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Safe Summer Skincare for You and Your Kids


I can’t think of anything better than a summer day at the beach or a bonfire. During the summer fun, keep your summer skincare at its peak with these helpful tips and recommendations.

With living in Florida, these are staples for practically the whole year. I have said it before, and I will say it again, I am pretty sure that Florida’s state bird is the mosquito. My goodness, you can barely walk outside without being attacked. So if we’re going to keep our summer glow, we have to take care of what we put on our bodies when we go outside.

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Ingredients to Avoid in the sun

One of the most important things you can do is learn what ingredients are more harmful to your skin when exposed to sun rays. I have a whole blog post on sunscreen ingredients to avoid, and my recommendations you can read here

Now I’m going to list a few of the other harmful ingredients to avoid in the sun here:



-Tretinoins (Retin-A, or Retinyl Palmitate)

These ingredients are ok to use in the evening, but not when you are going out in the sun. They can cause sun sensitivity making you sunburn or blister more easily.

Sun Protection for Summer Skincare

summer skincare

Now when it comes to sunscreens, there are plenty that may look ok, but you really need to verify the ingredient list. I’m listing for you some of my favorites.

All Good- They are a B-Corp certified and donate to the charity 1% for the planet. If they cannot get the supplies to their standards, they grow them. All Good is also cruelty-free.

Badger Balm– They are also a B-Corp certified company.

100 Percent Pure They donate to quite a lot of animal charities. For each order purchased, they give 1 bowl of food to dogs.

Pure Haven


After Suncare for summer skincare

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Have you ever spent the day outside in the summer and didn’t’ remember to reapply your sunscreen as often as you should have? Talk about painful!

This happened to my husband and kids not too long ago after a beach day. Sometimes, they just don’t listen.

First and foremost, you want to make sure you are drinking more water than usual. A sunburn will draw more fluid to the surface to aid in healing.

Second, moisturize. You want to take a cool shower or bath and really slater on lotion. Here are a couple of brands I like:

If you have an aloe vera plant, you can apply the aloe directly on your skin.

Would you rather DIY some sunburn care?

Oatmeal Bath

1 Cup Ground Oatmeal

Essential oil (Lavender, Chamomile, or Eucalyptus)

*I use a coffee bean grinder to grind oatmeal

Pour Oat powder in a filled tub of warm/lukewarm water and stir around with hand.

Green Tea

Steep green tea in a large bowl of hot water. After 5-10 mins, place a towel in the bowl. Wring the towel out and lay on the sunburned area for 15-20 minutes.

I also like to slather coconut oil on my sunburned area. You can even mix a little lavender essential oil with it. Lavender essential oil is great because it is an antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties.


Haircare- I know it’s not summer skincare, but highly important

Evolvh is my favorite leave in for a beach day or just a day out in the sun. If you’re putting sun protection on your skin, don’t forget your locks, either. The sun can really dry out and damage your hair.  

Evolvh has a natural SPF added to it.

I highly recommend that after a day in the sun, at the pool, or the beach, you apply a deep conditioning hair mask.

A few of my favs are:

Flourish Beauty Lab

Surface Bassu Mask

Straight Coconut oil

I also have a couple of DIY recipes that you may love by clicking here.

Honey and banana are very nourishing to your hair, so be sure to try that mask

Bug Spray

This is a toughy. There are so many bug sprays on the market that are completely toxic.

Here is a list of some of the harmful ingredients you want to AVOID in your bug spray:





Many of these listed ingredients are linked to neurotoxicity and is very harmful to the environment and aquatic life. Pyrethroids are linked to endocrine disruption.

Some Brands I love:

Pure Haven- Bug Off Spray

Badger Balm

Want to make your own? It’s so easy!

I have taken Bassu Oil from Surface and mixed lavender oil with it in my hands and rubbed on our arms and legs.

Here is a premade recipe:

DIY Bug Spray

2 oz glass jar

1 oz witch hazel

1 oz distilled water

lavender essential oil

Lemon essential oil

Citronella essential oil

*You can make a combination of different essential oils. Ones known to repel mosquitoes are Neem Oil, Lavender, Cinnamon, Thyme, Citronella, Tea Tree, Lemon Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.

After Bite

Ahh, those pesky mosquitoes struck again!! They can be so itchy. Here are some natural anti-itch relief treatments.

Honey is great because it is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. With a small drop on a bite, it can reduce the inflammation, which should reduce the urge to itch.

Apple Cider Vinegar on a cotton ball and dabbed on the bite can help to reduce the stinging and burning sensation.

Witch Hazel is also great when used the same way as the ones above.

Need an After Bite relief on the go?

Neem-o from Pure Haven is great!

Fav Protective Gear for summer skincare

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You should also cover up and go outside protected. Beyond applying your sunscreen and bug spray, you can cover up with a hat, sunglasses, and sun shirts.

I love a wide-brimmed hat when I’m at the beach or the pool. If I’m just out and about a prefer a baseball cap.

My absolute favorite sunglasses are from Blenders Eyewear. I have the pink ones, and I didn’t know if I could pull them off initially, but I love them.

Lastly, I love a sun shirt. There are times when we have been at the beach for hours, and I need to cover up from the sun. One company that I’m really loving is Tuna Skin. They are a local company here in SWFL, and they are made from recycled bottles. How cool is that!?!?


What’s Next?

Ready to check your products to make sure they aren’t harmful? Grab your free list of Harmful Ingredients to Avoid in your beauty products here.

Jenny Brereton

I love teaching women how to transition to clean beauty products.  It gives them the control in knowing that what they use is safe for them and their family.

To learn more about Jenny click here.

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