When it comes to skincare, just like in life, sometimes you need to lighten up. Maybe you're in the dog days of a sweltering summer and a heavy face cream certainly isn't welcome near your face. Or maybe your skin is extra sensitive, extra oily or simply responds to a lighter product. Or perhaps you accidentally fell victim to the age-old problem of too much sun and too little sunscreen, resulting in a sun-scorched complexion. Luckily there are two particular products that I've recently fallen for that prove you don't need to sacrifice pureness and potency in order to find your way to the lighter side of life. 

When it comes to the ultimate in luxurious, organic skincare the BDIH certified and fair trade certified Santaverde Xingu High Antioxidant Prevention Serum wins hands down. The price may seem a little steep, but I promise you get everything you pay for and more. It simply has some of the most amazing and highly prized organic ingredients to be found in nature. The high performance, anti-aging formula includes an exclusive elixir that blends hand processed Aloe Vera and Cashew fruit-both grown and harvested in Santaverde's Spanish plantation. The 100% natural anti-aging ingredients also include a pampering complex of 10 antioxidant-rich, high-performance medicinal plant oils and extracts found in the exotic Brazilian rainforests. Together they form an exotic super shield that regenerates skin cells, protects against sun damage and essentially helps keep you looking young and gorgeous. Plus, Santaverde donates 10% of the net income from every sale of Xingu to Caatinga, a local aid project for women and girls in north Brazil.

My other current fave is an ideal product to help calm sunburned skin, but it's also super handy at doing so much more. The Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel is full of natural antiseptic and antibacterial ingredients, including organic Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel that soothes inflamed and irritated skin. It will help calm skin after shaving or waxing, when acne, eczema or rosacea flare up and even after a visit to your dermatologist for a little microdermabrasion treatment. It has lush, light texture, cools skin upon contact and soaks in almost immediately, leaving your skin softer and smoother than before. I also love the woodsy, sort of spicy scent. It's pleasant and not overpowering. Plus, like all Dr. Alkaitis products it's made up of all natural, all raw pure plant ingredients that literally feed and nourish your skin. It's definitely one of those products that you will find dozens of ways to use. As for me, I'm constantly finding new ways of putting it to work.