So it’s officially summer. You’re getting out more, wearing more sundresses, and finally getting some time at the pool, or the beach—if you’re so fortunate. Either way, you’re probably showing more skin than usual this time of year. Don’t you think your skin ought to have that summer glow? As it turns out, the secret to having glowing, radiant skin isn’t just a one-step fix—you need a routine. Here’s how to do it:
Keep it clean
Throughout the day, dirt, oil and makeup all contribute to a buildup of pore-clogging impurities on your skin. Washing this off before bedtime is an essential first step to achieving radiant skin. Doing so each night will keep your pores clear, preventing breakouts and allowing your other products to absorb in the skin so they’ll be more effective. It also keeps you from spreading bacteria on your pillow, where it can get into your skin while you sleep.
You should also make sure you’re using a gentle cleanser. You want to keep your skin clean, not strip it of its essential oils. A soap-free, gentle facial cleanser is the best way to rid your skin of impurities, ensuring you have a fresh, clean slate to begin your daily routine. Also, make sure you pat your skin dry, don’t rub.
This may be the most important thing you can do to maintain glowing skin. Regular exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and smooth your skin’s surface, giving you a soft, natural shine (like a buffer for your skin). Having a smooth, even surface is also a good way to improve the look of your makeup and increase efficiency from your skin care products.
Another thing to keep in mind: Grit isn’t necessary for exfoliation, and for many people can actually be too harsh. Instead, try something nonabrasive—a natural facial peel like NuPeel, an antioxidant-rich papaya enzyme gel that gently removes dead skin cells. Just make sure your skin is dry before applying so those enzymes can do their work.
As long as your skin looks dry, it won’t be glowing. That goes for your face and your body. Smooth on some moisturizer to keep your skin healthy, stave off wrinkles, and bring out your natural radiance. Body Restoration Crème is a luxurious body crème that will restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier and control dry skin. And for especially dry problem areas, try Extreme Dry Skin Therapy. It can target and heal your driest spots by replenishing suppleness and renewing essential oils down to the dermal layer.
What are your secrets to being sundress-ready all summer long?