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How to Get Glowing Skin in Summer: Your Ultimate Glow-Up Guide!

by Ella Goodman 03 Jul 2023

Hey there, gorgeous!

The summer sun is knocking on our doors, ready to drench our days in golden warmth.

And you're probably wondering: "How can I get that perfect summer glow without frying my skin?"

Well, buckle up, sunshine, because we're about to ride this radiant journey together!

We've got practical tips and educational nuggets that will make this adventure as enlightening as it is exciting.

Ready to shine? Let's dive in!

Understanding your Skin in Summer

So you're on a mission for summer radiance. Fabulous!

But before we jump into the glitz and glow, let's get to know your summer skin a little better.

Picture this, your skin as an orchestra, and summer, the charismatic conductor.

See, as the sun cranks up the heat, the humidity swells and sunlight bathes our days, your skin responds in its own unique symphony.

The result? It could be a radiant, sun-kissed look, sparkling in the summer sun, or it could be an impromptu concert of oil, sweat, and potential skin damage.

Yes, darling, summer can indeed be a mixed bag for your complexion.

Think of it this way, when the mercury rises, your skin, being the smart cookie that it is, tries to cool down.

It does this by increasing blood flow to the surface (hello, flush!), and cranking up sweat production (natural cooling system, activate!).

The downside? This can also lead to an excess production of oil and an accumulation of sweat and grime.


Sun exposure, while it gives us that much-desired warmth, can also encourage hyperpigmentation and sun damage (those sneaky UV rays).

Then there's the often-ignored fact that the summer glow could actually be an inflamed response to sun damage.

But, hold on, this isn't a summer horror story. Not even close.

The trick to flipping the script? It's all about understanding how your skin behaves in the summer heat and adapting your skincare routine accordingly.

So, while our summer skin might be belting out the blues, we're about to turn it into a joyous symphony.

Stay tuned because we're about to unlock the secrets to mastering your skin's summer song and hitting the high note of radiance!

Pro Summer Skincare Tips from Dermatologists

Don't fret, my radiant friend, we're not asking you to navigate the sparkling seas of summer skincare alone.

We're bringing in the pros, the skin savants, the dermatologists who live to make your skin glow brighter than a thousand sunsets. These skin maestros have lent their wisdom to keep your skin game strong.

Are you ready to dive deeper into their secrets?

Dr. Rogers

Be Sun-Smart

"Avoid the sun during peak hours, usually from 10 AM to 2 PM, when its rays are the strongest. Remember, your quest for a radiant glow doesn't mean roasting under the sun. Be sun-smart! When you do step out, wear a wide-brimmed hat, UV-protective sunglasses, and, of course, never skimp on your SPF. Embrace the shade when you can; your skin will thank you."

Dr. Stanley

Hydrate, Hydrate, and then Hydrate Some More

"Don’t skimp on hydration. Yes, it's important to keep drinking water - aim for at least 8 glasses a day. But your skin also needs some hydration love! Include hydrating skincare products in your routine. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. They pull in moisture and lock it in your skin, keeping it plump and happy."

Dr. Dyson

Embrace the Night Routine

"Never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep for glowing skin. The skin goes into repair mode at night, and giving it the right tools can do wonders. Opt for a nourishing night cream or serum with retinol or peptides. They can help repair and rejuvenate your skin while you get some beauty sleep."

Aha, so that's the cheat sheet to the summer glow-up!

SPF, hydration, and smart sun-time - the three musketeers of radiant skin!

With these expert-approved pro-tips under our belt, we're ready to dive into the juicy part: your sizzling summer skincare routine.

Let's dive in, shall we?

Sizzling Summer Skin Routine

Crafting a summer skincare routine is like blending a perfect summer cocktail.

It's not just about the individual ingredients, but also about their synergy, the order they're mixed in, and how consistently you sip it!

So, ready to play skincare mixologist and concoct a routine that gets you ready for that summer glow?

Let's dive right in!

Step 1: Cleanse

The first step towards summer-ready skin is all about the cleanse. Waking up to a fresh and clean canvas can set the tone for the rest of your day.

A gentle, hydrating cleanser is your best bet to wash off the overnight oil build-up without stripping your skin's natural moisture.

Think of it as the crisp, invigorating first sip of a summer lemonade.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Next up, exfoliation, or as we like to call it, your skin's summer BFF.

The magic of exfoliation lies in its ability to slough off dead skin cells, revealing fresh, glowing skin underneath. It's akin to the tangy zest in your cocktail that brings all the flavors alive.

Bear in mind, though, summer skin can be a bit more sensitive, so a gentle touch is key. Exfoliating no more than twice a week will do the trick.

Step 3: Hydrate

Now, onto hydration, a crucial ingredient in our summer skincare cocktail. Even if summer makes your skin feel like it's a member of OPEC, skipping hydration is a no-go.

Why, you ask?

Dehydration can trick your skin into producing more oil.

Not cool, right?

To maintain your skin's water balance, you need a lightweight, water-based moisturizer.

Step 4: Protect

Last but certainly not least, sunscreen, the bouncer at the door of your skin's health. Protecting your skin from the sun is as non-negotiable as the umbrella in your summer cocktail.

Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

And here's the catch - reapplication.

Sunscreen isn't a one-and-done deal; it's more like a marathon. Make sure to slather it on every two hours, and always after you break a sweat or take a dip.

No compromises here, sunbeam!

So there you have it - your foolproof recipe to whip up a sizzling summer skincare routine. Just remember, consistency is key, and you'll be on your way to healthy, happy, and oh-so-glowy skin.

Cheers to that!

FAQ - Sun-kissed, not Sun-burnt!

Q: How can I protect my skin from sun damage?

Sunscreen is your number one defense. Apply it every day, reapply every 2 hours, and after swimming or sweating.

Q: Is it okay to tan?

While a sun-kissed look can be appealing, remember that tanning is a response to UV damage. Opt for self-tanners for a safer, bronzed glow.

Tying it All Together - Lifestyle & Nutrition

Hold the phone, beautiful!

Achieving that perfect summer glow isn't just about the products you slather on your skin (although our fan-favorite Citrus Glow Drops make a heck of a good start).

It's a holistic affair. It's about your lifestyle, nutrition, and - surprise, surprise - your state of mind.

Let's dive deeper, shall we?

Balanced Diet

You are what you eat, glow-getter!

Eating foods rich in antioxidants can help combat skin damage. And those omega-3 fatty acids in your avocados and fish?

They're your skin's BFFs, promoting a healthy skin barrier and fighting inflammation.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

And we can't stress this enough. Sipping on water throughout the day helps flush out toxins and keeps your skin plump and radiant.

So carry that water bottle with pride, and infuse it with some cucumbers or lemons for an added zing!

Regular Exercise

Breaking a sweat isn't just for that summer body. It's great for your skin too! Regular exercise increases blood flow, nourishing your skin cells with oxygen and nutrients.

So whether it's yoga, dancing, or a jog in the park, get moving!

Beauty Sleep

Ever wondered why it's called beauty sleep? It's because your skin goes into repair mode while you snooze. Aim for 7-9 hours each night to let your skin rejuvenate and wake up with a refreshed glow.


Last but not least, a positive mindset and reduced stress levels contribute to skin health. Practices like meditation, deep breathing, or simply taking a moment to enjoy your morning coffee can do wonders. Remember, a happier you means happier skin!

So, eat well, move more, sleep tight, and cultivate positivity. Your summer glow will thank you!

Glow Beyond: Embracing Skin Health for Every Season

Alright, sunbeam, let's have a heart-to-heart.

Summer is a fabulous time to ramp up your skincare game, but if you’re anything like us, you’re all about year-round radiance. Maintaining that glow isn't a sprint, it's a marathon.

So, let's lace up those glow-ready sneakers and extend our skincare wisdom to keep the radiance rolling all year round!

Autumn Antioxidants

As the balmy summer heat fades into crisp autumn winds, your skin will crave extra protection.

Antioxidants to the rescue!

Incorporate a serum rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C to combat environmental stressors.

Winter Hydration

When Jack Frost comes knocking, the air turns drier, and your skin might feel like it's auditioning for a prune impersonation.

Keep the hydration game strong!

Moisture-rich products should take center stage in your routine. Don't forget to keep sipping on that H2O too!

Spring Renewal

Spring is nature's way of saying, 'let's party!'

It's all about renewal and new beginnings. Time to focus on exfoliation to bid adieu to winter dullness and welcome fresh, glowing skin.

Because after all, your skin doesn’t take holidays. Every season is glow season!

Wrapping Up the Glow Journey

And there you have it, sunshine!

You're now armed with the tips and tricks to rock a radiant summer glow. Remember, this journey is all about celebrating your unique beauty and confidence.

After all, the best glow comes from within!

So let's bask in the golden summer rays, protect our skin, and shine on, you beautiful human!

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