Now that the summer heat is truly upon us, you might be wondering how to take advantage of that morena glow. Achieving that trendy dewy look is one thing, but how do you get your skin to stay fresh and oil-free during these hot summer months?
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
There’s a fine line between being hydrated and looking oily — and it’s usually dictated by your brand of moisturizer. In Byrdie’s roundup of the best drugstore moisturizers, they chatted with dermatologist Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, who explained that products designed to moisturize help prevent skin dehydration. This, in turn, minimizes oils and keeps them from seeping through. The key is to look for gentle hypoallergenic products to help balance oily skin while keeping it plump and healthy-looking. Remember to moisturize after washing your face and before applying your makeup, as well as during your nighttime skincare routine.
Refine your skincare routine
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To keep your skin from looking dull, exfoliate every other day. Yuneoh previously suggested Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Clay Mask, which might just do the trick. Aside from cleansing your pores, it works to remove the dead skin cells that contribute to a lack of sheen on your face.
When refining your skincare routine, be cautious of the ingredients that are found in your favorite products as they might be doing you more harm than good. For instance, alcohol-based soaps might be drying your skin too much. It’s best to look for organic or natural-based products, as they tend to be more gentle on the skin. Pretty Me’s review of the popular Snail White Whipp soap points out how ingredients like hyaluronic acid and echium oil can do a world of good for hydrating your skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines. It even contains snail mucus, which has become extremely popular in Korean skincare for its moisturizing benefits.
Opt for a dewy base and a shimmery finish
To achieve that glow with makeup, start with a base of dewy foundation. You can also apply highlighter or sheer illuminator for an added touch of shine. It’s best to pair this combination with light-colored blush and eyeshadow — or none at all! To finish off your look, stain your lips with your favorite gloss or even just some Vaseline petroleum jelly, which works wonders for your lips!
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Now that we’ve covered skincare and makeup, it’s worth mentioning that a good summer glow also involves adopting healthier habits as well. Have a tumbler of water with you at all times to stay hydrated, and keep your skin looking fresh from the inside.
Eat nourishing food
Aside from supplements, where can you get your vitamins? Food, of course! There are 10 ingredients suggested by Self for lustrous and younger-looking skin and most of them can be found in local groceries. Look for food like almonds, chickpeas, green tea, oranges, and salmon the next time you shop. These are rich in antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, and C that reinforce collagen for that natural lift and brighter skin.
Get your beauty rest
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Sleep is one of the most important habits for our overall health, skincare very much included. New York-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner details that sleep deprivation stimulates stress hormones, particularly cortisol. Zeichner adds that cortisol puts the adrenal glands and sebacious glands into overdrive, making the skin look more oily than it normally does.
And there you have it! Did we miss any of your tried-and-tested tips? Share your personal skincare secrets with us in the comments below.