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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.

From pool decks to hot sandy beaches, summer fun can leave hair parched and in need of extra nourishment. Our Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Masque is here to rescue and revive dry stands and bring them back to fabulous!

This luscious deep conditioning masque repairs dry, damaged, color treated and over processed hair. It penetrates and coats hair with natural silk protein to strengthen and replenish hair inside and out. This masque reveals soft, tangle free hair that is never sticky or weighed down. Rich in coconut, olive and avocado oils, as well as provitamin B-5, this treatment provides color safe, salon quality smoothing in an at-home treatment. Paraben free, cruelty free and gluten free, this formula is great for your hair and good for our earth.

Get the most out of your treatment:
While this masque can be used as a daily conditioner, for a deep conditioning at-home treatment, follow these steps –
Squeeze any excess water out of freshly shampooed hair, then apply a generous amount of product. Now relax! Let the mask do it’s work for at least 5 minutes or more, then rinse and style as usual. Our Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Masque is a perfect weekly treatment or a quick ‘pick me up’ anytime thirsty hair needs a quenching moisture boost.

Hot summer days are on their way! Cooling cucumber and juicy watermelon are delicious treats that also give your favorite eco-friendly products their power. Work up an appetite for beautiful skin and hair with these summer favorites.

Watermelon & Mandarin
Customer favorite! Packed with powerful organic ingredients, Azulene Eye Cream is a treat for tired eyes. With tangy lemon and lime, refreshing apple, orange, and mandarin, as well as mouth-watering watermelon, this little blue cream reduces puffiness, diminishes dark circles, and helps to smooth and firm skin around the delicate eye area providing gentle hydration.

Papaya & Grapefruit
Mild but effective enzymes are the key to the Papaya-Glycolic Radiant Skin Masque. Papaya enzymes loosen and dissolve dead skin cells without the use of abrasive chemicals. Apricot and grapefruit help to enhance skin’s natural glow. A radiant complexion is only a few minutes away with this deliciously effective masque.

Lemon & Orange
Wake up to younger looking skin with our Fruit Actives Perfecting Lotion. Coconut softens and smooths skin while lemon and orange tones and provides a natural source of Vitamin C. Delectably renewed skin comes from fresh ingredients in our fruit-packed formula that uses the best nature has to offer.

Cucumber & Apricot
An experience unlike any other, it is no secret the Apricot Night Cream is a favorite for its deep hydration benefits. Cooling cucumber soothes and rejuvenates skin while grapefruit and apricot provide a rich experience. The Vitamin E in apricot helps to nourish dry, sensitive and mature skin. Make the Apricot Night Cream part of your night time ritual to give skin luscious hydration and a delightful daily experience.

Acai & Passionfruit
A deliciously fruity experience is not just for skin! Acai is a powerful antioxidant providing protection from environmental damage in our Ceramide Care Curl & Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner. Rich in Vitamin A and potassium, passionfruit provides rich nutrients to enrich and protect strands for healthy, beautiful hair. Find acai and passionfruit as part of our Rainforest Complex* in every bottle of Ceramide Care Curl & Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner.

*Rainforest Complex: Shea butter, jojoba, argan, passionfruit & acai oils

 

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Summer is just around the corner which means adventure is on the horizon!  In our excitement for the fun to begin, we picked out some go-to travel essentials to keep skin, hair, and body looking its best no matter where the warmer days take us!

Our first must-pack product is our Chamomile & Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover. Don’t be fooled by the name, not only does this little bottle remove stubborn eye makeup gently, but it can also be used as a facial cleanser. Half of the amount to pack makes this product a no-brainer!

Long travels and changing climates can lead to tired eyes. Instantly refresh and rejuvenate your delicate eye area with our i-cream Nourishing Eye Cream. Packaged in a small, ultra-portable tube, it doubles as a lip moisturizer in a pinch.

For more outdoor activities and locations, our natural SPF 30 Broad-Spectrum Protective Day Cream is a great pick for fun in the sun, while our Perfect Hydration Oil-Free Moisturizer keeps skin healthy with a perfect, light finish ideal for humid climates.

Speaking of varying climates, long plane or car rides can leave skin parched or in need of quick refreshment. Our Purfection Hand Cream and full line of deodorants are just the trick! In our 2 oz. travel size, our Purfection Hand Cream moisturizes dry hands in an easy-to-pack tube. Refresh your underarms with a little aromatherapy.  The fresh scents in our natural deodorants will energize the senses. Bring along our Rosemary & Mint or Tea Tree & Lavender deodorants to stay fresh any time of day or night!

Lastly, while on the go, keeping suitcases light is key so be sure to bring along our 2 oz. Olive & Avocado Shampoo and Hair Masque. Treat your hair to some extra pampering with olive and avocado oil, plus use our shampoo as a body wash. Our hair masque can double as shaving cream, too!

With just a handful of products, we’re geared up with a full arsenal to keep you on the go! We’d love to see where you’re taking our products this summer so be sure to snap a picture and tag us for a chance to be featured!