Along with dog days, wanderlust, and sun-kissed skin (here’s hoping) that summer brings, there’s a palpable vibe of a fresh start. While we set lofty goals in the new year, the onset of summer creates a unique energy ideal for setting intentions and growth. Sure, summer is also about sipping piña coladas poolside for days on end, but why not take full advantage of everything summer has to offer to feel (and look) your best? Because what’s summer without your well-being and having that “Hot Girl Summer” glow from the inside out? Below are 10 must-have wellness products for a summer that’s one for the books.
1. obé x Bala Bangles
There’s the traditional (sometimes boring, might I add) fitness equipment, and then there are Bala Bangles that are equal parts functional and stylish. The workout accessory that single-handedly got fitness enthusiasts everywhere through quarantine, Bala Bangles are light, wearable weights that fit comfortably on your wrists or ankles.
So what do you get when you combine the popular accoutrement (seriously, they’ve got their own fan base, including A-list celebs) with TEG’s fave online fitness platform obé Fitness? A collab you don’t want to sleep on. Sleek, chic, and exclusive to obé, the obé x Bala Bangles are 1 pound each and come in a blue and purple ombre colorway that’ll accentuate just about any matching workout set, not to mention up the ante on any physical activity. Made of silicone-wrapped, recycled stainless steel with an elastic band and velcro for a tailored fit for every workout aficionado, don them while you take live or on-demand pilates, dance, barre, and yoga classes. There’s a reason why obé’s MO is “All in, full out.” Put your obé x Bala Bangles to work with a seven-day free trial + 50% off your first month with the code TEG50!
2. ESW Beauty Raw Juice Sheet Masks
After a day in the sun, nothing quite hits the spot like a hydrating green juice. What if I told you there was an equally refreshing and nourishing product for your face? Enter: ESW Beauty’s line of raw juice cleanse sheet masks that make the 10-step skincare routine a thing of the past. With key ingredients you’d find in your kitchen, consider them nutrition for your face. Whether it’s wrinkles, dryness, or dullness you’re contending with, there’s a sheet mask for you. Sans parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, and sulfate detergents, you bet they meet all of the clean standards (plus, they’re vegan and cruelty-free). With a winning combo of effective, pure products and sustainable packaging (the mask fabric is biodegradable and the pouch it comes in is recyclable), need I say more? Self-care (and your skin) never looked better.
We prioritize exercising our bodies (AKA our physical health), but when it comes to our mental health, we tend to focus on it only when struggles arise. Well, Selena Gomez is determined to change that with her new platform Wondermind, designed to democratize and destigmatize mental health. Starting off with an email newsletter and other free content and resources, including daily journal exercises and a podcast, coming soon, Selena and her cofounders are creating a safe space where taking care of your mental health, or “mental fitness,” daily is not only welcomed but also celebrated.
4. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen
A summer list wouldn’t be complete without a solid sunscreen that protects, soothes, and goes on smoothly and invisibly. Sounds like a tall order, right? Not for Supergoop’s bestselling Unseen Sunscreen. Formulated with antioxidants, oil-free ingredients, and broad spectrum SPF 40 protection, it checks all the boxes for the ideal summer sidekick. Use the tried-and-true find on its own for a mattifying look or under your foundation on days you need a little more oomph. Did I mention it’s water-resistant and all-skin-types-friendly?
5. Agent Nateur holi(sex) Intimate Oil
The warm weather can leave us feeling dry, even in our most intimate areas. Thanks to Agent Nateur’s holi(sex) oil, we can kiss dryness goodbye. An all-in-one lubricant, moisturizer, and aphrodisiac, this versatile gem can be used for self-pleasure, with a partner, and post-shower. Sans chemicals, there’s no body part that has to be left out.
6. Lunya Washable Silk Set
Arguably one of the best feelings is slipping into bed with freshly cleaned sheets. Do yourself a favor and take it a step further with these dreamy pajamas. Although pricey, with thermoregulating properties that help maintain just the right body temp, they’ll pay for themselves in quality nights of sleep. As if you needed more convincing, they’re 100% silk, machine-washable (that’s right, take that in), and sustainable. Needless to say, not all PJs are created equal.
7. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
While collagen is nothing new on the wellness scene, its buzzworthy supplements continue to win the popularity contest, and for good reason. Touted to strengthen bones, joints, hair, and nails, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve gut health, the protein source is the closest thing to a cure-all. And this Jennifer Aniston-approved superfood powder, made from grass-fed bovine collagen peptides, reigns supreme. Give your coffee, oatmeal, smoothies, and baked goods an instant boost of gluten- and dairy-free protein without any added flavor. Plus, with vitamin C for better absorption, you can rest assured you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
8. LARQ Bottle PureVis™
If there’s one thing that gets in the way of bringing your hydration A-game, it’s having to hand wash your reusable bottle (because that musty smell will deter just about anyone from drinking water). Well, not anymore. With this self-cleaning and self-purifying water bottle, there are no more excuses for not drinking up. Combine the one-touch-activated cleaning cycle and UV-C bacteria-killing light, and voila: pure, great-tasting H2O. As sleek as it is pure genius, the LARQ bottle will keep you cool and hydrated all summer long.
PSA: Your menstrual cycle can tell you a lot about your overall health and give you the inside scoop to what’s going on under the hood. And FitrWoman is here to take the guesswork out of it (proving there is, in fact, an app for everything). Not only does it track your period, but it also provides tailored workouts and nutrition according to the changing hormone levels throughout your cycle so you can perform at your best—consider it your personal trainer, nutritionist, and recovery specialist in one.
10. Being in Your Body: A Journal for Self-Love and Body Positivity
It’s bikini season, and while it’s fun to shop the latest trends in swimsuits, it can bring up feelings of anxiety and insecurities around our bodies. Consider this guided journal, which leads you through the process of cultivating confidence in yourself, your summer bestie. With empowering quotes and journal prompts, you’ll learn to show your body the compassion it deserves.
This post contains a sponsored inclusion of obé Fitness, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.