Buh-bye, Sun damage!
We know now that tanning is damaging to our skin and harmful to our overall health, but how do we get that sexy summer glow without exposing ourselves to these health hazards? Luckily, it’s pretty easy to do with a few simple tips!
Follow these suggestions for skin care, makeup, and skin-healthy super foods, and you’ll be rocking that dewy, sun-free glow in no time!
The first step to healthy, naturally luminescent skin is making sure that it’s moisturized. Skin that’s dried out looks dull and flat, but healthy, well-hydrated skin looks flush, soft, and produces a natural glow.
For the best results:
- Exfoliate your skin before moisturizing. Dry, dead skin cells can block moisturizers from reaching deep into the skin, and removing those skin cells also allows newer, healthier skin to grow. You can easily exfoliate your skin with a mesh body sponge and a gentle exfoliation cream. Do this two to three times per week.
- Use a moisturizer that’s lightweight and won’t clog pores, which causes acne and other blemishes.
- Use a moisturizer that has SPF 15 or higher, or put on sunscreen under your makeup. Moisturizing your skin won’t do any good if you aren’t protecting it from the sun!
Your makeup is going to be your best ally in replicating that sun-kissed glow. Start with concealer. Makeup artist Bobbi Brown says you should use it all around your eyes instead of just underneath.
Use a small brush to apply it all the way to your lash lines and in the inner corners. Press in the color with your fingers so that it blends into your skin.
Use your blush to create that flushed cheek look by applying two hues of blush to each cheek. Bobbi Brown suggest using a shade that matches the color of your cheeks when you exercise.
- Blend the first shade from the apples of your cheeks upward toward your hairline, and down a little from the apples.
- Apply a brighter version of the same hue on the apples of your cheeks only.
Finish your look with a pale-yellow sheer powder. According to Brown, translucent powders often leave a pasty look, but pale-yellow powder will give a matte finish and a more natural look that blends well with your skin tone.
The best way to ensure that your skin is healthy is to make sure that your body is healthy, and that means feeding it theessential nutrients it needs to grow and repair cells and keep them functioning.
These 10 super-foods are packed with antioxidants and vitamins B, C, and E, all of which protect your skin from UV rays, build collagen, combat aging and sun exposure, repair damage, and fight free radicals.
- Green tea
- Low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese
Don’t let your moisturizer do all the work! Water is the number one skin-boosting liquid because it keeps you–and your skin–hydrated!
Water also flushes out the toxins in your body and reduces inflammation, which means you’ll see less of those pesky pimples and rosacea-like cheeks and more of that healthy, hydrated, dewy glow.