Dare we say it? Summer is coming to an end, and that means saying goodbye to sunlit evenings, breezy beach days and picnics in the park. But just because some of the summertime perks are coming to a end, it doesn’t mean that you have to say adieu to all things summer. While you’re ok with trading cute sandals for stylish fall boots, you’re not down with giving up your sun-kissed skin. And the good news is, you don’t have to.
Below are 4 sun-safe ways to stay naturally radiant the whole year through:
1. Apply A Hydrating Moisturizer To Keep Skin Glowing
We get it, applying several layers of skin care products in the mornings can be daunting - that’s why lightweight moisturizers are the way to go. For an all-natural summer glow, the Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator for Face & Body soothes, hydrates and rejuvenates the skin post sun exposure. It’s formula contains a Natural Repair Complex derived from rosehip and rosemary, which promotes cell regeneration to repair skin faster and reduce redness. It also contains powerful antioxidant properties that support the skin’s defense against free radicals to protect and prevent further damage from UV radiation and environmental stress.
2. Eat your way to a radiant completion
Autumn harvest is upon us and that means tons of nutritious fruits and veggies for the taking.
A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health found that “eating more fruit and vegetables can change skin tone, lending it a healthier glow, within a matter of weeks” (Medical News Today).
How is this change in skin tone possible? Apparently it all comes down to carotenoids, orangy-red pigments that give fruits and vegetables like carrots, yams and squash varieties their color. Even if you're not completely sold on this theory, it’s definitely worth a try. You’ve got nothing to lose - even if your skin doesn’t change in shade, eating antioxidant and nutrient-rich fruits and veggies will do wonderful things for your skin and health.
Feeling inspired to eat your way to glowing skin? Try this autumn harvest recipe that features the best skin-rejuvenating ingredients that the season has to offer.
3. invest in a natural bronzer
There's a fake tan gone wrong and then there's a real tan gone wrong (a.k.a. a burn). The latter is more dangerous for your skin, but both are equally unappealing. To give your skin a post-summer glow the natural way, Vancouver Magazine’s Amanda Ross suggests our Sun Defense Minerals SPF 30 - “the darker shades can be used as a bronzer—but I stick to the lighter side for a wholly natural, unblemished finish”. According to Amanda, “this magic wand is the holy grail of beauty goods… it works as a completely natural mineral-based sunscreen, but I also use it as a powder to give that flawless look that only mineral-based make-up really seems to achieve”.
Application tip: Once you’ve used your Éminence Tinted Moisturizer, dust your skin with your choice of Sun Defense Minerals. Apply it to your face as well as other exposed regions like your neck and chest area. And finally, for extra definition, we suggest contouring around your cheek area with one of our Mineral Illuminators (Chai Berry Glow or Mocha Berry Bronzer) for a sheer, sun-kissed glow that lasts.
4. Add a stimulating Masque to your beauty routine
To bring out your inner glow - try one of our stimulating masques. A hot masque like our Eight Greens Phyto Masque - hot uses paprika to produce a natural, healthy and rosy glow. The antioxidant and vitamin-rich ingredients work together to bring out the look of radiance in your skin. If you have sensitive skin (or if spicy simply isn’t your thing), then you can try mixing our Eight Greens Phyto Masque - hot with another complementary masque like our Calm Skin Arnica Masque. This is a good way to bring down the heat factor a few notches, but still receive the glow-y benefits.
What are your tricks to keeping your summer glow? Tell us in the comments below.
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This post was originally published in September, 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.