SWEET & SALTY

Letting my hair air-dry produces a mixed bag of emotions.  On the one side, it’s easy – like, so easy. But on the other side, I risk weird waves and frizz.  I don’t have wash and go hair, so I count on certain products to make me look more then half decent when time isn’t on my side.  In the hot summer months using a blowdryer and flat iron is not only time consuming (and oh so hot), but damaging as well.  So, air drying i s optimal but not without the right products.  I love a good salt spray, and for the DIY-ers out there, I’ll do a post on how to make your own next week.  The salty texture takes your otherwise frizzy and out of control mane, to cool, beachy waves.  Simply spray a bit in either wet or dry hair, and for the straighter haired gals, scrunch up to create some waves.  If you already have waves, simply spritz and twist your hair into a loose bun or just let it air dry.  You can re-spritz for a mid-day pick me up, and again in the evening for added tousledness (that’s a new word).   And if you want to get even more of a wave, spray your hair, make a loose braid, and take it down once your hair has totally dried.  Below I’ve listed my top 5, so get spritzing!

SaltSpraysFrom left to right:
R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray, John Masters’ Organics Sea Mist, Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion, Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist, Sachajuan Ocean Mist

 

 

 

 

BEST SUNSCREENS

Hopefully by now, you’ve added a facial sunscreen to your daily routine.  But now that summer’s in full swing, it’s time to dig out all the body sunscreens you have from last summer, and… probably throw them away.  They are either A. Expired, or B. Full of unsafe chemicals.  And some of the ones you think are fine, are causing more harm then good.  There’s a lot of misconceptions out there about sunscreens, and most people aren’t equipped with any knowledge about what they should be using.

Sunscreens contain either chemical sun blockers, which work by absorbing UV rays from the sun, or mineral sun blockers which work by reflecting them.  The problem with most chemical sunscreens is they typically contain oxybenzone, which can disrupt your hormones and cause skin reactions.  SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, which is the amount of time you can be in the sun without burning. So if it would normally take you 10 minutes to burn with no sunscreen, then with an SPF 15, you would theoretically be safe from burning for 150 minutes. However, this doesn’t take into account sweat, or water (like a pool or ocean), and under applying (you should be using about a shot-glass worth for the body!).  All these factors can alter your SPF. 

Now comes the question of whether it’s worth buying sunscreens with high SPF numbers.  I think no.  According to the EWG, higher SPF numbers mean more DNA altering chemicals, with marginally higher benefits.  Sunscreens only protect you from UVB rays, not UVA rays, which penetrate deeper into the skin.  The higher SPF numbers also are misleading because people think they can stay in the sun for long periods of time without reapplying.

In my opinion, find a good, non-toxic sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, but don’t forget to wear your hat and seek shade when you can.  I live in Southern California where the sun is awesome but often unavoidable. I do what I can to keep myself protected so that I can enjoy many more years outside!  Below are some of my favorite options to check out. 

beautycounter-protect_allover-495x650_3Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30BABO_30_SPF_Sunscreen_B006H9LHTG_lgBabo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30

thinksport-SPF-50-Plus-Sunscreen-3-Ounce-Packaging-May-Vary-01ThinkSport Sunsreen Lotion SPF 50

ALT-02330-12All Terrain Aqua Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

COO-00213-3COOLA Suncare Body Plant UV Sunscreen Unscented Sunscreen SPF 30

 

DRUGSTORE ROUNDUP

Everyone loves a cheap buy.  Drugstores hold loads of treasures, but there’s a ton of crap out there and sometimes it can be overwhelming to know what’s worth it and what’s not.  I’m listing a few of my favorite drugstore products below that I buy nearly everytime I go.

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Ardell Knot-Free Short Lashes – these little babies are the best individual lashes and look really natural.  You can add a few on the ends or put them all across the lid for more drama.  They are easier to apply then you think.  Watch me show you how to do it here.

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Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain – These little guys come in a multitude of shades and give your lips a nice flush of color.500Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets – Especially great for summer’s warmer days and nights, these sheets instantly soak up any oil or sweat on the surface of the skin and are great to keep in your purse or desk drawer.450Swisspers Organic Cotton Rounds – I use these everyday to take off my eye makeup and for toner, nail polish, etc.  450-1Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Peppermint Soap – I have these in both bathrooms and under the sink for backup.  I’ve written this stuff up before because it’s a great multi-tasker from body wash to floor cleaner and even shampoo!  Plus the peppermint is cooling in the summer.