The days are longer. The birds are chirping and the sun is our natural alarm clock now. People are coming out of hiding from hibernating all winter. You wear sunglasses at night (okay maybe you don’t but you get the idea).
Welcome to summer.
As you know, solstice is right around the corner which officially marks the first day of the new season. Yay! I’ve personally been prepping my skin for the heat for a couple months now. I want to go through my tips for how I get my most optimal skin all summer ’18. Let’s begin!
1. DONT wear (as much) makeup.
Okay, so this is important. I’m not saying skip makeup all together, but in the preliminary months leading up to summer I switch up my routine a bit. On my day to day, I don’t wear liquid foundation. I would spot conceal on the area of concern and top it off with a powder foundation at best with a light hand. I’ll do my eyebrows and swipe a juicy gloss to complete the look if I’m just running errands or something. But for the most part, if I’m not going somewhere (ie. event, date, work, etc), I’m not doing the most in terms of my BASE makeup.
So what is base makeup you ask? Come closer, grasshopper. Grab a chair.
The base step in makeup is basically everything skin. So this includes your primers, concealers, foundation, liquid highlighters, cream products, etcetera. What I specifically do is avoid as much liquid makeup all over my face as possible.
Why? Let’s break this down. A) I want my skin to breathe and B) I want to limit any chance of my pores being clogged.
You see, when you wear a full face of makeup on a daily basis, your cleansing step in your skincare routine has to be on 10. If there is any step to be lazy or even laissez-faire in your skincare routine, cleansing is not one of them. Case in point: have you ever washed your face and you thought it was clean, then you get a makeup wipe and really you still have a bunch residue on that makeup wipe? Ugh. That’s one of the most annoying things.
Anyway, that is why I try to not wear as much makeup. I know my skin will be the clearest come summertime if I leave it alone and focus mainly on the skincare in my day-to-day, rather than wear a full face of makeup. Now hunnie, I still wear a beat face when I feel like it. Tuh! But, I prep my skin to be ready for that.
How I like to see it is this: you gotta embrace the ugly in order to shine all summer. I’m not saying you’re ugly if you don’t wear makeup, but if you’re a glamour girl like myself and you like being done up, you have to embrace the no makeup days. Once you reconcile with that fact and your skin clears up, whenever you do wear makeup, it’ll apply beautifully and it will glow even without a highlighter. Now run and tell that.
2. DO exfoliate like a mad(wo)man.
Let’s talk about Pharrell Williams. Now I don’t know about you, but he’s looked the same ever since I was an embryo in my mother’s womb. Now apart from his genetics, I’m assuming his skincare routine has got to be legendary. He said this in a semi-recent interview:
“I exfoliate like a madman. When you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you. To me, the key is just exfoliating, like a monster. There’s a lot of dead skin. All the time. Like a narcissistic madman.”
First of all, shout out to Pharrell to drop one key of skincare knowledge which I bet is probably only scratching the surface of the other glorious factors of his skincare regime. But he is right. Absolutely right. Now I’m not saying become a monster, but exfoliating is key to accelerating that turnover for new skin cells to form. Dead skin is not our friends when it comes to glowing skin, and it is time to put them dead skin cells to rest.
Bury them. Down your sink. Out with the old and in with the new.
I’ll have to make a separate post about exfoliating because I can talk about it extensively. However, the key is that no matter what your skin type is, exfoliate at least 1-2 times a week. Why? Not only is it good to slough off dead skin, but your skincare products penetrate the skin much deeper than it would if you didn’t exfoliate. How bomb is that? Getting your money’s worth is always the move. You know what else is the move? Curving dull skin. We want to banish dullness for summer. Dullness can’t sit with us.
3. DONT go overboard with your skincare.
Simple is better. There is such thing as too much of a good thing. If your product says that the recommended amount of product is enough, then hunnie, it is enough. Putting more product on isn’t going to make a difference. You’re just wasting your money.
This principle also goes for treatments. Since we just mentioned exfoliating, if you’re doing that everyday morning and night, then guess what? Your skin is going to react and teach you a lesson. We don’t have time to go back to square one when it comes to prepping our skin for summer time. That can actually incite more breakouts and leave dark marks.
If you have active acne, don’t feel the need to go ham with the cleansers and masks containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to speed up the process of acne going away. Healing acne takes time and discipline.
Every small positive action compounded is going to give you positive results. The inverse is also the same. Every small negative action compounded is going to give you—guess what?—negative results. (ie. going to bed with makeup on 3-4 times out the week but be mad when you have breakouts every week.)
So keeping it to the DONT topic. There is no need to go overboard with the skincare products believing it is going to make a difference to your skin by adding more product, more frequently, in a short amount of time. Consistency is key.
4. DO have patience.
It does take time to have seemingly flawless skin. Trust the process and don’t get frustrated. Your skin will act accordingly if you treat it well. When the temperatures rise up, usually its when our skin flourishes the most because depending on where you live, the humidity in the air adds moisture to the skin which is instant brownie points for glowing skin. Also, there are so many activities during the summer that causes us to spend less time in the mirror and out enjoying life. During that time, your skin is breathing and healing itself naturally if you are recovering from a bad breakout. You won’t even realize how much better your skin is getting because you’re leaving it alone and letting it do it’s own thing. Patience is a virtue, but radiant skin is the fruit it bears in this scenario.
5. DO embrace vitamin C.
So this is one of my favorite pointers. I love vitamin C. This is such a powerful antioxidant and is so readily available. Not sure where to start? Here’s an easy-peasy tip. Go get some sweet orange essential oil. This can be found online, or at a health foods store. Put a couple drops of that essential oil into your night time moisturizer and over time, you’ll wake up with brighter, glowing skin. It’s even greater to consume vitamin C (eat your oranges) as well to keep your immune system in tip top shape! You can even use this tip in your face masks as well. There are also other forms of vitamin C in other citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit, so give those two a whirl and use what works for you.
Here are some benefits of Vitamin C:
🍊 Evening out the skin tone
🍊 Boosts skin hydration for firmer skin
🍊 Lessens the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
🍊 Helps you look younger for longer
🍊 GLOWING SKIN SO YOU CAN SHINE ON ‘EM HEAUXS ALL SUMMA LONG
6. DONT forget your neck and chest.
Hooray! Your face is beaming to the heavens and you’ve achieved your skin glow goals for summer.
You look in the mirror and something is off. You look great but you don’t look cohesive for some reason. Which gets me into this point:
Glowing skin isn’t just for your face.
Your neck and décolletage region ages too, and thats a dead giveaway of your age if your face is thebomb.com, but your neck and chest doesn’t match. Huh?
With your face masks bring it down to your neck.
With your moisturizer bring it down to your neck.
With your sunscreen bring it down to your neck (and décolletage).
Don’t forget the chest and neck. In the shower exfoliate them shoulders and chest. We want to kill ‘em with the shoulders all summer long. Shimmy on ’em!
7. DO slather on lé sunscreen.
Refer to my last post for all the glorious reasons why sunscreen is bae. ❤
There you have it. These are a few tips to having your best skin this summer. Remember to love the skin you’re in, for it’s all you have. Also, it’s summer. There is no room for taking a loss in the skincare department! Flourish, hunnie. Glow on, sis. Gloweth.
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