The season of sundresses and swimsuits, summer is the perfect time to flaunt glowing skin. And not just on your face, but from your neck down too! The question is, how do you achieve a complexion that says, “I just spent two weeks in Cabo,” when your hectic schedule barely allows you a moment to relax? It may seem impossible, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Add these beauty tips to your summer skin care and makeup routines to fake a post-vacation glow, no plane ticket required.
1. START WITH SKINCARE
Your skin won’t glow if it isn’t healthy, so always prioritize the health of your complexion. Step one, exfoliate. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), using a body scrub while you shower gets rid of old skin cells, brightening the overall appearance of your skin. The AAD also recommends following exfoliation with moisturizer. A body butter or lotion will sooth your skin, and if you did get too much sun, try one that contains aloe vera.
2. FIND THE FAUX GLOW THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
The best way to get a natural glow without subjecting your skin to harsh UV rays is using an at-home, self-tanner.
If you’re not ready to commit…try a short-term, washable tan. Try a body bronzer, which will hydrate while instantly perfecting your skin, leaving you with a smooth complexion. Then, once you’re done, it washes right off. Basically, it’s the summer fling of self-tanners.
If you want a tan that lasts all summer…try the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium. The gradual self-tanner contains vitamin E, which hydrates and nourishes skin while delivering an even, streak-free glow. It can be used as a body lotion, so consistent use will help maintain your tan all summer long.
How to use it: Smooth evenly over entire body three times a week, using sparingly around joints (knees, elbows and ankles). Wash hands thoroughly after use and allow skin to dry completely before dressing.
If you’re in a hurry…try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Towelettes for Body, which are convenient and easy to use. Application only takes a few minutes, and you’ll see the tan start to develop within two to four hours.
How to use it: Cleanse and exfoliate to ensure a smooth, even application. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas before smoothing the towelette evenly over your skin. Use sparingly around knees, ankles, and elbows. Wash hands thoroughly after use and let skin dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes.
If you’re on your own…try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist Medium Natural Tan. This self-tanner has a 360° wide angle jet applicator that provides continuous coverage for a natural-looking tan. Combine that with a formula that doesn’t need to be rubbed in, and it’s the perfect product for tanning totally solo.
How to use it: After cleansing and exfoliating your skin, apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas. Spray the mist slowly and continuously at arm’s length without rubbing it in. Let your skin dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes. Use daily until you’ve reached your desired tan, then use 1-2 times each week to maintain your color.
If you want to use the same product on your face…try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum. This quick-dry, streak-free product offers long-lasting color and can be used on both your body and your face.
How to use it: Pump the serum directly into the palms of your hands and spread evenly over your face. Wash your hands once you’ve finished and be sure to allow skin to dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes. Use daily for three consecutive days to achieve a lasting fake tan.
3. APPLY SHIMMER
There’s no better way to show off your glowing skin than with a little extra shine. L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder is a more sophisticated and natural interpretation of body glitter, highlighting the natural highpoints of your body. Both of the universals shades are flattering on any skin tone: Moonlight has a cool sheen, while Sunlight offers a warm glow. The formula is ultra-buildable, making it easy to apply without looking like a disco ball.
How to use it: Shake the pack upside down and tap once on counter. Dip a makeup brush into the powder from the inside of the lid and apply to collarbone and shoulders.
Once you’re glowing below the neck, it’s time to focus on your face. Next up, 5 Ways to Get Glowing Skin Over the Weekend