Summer fashion is all about floral dresses, stylish sandals, pops of color, and trendy makeup from LimeCrime. But if you’re looking for tips about how to look your best this summer season, we suggest that the first place to start is with your skin. If your skin is still flushed, tired, and dry from the winter, it’s time to get it back in shape.
Whether you have dry skin, normal skin, or oily skin, or if it’s somewhere in between, there are plenty of skincare tips that can help you brighten, tighten, and moisten your skin. And you don’t have to buy a ton of expensive skincare products, either. Rather, look to nature and a few everyday skincare regimens that you should be following in order to make your skin looks its absolute best.
Here are 15 things to do for healthy, radiant, and glowing skin this summer:
Drink a lot of water.
This is a health tip that you’ve probably heard too many times to count. However, water is really a cure-all for most things: beautiful skin, increased energy, a hangover cure, etc. By drinking a good amount of water every day, this will keep your skin hydrated and help keep it from drying out. It can also clear your body of toxins.
How much water should you drink every day, you ask? You’ve probably been told to drink eight glasses of water every day, each of which should be about eight ounces. You can also take the number of pounds you weigh, divide it by two, and that’s how many ounces you should drink. This is common amongst weight-loss blogs and articles. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, you “should” drink about 75 ounces of water every day. We suggest purchasing a water bottle that can hold nearly the amount of water you should drink daily. But overall, you should drink a good amount of water, but you shouldn’t drink it too quickly. If you keep up with this every day, your body will get used to it and help you feel refreshed all day long.
Add a highlighter to your makeup kit.
Sometimes we don’t have days, weeks, or months to start a skincare routine that will make us look refreshed and healthy. If you’re looking for a quicker way to improve the look and feel of your skin, there’s a makeup product that can help you achieve that look: a highlighter. The point of a makeup highlighter is to brighten and define the beautiful features of your face.
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How do you wear a highlighter? Start by choosing a color that will accentuate your skin tone and features. We suggest finding a highlighter palette that will give you a few color options to choose from. That way, you can mix the colors to achieve a custom look. If you don’t know how to use highlighter, start by brushing from the middle of your cheek upward toward your ear. This will highlight your cheekbones and give you definition. You can also put it under your brows, on the bridge of your nose, or across your forehead. This highlighter palette from LimeCrime has both cool and warm tones, so you can wear it whether it’s during the day or at nighttime.
Clean away all of your makeup.
If there’s one skincare sin you should never commit, it’s sleeping in your makeup. Although it’s sometimes just easier to go straight to bed after a night out instead of washing your face and going through your routine, it can cause some serious damage that might take days or weeks to repair. If you don’t wash your face before going to bed, it can cause your pores to enlarge, irritate your skin, and dry it out.
But if you don’t have the time or energy to cleanse your face at night, there are a couple quick fixes. First, keep makeup removing wipes next to your bed. This will help in case your excuse is that you’re too tired to get out of bed. You could also wash your face earlier in the evening, even right when you get home from work, and then you won’t be too tired later. But no matter what, give your face a quick or thorough cleaning. Your skin with thank you for it.
Clean or replace your makeup brushes often.
If you haven’t heard about what can happen to your skin if you don’t clean your makeup brushes, you should do some research. Basically, you can expose yourself to germs every day when you apply your makeup if the brushes aren’t clean. Even though your face might be clean when you use your makeup brushes, there’s a plethora of germs on your face still, in your makeup containers, and collected in those brushes. You’re basically just reapplying those germs every time you use your brushes.
In order to prevent breaking out in a rash or worse, be sure to clean your makeup brushes often. We suggest cleaning your makeup brushes every other week, which will keep germs from lingering within the bristles. If you need new brushes, turn to LimeCrime for these sparkly pink makeup brushes, which are soft and have vegan and cruelty-free fibers. If you’re looking for a full set of makeup brushes, the Aquarium Liquid Glitter set comes with seven brushes and a fashionable makeup brush bag.
Keep your lips glossed.
If you want your skin to look healthy, moist, and fresh, be sure to not forget about your lips. When you don’t apply lip gloss or ChapStick every day, your lips will start getting more and more dry. And when this happens we tend to lick our lips, which only makes the dryness worse. Instead, be sure to keep your lips glossed, which will keep your overall skin and face looking its best.
Don’t have a go-to lip gloss or lipstick? The LimeCrime Plushies gloss in Turkish Delight is the perfect everyday lip gloss. It will keep your lips moist, while also adding a bit of a tint to give you an overall finished makeup look. If you want a little more pigment for your everyday look, we suggest the Blackberry lip gloss color, which can go with practically any outfit.
Wear your SPF, and use a tanning alternative.
What happens when you don’t wear sunscreen? Depending on your skin type, a few different things can happen. First, you’re most likely to burn your skin. You can get pretty bad burns by laying in the sun without SPF, even if it’s for just a few minutes. This can cause a lot of pain, which can then lead to peeling. No one wants that when you’re trying to look your best. Besides get a sunburn, you can also develop skin cancer, which is painful and dangerous. And over time, your skin can start to dry out, wrinkle, and sag. Even though we love the sun, none of that is wanted.
Instead of laying in the sun without SPF or hitting up a tanning bed, find a sunless tanning lotion. Be sure to shower, shave, and exfoliate before applying the tanning lotion, as this will help it look more even and can make it last longer. Take your time when applying, and be sure to blend it as evenly as possible. This is a two-for-one, because you’ll be moisturizing your skin with the lotion, while also looking sun-kissed with a gentle tanning color.
Add a touch of sparkle.
If you really want your skin and face to light up, adding a little sparkle might be the spark you’re looking for. You can be subtle with a bronzer that has a little sparkle in it, or you can go bold. You can find many products with sparkles, including blush, highlighter, eyeshadow, and lipstick.
For your lips, go with a smooth gloss that features a bang. This metallic lipstick in Lana will add that touch of sparkle to your lips, while also adding a bronze tone. This will accomplish a glittery and bronzed beauty look for summer. For your eyes, this glittery eyeshadow will make your eyes pop, giving you a fresh sparkly look for the summer season.
Use moisturizer every day.
No matter what season it is, it’s important to keep your skin moist. But when the sun is out and the temperatures rise in the summer, it’s especially important to moisturize. This will keep your skin supple and fresh, which will help you avoid dryness, wrinkles, and aging skin. By using moisturizer, it will also make your makeup go on easier and look a lot smoother. If you don’t use moisturizer, your makeup can dry up and flake off.
Another benefit of moisturizer is that you can find one with SPF in it. Whether you’ll be outside all day or for just a few minutes here and there, you should always wear SPF, and the two combined will be a skincare staple you’ll never want to live without. Be sure to find an SPF moisturizer that won’t make your skin too oily, though, because that can clog your pores.
Eat foods that promote healthy skin, and avoid salt and alcohol.
Everything that you eat will most likely have an effect on your skin. If you have an allergy or intolerance, for example, this can cause your skin to breakout, appear red, or be itchy. For example, milk can dry out some people’s skin and make it blotchy. So pay attention to what you’re eating and how your skin reacts to it.
You should also avoid overindulgence of salt and alcohol, both of which can make your skin red and puffy. If you do eat a lot of salt or drink a lot of alcohol, just be sure to balance that consumption with plenty of water. Foods that are good for your skin include avocados, salmon, green vegetables, berries, green tea, and good fats. If you try to eat more natural meats, fruit, and veggies, your skin will most likely look healthier. But this also depends on your own personal skin.
Wear LimeCrime colors that brighten and accentuate your skin tone.
One way to help your skin look vibrant and healthy is to wear colors that accentuate it. Whether you add this color on your lips, hair, or in your outfit, finding colors that pair well with your skin tone can be a great way to get that summer glow.
The top colors for spring and summer include lighter shades like lavender and sage, as well as brighter tones like orange-red and vibrant blue. Yellow is also a big color for summer, which can accentuate your skin by making it look more sun-kissed. Finding the color that looks best with your skin is easy. Simply hold up different fashion pieces that are different colors. If the color is making your skin look red and blotchy, it’s probably not the color for you. But if your skin matches with a color, that’s your perfect shade.
Let your lips do the talking.
If your skin is broken out, blotchy, red, or recently sunburned, don’t feel insecure about it. Instead, highlight other features on your face that will take all the attention. We suggest doing this by wearing a bright and bold lipstick. These days, there are countless options for lip shades. You can go glossy or matte, and there are so many wonderful lip colors to choose from.
For a colorful, bright, and bold lip, go with LimeCrime’s True Love bright pink lipstick. It’s the perfect color for spring and summer, and you can wear it with an abundance of colors. For a more electric color, we suggest this metallic blackberry color. It’s shiny, dark, and sultry. Whether you’re heading to brunch or a night out, this glittery sunset orange lip topper will add some shine and touch of color.
Get a good amount of sleep.
For skin that looks rested, puff-free, and toned, there’s one thing you can do every single day that will benefit your skin: sleep. It’s free, it’s painless, and you don’t have to do anything besides rest. Sleep is important when it comes to your skin, because your skin needs the calmness of it to look healthy.
Without sleep, your skin can develop dark circles around your eyes. This causes your skin to look tired and aged. Another tip about how sleep affects your skin is the sheets you sleep on. If your sheets are tough and textured, this can cause your skin to look tough and textured, too. Silk sheets and soft sheets are your key to restful and smooth skin.
Do a quick workout.
Did you know that exercise can improve the look of your skin? It’s true. Whether you want to tighten your face a little or just increase your blood flow, working out can help your skin look healthier, among the other benefits of working out.
By exercising, the muscles in your face will appear to be more toned, which will give your face more definition. Body movement will also support the oxygen flow to your skin, which can eventually decrease the blotchiness and redness of your skin color. And sweating can help get rid of toxins in the body and skin. After working out, you might also consider going into your gym’s sauna, which can also detoxify your skin and leave it looking fresh and plump.
Add a pop of color.
Adding a pop of color to your beauty look will also support the healthiness and vibrancy of your skin. As mentioned above, you can achieve this with lip gloss or lipstick. However, there’s another part of your face that will benefit from a pop of color.
No matter what color your eyes are, you can add some additional tones to make your eyes and face brighter and more colorful. There are many eyeshadow colors to choose from, and you can also find eyeshadows that are either matte, glossy, or sparkly. The LimeCrime Venus 3 eyeshadow palette comes with eight eyeshadow colors, including matte and sparkly colors. You can go natural with the Heavenly gold color, or you can add that pop of color with the Beam purple. You can also find these at RileyRose.
Find your own personal happiness
There are many ways you can improve the color, texture, and overall health of your skin. But if you’re stressed or unhappy, your skin can also react to that. No matter how much sleep you get, if you have a stressful day, your skin can flare up. Your skin can turn red and blotchy, and you can even develop hives.
To avoid this, we suggest taking a minute to calm down, have a glass of water, and think of something you’re thankful for. There are apps for meditation, or you can simply take some time for yourself during the workday, first thing in the morning, or before you go to sleep. By having some calmness in your mind, it can help your skin and body relax.
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