Is it possible to get that coveted summer glow without using makeup?
It’s not only possible, it’s the best way to create healthy, vibrant skin.
Here are eight steps you can take to do just that.
Summer Glow Tip #1: Exfoliate Your Skin
The skin is constantly renewing itself. That means that as dead skin cells collect on the surface of the skin, new, younger skin cells are developing underneath. As we age, those dead skin cells are more likely to stubbornly cling to the skin, trapping the newer, younger-looking cells underneath.
Starting about the age of 30, it’s critical to exfoliate your skin. Two times a week is best for most people, but watch your skin for signs of irritation. If you notice redness, breakouts, or irritation, back off on the number of times you’re exfoliating. It could also be that your product is too harsh. Choose a gentle, fruit-acid-based product instead.
Another tip: Use a skin brush when cleansing. It will help get into the pores and root out dirt and debris, plus it adds a gentle exfoliating action to every cleanse.
Tip #2. Moisturize Your Skin
A nice summer glow starts with moisture. If your skin is even a little bit dry, it’s going to look dull and lifeless.
The best time to moisturize is after cleansing. Don’t wait—apply moisturizer as soon as you rinse off your skin and pat it dry. When there is a little water left on your skin, the cells will have an easier time taking up the moisturizer.
Summer Glow Tip #3: Choose the Right Moisturizer
The moisturizer you use makes a big difference in how your skin looks. If you’re using a standard, fragrance-filled moisturizer that you find at the store, it’s likely full of alcohols, preservatives, and other chemicals that aren’t good for your skin. You may notice that your skin feels tight and dry a short time after applying this type of moisturizer.
The best moisturizer will keep your skin soft and comfortable all day long. Look for brands with real ingredients that you can pronounce, like natural oils, butters, ceramides, extracts, glycerin, and antioxidants.
We recommend our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion as they are both full of healthy, moisturizing ingredients that sink deep into the skin to moisturize from the bottom up. They also both leave the skin with an immediate natural-looking glow.
Your skin is the largest organ you have in your body. It pulls the nutrients and water it needs from the bloodstream. Yet the body prioritizes your internal organs—the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver—over the skin. If you are even slightly dehydrated, the body will retain the water it has for these crucial organs, leaving your skin parched.
Drinking water regularly throughout the day is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. It also helps to eat water-rich foods like melons, grapes, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and other fruits and vegetables. These are not only water-rich, but they also contain protective antioxidants that will shield your skin from the elements.
Summer Glow Tip #5: Cut Out Toxins
Some foods and beverages make it harder for the skin to look its best. If you eat too many high-sugar items, for instance, that sugar can create damaging compounds that break down the structure of the skin, hastening the appearance of sagging and bagging. If you drink too much alcohol or caffeine, you could be dehydrating your skin. Eating too many processed foods can expose your skin to chemicals that interfere with skin repair processes.
Make a point to eat healthy foods and avoid these unhealthy foods as often as you can. The healthier your diet, the better your skin will look.
Tip #6: Enjoy a Facial Massage
A facial massage can increase the blood circulation in your face, giving you that glowing radiance you’re going for. Proper blood circulation also brings collagen to your skin, helping to delay wrinkles and other signs of aging. It relaxes facial nerves and muscles, easing stress, while improving lymphatic drainage, flushing toxins away, and keeping your skin healthy.
Try giving yourself a daily facial massage. Here’s an easy way to start:
- Use your palms and fingertips to massage the sides of your face. Start at the chin and move toward the forehead, always working in an upward motion.
- Rub the fingers over your temples in a circular motion.
- Gently pinch your eyebrows using your thumbs and forefingers. Start at the outer corner of the eyes and work your way in.
- Press your fingertips into the skin between the brows, then glide them up toward the hairline and out toward the temples.
- Press your knuckles into the skin, moving from the sides of the nose across the cheeks to the ears.
- Press the outside of your pinky fingers into your neck, moving from the bottom to the top in a smooth motion.
Summer Glow Tip #7: Use Facial Tools
Some facial tools can help you massage the skin and stimulate blood flow while giving skin a general uplift. There are many options out there that you may enjoy. Here are just a few:
- Gua Sha: This is a beauty tool made of natural crystal designed to increase blood flow, stimulate collagen production, and lift and tone the skin.
- Jade Roller: This tool can help depuff the skin while improving circulation and releasing tension. It’s made of rose quartz which is believed to have healing properties. Apply your favorite serum or lotion to your face and roll the tool over to bring more oxygen to the skin and clear away impurities.
- Trinity Facial Toning Device: This item is more expensive, but it may provide the results you’re looking for. It provides a microcurrent treatment to gently stimulate the larger surface areas of the face.
Tip #8: Add Some Hydration During the Day
As you go about your day, you may notice that your skin starts to feel dry. Maybe you were exposed to dry, air-conditioned air, or you spent part of the day on an airplane. You may not have time to wash and moisturize your face, but you can still give your skin some much-needed hydration with our Rescue + Relief Spray. It’s light enough to use over makeup. Simply spritz on your face and go. It will sink into the skin providing cooling moisture and anti-inflammatory action.
How do you get that summer glow without makeup?