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YQA: Products to beat the heat

Kelly posted this on the Indigo+Canary Facebook page a while back:

“So you know I live in a really hot climate (Austin), right? Last summer sucked bad (over 100 degrees for like 120 days in a row). I had to choose between not using sunscreen and using sunscreen that made me break out. Then I realized I should have asked YOU! I checked out your archives and couldn’t find anything, but I’d love to hear about organic products that (1) minimize sun exposure/damage and (2) keep you cool! I remember reading somewhere about making your own cooling mist with an atomizer and mint tea. Help!”

Well, I can’t resist a plea for help, so I’ve turned this into a Your Questions Answered post, and put together some sunscreen recommendations and a few suggestions to help you stay cool—even when it’s ridiculously hot out. —Aleigh

SUN PROTECTION (for your face)

Clockwise, from top left: Lavera Sun Sensitive Anti Age Face SPF 15 ($21), Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer ($29), Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer, SPF 30 ($32), Aubrey Organics Natural Sun SPF 30 + Green Tea ($15.95)

Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 30 ($40), Lavanila The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 ($28), Desert Essence Organics Facial Care Age Reversal Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($36.69 for pack of three), Eco Logical Skin Care All Natural Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($13.99)

SUN PROTECTION (for your bod)

Raw Elements Eco Formula 30+ ($18.99), Soleil Organique 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 45 ($42), Nature’s Gate Aqua Block SPF 50* ($9.19), John Masters Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 ($32)


Melvita Floral Water Spray ($19), Mai Couture Blemish Control Blotting Paper ($24), Maya Water Facial Mist Organic White Tea ($28.99), Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Anti-Aging Mist ($35)

What are your favorite beat-the-heat products?

*This product includes a few ingredients I dislike, but I think it’s a decent option if you’re looking for a waterproof sunscreen…more natural than many of the waterproof options out there.

(Top image via Kris Bradley, product images via brands+boutiques)

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Summer foods make for gorgeous skin

Summer is the best time of year for the farmers market—locally grown fresh tomatoes, berries, peppers, herbs and veggies are in season.

Those fresh fruits and vegetables don’t just taste great, though; they’re loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that work from the inside out to keep you looking (and feeling) healthy.

Plus, summertime goodies are great for your skin!

Berries. Sweet, juicy berries are nature’s superfoods. Chock-full of antioxidants, some berries have even been proven to elevate mood, enhance memory and cognition, and improve balance and coordination.
Try it: Redflower Essential Omega Fresh Berry Oil Serum, $48 at

Cucumber. Use it for more than just slicing and placing on your eyelids—cucumber’s cooling effects make it a great skin soother.
Try it: Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel, $14.99

Citrus. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits are great for skin; they fight wrinkles, improve texture, and even clear your pores.
Try it: Green Apple Peel Full Strength, $45.

Herbs. Herbs keep your skin looking and feeling healthy—use them to combat acne or soothe irritated skin.
Try it: Trilogy Botanical Body Wash, $28.

Carrot. Carrots aren’t just good for eyesight; they have natural anti-inflammatory properties and revitalize and tone the skin.
Try it: Acure Organics Chamomile + Carrot Day Cream, $18.99 at


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