The Summer Edit: Summer Skin Care Essentials for 2019

June 27, 2019

Summer is my favorite season BY FAR. But caring for skin can be a little touch and go. It’s like;

  • I want that summer glow but not the hyperpigmentation that comes with additional sun exposure.
  • I need an SPF that can protect me all day at the beach but not clog my pores.
  • I want to protect my lips but I also want a dab of color.
  • I need some serious hydration because my skin is so dry after using a mineral sunscreen all day!

It’s a fine balance! Now that summer 2019 is well underway, I’ve put some new releases to the test and I’m rounding up what’s come out on top. This summer’s edit is a mix of some trusty staples and some newbies but overall it’s what I can’t keep my hands off of this summer.

1. An everyday SPF for your face

Listing two face sunscreen options here. One for everyday wear and one for beach/pool/boat days.

stock photo of Ayuna's Velo

Ayuna VELO – For everyday wear. Okay this product took my skincare routine by storm this summer. It wears so beautifully, looks natural, dewy and makes my skin come alive. Not only that, it’s like a tinted vail for your face that protects against: light, pollution, oxidation, dehydration, dryness and detrimental bacteria. Velo is all about hydration and protection but best of all it leaves my skin looking radiant. You could just wear this and look put together. Easy, simple and stunning. I can’t get enough.

a stock photo of Kimberly Sayer's daily SPF for the face

Some of us were lucky enough to try Velo through the Beauty Heroes subscription at a killer price this summer. BUT! If you are looking for a more affordable option for everyday wear, Kimberly Sayer of London Ultra-Light Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 is incredible. It’s light, goes on clear, smells amazing, not greasy and easy to wear with makeup. AND it’s FOUR OUNCES which is way above market standard. This is like a one-size-fits-all everyday SPF. A real crowd pleaser. THISORGANICGIRL will save you 10% at The Choosy Chick.

stock photo of Raw Elements face SPF 30

Raw Elements Daily Lifestyle 30+ Pump – This is your beach day, boat day, outside all day in full sun face SPF. Apply this over your daily moisturizer for broadspectrum coverage that won’t budge. It’s thick, pumps out full white and almost rubs into clear…but not. You will probably see a bit of a white cast after applying but that’s fine – you are at the beach and you need the added protection so who cares.

This reef safe, water resistant, biodegradable formula uses 20% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, to provide UVA-UVB true broad spectrum protection. It’s also soy/gluten/nut free and comes in a recyclable container and won’t sting your eyes. Holy grail right here friends! THISORGANICGIRL10 will save you at The Detox Market.

2. Body SPF

stock photo of Badger Clear Daily 30 SPF mineral sunscreen

Badger Clear Zinc Unscented Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 – #PRAISEBE there IS actually a zinc sunscreen that rubs in clear and works!!! Badger came out with a Clear Daily 30 and a Clear Sport 40 this year and these formulas are revolutionizing mineral SPF. No more Mr. White Guy. Anyways, we tried both this summer. The Clear Sport 40 is thicker and a little harder to apply but the Clear Daily 30 is perfect. It’s thinner, comes out white, rubs in easy and turns CLEAR.

How? Badger uses 15% clear zinc oxide as it’s active ingredient – a specialized zinc oxide powder with high transparency and low whitening. But that’s not all. 84% of the inactive ingredients are organic and it’s also reef friendly, biodegradable, certified cruelty free and gluten free. THISORGANICGIRL will save you 10% at The Choosy Chick.

3. A good face + body exfoliator

I don’t know about you but after being in the sun all day and reapplying SPF like it’s my job, the only thing I want to do when I get home is EXFOLIATE! Keep skin looking fresh with these two; one for your face and one for your body.

stock photo of Josh Rosebrook's Active Enzyme Exfoliator

Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator – The key to summertime exfoliation is a little grit! You need something to really help remove the daily buildup of SPF, makeup, elements etc. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator. It works in two ways: mechanically via crushed walnut shells and enzymatically via papaya. It’s like an organic exfoliating double wammie and it truly brings skin back to smooth, glowing and fresh. Crazy organic, no animal testing, packaged in glass. THISORGANICGIRL10 will save you at The Detox Market.

stock photo of OSMIA's Himalayan Body Buff

OSMIA’s Hymalian Body Buff – Again, in the summer I really want a body scrub with some true grit to it. Like, MAKE ME SMOOTH AGAIN! This formula combines hand-mined, hand-crushed, hand-washed and sun dried Himalayan pink salt with OSMIA’s body oil (my fave!). So you get the scrubbing power BUT you also get the moisture too! I come out of the shower oozing with soft, moisturized, supple skin. Smells amazing too with hints of orange and fir needle. Cruelty free, vegan, 58.8% organic ingredients, packaged in glass. Comes with a cute wooden spoon to scoop product.

4. Cute + protected lips

stock photo of Suntegrity CPR SPF 30

Suntegrity Lip C.P.R. SPF 30 – For those who want some protection and also a pop of color! Suntegrity Lips C.P.R SPF 30 is stacked with 18% zinc oxide to protect; iron oxides, titanium dioxide and micas to tint AND infused with Lip Repair Lipids and Konjac Root Wrinkle-Filling Spheres to visibly reduce the look of fine lines….plus a touch of stevia for a bit of sweetness. Also gluten free, dairy free and GMO free.

This lipstick is easy to use and sits almost weightless. This shades are a bit hit or miss for me, but I’ve found a fave in Stargazer Bloom – a pretty purply pink.

stock photo of All Good Coconut Lip Balm SPF 20

All Good 20% SPF Lip Balm – For those who want straight protection and no color. I love this All Good Coconut Lip Balm with SPF 20. I mean, give me coconut anything in the summer! Great for the kids too. Formulated with 2% zinc oxide and all organic oils and butters – it’s conditioning and protecting without being goopy or heavy. This organic, gluten-free balm is the bomb.

Stock photo of Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Acid Balm

And if you just want straight hydration, no protection, Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm is formulated with hyaluronic acid, super hydrating and is off the chain. Like all day long hydration. THISORGANICGIRL10 will save you at The Detox Market.

5. A moisturizer that can work double time

Zinc can be super drying to the skin so following up at night with a moisturizer that’s designed to hydrate is KEY. For this specifically, I love a good lotion that’s been formulated with water or aloe that can really help drive HYDRATION. Here are my two faves.

stock photo of True Botanicals Overnight Moisture Mask

True Botanicals Moisture Lock Overnight Mask – One word: OBSESSED. Apply this cream as a last step in your skincare routine to lock in moisture and improve skin hydration. This formula has been proven via third party clinical studies to increase in skin hydration by 25% in just 24 hours. I wear this day and night, I can’t get enough. Read more about my experience here! Code LISATRUE20 will save first-timers $20 off $40+.

stock photo True Botanicals Nourishing Lotion

True Botanicals Nourishing Lotion – Loaded with antioxidants via green and white tea and also some moisture drivers like water, shea and jojoba. This lotion is light, not greasy and smells fresh, citrusy and woodsy. Fantastic for hands too. Read more here! Code LISATRUE20 will save first-timers $20 off $40+.

And if you are looking for a more budget friendly rec, we also love throwing the All Good Coconut Body Lotion in the mix. Be sure to check out 50+ Organic Budget Brands for more budget options.

6. Clean sunless tanner

Okay truth be told, I do not personally use a sunless tanner. My great grandmother Adeline is Portuguese and came straight from the Azores to Glouster, MA when she married my Irish great grandfather. So anyways, all of this to say, somehow her tan skin made it’s way into my DNA and I spend most of my time these day trying not to get too much color which is hillar considering 20 years ago I was buying baby oil in bulk, laying out like it was my job, pridefully peeling sun blisters and pulling rank when my tan was the darkest in the family. I digress.

Anyways. One of the questions I’ve gotten again and again this summer is options for clean sunless tanners. Well, I’m happy to report this is the cleanest brand I have found to date. I’m including an option for face and one for body too.

Stock photo of Eco Tan Face Tan Water

Eco Tan Face Tan Water – I love that this formula is liquid based rather than cream based. Use it a few times a week on your face to bring on a sunny glow. THISORGANICGIRL will save you 10% The Choosy Chick.

Stock photo of Eco Tan Invisible Tan

Eco Tan Invisible Tan Self Tanner – All of that bronzy glow with none of the nasties. Get that summer bronzy glow in just a few hours. THISORGANICGIRL will save you 10% The Choosy Chick.

7. Micellar Water

Okay this may seem like an extra but trust me IT’S NOT! Micellar Water is rocking my ever-loving world this summer. Micellar Water is basically a “no rinse” cleansing method made up of tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water. Micelles are attracted to dirt and oil so they are able to draw out impurities without drying the skin.

I love it because you apply Micellar Water to a cotton round and then swipe over skin – then you can look down at the pad and really SEE that your skin is clean. It’s like a green beauty Noxzema Pad sans all the nasties (#praisebe) and it’s the perfect finishing touch especially after layering your skin with product all day in the summer.

This is fantastic for mornings, nights, on-the-go, the gym…but I also love that you can stick this it in your beach bag to freshen up during the day and in between sunscreen applications.

stock photo of Odacite Blue Aura Cleansing Water

Odacité Blue Aura Cleansing Water – The Blue Aura Cleansing Water is formulated with Aloe Vera and Salicylic Acid. It’s so effective at getting everything off my face, I’m obsessed. THISORGANICGIRL10 will save you 10% at The Detox Market.

What are you loving this summer?

Xo, lisa


clean beauty summer skin care essentials

By Lisa

Lisa is the founder of This Organic Girl. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

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    Thank you the wonderful organic girl for writing these summer skin care essentials ,They are really gonna helpful to my skin . Really loved the way you write and recommends.

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