Summer Beauty Essentials For Moms (and Kids!)





1. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser

It doesn't foam, but it also doesn't leave a weird film on my face.  Gets rid of summer grease and grime without my skin feeling tight or dry.  The best cleanser under $10 that I've tried in a long, long time.  Also free of chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, and phthalates.  Yay, Neutrogena!  About time.

2. The Solution by Envision Beauty

Looking to simplify your summer skincare ritual?  Me too.  The Solution by Envision Beauty is an anti-aging serum, a moisturizer, eye cream and night cream…all in one.  Seriously.  Put it all over your face and neck, and dab it around your eyes.  Done.  It's paraben and ethyl-alcohol free.  And it's ah-mazing.  Annoying shiny face problems disappeared after the first use.  I'm shocked at how much I love this product, and will continue to use long after summer days are gone.  It's $80 per bottle, and they last roughly a month.  I used code BRIDE to get two for the price of one.  The only thing missing is sunscreen…but the company says they're working on one.  I can't wait.

3. ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen and Primer SPF 30

Speaking of sunscreen…this is my everyday face sunscreen.  It's almost gel-like, and mildly tinted.  It goes on very, very sheer and glides over the skin.  Inexplicably, it doesn't make me break out.  What it does do, however, is make my skin look…better, somehow.  Almost flawless.  And (obviously) protects it from the sun.  Between this product and The Solution I've stopped wearing foundation.  Whoa.  No parabens, and the sunscreen is mineral-based (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide).

4. Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess

Since I'm not actually tanning my face, I do like to use a bit of bronzer.  This is the best.  Sheer and easy enough for me to apply, and gives a very natural lit-from-within glow. 

5. Stila Lip and Cheek Stain in Passionfruit

I love this for days at the pool or beach!  It's tiny and easy to throw into your bag for post-swim touch-ups.  Unlike other products, it won't melt all over everything.  The passionfruit color is a bright coral.  I also have the Mango color for a much softer look.

6. Fresh Sugar Lip Treament SPF 15

I know – there's nothing more annoying than a $20 chapstick.  HOWEVER.  This stuff glides on beautifully, packs a surprising punch of color and protects with SPF.  The rose is a beautiful soft pink, but for summer I'm loving the coral.

7. Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara

This waterproof formula is my summer go-to.  Not only will it (mostly) last through long days at the beach, but it's blendable.  Just keep applying it whenever you want bigger lashes.  It won't clump.

8. St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4 in 1

St. Tropez is the only self-tanner I'll use.  Most of it's formulations are paraben-free (not all, so choose carefully), it leaves you with a gorgeous, natural, streak-free tan, AND it doesn't smell.   Amazing.  Last year I used their mousse, which drys instantly and leaves you tan for a week, but you do have to pay attention when you apply.  This year I'm loving their new gradual tan and tone.  Despite the ominous-sounding directions, I apply this product somewhat haphazardly and it still looks great.  Besides, I'm hoping it will tone my belly skin.

*Tip: Before applying, rub a regular moisturizer into your palms, THEN apply self-tanner.  Once you are finished, wash your hands and re-apply the regular moisturizer.  You'll avoid the tan-hands problem altogether.

9.  Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glo in candlelight

I wear this when I want to be fancy.  Summer date night make-up.  I put on my usual summer face, then add this product to the tops of my cheekbones, inner corner of my eyes, and just under the arch of my eyebrows.  It's easy, subtle, and I feel all happysummerglowy.

10. Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen

FOUND:  Awesome water-resistant spray sunscreen without parabens!  We've been using natural sunscreens for years (Badger, California Baby, Alba Bontanicals, etc)…but MAN.  They are tough to apply on a baby, and almost impossible to apply (and reapply) on a fast, impatient, 4 year old.  With long limbs.  I had borrowed a friend's Coppertone spray sunscreen at the beach the other day and…sigh.  It was a joy to apply.  Full of parabens, natch.  I almost broke down and bought some…and then I found the Hampton Sun product line.  LOVE.  The whole family uses it.  

NOTE:  I also like that they have a reasonable SPF 35.  I'd rather re-apply then put the extra chemicals that the high SPFs contain on my kids.*

11. Bare Minerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen

I use this product two ways:  First, this is how I touch up my face during the day.  I buy this a shade darker than my skin, and it not only protects, but makes me look a little tan.  Secondly:  For babies with minimal hair.  Raines was (mostly) bald for years,and Pax, while long-ish haired, still shows a ton of scalp.  They won't always wear a hat, so my only choices are to spray a ton of crud in their hair, or just puff this on.  Puffing is way easier and less messy.*


*I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the EWG is not a fan of oxybenzone (in Hampton Sun's products) or powder sunscreen for kids.  You can read more about that here. Personally, I've struggled to stay within EWG sunscreen guidelines for years…and have been disappointed with the approved products.  I've found them either impossible to apply or horribly greasy, or…not that great at sun protection.  This is one area where I've decided to take the (arguably small) risk.  Let's hope that we have better options next year.




  1. So my husband is obsessed with natural skin care (he has a history of melanoma). After tons of research we use UV Naturals for our sunscreen. It’s amazing – when I was pregnant and on vacation I would apply the “sport” once in the morning and would never need to re-apply! It is amazing. A bit greasy so I don’t put it on my face, but love it for my kid and does not leave white streaks like another natural brand.
    Check it out – it’s fabulous stuff!

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  3. Oh my gosh — the powder sunscreen idea is brilliant. My 18 month old won’t keep a hat on and has super fine see through ginger curls that are never gonna block anything. I have been smearing his head with sunblock…it’s a mess and looks absolutely ridiculous. Thank you!!

  4. I am a St Tropez girl myself! After trying everything else this is really the best and most natural. Currently loving their dark mousse-the color is more of a cool brown than the warm brown of the the regular mousse. One thing I started using this year that has made all the difference in the world is the St Tropez tanning mitt (no substitutions, only this one works right) It is lifechanging how easy this has made it and no worry about dark hands and not a bit of streaking!

  5. Lots of products I’ve never heard of before that sound tempting. Especially the sunscreen-my son is blond and almost 3, but luckily loves hats-he didn’t back when his hair was see-through though and it was such a worry to keep him from getting sunburnt (I have thick black hair, so a ponytail is all I need to protect my scalp generally) Next baby I’ll have to try the powder. Why is the EWG opposed to them?

  6. Your Canadian readers might like Kinesys for sunscreen. PABA, paraben free, no cruelty, carbon neutral. Made in Canada.I found some at Costco for a steal!

  7. Lots of products I’ve never heard of before that sound tempting. Especially the sunscreen-my son is blond and almost 3, but luckily loves hats-he didn’t back when his hair was see-through though and it was such a worry to keep him from getting sunburnt (I have thick black hair, so a ponytail is all I need to protect my scalp generally) Next baby I’ll have to try the powder. Why is the EWG opposed to them?

  8. This list is awesome. Someone else as uptight about EWG ratings as me! Love all the recommendations, and I second the Josie Maran sunscreen mentioned above. I use it on my face and neck everyday.

  9. It would be great to hear about more natural brands for Mom and baby. Since having a baby, I’m al about taking care of us without having to use as many toxic products as possible. So far, my favorite natural brands are made right here in the USA and becoming faves of many of friends as well.

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