Summer is here, and the beach is calling my name. Hot, lazy days with a soundtrack of waves in the background and sand between my toes – the definition of heaven.

Whether you brave a bikini or a more modest one-piece, showing skin that’s been hidden all winter means a little body prepping.

Each year, I order my stash of beach-ready-body treats to ensure I feel and look my best. I’m sure to get natural products that make my skin glow and treat the environment kindly.

Here’s this year’s list of recommended summer-body and beauty products.

Shobha is New York City’s top hair removal salon. But if you can’t make it to the Big Apple, you can still get your hands on Shobha’s popular hair-removal kit.

Shobha makes a sticky, sweet gel that you apply with a spatula. Then, like waxing, you place strips of cloth over top and pull. It’s less painful than waxing, and the natural ingredients mean less chance of an allergic reaction to toxic chemicals. Find the complete kit ($30) at myshobha.com under the products link.

We all know sun protection is non-negotiable. But not everyone knows that many sunscreens found at the drugstore contain ingredients that aren’t healthy for the body.

There are other options, like Poofy Supernaturals’ The Sunscreen Stick. This completely natural, conveniently packaged sunscreen is made from nourishing ingredients like organic coconut oil, jojoba oil and cocoa butter. There are no parabens or other nasty chemicals. And it offers an SPF of 30. Available online at poofyorganics.com.

Even with the best intentions, we sometimes walk away from the beach red and burnt. Thanks to Rescue + Relief Spray by CV Skinlabs, we can calm the pain quickly.

The entire line was developed for cancer patients and others with very sensitive skin. It’s great after sun exposure, radiation treatment and shaving. Packed with 99 percent natural, soothing ingredients like comfrey and water-lily extract, this light, milky cream will be a favorite throughout the summer. Available at cvskinlabs.com for $34.

We all know sun protection is non-negotiable. But not everyone knows that many sunscreens found at the drugstore contain ingredients that aren’t healthy for the body.

Nuxe Paris makes the world’s best-selling beauty product, a dry body-and-hair oil loved by celebrities across the globe. Their Huile Prodigieuse OR is my one big summer splurge. The blend contains a combination of six oils – borage, St. John’s Wort, sweet almond, hazelnut, camellia and macadamia – and a layering of irresistible fragrance notes, including bitter orange, mirabelle plum and white lily.

The iridescent gold specks throughout this fast-absorbing oil gleams on summer skin. And it looks amazing with a white bikini. Available at nux.com for $41.

Even with the best intentions, we sometimes walk away from the beach red and burnt.

Give your face a soothing summer mist of herbs and sea.

Clairvoyant Beauty’s Lavender and Sea Minerals Facial Toner brings healing and balance to stressed skin.

Organic kelp, Dead Sea salts and organic blue-green algae are said to restore moisture levels, regenerate cells and protect from environmental elements.

Store in the refrigerator and apply with a cotton ball for an especially refreshing treat. Available at ($24) clairvoyantbeauty.com.

 

 

Todra Payne is a green-beauty and wellness writer and the founder of healthybeautyproject.com.

This article appears in the July 2012 issue of Harrisburg Magazine

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