6 Best Beach Bag Essentials

The best beach bag essentials for summer will soothe sun-soaked skin and protect you from the elements!

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Summer is heating up and we bet you’d agree that the very best place to cool off is at the beach! After a busy week at work, the last thing you should be doing is stressing about what beach essentials to bring along in your bag, so we took all the fuss out of the prep!

Check out the Best Beach Bag Essentials, and make sure you bring along these goodies on your next ocean outing so you look and feel your freshest:

Beach Spray

As far as summer hair care goes, this product is a jack of all trades. It nourishes sun-parched hair, while also giving you sultry beach waves whether you take a dip or not. But the most important part of this beach bag essential is that it provides UV protection in order to combat the damaging effects of the sun and salt water.

Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves available for $20 at ulta.com

Deodorant

Whether you join in on a friendly game of beach volleyball or flag football, you’re bound to work up a sweat! After learning about the toxic chemicals found in many deodorants, we aren’t taking any chances. This all natural mini deodorant is lightweight and takes up minimal space, plus it’s packed with healthy ingredients like goji berry, Japanese honeysuckle and aloe vera!

The Healthy Mini Deodorant Pure Vanilla available for $8 at lavanila.com

Korres Cooling Gel

While the salt water and sand combination can boast many benefits (like natural exfoliation and clearer skin) it can parch your pores pretty quickly! Slather up with SPF while you’re at the beach, and after you head home treat yourself to this after-sun cooling gel made with real Greek yogurt. It’s inspired by the Greek tradition of alleviating dry or sun-harassed skin with yogurt and this ultra-calming cream promises long-lasting relief.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel After Sun available for $26 at sephora.com

Grape Water

If you’re at the beach to simply soak up some sun, (wearing SPF, of course!) than you’re going to want to have something on hand to cool you down. This grape water is organic, which means you don’t have to worry about spritzing it on your face. Not to mention the cool mist tones and moisturizes the skin for an instant boost of hydration.

Organic Grape Water available for $18 at us.caudalie.com

Foot Wipes

No matter how hard you try to shake off all the sand from the beach, it’s almost impossible to get all those tiny little grains off of your feet! That’s where these Clean + Cool Foot Wipes come in! First off, they’re conveniently packaged in individual resealable pouches. But even better – these foot wipes are formulated with tea tree oil and wild mint to refresh and revive sun-soaked toes!

Tea Tree Oil Clean + Cool Foot Wipes available for $5.99 at earththerapeutics.net

Beach Towel

Now that you’ve saved so much space in your beach bag with these conveniently miniature products, you have plenty of room to stuff an extra-fluffy beach blanket-sized towel that fits you AND your friends. Peloton’s towels are super plush and they come in a variety of colors so you can even match one to your bikini if you’re feeling fashion forward!

Peloton Beach Towel available for $38 at Peloton Studio Locations

 

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Travel Tuesday: The Lodge at Woodloch

This stunning East Coast escape is the perfect place to get away for a long weekend of serenity.

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There is no better time than the summer to take a picturesque trip through the heart of the Pennsylvanian mountains.  Whether you are looking to spend the entire weekend relaxing, enjoying outdoor adventures, or a combination of the two, The Lodge at Woodloch has everything a summer vacationer might be looking for. If that gorgeous setting isn’t enough to convince you to book your next trip on the spot (honestly, we’re sold!) check out the incredible amenities offered at The Lodge at Woodloch below.

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The pristine resort’s focal feature is it’s gorgeous spa. Unwind with your honey during a couple’s treatment, or enjoy a satisfying dose of “me-time” when you book a facial, body treatment or soothing massage. These sensory-awakening treatments will be unlike any you’ve experienced in the past.

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The spa’s breathtaking amenities will blow you away. Visitors will have the chance to soothe tired muscles in a soaking pool featuring hydromassage waterwalls or the whirlpool. Men and women each have a sauna and steam room, as well as a fireplace lounge to wait in.

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Relax if you’d like, but if you prefer adventure, you’ll find plenty of that here as well. The Lodge offers unique fitness classes, outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking and creative pursuits like makeup or art classes. Guests with a taste for fine food and wine will love the luxurious cooking and wine tasting classes on premises.

Ready to book the perfect weekend away? Check out these specials happening in July:

If you’re willing to wait, you could also enter to win the Summer Girlfriends Getaway, which includes a four night stay for four at The Lodge at Woodloch! This impressive all-inclusive prize is everything a group of friends could imagine in a weekend of relaxation and fun. Read up on the details and then enter here!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

How To Avoid Dangerous Ingredients in Beauty Products

Find out what dangerous chemicals are hiding in your beauty products, and how to avoid them with safe and natural ingredient alternatives.

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Several countries have banned dangerous ingredients found in beauty products that are still allowed on U.S. shelves – but why? The FDA maintains that it is actively investigating several potentially toxic ingredients that are commonly used in cosmetics, but you’re likely still being exposed to dangerous ingredients during your daily beauty routine.

Find out exactly what we know about some of the most harmful chemicals used in beauty products today, and discover the safe alternatives that are toxin-free:

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Phthalates

Just last year a study uncovered the dangers of phthalates exposure during pregnancy. “The odds of preterm delivery appear to increase for pregnant women exposed to phthalates, chemicals people are exposed to through contaminated food and water and in a variety of products including lotions, perfurmes and deodorants,” said the study published by JAMA Pediatrics. Because there are so many lymph nodes in the underarm area, it’s especially important to nix this ingredient in deodorant. Try Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit, available for $14.50 at dermstore.com.

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Oxybenzone

Think you’re protecting your skin by slathering up in sunscreen before you hit the beach? Maybe not. Oxybenzone is a potentially toxic ingredient, most commonly found in SPF products, which is believed to disrupt the hormones and affect fertility. Stick with an oxybenzone-free sunscreen like Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40, available for $16.99 at kissmyface.com.

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Triclosan

We broke the news last month when Minnesota banned Triclosan from consumer hygiene products because of a study that found it disturbs the role of hormones in the body. The chemical is found in about 75 percent of antibacterial liquid soaps, and even in toothpaste and body wash. Caldrea Sea Salt Neroli Hand Soap incorporates aloe vera gel, olive oil and other safe ingredients that you can view on their site. Available for $10.50 at caldrea.com.

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Formaldehyde

The same chemical used for embalming is also used in mainstream beauty products, despite the fact that formaldehyde has been deemed a human carcinogen. One of the most common beauty products containing formaldehyde is nail polish, but companies have caught on and are now offering toxic-free lacquers. We like Butter London lacquer  because it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP. Try this polish in All Hail The Queen, available for $15 at butterlondon.com.

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Hydroquinone

Despite the fact that dermatologists often prescribe this skin lightening ingredient to treat dark spots, it can cause a condition called ochronisis, which is seriously scary. Individuals with the skin condition have developed blue-black skin discoloration and tiny yellowish brown bumps. Paula’s Choice Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment, available for $22.50 at paualaschoice.com offers a safe alternative and they even site the science that backs it up!

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Lead

There’s little explanation needed for this beauty offender – but you may be shocked to know that lead may be hiding in your lipstick! In 2012, the FDA found traces of lead in 400 lipsticks, including top brands like Maybelline, L’Oreal and Cover Girl. Stay on the safe side with an au naturel lipstick like Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-hour Lipstick that’s clay-infused and contains hydrating ingredients like mango, avocado and shea. Available for $26 at tartecosmetics.com  

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

3 Summer Spa Water Recipes

Spa Water is refreshing and super healthy thanks to antioxidant-packed ingredients that also happen to taste amazing!

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We all know the importance of staying hydrated – especially in the hot summer months, but drinking 8 glasses a day can prove challenging. Our solution? Infuse our water with tasty and beauty-boosting ingredients like strawberry, mint, lime and more that are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

The best part about these spa water recipes is that they’re totally customizable, and you can add a little more or a little less of whichever ingredients you prefer. Not only will you enjoy glowing skin and added energy, but these spa water recipes are easy on the eyes as well! We suggest making one (or two!) of them a center piece at your next summer soiree.

Strawberry, Lemon, Honeydew and Mint Water
Total Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 1/2 gallon (double the ingredients for a full gallon)

Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes
  • Water
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced honeydew
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Instructions: Layer the strawberries, honeydew, lemon slices, and mint leaves over ice cubes at bottom of pitcher. Fill the pitcher with water. Let chill for 10 minutes before serving.

Insider Tip: The intensity of flavor depends on how long the spa water infuses. The fruit taste will be mild at first, but after a few hours (or within 12 hours) it’s very flavorful and even more nutritious.

Watermelon Lime Coconut Water
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Yields: 1/2 gallon (double the ingredients for a full gallon)

Ingredients: 

  • Ice cubes
  • 4 cups coconut water
  • One 3 pound seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 medium lime, sliced

Instructions: In a blender, puree watermelon. Strain pulp from watermelon, saving only the juice. Add coconut water and stir. Add lime slices to water. Cover and chill for at least one hour. Pour spa water over ice upon serving.

Insider Tip: Adding ice to individual glasses rather than the spa water pitcher ensures the flavor won’t be diluted. We recommend using Real Coconut Water, Naked or Vita Coco.

Citrus Mint Basil Water
Recipe Compliments of Carolina Adjami, Spa & Wellness Consultant
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 1/2 gallon (double the ingredients for a full gallon)

Ingredients:

  • Ice Cubes
  • Water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 oranges, sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 6 Mighty Leaf organic detox infusion tea bags

Instructions: In a kettle or small pot, boil water and brew Mighty Leaf tea bags. Remove tea bags and let cool. Pour ice into half-gallon pitcher and layer lemon and sliced cucumber on top. Pour tea into pitcher. Chill for one hour, or until cold, before serving.

Insider Tip: If you make a full gallon, remove orange peels to avoid water from becoming bitter over time.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

 

5 Natural Sunburn Remedies to Try At-Home

If you spent too much time in the sun last weekend these all-natural, at-home sunburn remedies will ease the pain and heal your skin. 

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The 4th of July is a weekend synonymous with beach parties, BBQs and all types of sunny outdoor activities. Now, we know you would never forget to slather on the SPF, but regardless, too much fun in the sun has the tendency to leave your skin peeling and pain-ridden. We reached out to some professionals and sourced out five of the best ways to naturally relieve these symptoms from the comfort of your home—using ingredients you probably already stockpile in your kitchen!

  1. Abby Fazio, owner of NYC-based New London Pharmacy, recommends applying 100% pure Greek yogurt to relieve sunburns.
  2. Julie Longyear, Herbal Chemist for vegan skincare line Blissoma, suggests making a strong herbal bath. Use ingredients like black tea, St. John’s Wort, ginkgo biloba, and heather flowers are good sources of herbal quercetin and can be infused for a soak to reduce redness. The quercetin herbal infusion works better than aloe gel as it actually decreases reddening of the skin very quickly.
  3. Allison Trey, of Tres Belles Spa, offered a recipe for a cool bath. She says after the bath is drawn, add 1-2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar. This will promote healing by balancing your skins ph levels/alkaline and acids.
  4. Marlene Adelmann, founder of the Herbal Academy of New England suggests making a Sunburn Spritzer. To create, combine 2 oz. of spring water, 8 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 teaspoons of pure, organic aloe vera gel in a spray bottle. Shake before use and apply to sunburn 3 times a day or as needed.
  5. Vance Soto, President of Ole Henriksen Face and Body Spa, recommends using the Spa’s Honey Nourishment Mask to treat sunburn. According to the skincare pros at Ole Henriksen, “the natural enzymes in the yogurt help soften skin, while the oils lock in moisture,” which is needed after a sunburn.” Combine plain yogurt with honey, finely ground oatmeal, lavender essential oil, 1 Vitamin A and 1 Vitamin E capsule. Apply to clean, dry skin for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Do you have any amazing at-home sunburn relief tricks? Share them in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.