The Working Girl's Guide to the Summer GLOW
It’s that time of year we’ve all been waiting for. Less makeup, less clothes, beautiful weather, and glowing skin. Winter is finally over and it’s time to prep our mind, body and skin for the ultimate summer glow.
Here’s your Summer Guide
I know, it’s summer so that means more margaritas after work & more mimosas on the weekends. But if you want your skin to remain healthy, hydrated and glowing, you can’t forget to consume eight or more cups of water a day!
For my healthy girls, try drinking two glasses of fresh celery juice every morning. Not only does celery juice help with weight loss and gives you energy, but it also does something amazing to the skin. Your skin will be instantly brighter and glowing!
Internal glow comes from within. Continue to eat and drink healthy but remember to stay positive and stress-free. Stress and other hormones can cause problematic skin. The only thing we want problematic this summer is not going to every bottomless brunch our city has to offer!
Those hydrating cleansers and thick creams we used in the winter will be no good for our summer skin. Find a lightweight cleanser and moisturizer that will be as effective but less greasy.
For cleansers, we recommend a jelly base. Jelly base cleansers are lightweight, doesn’t strip the skin and will still have your skin feeling hydrated and clean.
Try Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser or Drunk Elephant No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Both cleansers are formulated with natural key ingredients, and will help remove excess oil, dirt and makeup.
Toners often get left out of our routines, but this is an essential step to keep for our summer skin appear healthy. Toners will make your pores smaller and tighter and most toners can help control oil.
Try Ole Henriksen Glow 2OH Dark Spot Toner or Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner. Depending on your skin type, I can guarantee this will be a crucial part of your skincare routine. If you have very sensitive skin, these products will not be best for you. I would recommend something more suitable for Sensitive Skin, with less active ingredients and fragrances. Try La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water as a toner. It’s active ingredient thrives from natural spring water in France (I know, very fancy). This thermal water can also be used as a hydrator on hot days.
For the girls on the go that wants a cleanser, makeup remover and toner all in one, try Olay’s 5-in-1 Daily Facial. These cleansing wipes are quick and easy and are perfect for traveling. Just because it’s warm doesn’t mean you should skip moisturizing. Find an ultra-light moisturizer, ideally with SPF. Drug store brands like Neurtrogena and La Roche-Posay have great options for all skin types.
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The summer glow is all about skin and a natural look, so there’s no need to cake on your face. In the summer I typically go for the “Boy Beat.” This look has very minimal makeup and it emphasizes on your features. Here’s how you can achieve the look.
Try to fill in your brows as light and natural as possible and set it with brow gel so it stays in place. In order to achieve this natural Boy Beat we want to lightly conceal our under eyes, blemishes and redness. Typically I don’t suggest using foundation during the summer months, as it can clog your pores. But, if you insist on using a foundation over a concealer, find one that has a light to medium coverage. We recommend Glossier or Nars Natural Radiant foundations.
Find a blush that is soft and natural looking. Liquid blushes are the best! It melts into your skin and gives you a sun kisses look. Our trick is to apply lightly on the apples of your check and lightly run across the bridge of your nose to the other side of your face. Have you ever seen someone with a slight sunburn on their face that made them looked sun-kisssd and flushed? Yeah, that’s the look we’re going for!
What’s a glowing skin routine without highlighter? Try a liquid or cream based highlight to get that glow from with in! There’s so many brands that provide non-powder highlighters, go raid your local Sephora and Ulta Stores!
Lastly, setting spray. Mac Cosmetics has the best setting sprays for the summer. The Prep + Prime Fix Plus comes in its original hydrating form but also in Gold Light (my favorite), Matte, Lavender and so many other options!
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