Sometimes, summer beauty can be wonderfully low-key—a quick swipe of tinted moisturizer and a spritz of natural sea salt spray are all it takes to get out the door. But then there are days when it feels like it’s 267 degrees out, your hair has gone haywire in the humidity, and you’ve got that sunblock-plus-sweat combo that reads as greasy, not glowy. (We feel you.)
So we’ve curated an arsenal of ultra-effective, all-natural products to help fight those hot-weather beauty woes, whether you’re worried about sunburn or ingrown hairs. You’ll be back to beach goddess status in no time. —Victoria Lewis
1. Frizzy hair
Captain Blankenship Mermaid Hair Oil, $24
On humid days when your coif doubles in size, this combination of organic argan and kukui nut oils helps lock in moisture, preventing frizz from the get go. For best results, rub a drop or two into the ends of damp hair (a little goes a long way), and let air dry. In a pinch, you can also use it on dry hair to smooth flyaways.
2. Limp hair
One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder, $29
If you’re not the kind of person fighting frizz, you’re usually dealing with the opposite (and equally annoying) problem: helmet hair. This powder, made from absorbent kaolin clay and bamboo extract, soaks up oil in between shampoos and enhances clean locks. Try sprinkling a little bit at your roots when your hair is dry and fluffing with your hands for some serious volume that can take the heat.
3. Shiny skin
Juara Sweet Black Tea and Ginger Mattifying Moisturizer, $49
When you’re sweaty, the last thing you want is a moisturizer that amplifies shine. This mattifying gel-cream has hyaluronic acid (a super light hydrating ingredient that doesn’t clog pores) as well as oil-controlling cinnamon and ginger. Use it morning and night, after cleansing.
4. Redness—and sunburn
La Bella Figura Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil, $90
Barbary fig seed oil (AKA prickly pear) is high in inflammation-busters, like vitamin E, linoleic acid, and betalains, which make it ideal for healing skin that’s been irritated by the sun or environmental stressors. Try using this oil on its own or layering it under your regular moisturizer, day or night. Need a more budget-friendly sunburn cure? Try an apple cider vinegar rinse (for face, body, or both).
5. Ingrown hairs
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel, $65
Ingrown hairs are the bane of bikini wax-ees everywhere, but they don’t have to be. This soothing gel is packed with calming antibacterial ingredients, like aloe vera, witch hazel, lavender, and chamomile. Apply it after hair removal—or anytime your skin is irritated—to ward off those pesky red bumps. (Bonus: it’s also a fantastic post-workout skin toner.)
6. Dry skin
African Botanics Marula Shimmering Gold Oil, $85
Alas, dry skin isn’t reserved for the winter months (thanks, windburn and moisture-sapping saltwater). But this glistening formula—made with marula, moringa, baobab, and kalahari melon seed oils, as well as pearl minerals for a subtle glow—is ultra-restorative and lightweight. Use it on your body, face, or hair to add a little moisture wherever it’s needed. Plus, it’s scented with gardenia, magnolia, neroli, and vanilla bean, so it can do double-duty as a perfume.
7. Chapped lips
True Nature Botanicals Pacific Lip Treatment, $68
Consider this the Chloe bag of lip treatments: It may be pricey, but it’s so much more than your average Chapstick. In addition to relatively common moisturizers, like jojoba oil and castor seed oil, it contains True Nature Botanicals’ proprietary “LipPlump” formula, which is like natural, needle-free collagen—perfect to restore sad, sun-damaged lips.
8. Bug bites
Ella’s Botanicals Skin Rescue Balm, $16
Move over, Calamine. This olive oil-based balm is infused with soothing lavender, rosemary, calendula, and other botanicals, all of which relieve itchiness and soothe inflamed skin—without turning you a chalky pink. Keep it in your bag or at your desk and rub some on every time you have the urge to scratch.
9. Clogged pores (AKA zits)
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Refine & Polish Miracle Balm, $98
Between sweat and sunblock, pores take a real beating in the summer months, which can lead to breakout central. In lieu of a facial, this dual-action balm, which has calming chamomile and eucalyptus oils and rice bran beads, can be used as a straight-up exfoliator—or as a mask for a more intense treatment. Leave it on for five minutes, then gently scrub before rinsing.
10. Stubborn sunblock
EiR Sunblock Remover, $22
When you practice safe skin and apply sunblock everyday, your pores need a little extra help getting clean. This hydrating toner, with aloe and rose-infused witch hazel, is formulated to really, fully, deeply remove your spackled on sunscreen, while also hydrating and toning sun-drenched skin. It makes for a quick and easy apres-beach skin routine that can save your complexion.
The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost, $50
You can apply all the products in the world, but if you’re not staying hydrated, your skin’s going to suffer. Packed with probiotics and electrolyte-laced coconut water, aloe vera, and lemon myrtle, this natural beauty supplement keeps you glowing from the inside out. Just add a splash to your regular glass of water and enjoy the delicious tropical taste (like a piña colada, but, you know, actually good for you).
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