Stay Safe From Bugs and Sun Without Harmful Chemicals

suncareWhile you’re enjoying the BBQs and pool parties of summer, remember that the season also brings with it a distinct set of challenges. But with a little extra care, you can keep your whole family safe—and having as much fun as possible.

Many conventional summertime skin care products like bug sprays and sunscreens contain toxic, chemical-based ingredients. Steer clear of those, as well as those ubiquitous aerosol spray-on sunscreens and look instead for products using natural ingredients.

Here’s our 4-step plan for summer:

1. Protect

Apply a mineral-based sunscreen using titanium dioxide, which forms a light-scattering, physical barrier between skin and damaging UVA and UVB rays. California Baby sunscreen is made from a new, improved super-green, super-clean preservative system that keeps bacteria out of the manufacturing process and keeps irritants out of the container. There’s a reason why it’s been an EWG pick many years in a row!

2. Repel

Fight against bug bites! Find an insect repellent that uses natural ingredients instead of chemicals like DEET. California Baby Natural Bug Blend uses pure essential oils to send bugs packing. Citronella, lemongrass, and cedar essential oils are known for their safe and effective bug repellent properties.

3. Soothe

After a day in the sun, skin needs extra care. Aloe & Arnica Soothing Spray is packed with good-for-you vegan emollients, Arnica Montana, certified organic aloe vera, calendula and pansy flower extracts to help cool, soothe and moisturize irritated, sunburned or chapped skin after a day in the sun.

4. Pamper

For blondes, “going green” after prolonged exposure to chlorine in swimming pools isn’t unusual. In fact, sometimes darker hair can develop a green tint to it too. According to studies, the problem is due to high concentrations of copper dissolved in the pool water. Copper can chemically interact with chlorine and the resulting chemical compound readily binds to the hair cuticle. It has also been reported that high levels of copper in tap water can turn hair green!

Help re-balance hair’s pH and gently wash away drying irritants such as salt water, chlorine and styling products. One solution is to wash hair immediately after swimming with a pH rebalancing shampoo (like Swimmer’s Defense Shampoo & Bodywash!). 

 

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