Guest Post by Anna Crollman, AnaOno Ambassador + Beauty Expert
Summertime brings a unique set of beauty needs. Pool time, beach trips and outdoor concerts call for minimal makeup and lasting sun protection. I have rounded up a list of beauty items to meet your hair, skin and makeup needs during the summer without breaking the bank.
Most of the items I selected are non-toxic, but for those that are not, I included natural alternatives. Keep in mind that the natural products are generally more expensive. Hopefully this will change over time as consumers consistently demand safer cosmetic products.
With safer cosmetic practices in mind, I have also noted the Environmental Working Group (EWG) ratings when available, so you can be an informed consumer. The EWG provides an online safety guide (noted below) for cosmetics and personal care products. Its guide helps consumers find products with fewer hazardous ingredients or spot ingredients that have not been thoroughly tested.
The EWG provides two scores:
Consumers should take both factors into account. The EWG recommends products with low hazard scores and at least "fair" data availability. For the products recommended below, I have only included the hazard score.
To learn more about the EWG and its cosmetics and beauty scores, visit the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Once there you can also download your own copy of “Quick Tips for Choosing Safer Personal Care Products.”
Shea Moisture Sea Kelp + Pearl Protein Leave-In Conditioner - $12.99 (EWG 2)
This leave-in conditioner is perfect for those days at the beach or pool when you need to detangle and add hydration to your hair after being in the water. You can also use this as an extra hydration step at home. This particular product also helps to extend and maintain your color.
Self-Tanner/Sunscreen for Face
Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum - $54 (EWG – not available; similar products are ranked at a 5)
I am religious about heavy sunscreen on my face and thus look to self-tanners during the spring and summer. I have never found a natural self-tanner before that actually worked, but the Coola Serum is amazing and it's over 70% organic! While the price point may seem a bit high, it will last a LONG time; you only need 1-2 pumps of the serum a few times a week to keep your natural glow.
Beauty by Earth Self-Tanner - $24 (EWG 1)
For a safer alternative you could try the Beauty by Earth Self-Tanner pictured above. While I have not tried this product myself, it has a very good EWG ranking and is quite reasonably priced.
Savings Tips: Ulta regularly offers free gifts with this particular purchase and recently included a full size bottle of the Coola BB cream (a $36 value) recommended below, so be on the lookout for sales and promos before purchasing. I also use the Honey application on my web browser to easily locate and apply applicable discount codes during my online shopping.
After losing my lashes during chemo, I do everything I can now to protect them. So, my alternative to mascara during summer water events has been using lash serums.
Latisse (Rx required) - varies (EWG - Not Available)
Enhancements LashBoost - $150 (EWG - Not Available)
If you want to go with a reliable lash serum, I recommend either Latisse or the Rodan + Fields LashBoost. While both are pricey, the trick is using the product in a way that eliminates waste and helps it last longer. Plus with these products, you are taking care of your natural lashes, which will potentially save money by eliminating or using less mascara.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - $12 (EWG – Not Available)
If you prefer to go with a mascara over a pricey lash serum, my favorite is the Too Faced brand. When it comes to mascaras, it has generally been difficult for me to find comparable non-toxic alternatives. However, the options below come highly recommended by many natural beauty bloggers and fans.
W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara - $22 (EWG 2)
Josie Maran Argan Mascara - $22 (EWG 4)
Being outside during the summer means you’ll always want a moisturizer and/or foundation with good sun protection. For something with a little coverage to minimize imperfections and disguise redness, look for a tinted sunscreen or BB cream.
The Coola BB Cream - $36 (EWG 6)
The Coola BB cream gives just enough coverage to provide a natural smooth finish with 30 SPF. The EWG rating is a little higher than I would like, so if you want to be strict in terms of ingredients, I suggest the Suntegrity alternative seen above.
Suntegrity 5 in 1 Moisturizing Sunscreen - $45 (EWG 1)
This moisturizer is another great option and comes in four color options. It has a bit more coverage than the Coola BB cream, but also has a 30 SPF.
I would suggest starting with the Suntegrity travel size ($5) to determine the best color match for you. I found the color ranges to be quite specific and very different from one another.
Garnier BB Cream - $12 (EWG 6)
For a cheaper option, the Garnier BB cream is another great product. It provides similar coverage and protection (20 SPF), but is not as "clean" as the others in terms of ingredients.
Everyone wants that perfect sun-kissed glow summer, and I have one great product to achieve that look. The Contour/Blush palette from Makeup Revolution is the best deal around. It is only $10 and has 8 colors to give that perfect glow or beautiful flush to any skin tone.
MakeupRevolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush - $10 (EWG - Not Available)
The last step in your minimal summer beauty routine is the perfect rosy lip. Luckily there are tons of hydrating, products that are reasonably priced. I have included a few of my favorites below. Unfortunately, many of the natural options are not available in mainstream retailers and are more expensive, but they are easily accessible online.
Anna also will be writing future posts for us sharing more natural beauty faves and bargain buys. When not providing us with the latest in beauty tips, she is sharing her experiences with breast reconstruction, life after treatment and how to best manage those chemo curls. You can read those stories and more more at her blog My Cancer Chic.
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