Natural Summer Skin Care

Say goodbye to scary chemicals and try natural versions of your summer skincare staples

Choosing to put natural and organic food into your body is a no-brainer, but what about the products you put on your body? Skincare products soak into your body through your skin so it’s also important to feel good about the ingredients you’re using on the outside too! Here are three important places to focus on natural skincare this summer.

sunscreen

Natural Sunscreen

Like all the other beauty products in our Whole Body department, every sunscreen we carry is free of 75+ banned ingredients, including the recently banned oxybenzone, which has prompted concern over effects to both human and environmental health.

Products we love:
  • Badger Sport Sunscreen: This certified natural and organic sunscreen uses zinc oxide as the only active ingredient and also includes plant oils, aloe and beeswax which provides valuable anti-oxidants and moisture to your skin. Their sunscreens have earned top ratings for safety and efficacy by the Environmental Working Group and are a great choice for babies and adults alike!
  • Kiss My Face Organics SPF 30 Mineral Air Powered Spray Sunscreen: A convenient spray that feels like a refreshing moisturizer, this new physical blocker uses titanium dioxide to repel UV radiation while safflower and sunflower oils make skin appear softer.
  • Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen: This broad-spectrum sunscreen absorbs quickly to protect sun-exposed skin. It’s water resistant and has earned the recommendation of the Skin Cancer Foundation.

deodorant

Deodorant

Don’t sweat it. Natural deodorant’s got you covered!

Conventional deodorants typically contain artificial fragrances, harsh chemical antiperspirants and preservatives. Natural deodorants, on the other hand, use only natural fragrances (or are fragrance free) along with herbs or salts that are very effective at reducing odor-causing bacteria.

Did you know that most conventional deodorants and antiperspirants rely on aluminum-based chemicals suspected for various health issues? Plus, they actually block sweat glands which unnaturally prevents our body from doing a normal healthy function. We now know that sweat isn’t the cause of odor… it’s bacteria. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives which do a great job at keeping smelliness at bay.

Products we love:
  • Toms of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant, Natural Powder Scent
  • Lavanila Laboratories Solid Stick Deodorant, Vanilla Lavender Scent
  • Every Man Jack Deodorant, Sandalwood Scent

Soaps and Body Wash

In the summer we’re showering more often so it’s important to wash up with products that will support your health, not interfere with it. Did you know that almost all antibacterial soaps contain a controversial ingredient called Triclosan? It’s been banned in many parts of the world, yet you’ll still find it in many conventional brands here in the U.S. like Clearasil, Dial liquid soap, Bath and Body Works antibacterial soaps just to name a few. Like many other concerning chemicals, we don’t allow it in any of our products at Whole Foods Market.

Swap out your conventional soap for a natural oil-based soap. Soaps that contain olive oil or coconut oil will nourish your skin, instead of stripping it. You will feel hydrated and soft as you bear more skin this summer.

Products we love:
  • Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Castile Soaps made with Organic Oils
  • Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Alaffia Coconut Oatmeal Good Soap

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