Summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere is June 21. It is the longest day of the year and according to the website EarthSky, the solstice is your signal to celebrate summer! It also means that it is time to protect your skin from the sun and heat.
Since we're talking about summer, we thought it would be good to highlight the natural skin products you can find at the market that are great for this season.
Most conventional deodorants and sunscreens include toxic ingredients that experts warn can be harmful to our long term health. Not to worry, there are alternatives to these potentially dangerous skin care products and you can find them at the market. All of the market’s skin care vendors were chosen for their all natural, high quality ingredients because we know that you care as much about what you put on your body as you care about what goes in your body.
Deodorant - Jasmine Tran of Essance Skincare knows that many people are skeptical about the effectiveness of natural deodorant because they have tried brands that simply do not work. They end up going back to conventional products that are made with baking soda, aluminum, and other toxic ingredients. Rather than give up on natural alternatives, Jasmine urges you to try her deodorants which are available in four elements: Air, Fire, Earth & Water. They contain no baking soda, aluminum, parabens, or artificial fragrance & colors. They are gentle and suitable for all skin types. She designed this organic deodorant to help you feel fresh and dry throughout the day.
In addition to their line of natural soaps, Lion & Rose also makes effective 100% natural deodorants in a variety of fragrances that are appealing to both men and woman: Eucalyptus & Orange, Lavender & Lemongrass, Orange & Bergamot and Tea Tree.
Natural Sun Blocks for the Skin - We all agree that protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun is important. As our body’s largest organ, we cannot ignore its needs. However, not everyone agrees on the best way to protect the skin. For those of you concerned about the possible harmful effects of commercial sun screens, there are more natural options available at the market this week.
Natural sun blocks are based on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and are considered safer. Kathy Grady, owner of Landia Skincare, makes her Sunny Day Lotion with 10% Zinc. It is a mineral type of sun block which reflects the sun’s rays off of your skin. It is absorbed quickly and completely by your skin and it does not leave your skin with any white residue.
To help keep your lips soft and moisturized in the hot summer air, we recommend Raindance Organics lip balm which comes in an eco-friendly compostable cardboard tube. Owner Liz Loebe, crafted her lip balm to soothe and moisturize dry, chapped skin. Infused with chamomile and calendula, it can also be used to assist with skin healing when applied to cleansed cuts, scrapes and burns. Skin softening shea butter helps keep you lips feeling moisturized for hours.