Natural Beauty at the Beach

By Rona Berg / August 29, 2013
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This is the season to kick back, relax, contemplate the universe and enjoy time outdoors with family and friends. Barbecues on the beach, hiking on the trail, and long bike rides in the country will all be more enjoyable when you know how to navigate your way through some of the beauty hazards of the season. Here are our five most common summer afflictions and easy ways to remedy them.


Aug13_natural beauty_02Parched Hair

When you expose the top of your head to the sun, it can lead to a sunburned scalp and scorched hair. Aloe to the rescue!

“Aloe is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that help reduce inflammation, hydrate the skin and soothe burns with the cooling effect of the gel inside the plant’s leaves,” says Cyntra Clemencia-Gabay, Assistant Manager,  ZoiA Spa,  the Hyatt Regency Aruba ( “The nutrients from aloe vera also act as a natural conditioner that restores hair’s strength and luster.” Try this recipe from the ZoiA spa.



Aloe Conditioner

This conditioner can be used to help restore deep moisture and vitality to hair and help fight dandruff.

Half a lemon
¼ cup Aloe gel
3-5 drops essential oil of choice
1. Mix all ingredients.
2. Pour into an empty bottle.
3. Store at room temperature. Use when needed.

Try: Conceived by Nature Volumizing Citrus Shampoo, $9.99,; Giovanni 2 Chic Ultra-Sleek Conditioner, $8.99,


Going Buggy

If you are a bug-magnet like I am, you will want to know about essential oils like lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, lemongrass, rosemary, and citronella, which help keep the bugs at bay in a natural way.


Natural Bug Repellent

Certain oils can be photosensitizing in combination with the sun, so be sure and use sunscreen with the Repellent.

1. Put a couple of drops of two or three essential oils (see above) in a base oil (sweet almond is great).
2. Shake well and apply to skin.
3. Or, mix with water in a spray bottle for a DIY bug repellent.

Try: Farmaesthetics Tansynella, $17,;

Erbaviva Organic Buzz Spray, $20;


Sun-Scorched Skin

Sun-bathing–protected by sunscreen, of course–feels so good and as little as 15 to 20 minutes will help you get the vitamin D that you need. But if you overdo it, cool skin down after a hot day with ingredients like aloe, peppermint, or a spritz of coconut water or rosewater, which can refresh overheated skin.


Rose Water Spray

Rosewater is available at many health-food and specialty stores.

1. Keep rosewater chilled.
2. Sprinkle it on cotton or gauze and use to blot the face.
3. Or pour into a mini spray bottle, carry in your purse, and spritz your face throughout the day.

Try: Alaffia Everyday Coconut Water Face Toner, $8.99,; Aubrey Organics After Sun With CoQ10 & Pomegranate (with aloe and baobob oil), $8.49;; Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray (with lavender and peppermint), $14.95,



As you sweat more over the summer, the oil glands can get overstimulated, too, and excess oil can lead to breakouts, not only on the face! Treatments with tea tree oil, rosemary and marine extracts can provide relief. A mask with honey, once a week, will also help.


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Honey is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and it also helps skin retain moisture.

1. Warm one cup of honey in a saucepan.
2. Cleanse and exfoliate your face (or back) with a gentle scrub.
3. Apply a thin layer of warm (not hot!) honey onto your face or back with a small brush or fingers.
4. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Reprinted with permission from Fast Beauty: 1000 Quick Fixes, by Rona Berg

Try: Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask with raw manuka honey, clay and cacao, $50;; Osea Blemish Balm with organic algae, tea tree oil and rosemary oils, $42;

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Longtime journalist, author and current editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, and she has contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. She co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty (Workman Publishing), and is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television and at conferences around the globe.
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