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If you’re finally shaking off those cold weather blues (thanks to the longest winter ever) and searching for some sunshine, you may want to think twice about what products you’re using on your skin before you get burned.
Each May during Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I am reminded of the dangers surrounding the most common cancer in the United States. After all those regrettable college tanning bed sessions and seasonal sunburns, the young “I want to be tan” me has finally learned a valuable lesson: Love (and take care of) the skin you’re in.
Whether you’re outside on a hike, taking a walk through the park or spending a day at the beach, I’ve found seven of my favorite battle-tested products to help protect and nourish your skin—while still getting that healthy glow.
My lips can’t live without this vitamin-enriched balm. Non-sticky and easy to pack, it’s my must-have lip balm anytime I am in the sun.
Tip: Looking for a little pop of color but still want to protect your pucker? Use Liplux® as a base before slapping on your favorite lipstick or gloss.
Sick of greasy sunscreen that irritates your skin? This lotion is what you need, no matter how many hours you spend in the sun. A staple in my purse, beach bag, and car, this lightweight sunscreen is fragrance-free and features dry-touch technology so it's great on the go.
Tip: The oil-free, ultra gentle, hypoallergenic formula makes it easy to apply to the face, especially under your makeup. No harsh residue here!
Four words: Your skin will thank you. Paraben-free, gluten-free and 100% vegan, this gel will drench your sunkissed skin with soothing moisture. A few hours in the sun or a full day at the beach, this is a must for me post-shower.
Tip: I like to use this gel when my skin is super dry, even during the colder months when the heat is running. The formula leaves your skin feeling simply refreshed.
Raise your hand if you forget about the top of your head when it comes to sun protection. While I have no problem lathering my body up with sunscreen, my center part gets no love. Not only does this non-greasy spray-on dry oil protect my scalp, I can also use it protect my hair—keeping it silky smooth all summer long.
Tip: Though this spray is water-resistant, don’t forget to re-apply after swimming or spending time in the water.
Keeping my face sun-free, this lightweight bronzer is my go-to makeup in the warmer months. With matte or shimmer finishes + shades to fit any skin tone, the sheer texture doesn't streak, blends seamlessly, and looks natural.
Time for a little truth: I’ve tried several at-home self-tan products and more times than not, it turns out bad. Like orange and streaky bad. That’s until I tried St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. With a non-sticky, fast-drying formula, this foamy mousse is made for easy, even application.
Tip: Shower, shave and moisturize the night before so your skin is as silky as possible for an even self-tan application. Remember to moisturize typically dry areas—wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, etc—becasue dry skin can cause a patchy self-tan.
Made with 100% Pure Argan Oil, this sublime body butter is like insta-glow for dry and dull skin. With a subtle shimmer and light Vanilla Peach scent, this moisturizer will give you the radiance you want, while improving texture and softness.
Tip: Gently exfoliate before application. For best results, I like to apply this body butter when my skin is slightly damp after showering for maximum illuminating moisturization.
This summer, achieve the radiance you desire without those harmful UV rays. Get your glow on while keeping your skin healthy and happy all sun season long.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.