We’re officially just a couple weeks away from summer and if you’ve been neglecting your skin during the gloomy, cold winter months (like many of us), have no fear. We have just the regimen you need to get on your beauty a-game before summer arrives.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Before you do anything, it’s time to shed off that dead skin. If your complexion is looking dull and ashy, simply exfoliating it will work wonders. No trip to the dermatologist or facialist necessary. If you don’t have the budget to drop hundreds of dollars at a spa, opt for a home microdermabrasion cream, like Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. This product uses aluminum oxide crystals (the same ingredient they use at spas), lactic acid and smoothing botanicals such as aloe and chamomile to slough off dead skin cells, diminish fine lines, and reveal brighter, smoother skin after just one use. This product not only works wonders on your skin, but it’s a fraction of the cost of going to a professional, with comparable results! Best of all, you can save 15% on Dr. Brandt products with code BABBLE16.
It’s likely your skin has become drier and flakier during the winter months, which is why it needs a major moisture surge. Yes, even you oily skinned gals! We often don’t realize that our skin has dried out on the surface, which can actually cause it to become more oily. You can rehydrate your skin with a one-two punch of using a hydrating bath product along with a deep moisturizer. One of our FAVORITE products right now are “bath bombs.” There’s no better way to relax, unwind, nourish your skin, and spoil yourself than with these invigorating bath balls. We love Village Naturals Aromatherapy Bath Bombs because they’re super moisturizing and contain shea butter, cocoa butter, antioxidants, vitamins c & e, and essential oils for a divine experience. Trust us, once you go bath bomb, you’ll never go back! If you want to add another layer of moisture, try Village Naturals Body Soak. It contains revita-complex and essential oils to both relax and moisturize.
The next product you need to add to your regimen if you haven’t already is coconut oil. We have been singing the praises of coconut oil for years and now Vita Coco has released a 100% raw, cold pressed, organic, extra virgin coconut oil that is divine. Coconut oil is absolutely one of our favorite do-it-all products ever. You can use it from head-to-toe to moisturize everything from your hair to your face and body. Use it as a lip balm, to remove eye makeup, to cook, and even to gargle and freshen your breath. The uses are endless. If you don’t have coconut oil in your cabinet, you need it now.
Yes, you’ve heard it before, but protecting your skin from environmental pollutants and UV rays is crucial -especially during the summer months. This means wearing sunscreen everyday, putting on a hat and sunglasses, and giving your skin extra care in the evenings -especially if you’ve been out in the sun all day. Our skin ages more in the summer months due to higher UV exposure and time spent in the sunlight. This is why it’s crucial to apply anti-aging products (especially if you’ve been sunburned) in the evening.
We like European Wax Center’s Renew Me Restoring Serum because it contains their proprietary COMFORT BLEND™ ingredient which soothes redness, calms, and restores skin. It’s perfect for those summer months when your skin is red and has seen too much sunshine!
It’s time to say goodbye to dark lipstick, dark nail polishes, and heavy makeup in general. Summer is all about sheer, glowing skin, and so your makeup should follow suit. Trade it your bold lipstick for sheer, natural colors and shimmery plumping glosses like Butter London’s Plush Rush lipgloss in First Kiss. If you’re a do-or-die lipstick gal, opt for more natural, rose colored tones like Butter London’s Plush Rush lipstick in Fab and Butter London Plush Rush lipliner in Really Rose. Save 20% off your Butter London purchase with code BabbleBoxx2016.
It’s also time to put away the all-over foundation and matte formulations. Opt for a BB cream or simply moisturize and use a concealer to cover any spots or discoloration. Skip the heavy powder; looking fresh and dewy is a good thing. If you want to bust excess shine, instead use blotting sheets or a light dusting of translucent powder. For eyes, go for neutral shimmery tones and brown eyeliner. If you want a little more definition, try a light cateye. Finish with a dusting of bronzer or a rose or peach toned blush. And lastly, for goodness sakes, no contouring. Summer months are hot and sweaty and you don’t want to look like you’re melting. Let your skin shine through -even if you have flaws and blemishes- it’s better than looking like a melting wax figure!
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