Beauty Tricks And Tips For A Sun-Kissed Summer Glow All Year Long
The start of warmer months has always held the promise of a summer to remember. This usually means a trip to a dream destination. It can also be a time for taking that much-needed hiatus or the start of an adventure you’ve been waiting your whole life to embark on.
These days, summer months are rather confined, but by no means devoid of the happy memories that await. Afternoons lounging poolside or maybe even a road trip to the beach are simple pleasures that add magic to the season despite the pandemic. Even a full day outdoors—walking in the park, working from the balcony, dining under the stars from the safety of home—can constitute a summer well spent. Regardless of what your plans are this season, one thing still holds true. A golden tan and sun-kissed glow is your badge of sunshine. And I for one like to keep it that way all year long. Here’s how.
PREPARE TO GLOW
An even, golden tan stays on for longer on healthy, smooth and youthful skin. To achieve this, make sure to exfoliate skin at least twice each week. Dry brushing or garshana, done before bathing, brings health benefits that include support for the lymphatic system and flushing out of toxins. It is also a rejuvenating way to relieve ingrown hair follicles, improve appearance of cellulite, and exfoliate skin surface from dead skin cells and dry skin. GILDED BODY’s Marble Body Brush is a stunning addition to the beauty counter, and a gem for self care rituals. Its natural bristles are firm enough to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage. At the same time, they remain comfortable for daily use. The marble base is a luxurious accent to have on your counter.
You can also start by refreshing in the shower with BOSCIA’s Papaya and Pomegranate Enzyme Exfoliating Body Cleanser. The invigorating resurfacing wash is packed with gentle yet potent natural acids that include Mandelic and Lactic Acid. These ingredient helps to unveil younger and brighter skin. Infusion of Betain and Beet Root Extracts help with reversing the signs of aging and addressing uneven skin tones. Skin feels clean, taut and fully revived following a thorough washing. You will also enjoy the subtle aromatic scent this cleanser will leave on skin throughout the day. Its an uplifting layer of citrus and rosemary on a warm sunny day.
For an extra body boost, AMALA’s Detoxifying Body Smoothing Polish instantly improves skin texture and tone. It brightens an ashy, dry and dull surface to reveal younger looking skin. This refining polish is formulated with crushed olive seed and natural salicylic acid, allowing it to bring forth skin renewal—faster and for longer.
With cheeky bikini bottom and high cut maillots headlining fashion trends this summer, one cannot help but pay extra attention to firm and cellulite-free glutes. TRULY Buns Of Glowry Smoothing Butt Polish is a delicious heaven sent that helps to tighten and brighten the butt. Formulated with Wheat Protein and Watermelon Extracts, this sweet-as-candy body treat plumps the derriere while helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite or fine lines. With regular use, the tush is visibly smoother, firmer and ready to come out for summer. For best results, supplement with a glute workout and lots of walking hours.
When it comes to prepping the face, DERMAFLASH LUXE has done wonders at streamlining the skincare routine. It has also optimized the efficacy of other serums and oils by de-clogging pores and removing peach fuzz. The professional derma-planning at-home treatment is powered by Sonic Edge Technology which allows for easy and efficient removal of dead skin cells, debris and peach fuzz. The handheld, rechargeable device renders instant results. After first use, skin was visibly brighter, clearer and ready to absorb all the goodness from skincare actives. Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles were significantly diminished. Its only been two weeks since I first started using this best-kept skincare secret, and results did not disappoint. Register of glow enhancing bronzers, highlighters and cream blushes on skin have never looked better. What’s more, occurrence of breakouts and blemishes, have gone down to almost zero. With most of Friday nights spent at home, I’ve dedicated the start of my weekends to long bubble baths and skin-renewing Dermaflash Luxe sessions. By Saturday morning, skin looks and feels brand new.
GO FOR THE BRONZE
There are varied degrees and intensities to the amount of summer glow you want. I have friends who go all out as soon as tanning season strikes. They lay out from sun up to sunset, slathering layers upon layers of tanning amplifiers to achieve that beautiful sun kissed effect. Some are more prone to burning, which leaves them with little choice but to hide under the shadows. I belong to the latter and only learned to take better care of skin in recent years. Back when sunbathing and sipping on cocktails all day were the only things on the summer agenda, I truly believed that with enough sun exposure, I could make my skin surrender into going gold. I could not have been more wrong—and disillusioned. I soaked, burned and peeled with nary a trace of that elusive summer glow.
Where tanning is concerned, you can actually make it when you fake it. BLUE SAINT is the world’s only probiotic self-tanner that “is both plant-based and has zero-orange guarantee.” I’ve always cringed at fake tans that look, well, fake. The Instant Body Self Tanning Foam leaves the most natural sun-kissed sheen within minutes. Easy to apply, streak-free and fas-drying this dose of sunshine in a bottle leaves zero traces of fake tan including that nasty smell. You will also love how color deepens and blends more seamlessly within hours. You can also achieve the same natural glow for your face with BLUE SAINT’s Face Self Tanning Drops. Aryanna Marie, Founder of BLUE SAINT remarks, “Your Blue Saint tan will look so natural, no one will know it’s from a bottle.”
For a buildable, skin-nourishing summer glow, add COCO AND EVE’s Bronzing Face Drops to your daily moisturizer. A unique and delicious blend of Bali botanicals and hyaluronic acids help to boost skin elasticity and diminish signs of aging. The subtle tint of color it leaves on skin mimics how skin would most likely look after a long sojourn exploring the beaches of Bali. To recreate a full summer tanning experience, as in the case of an unforgettable seaside holiday, gradually build up color intensity each day until desired golden goddess status is achieved.
The secret to enhancing a golden tan is to top with an illuminating, hydrating oil. Not only does this keep color on for longer, it also brings out natural sheen and intensifies color. SEVEN SEVEN COSMETICS’ Mica Body Oil is luxurious body topper that illuminates skin in the most natural and subtle way possible. Lightweight consistency make it perfect for the hot summer months. Sunflower oil hydrates and nourishes skin while Mica helps to enhance a sun kissed radiance.
SUMMER BEAUTY SIMPLIFIED
The idea of wearing layers of makeup under the scorching sun can ruin dreams of a beautiful, carefree summer. Nobody ever looked gorgeous under melted concealer and thick foundation. Ever. A simple and streamlined makeup routine, however, will enhance natural radiance and glow. With a minimalist approach to summer beauty, you also make room for a look that is natural, vibrant and youthful.
You only ever need a few good beauty must-haves in your makeup kit this summer. Begin with a multi-tasking base that enhances color while protecting skin. ILIA’s Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 is a clean, tinted mineral SPF 40 that offers light coverage. This weightless fusion of skincare, makeup and protection enhances skin’s natural radiance and tone. SPF 40 Non Nano Zinc Oxide shields skin from UVA, UVB, UVC, blue light and infrared rays.
The Super Serum Tint is infused with Hyaluronic Acids, Squalene and Niacimide, which enhances tone, erases imperfections while creating a natural barrier for skin. A thin layer under makeup creates a flawless, dewy finish ideal for endless days spent outdoors. For a rosy flush, dab a small amount of ILIA Color Haze Multi Use Pigment onto cheeks, across the nose bridge and lips. This weightless pigment brings them most subtle and natural-looking wash of color that blends seamlessly with any skin tone.
To emphasize your summer glow, TOWER 28’s Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer “is your one-way ticket to that fresh from your vacay glow.” Shades like Sun Coast, West Coast, Gold Coast, Best Coast and Pacific Coast recalls moments of the sun setting over the ocean. This buildable tint brings depth and sheen to your tan and can be applied onto the face, eyes and even lips. Unlike traditional highlighters or bronzers, Bronzino illuminates the face without that cheesy sparkle or unflattering shine. Celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls advices: “The best way to apply the Bronzino bronzers is with your fingers. I suggest using your middle finger and gently swirl it on the top of the product and apply it to your cheeks and cheekbones. In the event that you desire more color, repeat and add a second layer of bronzer. If you realize that you are too bronzed, use a makeup sponge and blot the area. This will bring down the shimmer and shine so that you look glowy, not greasy.”
To finish off a natural, sun-kissed makeup look, top with BALI BODY’s Highlighter Stick. A dab on cheekbones, along the the bridge of the nose and inner corners of the eye creates a soft, seamless glow. Its cream to matte consistency blends effortlessly into skin without leaving harsh streaks or patches of sparkle. This multi use highlighter stick also works beautifully on collar bones, décolletage area and even legs.