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How to Summer (Really) Well: Top 5 Ways to Self Care This Summer

​We connected with the best minds in beauty and wellness from our portfolio of brands to create a list of summer's #1 must-do's.

Fortress Brand Team | May 3rd, 2022

Published in Just For Fun

We connected with the best minds in beauty and wellness from our portfolio of brands to create a list of summer's #1 must-do's — AKA the inside sources on the five most important ways to summer self-care. Here’s what they had to say.

Akar Skin Purifying Cleansing Oil

“Heal your skin from the inside out.”

Skin care is one of the purest forms of self care. Properly done, a daily skincare routine calms and soothes. Setting aside just a few minutes every day and going through each step carefully can even feel meditative and help you shed the stress of daily life. We’re big fans of Akar Skin’s Purify Cleansing Oil—the perfect (and necessary) addition to your daily ritual. It’s 100% vegan, and includes restorative pineapple enzyme for healing and bright guava fruit for its anti-inflammatory properties. Easy to apply, with a luxurious, silky feel, Akar’s gentle cleanser restores, removes impurities, and leaves skin clear, clean, and healthy.


“Get all the radiance with zero sun damage.”

Even throughout the course of a day, your skin gets battered by a number of harmful environmental factors. Pollution, UV rays, and, yes, definitely stress, can damage skin and cause it to appear red and puffy. Over time, this can cause your skin to lose its elasticity, which contributes to wrinkles. Fortunately, your skin has natural solutions for repairing this damage, but it’s important to keep it up to speed with a regular skin restoration treatment. Meet Intelligent Beauty’s Liquid Green Oil, an antioxidant-rich blend that uses organic and natural botanicals to boost your skin's repair process and provide protection against future damage. It includes one of our personal favorites, safflower seed oil, which is easily absorbed and provides essential hydration, vitamin E-rich argan oil to protect against dryness, and soothing chamomile to enhance rejuvenation. Used twice a day, this powerhouse restoration oil will repair, nourish and protect your skin and bring back its natural elasticity. Triple win.


“Start every day with a gentle, holistic cleansing routine.”

Cleansing your skin should always be the first step in your morning skincare routine. It’s critical to remove environmental pollutants and dirt that may have accumulated overnight. Cleansing helps protect against dehydration, breakouts and premature aging as well as promotes a clean, healthy complexion. But the cleanser you use is just as important as cleansing itself. To be effective, you want your cleanser to clean your skin without stripping it of its essential, healthy oils. Beekman 1802 relies on goat milk for gentle cleansing that won’t harm your skin, providing a deep clean without removing your skin’s natural oils. Used daily, we love the Goat Milk Wish Wash Cleanser, a blend of goat milk and probiotic extracts, paired with gentle exfoliating agents, to help keep your skin healthy and radiant.


“Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!”

Hydration is just as important for healthy lips as it is for healthy skin. Why? Our lips need a break from exposure to the elements, and they can quickly become chapped and cracked if they aren’t properly hydrated. When neglected, they become prematurely creased and wrinkled. To keep them healthy, use a good lip moisturizer every day. We love Osmia Organics Moisturizing Lip Mask—an overnight mask and a lip gloss all in one little jar. Manuka honey and myrrh extract are the ancient healers in this powerful lip salve, which can soothe even cracked lips in a day or two. The salve may also be used around the nose and on cuticles if needed for dry, damaged skin. Lanolin provides staying power to keep the balm in place all night long. Dreamy.


“Keep it light and cool.”

For those with sensitive skin, it can be difficult to find a cleanser that doesn’t leave your face dry, red and itchy. Meet Sircuit Skin’s X-Trap+ Daily Gentle Cleanser, a pH-balanced cleanser that gently and effectively removes dirt, makeup, and other environmental pollutants while boosting your skin's defenses by replenishing moisture and nutrients. It’s formulated with shea butter to soothe and moisturize, powerful purification boosters—called Zeolites—to draw away impurities, and Purisoft®–a dirt-resistant peptide derived from the Moringa seed, which protects against damage from daily environmental pollution. Serious protection from a single source.

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