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The Summer Guide to Beautiful Skin

July 27, 2014

Summer may be the season for sitting back and relaxing, but it’s no time to take a vacation from your beauty routine. While the weather may be a nice change of pace, adapting your skin care routine to meet the rising temperatures may seem a daunting task. To help keep your skin and beauty regimen summer-ready, we’ve compiled a list of five tips, tricks, and products to help you beat the heat.

Sheer perfection. Despite our tedious attempts to maintain always flawless skin, sometimes we just need a little extra help. With the heat and humidity constantly bogging us down, the on-trend tinted moisturizer is our answer to getting perfect skin, despite the summer heat. Providing light coverage, a hint of color, and a dewy finish, the lightness of a tinted moisturizer hydrates skin without leaving us feeling weighted down and greasy from a heavy foundation. Try theBalm’s BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer for a weightless application that doubles as sunscreen.

Go for bronze. Even though summer might mean tropical islands and sandy beaches for some, for those of us stuck enjoying the season from behind an office desk but still wanting that gorgeous summer glow, be sure to reach for a bronzer. Though it’s no easy task to apply, when done correctly, bronzer gives skin the perfect sun-kissed finish. When choosing a bronzer, makeup artists agree that going about two shades darker than your natural skin tone is key to finding the right shade. For a natural look, strategically brush the bronzer in a 3 formation, starting at the temples and sweeping along the sides of the face, just under the cheeks, and along the jawline. For even more of a glow, gently sweep across the end of the chin, along the nose, and across the forehead. gloMinerals Bronze gives a natural looking contour and can be used on both face and body.

Use protection. Hopefully applying sunscreen is already part of your daily routine, but with summer in full swing it’s more important than ever to keep skin protected when exposed to direct sunlight. When choosing a sunscreen, look for one that contains zinc oxide, its lightness makes it ideal for summer and since it doesn’t cause breakouts zinc oxide is perfect for all skin types. A BeautifiedYou.com staff favorite is the EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 which is formulated with 9% micronized zinc oxide and vitamin B3 to go on sheer while still providing total UVA/UVB sun protection.

Skin savior. While the end of summer is a while away, we’re looking to stay ahead of the curve and avoid that awful dull, dry end-of-summer skin. Loved by spa professionals and coveted by celebrities like Jessica Biel and Katherine Hiegel, Eminence makes organic skin treatments that smell good enough to eat. The Eminence Seven Herb Treatment has stayed a part of the brand’s skin care line up since the beginning because it heals and hydrates the skin like no other product around. Plus, it’s formulated with an array of antioxidants, perfect to repair any summer damaged skin.

Fake it. There’s no shame in embracing pale skin, but for those wishing to get a bit of color without the potential sun damage, try an at-home self-tanner. While the odds of getting a streaky, orange tint may seem high, we’ve found the perfect product to give a natural, healthy glow. TanTowel Full Body Classic towelettes are designed with a clear self-tanning formula that adjusts to the proteins and amino acids naturally found in your skin to leave the most natural, sunless tan. Meant for both the face and body, TanTowel towelettes exfoliates, tans, and moisturizes the skin for quick, easy, and flawless application.

Photo credit: emeliney

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