Buy or DIY: Summer Beauty Survival Kit


With summer in full swing, most of us find ourselves reaching for sunburn soothers, dry skin remedies and frizz-taming hair masks. Get everything you need all in one place with a handy summer beauty survival kit made from picks you can either buy or make yourself. Read on for ideas you’ll love.

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The Problem: Shiny Skin

Buy It: S.W. Basics Toner

A shiny T-zone is one of the few pitfalls of all that fun in the sun. Luckily, this common warm-weather woe is an easy problem to solve, and you won’t need harsh chemical additives to do it.

Made from raw apple cider vinegar, witch hazel and organic essential oils, this super simple toner from S.W. Basics is perfect for summer and promises to leave skin both less oily and less dry.

This pick also boasts the Environmental Working Group’s lowest toxicity score – meaning it’s free of any chemical ingredients that may be harmful to you or the planet.

Pick up your tonerhere.

DIY It: Rosewater Toner

Dealing with shiny skin this summer? Use this DIY rosewater toner.

Due to its protective and healing properties, rosewater has been used to revitalize skin and hair for centuries. It’s even said that Cleopatra used rosewater as part of her much-lauded beauty routine.

Give the Queen of the Nile’s beauty secret a try with this quick and easy how-to from Katie Decker of Laura Catherine Photography, which will show you how to make your own rosewater in a few simple steps.

Apply lightly to your face to reduce inflammation and alleviate shine without over-drying. Simple, easy and effective!

The Problem: Sunburn

Buy It: COOLA Suncare After-Sun Lotion

If you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun without any sunscreen you may be suffering from a sunburn. COOLA provides an excelent option for soothing your skin and calming that burn.

Using organic agave, which is a plant that provides hydration and promotes collagen synthesis, this lotion will protect your skin from more burns and help your skin heal faster.

Pick up your sunscreen here.

DIY It: Summer Avocado Mask

Dealing with a sunburn? Check out this avocado mask that will get your skin healing faster from that summer sun.

Store-bought face masks can be pricey. So, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly sunburn solution, this avocado mask from Alexandra of A Lion’s Nest is just what the doctor ordered.

Made from ripe avocado, soothing honey and a dash of olive oil, this revitalizing mask reduces redness, eases discomfort and calms sunburned skin in a snap.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make it yourself at A Lion’s Nest.

The Problem: Chapped Lips

Buy It: Kiss My Face Sport Lip Balm SPF 30

Ditch chapped lips while protecting your pucker from the sun’s harmful rays with this SPF 30 lip balm from Kiss My Face.

Selected as one of the safest and least toxic SPF lip balms by the Environmental Working Group, this soothing balm is biodegradable and free of harsh parabens and phthalates for a softer pout without chemical additives.

Made with beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter, this balm is all-natural and gluten-free, but vegans may want to opt for another pick from the EWG list, such as CoTZ Lip Balm – which is made without beeswax.

Order your your lip balm here.

DIY It: Beeswax and Rosewater Lip Balm

Create this DIY beeswax and rosewater lip balm to heal your summer lips.

If you’re still not convinced of the healing powers of rosewater, this DIY lip balm concoction is sure to make you a believer.

Dreamed up by Elizabeth Stevens of Gimme Some Style, this formulation features rosewater, beeswax, olive oil and sunflower seed oil for nourished lips the natural way.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make it yourself at Gimme Some Style.

The Problem: Frizzy Hair

Buy It: Dolphin Organics Hair Conditioner Fragrance Free

Frizzy, unmanageable hair is a common side effect of summer, but the beauty gurus at Dolphin Organics are here to help.

This moisturizing hair treatment is packed with nourishing fatty acids to deeply repair your hair while addressing inflammation in the scalp.

Made from organic jojoba seed, this luxurious treatment is vegan, gluten-free and tested hypoallergenic.

Click here to order your conditioner.

DIY It: Basic Leave-In Conditioner Spray

Tame the frizzy summer hair with this DIY conditioner.

Tame your frizzy tresses with a do-it-yourself solution that rivals a pricey trip to the salon.

In this step-by-step tutorial, blogger Paula Parrish provides three basic recipes for DIY leave-in conditioning sprays, formulated for dry hair, oily hair or normal hair.

Featuring natural ingredients like vegetable glycerin, lavender and tea tree oil, each of these treatments helps keep frizz under control without chemical additives.

The Problem: Dry Skin

Buy It: Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist

Your skin often can’t make up its mind in the summer. Heat and humidity kick shine into full gear, but too much sun can leave your skin feeling parched and dry all over again.

This refreshing Hydrating Mist from Juice Beauty provides an ideal solution by toning and hydrating dry summer skin without greasy residue.

Tip: Put the bottle in a cooler for a fresh, radiant complexion and a cool spritz when you need it.

Click here to order your hydrating mist lotion.

BONUS: To take the guess-work out of assembling your summer beauty stash yourself, check out Juice Beauty’s Summer Survival Kit.

The pack includes this Hydrating Mist, along with Juice Beauty’s SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer, SPF 30 Sport Moisturizer, a sport-friendly headband and an organic snack bar for everything you need on your summer beach days.

DIY It: Whipped Shea Butter Lotion

Whipped Shea butter lotion for your summer skin.

If your skin is in need of some more heavy-duty moisture this summer, check out this luscious whipped lotion from blogger Natalie Garrett.

Made from shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil, this handmade lotion will replenish your skin’s natural moisture without potentially toxic chemicals.

This lotion is great for all seasons, but its ingredients may seem a bit greasy in the summer. To solve the problem, Garrett recommends applying lotion immediately after stepping out of the shower before you dry off.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make this yourself at nataJane.

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Feature image courtesy of Maria Morri

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2013 and was updated in June 2016.

Mary Mazzoni

Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
Mary Mazzoni