How to Achieve Flawless Summer Skin



Summer is on the horizon, and you know what that means — it's bare skin season! While that may send a tiny niggle of worry through some minds, there's no reason to dread the onset of swimsuit weather. A few tweaks to your skincare routine and you'll be ready to flaunt your fabulous self from head to toe!

Upgrade Your Shave

Since you're baring your arms and legs frequently, you're shaving a whole lot more — and, unfortunately, that often leads to excessively dry skin. Nip discomfort in the bud by revamping your shaving routine for the season. Opt for a creamy shave gel enriched with additional moisturizers, like glycerin or shea butter, and use a fresh razor with multiple blades to achieve a close, smooth shave. Save your shave for the end of your shower, when hair is sufficiently soft. Lightly dab — don't rub! — your skin dry, leave it slightly damp and use a rich lotion to lock in moisture. Voila: soft, smooth skin worthy of a magazine.

Glow On

Self tanners are a dime a dozen these days, but it takes work to achieve a great glow. A great alternative that yields error-proof results is a gradual tanner, which works over the course of several days and develops into a natural, healthy-looking tan — minus the streaks and splotches typically associated with at-home formulas. The key, no matter what type of product you choose, is to exfoliate and buff away dead skin cells. With a smooth canvas, your tanner is more readily and evenly absorbed.

Get Serious About Sunscreen

Consider applying sunscreen a must-do right up there with drinking plenty of water. Not only does it protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, sunscreen is also key in preventing the development of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and other signs of sun damage. Decrease your risk of skin cancer by applying a broad-spectrum formula that repels both UVA and UVB rays. Know how and when to apply sunscreen, too: If you're outside, smooth it on every two hours, and double your efforts by wearing protective garments, like wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved tops.

Less-is-More Makeup

Summer is the perfect time to take a minimal approach to beauty. A naturally radiant look starts with your complexion. Available in 20 shades that mimic a "your skin, but better" look, bareMinerals® bareSkin™ Pure Brightening Serum Foundation ($29) is more than your average makeup. It contains a chemical-free, Broad Spectrum SPF 20, which is absolutely essential in protecting your skin. And this mineral-pigment foundation is also made with antioxidant-rich lilac plant stem cells and vitamin C that help brighten and correct the appearance of skin tone. Bill Hughes, Senior Manager of Global Marketing & Product Development at bareMinerals, offers a behind the scenes peek at the revolutionary foundation in this video:

Commit to Sinfully Soft Skin

Don't skimp on the moisturizer just because it's summer. Sun, humidity and even regular exposure to air-conditioned environments can take their toll and leave skin parched. Attack the problem head-on by applying a Broad Spectrum SPF-enriched body lotion during the day and a hydrating cream at night. Don't forget your neck, hands and feet — these areas are often neglected, but require just as much TLC as the rest of your body.

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