After a weekend upstate filled with hikes through gorges and under waterfalls, canoe excursions across the lake, and morning jogs through open fields and vineyards, this week has been a tough transition back into reality. As if being yanked out of nature and back under the shadows of high rises wasn’t cruel enough, I brought a little souvenir home to remind me of all the fun I had in the sun: a flaming red sunburn. No matter how light the cotton on my shirt or how sparingly I packed my bag, anything touching my shoulders caused instant pain – but only for the first day back. Normally I fare pretty well in the summer heat, but always after the initial burn, which lasts for days and eventually peels. But this year was different. Two days after vacation the redness has subsided, the pain is faint, and the peeling is nonexistent. Here’s why.
Like cosmetics and hair products, many skincare products – even those meant to heal – contain carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, usually in the composition of the chemicals used for fragrance or components that make the product fast-acting (whether that be cleansing, moisturizing, healing, etc.). Since discovering beauty education sites like the Environmental Working Group and as more literature is published by mainstream sources regarding the dangers of beauty products, I have been mindful about what I apply to my biggest organ. Normally for a sunburn I would turn to a petroleum-based aloe gel or lotion, and likely another product for a cooling effect, then wait out the pain and peel for a week or so. This year I instead tried a spray made with natural and organic ingredients (that I can actually pronounce) and overnight I felt my skin begin to heal. The spray comes out clear to milky depending on how liberally you apply it and is described as having a cucumber scent, but I don’t think it smells like anything (and don’t mind). It spreads seamlessly, dries in minutes, and is mess-free. From the turmeric, alpha-bisabolol and reishi mushroom, cucumber, chamomile, water lily, valerian, and comfrey, skin is naturally relieved from heat and inflammation, and cooled, calmed, and rejuvenated.
I give the spray 5 out of 5 stars across the board and recommend everyone stock up before the summer season really kicks off – and I won’t be the only one to tell you this. Healing Lifestyles & Spas gave it the 2014 Earth Day Beauty Award both for its effectiveness and its philanthropy. The founder of the spray and the other products in the line is passionate about skin safety and beauty education and donates products to the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation, Hair 2 Help, Gilda’s Club New York City, and Women’s voices of the Earth, who all focus on coping with and coming back from cancer. Currently the manufacturers are even working on a campaign to educate nurses on the harms of conventional skin products when used on chemo patients and how this natural spray is just as strong – if not better and with more immediate results. Whether a sunburn or contact burn, eczema or dry skin, even after shaving, the spray is perfect for all skin conditions and types. The spray is both alternative and complimentary to other treatments depending on the skin’s condition and if the facts weren’t enough to persuade you before now this testimonial will! The spray as well as moisturizers and balms from the same line can all be found on Lux & Eco, where beauty is a natural luxury that should never be compromised.