Exercise & Fitness

Wellness Essentials Summer 2013: Aromatherapy, Bug Spray and More

Read our suggestions on aromatherapy, natural cleansers, skin care, and better bug sprays for summer wellness.

 THE SKINNY ON SKIN CARE

What’s in: Free radical- and age-fighting antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatory nutrients and certified organic ingredients. What’s out: Chemicals, parabens (which have been linked to breast cancer) synthetic dyes and fragrance, preservatives and phthalates (chemicals linked to hormonal disruption and birth defects).

Skin’s Daily Greens Hydrating Repair Cream ($34 for 2 oz.) has all of what’s in and nothing of what’s out. This hydrating cream helps repair sun damaged skin and slows down the aging process naturally. It features blue green algae, which contains minerals and enzymes essential to storing moisture and improving elasticity, and green tea extract, known for its antioxidant properties, which neutralize the spread of free radicals and help with inflammation and irritation, making it perfect for rosacea sufferers.

Purchase yours at Green Acres Market, Stuff and Nature’s Own Health Food Market in Kansas City or at Salon Hello Beautiful in Shawnee. Also, find it online at realorganicskin.com.

 

THE BUZZ ABOUT BAMBOO

Waste not, want not. In the age of sustainability, the benefits of reusable and renewable resources are all the rage. When it comes to bamboo, the hype is good. Not just for pandas anymore, this sustainable plant is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and deodorizing, which makes it the perfect material for soft, luxurious towels.

Sunlighten Bamboo Carbon Towels ($29-$48) are highly absorbent and block 98-percent of harmful UV rays while letting in 91-percent of beneficial infrared sauna rays. Sounds like magic, but it is just nature at its best. Get yours at store.sunlighten.com. Floor mats and towel sets are also available. ––Kelli White


MORE-THAN-FAIR TRADE

Want to trade dirt and germs for chemicals and toxins? This is one example where dirt comes out on top. When it comes to cleaning their house and clothes, many people are trading in brand name, chemical-based detergents for all-natural versions that are safe and toxin-free.

Indigo Wild’s Zum Clean handmade laundry soap ($21) is crafted to be super-concentrated and free of dirty words like parabens and phosphates. Indigo Wild uses coconut oil soap for cleansing, essential oils for scent and baking soda for stain removal. Like the company’s mantra states, “Any more natural and you’d be naked.” Washes up to 64 loads in high-efficiency machines.

Available at indigowild.com. ––Kelli White

Read the rest of Wellness Essentials in the digital Summer 2013 issue of Good Health KC.