This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of jane iredale – THE SKINCARE MAKEUP™. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you ever come across those people who literally seem to glow? Not in the “hmm is she wearing sparkly moisturizer” way, but in an inside out, total goddess vibe way.
I think there’s something special about the summer that really brings out the glowing goddess in all of us. Between frequent trips to the beach, long bike rides, tons of fresh produce, plenty of walking and just the extra pep in everyone’s step, summer feels good.
I desperately wish that laying out in the sun all day had no negative effects, but alas we all know by now that baking in the sun not only prematurely ages your skin, but can lead to skin cancer. Yikes.
This year, I’ve been way better about lathering on the sunscreen. This has also been the year that I’ve really started to appreciate, respect and truly take care of my skin. Up until now it’s always just, you know, been there. The more I learn about how much it does to protect and take care of the rest of our bodies, the more I want to treat it with all the love and respect it deserves.
However, I didn’t want to let my sunscreen routine get in the way of my beloved summer glow. Maybe it’s the Leo in me, but I just love the way the sun makes me look and feel.
So I’ve come up with 6 strategies to keep that glow going from the inside out, while also taking care of your amazing skin.
1.) Drink More Water
Probably the most underrated, yet easy to practice health advice. Drinking enough water has been a game changer for my skin and energy. It turns out there’s not a ton of research behind the connection between water and skin health, however that might also be due to the fact that pharmaceutical companies don’t feel like the need to fund it.
I’m not going to pretend that water will solve all your problems, what I will say is that when I drink it consistently, I do notice more energy and fresher, clearer skin. It’s also recommended that you drink it throughout the day. That way you’re not peeing every 2 seconds and actually allowing your body to absorb it.
2.) Be Mindful About Your Sleep & Stress
Stress does all kinds of crazy things to our bodies. For me, it shows up on my face in the form of breakouts and wreaks havoc on my digestion (zero% fun). The stress hormone Cortisol can lead to inflammation, dryness, fine lines, redness aka not the glow you’re looking for.
Everyone has their own stress management style, so if you’ve got something that works for you, do that! I notice for me, getting outside in nature, smelling good smells, moving my body in a way that feels good (like rollerblading) and spending more time with girl friends helps with my stress.
3.) Exfoliate (with the right stuff)
When you’re going for the glow, exfoliating, especially in the summer when you’ve got a lot of dirt, bacteria, dead skin and sunscreen built up, is key. Something I learned recently is that when you’re exfoliating your face, it’s really important to find a gentle exfoliator, not an intense scrub or giant beads that can do more damage than good.
They can take away too much of the top layer of your skin, which makes it vulnerable to even more dirt and bacteria. I like to use a really soft gentle exfoliant in the shower on my face, back and chest 3 times a week.
4.) Rock jane iredale’s PurePressed ® Base Mineral Foundation
Ok, so one of my latest glow secrets has been using jane iredale’s PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation. The first time I tried it out I was on a call with a friend and she told me I was totally glowing. I’ve gotten a bunch of compliments about my skin since starting to wear it.
On average, I wear makeup usually 2 or 3 days a week. For me makeup is all about feeling more me. I’ve gone through a lot of foundations, powders and potions that either did not match my skin tone or it was obvious that I was wearing them. My skin is far from perfect and I’m ok with that. When it comes to foundation I don’t want to look like I have a mask on or a different face. I also cannot stand the cake-y feeling of having too much makeup on, it’s like I can feel my pores getting clogged.
What I’ve been loving about the PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation is that it evens my skin tone and softens my acne marks, versus feeling like a full on mask. PurePressed® Base is a total multi-tasker too. In addition to being a foundation and concealer, it has SPF, is made with clean ingredients, it’s cruelty free and contains antioxidants and botanicals that actually provide benefits to your skin, rather than just laying on top of it.
To help set the PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation, jane iredale also has Hydration Sprays that help set your makeup. These are a must when you’re going for a glow-y look. Usually I’m not the biggest powder fan because I like when my face looks a little dewy. That’s where the sprays really come in handy. They set your makeup and give you that “just got out of the sun” dewy look. The sprays also have their own unique skincare benefits. I’ve been using the BALANCE Hydration Spray which is great for balancing oily skin.
How to Apply the PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation:
- Step 1: Apply your shade of the PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation using downward strokes with The Handi Brush
- Step 2: Spritz with a Hydration Spray
- Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for added coverage (for me that’s usually around the jaw line)
5.) Take Off Your Makeup at Night
I used to be the absolute worst at this, and I’m still not the greatest. The nights I do my skin-care routine I wake up feeling glowy and refreshed. I always regret the nights I’m too lazy to take off my makeup and wash my face.
In addition to sitting on your skin all night, all that makeup and bacteria and dead skin rub off on your pillows causing even more skin drama. As an emergency laziness measure, I’ve put some all natural face wipes next to my bed just in case. So worth it.
6.) Get More Hugs
In my humble opinion, I think the absolute best glow comes from a genuine smile, the kind that lights up your whole face. I know that sounds beyond cheesy, but it’s just true. It’s kind of crazy, over the past two years I’ve gotten so many genuine compliments from people telling me how happy I look. I think a big part of that is becoming a hugger.
I think the best stress reliever and happiness inducer are hugs. A big squeeze from your BFF is a magical thing. I know when I spend time with people I love I feel myself beaming. That’s the best kind of glow.
We all deserve to have that summer glow no matter what time of year it is. I think the key is finding the things inside and outside that make you feel the most you!
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