Summer is coming and that means it’s time to get your summer glow back and start to prep. The first step to having a summer glow is all about taking care of the skin beneath. Once the skin is ready and prepped then it’s time to add the finishing touches like self-tan and highlighter to make everything pop.
Summer glow is all about looking beautiful and effortless, so here are some tips on how to achieve the look.
The first step to prep your skin for a summer glow is to make sure your skin isn’t looking dull. When you don’t exfoliate, dead skin piles on the skin giving it a dull appearance. We need these fresh skin cells to be out on display with room to breathe!
The solution to a dull complexion is to exfoliate! Whether that be with a gentle exfoliating scrub, with an exfoliating brush, or even a washcloth you’ll be doing your skin a favor. With the dead skin cells off and the new skin cells on display, you’ll already see a difference.
Just a reminder that when you exfoliate you want to make sure to be gentle so that you don’t cause damage or micro-tears to the skin.
After you’re all done exfoliated you need to moisturize. This might be the most vital and important step to getting an effortless summer glow. Remember that hydrated skin is glowing and healthy skin. When skin looks patchy and dry it gives off a dull appearance which is the opposite of what we’re going for.
Not only will you see a visible difference by exfoliating and moisturizing, but your skin will be thanking you too! These two steps are vital to any skincare routine so it’s good to just make a habit out of them and keep your glow year-round.
Who wants to look like a wrinkly leather couch by the time they’re 30? Not us! So the key is to put on sunscreen! Not only is sunscreen good to prevent premature aging, but it also prevents you from getting nasty sunburns when you’re tanning this summer.
A big misconception that people have about sunscreen is that they won’t tan if they put some on. That is totally false. You’ll actually tan just the same without getting all the damaging effects of burning and peeling. Using sunscreen will save you loads of pain and signs of premature aging.
4. Vitamin C
If you’ve been waiting for the reveal of the “big secret” on how to achieve a summer glow, then this is it. You need to start incorporating a vitamin C serum into your daily skincare. If you want to be extra glow you can even use the serum as a primer under your makeup because it gives the skin a sheen.
Vitamin C serum formulas usually dry down to a shiny finish but it just looks like a healthy glow. On top of that, it literally penetrates beneath the skin to bring out a glow from within also. It helps with skin discoloration, acne scars, and blemishes and is just overall amazing for your skin.
5. Hydrating Face Masks
If you want to put your skin into overdrive into achieving a summer glow from within you’re going to want to invest in some good hydrating masks. If you have an event or a party you’re going to where you just need a little extra boost then this could be the quickest and easiest solution.
Even if you’ve been slacking off on your skincare recently and your skin has been looking dry and dull this could be a quick fix. Even though we never recommend slacking off on your skincare, we get it. Everyone needs a little pick me up from time to time.
6. Self Tanner
One of the best things about summer is getting a summer tan. Having a tan also makes the skin look more hydrated and glow for some odd reason. There’s no science behind it, but it just does. If you don’t want to put your skin through the damaging effects of tanning in the sun then it’s time to invest in some self-tanner.
Self-tanner can be tricky and it’s going to be trial and error until you find the one that you like best but it’s so worth it to save your skin the damage of actually tanning. Not only that, but if you want a lit extra bit of a bronzy glow then self-tanner can do the trick overnight, or even in a few hours depending on the one you decide to buy.
Now that we’ve covered all the ways to get the summer glow from within, it’s time to talk about how to. get it with products that are topical. The obvious answer here is to drench yourself in highlighter. Highlighter is a summer glow at your disposal.
If your summer glow just isn’t enough coming from within, highlighter will always come through as an easy and quick solution. If you really want to have a glow perfect for summer, we recommend using a liquid highlight because it’ll blend into the skin much more naturally.
8. Light Makeup
During summer it’s less than ideal to be caking on the makeup. The heat makes things slide around and can leave you looking and feeling messy. That doesn’t mean to skip out on makeup together, though. We just recommend keeping things light and fresh so you don’t feel sticky throughout the day.
9. Cream Products
The best way to keep your makeup light and fresh is to use cream products. And by this, we don’t mean to pile on liquid foundation without setting it. We mean to be minimal and really blend cream products such as cream blush and bronzer into the skin. It’ll give your skin a “no-makeup, makeup” look that’s perfect for the summer.
A summer glow really means a bronzy glow, so of course, we recommend bronzing up! Go for bronze eyeshadow looks and use bronzer on the forehead, cheeks, and jawline to help along your summer glow.
How do you plan to achieve your perfect summer glow? Let us know down below in the comments!
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Alina is currently a student at the University of Arizona, majoring in Psychology. She has a passion for writing about everything including fashion, design, health, lifestyle, and so much more!