Your skin color is beautiful no matter what: just the way it is and at any time of the year. Tanned does not necessarily mean beautiful- in fact; tanning is downright harmful to your skin. Too much of sun can cause serious sun burns, eye issues and premature aging. Even so called safe tanning beds can lead to skin cancer, when used excessively. The good news is: you can get that gorgeous sun kissed summer glow to enhance your natural beauty without harming your health. Here is what I am recommending for happy healthy summer skin this season:
7 Tips To Get A Sun Kissed Glow This Summer
You might be wondering what prioritization has got to do with getting a gorgeous sun kissed glow. But think about it: life is all about prioritization and this applies to your sun exposure more than anything else. The sun is strongest at mid-day between the timings of 11 am to 4 pm. So you must schedule your outdoor activities either early in the day or later in the evening. You can hit the bike trail or the beach or do some gardening early in the morning. Eat dinner al fresco and walk on the beach at night when no sunscreen is required.
I have already written in detail about sun protection here. But, I am going to repeat it nevertheless. When it comes to sun protection you need some hardware. This means accessories like umbrella, sun hat, sun glasses and loose cotton clothes that cover up the skin. You also need software like sunscreens, UVA and UVB protecting lotions and so on. Start each day by applying a sunscreen with SPF 30 + on the face. Use another sunscreen product formulated especially for the body. I always recommend buying products that contain broad spectrum SPF to protect against both UV A and UV B rays. Reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours. I recommend carrying SPF moisturizers in the car so you are never without it. Also, always bring along a light weight wrap or cardigan so you are ready to cover up where needed. This way; you are never without protection or unintentionally exposed to the sun. This is the most important thing you can do to practice safety in the sun.
3. Self Tanners: Use Them Cautiously
If you are extremely fair skinned and desire that sun kissed glow, then you can use self tanners. The thing with self tanners is that many leave orange streaks and uneven tan on the skin. They are known to leave orange blotchy patches and spots on the ankles, hands, feet and even the face. However, there are some great brands out there which can be used safely for self tanning without having to expose yourself to the harsh UV rays. Some of my personal favorites are foamless and lightweight self-tanners that are easy to apply and give you a glow you can count on. Always try a patch test to see if your skin adjusts to such self tanners. If you plan on getting tanned at a salon, make sure they offer you special covers to protect your eyes, nose and mouth. Spray tan chemicals are only safe for the outside of your body, and not it’s inside. Also, use SPF sunscreens despite using self tanning products, since your skin can still get exposed to the sun’s rays.
4. Avoid Tanning Pills
Many so called safe tanning pills are readily available in the market and these promise a safe sun kissed glow to make you look like Greek Gods or bronze Goddesses. All I can say is: stay away from them; they are known to cause serious health problems.
5. Learn To Handle Hot Humid Weather Skin Issues
Hot humid weather causes your skin to perspire heavily causing acne breakouts on the face, neck, back and even the butt. You must use a multi-ingredient regime to handle such skin problems. The number one mantra: do not stew in your sweat. Make sure you keep your skin cool and take frequent showers. Avoid sitting for long in sweaty clothes; change them immediately. Use a body wash containing salicylic acid to prevent acne breakouts. Cleanse your face with a light, non-alcohol based face wash. Follow up with a witch hazel toner. At night use a moisturizing serum that can soothe and protect the skin. The Divas Never Age® – Vitamin C Serum With Antioxidants is proven to reduce acne breakouts while soothing the sun damaged skin. It is organic, completely free off harmful ingredients and your skin will thank you for it!
6. Makeup Tips For Sun Kissed Summer Glow
There are two products that you must use for a sun kissed glow if you do not plan on using self tanners or spending a day at the beach. These include: bronzers and illuminators.
- Bronzer– Apply it to the forehead, sides of the nose (for a slimming effect), dot and blend on the apples of the cheeks. Contour to lift and sculpt the cheekbones and to the jaw-line.
- Illuminator–Blend this along the brow line, to the bridge of the nose, swipe and dab along the cheek bones and apply to the lips for a fuller effect.
7. Embrace The Sun
Whatever you do, embrace the sun! You need not refuse that midday pool party invitation. Just make sure you use the above tips and choose an outfit that does not expose your skin too much. Bring along tons of stash of SPF to reapply frequently. The next day, play it safe and stay indoors. Also soothe your sun exposed skin by applying tons of Aloe Vera gel. Aloe is nature’s gift to mankind- it can instantly soothe sun burnt skin and reduce inflammation and age spots. The Divas Never Age® Hyaluronic Acid Serum With Antioxidants contains Aloe Vera gel that helps soothe irritated and damaged skin to prevent age spots and wrinkles.
Summer is here, but that does not mean you must stay indoors and hide from it to remain young. This summer, stay focused on skin-friendly solutions to help give you a sun kissed glow without causing premature aging. Divas Never Age® invites you to take back your summer with skin-friendly tips and tricks. For more beauty tips, do not forget to grab a copy of my book Divas Never Age®-“Divas Are Beautiful”-Book 1.
Be happy, be beautiful, be a Diva!