After spending seven years criss-crossing the globe as a pro surfer, Holly Beck decided to trade in the competitive life for a simpler existence. With her fiancée, she built an eco-friendly, thatched-roof cabana in a remote area of northern Nicaragua. Now she spends her days running the Surf with Amigas surf camp and volunteering with Waves of Hope, a local non-profit organization.
Since Holly spends most of her time surfing, gardening, and frolicking with her dogs, she looks for durable products. We asked her to share what beauty staples stand up to her active lifestyle:
1. Paul Mitchell Sun Recovery Hydrating Shampoo, After-Sun Replenishing Masque, and Sun Shield Conditioning Spray: "I'm in the sun all day, every day, and it really fries my hair," says Holly, who swears by this line of protective products. "Paul Mitchell is also really active in supporting athletes and environmental practices, so that's another reason to get behind their products."
2. Shiseido Sun Protection Lotion N SPF 60:"Organic sunscreen is fine for my body, but I haven't found one that works on my face," says Holly. She reaches for Shiseido to shield her from harmful UV rays. "It feels light and protects me."
3. Shiseido Sun Protection Stick SPF 35: "This is the only sunscreen I've found that really stays on—even after spending hours in the water. It's actually hard to get off," says Holly. "I use the beige color, because the translucent one makes your face a little white."
4. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps: "We use grey water from the shower and sink to water the garden, so biodegradable soap is important," she says. "Dr. Bronner's feels good and doesn't add unnecessary detergents to the [earth]. I like their Lavender Liquid Soap."
5. DEET-free bug spray: "There are a bunch of options out there, usually made from some combination of citronella, lemon, eucalyptus, and lavender," says Holly, who steers clear of chemical-based products. "I've seen some products labelled 'natural,' but still contain DEET. Beware!"
For more info on Holly's green life in Nicaragua, visit her blog, hip-E habitat.