Summer is here, which means sun-kissed skin is in! Finally you can say goodbye to your pale winter look. While it is tempting to play by the pool and soak up the sun, those rays can be harmful to your delicate epidermis. It is important to practice good skincare and slather on the SPF to combat long-term skin damage, but how do you get a sun-kissed look under all that sunscreen? Here are a few tips to get the glow while ditching the tanning beds and harmful sun exposure.
First Thing’s First
Hydration is key to any skincare routine, whether you are trying to achieve a subtle glow, or simply want an overall flawless complexion. Drink those eight glasses of water a day, and be sure to use a gentle exfoliator once a week to slough off dead skin. Moisturize daily with a lotion fitted to your skin’s needs to keep dryness and excess oil at bay.
Bronzing cream or powder is a great way to make it look like you spent all week on an island, without actually having to step foot outside. Simply buff the product into places where the sun would normally hit like the tops of your cheeks and bridge of your nose, and you’ve got beautifully bronzed skin in no time. Just be sure not to go too dark with the color, as it can look muddy on fairer complexions.
Self-tanners are a must-have for achieving that deep glow, and there are a multitude to choose from. Gradual tanners are great for fair complexions because they are not too dark, and won’t stain the sheets. Regular self-tanners with guides are another option for beginners as this helps zebra-like streaks from forming all over your body.
Spray it On
Spray tanning is the quickest way to get a deeper color, and can have you going from Gwen Stefani to Jennifer Lopez in a few hours. The booth does all the work, and you can get it done on your lunch hour in a pinch. Just remember to wash off before bed, or you may wake up to an orange nightmare.
While you may not have the time to vacation in Hawaii or lay out by the beach all summer, no one will be the wiser when they see your beautiful new tan! If you do spend some time out in the sun, remember the sunblock, and visit a Dermatology Surgery Center to regularly check any skin issues.
Today’s post was written by Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.