It is a glorious feeling to know that Summer is fast approaching. While it’s been warm for awhile in many parts of North America, t’s been a very long winter and minimal spring where I live, so any chance I get to think about Summer being around the corner is one that I’ll take. Below I’ve curated a list of 10 natural skin care products to try this summer. I am very passionate about using natural and cruelty free skincare products not only for ethical and sustainable reasons, but also because it’s cleaner for your skin. And it is so important to take care of our the skin we’re in. I love playing with different makeup products, but first — and always first in my books, is skincare.
1. Province Apothecary Nourishing Face Moisturizer
This natural skincare product was gifted to me by a yoga teacher friend and has quickly become a favourite of mine. Province Apothecary has a whole line of natural skincare, but this nourishing face moisturizer is probably my fave. I’m a sucker for any kind of moisturizer; I love feeling like my skin is supple and bouyant. Infused with Carrot and Rose, this moisturizer is perfect for normal, combination, and mature skin, providing a glow, as well as smoothing out the skin. If you have sensitive skin, not too worry, Province Apothecary also has a balm just for you!
2. Shelby Naturals Serum
A favourite local of mine, Shelby has created this amazing natural skincare line that really works. She combined her love of chemistry and her quest for clean skincare to create Shelby Naturals, all of which are infused with various natural, aromatic essential oils and ingredients. This serum (bottom product in the photo) is the third step in her Daily Essentials Set, and a product to not skimp out on! It is made with neroli, myrrh, bergamot, and sweet orange and is made for all skintypes. An absolute must try on your summer natural skincare product haul, this serum will not disappoint, only make you glow your beautiful goddess energy outward.
3. 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Eye Cream
Skip the morning coffee run by bringing this natural skincare product into your daily routine. This eye cream is infused with caffeine-rich green tea to open up your eyes and wake up your senses, as well as rosehip oils to give the sensitive skin around your eyes a supple appearance. The eye cream also smells like cocoa beans nd is rich in both antioxidants and vitamins, making it a health conscious product to add into your skin regime. You can’t go wrong with this cruelty-free and palm-free product, guaranteed to keep a smile on your face — and a glimmer in your eyes.
4. COOLA Rosiliance SPF 30 BB+ Cream
The first tinted moisturizer that made it onto this list of natural skincare products is COOLA’s Rosilliance Organic BB+ Cream with SPF 30. The fact that this product is a lightweight BB cream, covering up those pesky dark spots, and has SPF is a crucial combination, especially during the summer months. If I could offer one piece of advice it is to wear SPF every. single. day. A two-in-one, this product makes putting SPF on everyday a breeze.
5. Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask
I don’t know about you but I love playing around with different kinds of masks. They feel as if I’m giving my skin a deep facial and detox. Herbivore Botanicals’ Blue Tansy Resilience Clarity Mask is intended for blemish-prone skin and made with an invigorating blend of white willow bark to help clarify skin, aloe to calm your skin, and blue tansy essential oils to reduce any outstanding redness. It really is a facial in a jar, and is a fun rich blue colour. A mask as colourful as its name suggests, the Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask is definitely a must try this summer for clear, revitalized skin.
6. Simple Makeup Wipes
Hailing from the UK, I have used Simple skincare eversince it came to my hometown. Simple is infused with all-natural products and ingredients such as Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E. These face wipes in particular are some of my favourite for removing makeup and cleaning my face because when I use them, I don’t feel as if there is a layer of something still on my skin; I can just go to bed after using them without needing to take the extra step and washing my face afterwards. These wipes are gentle and smell nice too, making them a staple in my bathroom cabinet.
7. Odacite B1 + C Serum
I chose to put another serum on this list because this one from Odacite has properties that pertain directly to breakouts and serious pimples. I have struggled with acne for many years and when I find a product that is meant to really tackle those problemed areas of my skin, I really invest. This serum contains three ingredients (black cumin oil, cajeput oil, and vitamin E), each for a specific purpose in the formula. Combining all three together allows for purified and cleansed skin without harshness. You only need a few drops to allow this miracle serum work its magic.
8. Wildcraft Geranium Orange Blossom Toner
A toner that acts as a substitute for a cleanser in a pitch? Sign me up! Wildcraft’s Geranium Orange Blossom Toner is a reasonably princed balancing toner that, well, balances the skin and removes any excess dirt or makeup left on the skin after a long day. This toner is made with Orange flower water, Witch hazel, Aloe vera juice, and Geranium essential oil, all of which are organic ingredients. My mom always said that toner is one of the most important steps to a skincare routine, and this toner may just be one of my next purchases.
9. Summer Fridays Overtime Mask
I have passed by the Summer Fridays Masks at Sephora many times and I don’t know why I haven’t yet picked one up! I really want to try their products — not only do they come in such a sleek tube that reminds me of a tube of paint, but they the actual mask looks so lush and velvety. The Overtime Mask is one of the brands 3 masks, and this one targets dull complexions that result from your skin cells working, well, overtime. Combining multi-vitamin pumpkin (yes, pumpkin!) and apricot seed powder this mask is a perfect exfoliator for when your skin — and skin cells — need a little spa treatment on the go.
10. Pai Avocado and Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream
Where are all my girls at who suffer from sensitive skin? You’re not alone. No fear. Pai’s Avocado and Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream is here! In all seriousness, this brand does wonders for the skin. This Day Cream is part of the Everyday Essentials Pai offers, and is jampacked with all the good oils and the hearty vitamins to make sure your skin is feeling hydrated and smooth throughout the whole day. Who doesn’t love that?