Summer is all about showing off your skin and the beautiful – albeit possibly fake – summer tan that you have. But in order to look good when you show off that skin, you need to first take a little bit of time to ready your skin and help reverse the signs of the neglect you gave your skin during every other season. Here are 10 expert tips for glowing summer skin.
10. Lighten up
Trade liquid foundations for a lighter, mineral-based powder with a minimum SPF of 15. Skip the creamy blush and instead go for a natural-looking glow with a touch of bronzing powder. Use waterproof mascara and ditch that lipstick for a dab of tinted gloss.
9. Go to rehab every night
Night creams are not just for winter months or people with dry skin. No matter what your age, or what time of year, a PM moisturiser is a necessary part of your skin care regimen. An effective PM treatment will help speed cellular recovery from environmental exposure and help build the skin’s immune response, returning your skin to its optimal condition, allowing it to better defend itself during the day.
Best product to use: Olay Definity Night Restrative Sleep Cream – $21
8. Get a safe summer glow
Using a sunless tanner will give your skin a beautiful start to the summer. Even if you’re not a fan of using tanners all over your body, you can happily use them on your face. If you alternate your facial moisturiser with one that builds a bit of colour, you’ll have a healthy glow that will make it look as though you spent the weekend on the beach.
Best product to use: St Tropez Shimmering Instant Self Tan Spray
7. Don’t forget your feet
Winter boots have long since been packed away; it’s sandal season! Either go and get a pedicure, or give yourself one at home. You scrub off the dead skin to reveal your sandal ready feet. Nothing is worse than seeing dull feet inside cute sandals. It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. Keep a foot scrub and file in your shower, and use them a few times a week. Then all you have to do is pick the perfect nail polish.
Best product to use: The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub: $14
6. Bring on the balm
Your lips are even more sensitive to the sun than your skin, but how many of us think about protecting them with sunscreen? By picking a lipbalm with SPF protection, your lips will skip the painful peeling which can come from sunburn. Try to find one with at least SPF15.
Best product to use: Kiehl’s Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15: $10
5. Protect your skin
A well formulated sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater is a must. And most of all, don’t forget the most important sunscreen advice: use it! Remember to reapply every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure that your fun this summer is safe.
Best product to use: La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk for face and body: $34
4. Water is the key
Drinking water is the most obvious way to stay hydrated, although most non-alcoholic beverages will hydrate your body. This will help ensure that you have truly glowing skin this summer. A nice, tall glass of iced tea on a warm summer day is perfectly fine. Many fruits and vegetables also have a high water content and will give you nutrients and anti-oxidents at the same time. Fluids help to detoxify the skin, keeping it looking soft and dewy and clear. Drink at least 8 glasses a day and enjoy plenty of fresh fruits and melons.
3. Stay hydrated
A daily moisturizer for both your face and body is necessary to not only add hydration to the skin, but to help the skin maintain hydration throughout the day.
Best product: The Body Shop Satsuma Puree Body Lotion: $16
It is really important to remember to exfoliate. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate all the time. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll just sit on your skin and make you look dull and dry. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower.
Best product: The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub: $20
1. Play shy with the sun
Sun exposure is responsible for up to 90% of aging damage. Minimizing this exposure is the best way to prevent skin damage and many types of skin cancer. Safely use the sun to benefit your mood without harming your skin by spending 30 minutes outside without being in direct sunlight.
So, there you have the top 10 expert tips for glowing summer skin. I hope you have a great time and enjoy the warmth!