Summer is here, and with it all the wonderful things that come along with the warmest time of the year – outdoor barbeques and leisure activities, water sports, hiking, biking, and more. Unfortunately summer also brings with it some less desirable things such as flying insects, overexposure to sun, overexertion while exercising, and profuse sweating, to name just a few.
Thankfully NOW offers a variety of natural products to help you get the most out of your summer!
Nothing can ruin a cookout or picnic faster than a swarm of hungry mosquitoes or other flying, biting insects. NOW offers two different products that can help you protect your family and friends from summer’s worst insect perpetrators – Bug Ban™ Spray and Citronella Essential Oil.
NOW® Bug Ban™ is a unique natural insect repellent that helps prevent insect bites without the use of harsh chemicals. This topical spray has a pleasant citrus scent and can help repel even the most persistent winged intruders with a blend of citronella, lemongrass, rosemary and thyme oils. Quick-drying and non-sticky, Bug Ban™ Spray is the ideal natural alternative to chemical bug repellents.
Citronella (Cymbopogon winteranius) is another name for lemongrass, a genus of several tropical plants with a subtle citrus aroma belonging to the grass family. Citronella grasses are used for both culinary and medicinal purposes, but are known to many as a natural insect deterrent. Avid gardeners will often plant citronella grass throughout their gardens to deter mosquitoes and other insects. Our 100% pure citronella oil can be also be diffused outside to keep winged intruders at bay.
With so much to do and so many fun things to capture our attention during the summer months, it can be super-easy to forget about protecting yourself from the sun. If you’ve ever had a sunburn you know what a bummer it can be. While we can’t keep sunburn from happening, we can help make it a little more bearable until the body’s natural healing processes do their thing.
NOW® Aloe Soothing Gel is a refreshing and revitalizing formula with aloe vera and cucumber extract to help naturally replenish healthy skin. Allantoin, arginine, and vitamin E help to soothe exposed skin, restoring moisture, and panthenol helps to deeply moisturize the skin. Aloe Soothing Gel is especially beneficial during warmer months, but is suitable for year-round use.
For many warmer weather means increased physical activity, yet we often forget one of the most crucial aspects of exercise – hydration. Neglecting to stay hydrated is a bad idea any time of the year, but it can become a serious health concern when it occurs on hot summer days. In addition to resting regularly and avoiding prolonged sun exposure, staying hydrated is absolutely essential to thriving during the summer.
With NOW Real Food® Slender Sticks™ Active Grape not only can you stay well-hydrated, but you can also stay well-nutrified (we know it’s not a word, but we love it anyway) with nine essential vitamins, including important antioxidant vitamins. With 15 calories or less per serving, Slender Sticks™ make a great addition to any active lifestyle. Did we mention it’s fantastically refreshing and delicious?
If you enjoy swimming or sunbathing during the summer, then you probably put a premium on the appearance of your skin. You want to ensure that your exposed skin looks and feels great. Protecting it with sunscreen, and moisturizing with natural creams and oils, go a long way toward making this possible. But did you know that shaving also plays a huge role in the appearance of your skin?
NOW® Solutions Nutri-Shave™ Natural Shave Cream is specially formulated to reduce irritation and the occurrence of ingrown hairs that shaving can cause, leaving skin smooth, healthy and well nourished. Ideal for both women and men, Nutri-Shave™ provides a close shave that comforts and soothes skin without harsh chemicals, leaving you with skin that’s bathing suit ready any time.
Physical fitness means pushing your personal boundaries, but sometimes leaping those boundaries can come at a cost when you overexert yourself. Minor, temporary aches and pains due to overexertion may be unavoidable, but you don’t have to let them linger…
NOW offers a variety of supplements that may help when dealing with the temporary effects of overexertion, including two of our favorites. Joint Support™ is a blend of natural ingredients and nutrients that help to support the formation and function of healthy joint tissue.* BCAA Big 6 Powder features branched-chain amino acids to support muscle retention and recovery, as well as other amino acids that support other important processes, such as endurance and a healthy fluid balance.*
For more healthy tips and recipes perfect for summer, visit our #LiveHealthyNOW page.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.