Summer can be tough on the skin. Between humid days, tons of time outside, and travel and vacation days, skincare can get out of whack, and the same stuff that works in the winter might not be enough (or too much) in the summer.


On top of skin stressors, keeping cool is at a premium in the summer — so I like to keep skin soothers and coolers around for my twice-daily chilly showers (they are short so I don't waste any more water than I would just taking one — promise!). The all-natural and mostly organic products below are perfect for those sultry days. 


REN's Anti-Cellulite Gel is pretty amazing stuff; it tightens skin with a combination of caffeine and pink peppercorn, which means that cellulite is a bit less visible. But even better, it cools skin and drains toxins, so when applied post-shower, arms and legs feel relaxed and look toned. 



Bath Petal's Greek Honey Mint Shower Gel and Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Liquid Soap are both ideal for summer showers; they cool the skin and because they both use natural oils, they also keep the all natural A/C going post-shower too.  


I keep Kiehl's Damage Protecting Mist with Acai next to my bed so I can spray it on my face, neck, shoulders and even legs when I get a bit warm at night. And I love spraying it on my face when I wake up in the morning! With "Ecocert Organic Certified with 100% Natural Origin Ingredients, this spray is paraben- and silicone-free and dermatologist tested for gentleness and suitable for sensitive skin." And it smells subtly delightful too! 


Jivamukti's China Gel cools in the most ideal way — once you spread it on your neck, back or other overworked areas, it takes a couple of minutes to get the deep chill going, which usually is long enough that you are always a bit surprised. Great after a hard workout (or prior to one!). 

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

Can't-live-without summer skin savers
These super-natural products will keep you cool, calm and collected when summer heat and humidity blast you.