the dog days are still upon us!

Do you know what the dog days of summer actually are? We love dogs (especially those rescued by the incredible humans over at Best Friends Animal Society), but the dog days of summer historically reference the period from July to August in which Sirius, the Dog Star, occupies the same region of the sky as our sun. Although the Romans believed differently, it has no effect on the planet’s temperature and no connection to the oppressive heat the summer months bring. Still, to help keep your cool through the home stretch, consider these skincare survival tips:

 

Do a deep clean. Switch out your daily cleanser for something with a little more kick to combat sweat and grime, like our Clarifying Facial Wash with vitamins, antioxidants and antibacterial agents like birch bark, rosemary and grapefruit extracts. For sensitive skin, we make a fragrance-free version too.

 

 

Stay out of the sun. We know, we know—impossible. Your best bet is to always use sun protection. While a wide-brimmed hat trumps everything, a layer of SPF is also imperative. Our Almond-Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 offers silky, light, all-over protection for outside time around your busy life.

 

Go naked. On your face! Less is always more during the summer, during which dirt, sweat and pollution are likely to combine with your foundation or BB cream in more humid climates. So, forget looking flawless and let your natural glow carry you. The more often you go without makeup, the more your pores will thank you!

If you have to wear it for a special occasion, go with a non-greasy remover like Chamomile & Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover for an easy, gentle rinse-off.

 

Exfoliate—sometimes, but not all the time. Removing dead skin cells is key to keeping skin fresh and clear, but too much removal can lead to sun sensitivity. Cut back to one night per week during the hot summer months with a gentle fruit acid serum like Fruit Actives Perfecting Lotion. If you accidentally find yourself a little too sun-kissed, Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub can slough away flaking skin on face or body once the burn has healed.

 

Have a cold one. Skip the hot shower! Try to tolerate a cooler temperature while bathing so as not to strip your skin of its oils. Before drying off completely, moisturize while skin is still damp. A body lotion like our Multi-Therapy Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion will create a nourishing layer that locks in moisture to keep skin hydrated. To restore moisture on your face, try Healthy Skin Ceramide Facial Lotion.

 

Eat your H2O. In addition to drinking plenty of water daily (shoot for half your weight in ounces), snacking on fruits and veggies with high water content is a great way to naturally support hydration—inside and out! The following fruits and veggies are made of more than 90 percent water, so add them to your grocery list:

  • Grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe
  • Cucumber, zucchini, celery and radishes
  • Spinach and cabbage
  • Sweet peppers and tomatoes

To really boost moisture for plumper, smoother skin, apply Maximum Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum morning and night. This essential element in human skin can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, so skin won’t feel parched.

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The winter season is here bringing days of hot cocoa and warm sweaters. The holidays can be a wonderful time to introduce friends and family to greener and cleaner favorites. With no animal testing or parabens ever, you can help friends and family find new products that are good for them and good for the planet.

Fill-up their stockings with these favorites:

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Papaya-Glycolic Radiant Skin Masque – A mild enzyme and alpha hydroxy acid peel polishes and perfects skin without abrasives or chemicals. Bentonite clay and kelp extract helps fight blackheads in this award-winning formula free of mineral oil, artificial fragrances and colors.

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Herbal Tonic Mist – Refresh skin throughout the day or set makeup with the hydrating power of Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe, Chamomile, Calendula extract, and three different types of Seaweed and Sea Kelp. 100% oil free and free of artificial colors, this is a great toner for dry skin and a wonderful misting moisturizer for blemish prone skin.

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Purfection Hand Cream – Give hands a five-star treatment. This luxurious hydrating cream soothes and softens hands with Vitamins C & E, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, and Jojoba. Rich in natural botanicals and emollients, and a rival to high-end hand creams, this Whole Foods Premium formula is the ultimate skin remedy for dry, chapped hands.

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Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Masque– Great for dry, color treated, damaged or over processed hair, this formula rich in Avocado, Coconut, Olive, and Silk Protein leaves hair soft, smooth, and tangle free. This best-selling deep-conditioning masque provides weightless moisture that can be used as a daily conditioner or as a weekly hydrating treatment.

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Chamomile & Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover– Gentle on the eyes and tough on makeup, a fresh face is only a few swipes away. In addition to the powers of Chamomile and Green Tea, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, moisturize and pamper the delicate eye area without fragrances, mineral oil, or irritation.

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Maximum Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Discover nature’s miracle moisture binder. Holding 1,000 times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid plumps skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Soothing Aloe, Chamomile, Grapefruit, Seaweed, and Sea Kelp extracts provide anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits. Cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, and vegan, this is a simple clean, green pick and a customer favorite!

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145 Smooth Start Shave Cream – A close, comfortable shave and better looking skin is here. With Almond, Macadamia, Kukui Nut, and Apricot Oils to help razors glide over skin, and Aloe, Pomegranate, and Comfrey to soothe and prevent irritation. A paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free, and vegan experience is sure to become a shaving essential.

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145 After Shave Skin Soother – Replenishing hydration and relieving discomfort that sometimes follows shaving is easily accomplished with cooling Menthol, Peppermint, and Rosemary, soothing Chamomile and Aloe, as well as hydrating Panthenol. This non-drying, alcohol free formula works great for normal to oily-skin and is paraben free, gluten fee, cruelty free, and vegan.

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145 Quick Fix Calming Mist –  Ingrown hairs and razor burn are a thing of the past with this paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free, and vegan calming mist. Witch Hazel, Peppermint, and Salicylic Acid help treat blemishes without irritating skin while Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe soothe and prevent over-drying. Great for men, women and all skin types, this formula comes with an easy to apply pump top for an even and gentle mist.

 

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Sarabecca Natural Perfume Gift Assortment – These truly natural artisan crafted perfumes are handmade in small batches from natural, plant-based essential oils and fragrance essences without synthetics, animal ingredients or testing. This beautifully packaged set of “notes” features all five Sarabecca roll-on fragrances: Floral Citrus, New Rose, Neroli, Patchouli, and Vanilla Spice.

Meet the Clarifying Facial Wash from Earth Science. Designed with sensitive skin in mind, it’s incredibly mild, yet still incredibly effective at removing oil, bacteria and residue that can cause breakouts. Your skin never feels dry or stressed after using the Clarifying Facial Wash.

The addition of hyaluronic acid helps to make this facial wash particularly effective in making your skin look and feel younger, but you know, in a balanced, naturally glowing kind of way. There are no overpowering odors or chemical scents that make you feel like you’re trapped inside of a perfume bottle.

The Clarifying Facial Wash is gentle enough to use morning and night and doesn’t leave your skin feeling slimy or sticky like a lot of those so-called acne washes on the market. Quite the contrary. Your skin actually feels smoother, even if you’re still working through an acne breakout. And it helps the skin to heal quicker too, with less redness and scarring. It’s a mild wash you can use daily, without the risk of over-drying your skin and causing more breakouts—and definitely without the fuss.