Summer is certainly some people’s favorite season; after all, it has parties, sunlight, poolside lounging–what’s not to love? However, regrettably–and somewhat ironically–the summer is also a time when your hair and skin can take a bit of a beating. Here are four products that I’ve reviewed, just for you, to help keep those summer woes at bay!
Burt’s Bees is a fairly well-known brand, mainly for its natural ingredients, its affordability, and its efforts to help bring bees back from their current (and extreme!) endangerment. These are great qualities, and the packaging for this Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter has a fun quaintness to it. The stick is also very small, and is therefore something that can easily be taken in a purse, tote bag, or clutch for on-the-go moisturization.
I applied the (faintly) sweet-smelling balm shortly after receiving it, and it certainly was moisturizing–at first. The balm wore off quickly each time that I tried it, especially after eating or drinking. However, the balm also creates a nice clear gloss on my lips, giving them a noticeable–albeit temporary–shine.
Neither the glossiness nor the moisturization has much staying power, but this Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm is still a budget friendly, quick way to give your lips a moisturizing boost in summer’s dry weather. And that’s no small thing!
And now, the hair products.
Hair goes through lots of chlorine in your pool during this season, and it also goes through a lot of extra sun exposure in general–neither of which is particularly ideal for the average person’s locks. This means that your hair could already be a little less happy in the summer, so shower products like the Conair Detangling Brush and the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel are excellent ways to ease your hair’s pain!
I am not someone who likes to do a lot of hair maintenance while showering, and my thick hair can often turn a hair tool into the enemy–so I was literally cringing as I first stroked my wet, conditioned hair with the brush. Then I had to try again, because the brush was so gentle that I hadn’t even felt it!
For the first time, I brushed my hair in the shower without any of the anticipated pain and pulling. It was wonderful–except for the fact that, when faced with a few real tangles, the brush didn’t make a dent in them. This was a disappointment; however, for a girl who dreads painful brushes, I prefer that the brush be too gentle rather than too rough. The brush’s medium size and curved handle also makes it great to hang in the shower, so you won’t forget to use it!
Another gentle hair product was the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel. This towel comes in a delightfully soft, squishy package–with some hair trivia on it, as seen in the photo above–and is apparently “made of Aquitex, a modern innovative fabric woven from ultra-fine fibers” that gives it an intriguingly delicate, yet coarse texture.
Just a few minutes with this towel wrapped around my head (immediately after my shower), and my hair was already partly dried–without frizz. Just as a reference, it usually takes my thick hair at least half an hour to start looking even a little dry–and yes, frizz has been a problem. This towel claimed to be “super absorbent” and to “reduce frizz,” and it did not disappoint!
Next, the DDF Weightless Defense Oil-Free Hydrator with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 (quite a mouthful). Long name aside, this was the product that I was most excited to try–partly because I have very fair and sensitive skin, but also because the product has such lofty claims. “Antioxidant-enriched”, “anti-aging”, and protection against “free radical damage” from the environment are all becoming increasingly important to consumers, particularly during the summer when everyone is out in the sun more; this product supposedly has all three qualities.
I opened the box with high expectations, and they were fulfilled…I think. The product for all of its worthy characteristics) just seems like a sunscreen that’s slightly thinner than your typical heavy-duty family-sized one. The pump-action bottle is definitely nice, and it’s small enough to be carried as an every-day toiletry item in your purse (the bottle’s cap should prevent any leaks).
Overall, the packaging is great; but the creamy product smells like sunscreen, feels like sunscreen, and leaves a slight residue on your face like sunscreen. The SPF 45 presumably did its job–I just applied the product to my face and neck for a normal day, not for a very long day in the sun–but as for the protection against “free radical damage”, et cetera, all I can do is hope that it’s working. That extra protection is just an idea; but, it’s an idea that really is a comfort–and it’s what makes this sunscreen worth the purchase.
Summer can be a very fun time for you, and a very intense time for your body; with these products, you’ll be a little bit closer to safely taking on the season!
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