13 Ways to Getting Glowing Summer Skin
The heat has turned up ladies! And it’s time to climb out of those COVID-joggers and into something a little more, shall I say, revealing?
But what is under those layers? Dry, flaky skin? Bumps and red patches? SCARS? Ahhh!
We all know bikini season is one of the most intimidating for many reasons other than what our skin looks like, but if we can get that dialed in, then at least it’s one less thing to worry about. So how do you get that glowing summer skin? The glow so dewy that you can even make JLo jealous? Well, I have 11 ways you can do it below.
It wouldn’t make sense for us to start this list without the most crucial step, exfoliation! You see, the body sheds dead skin cells very rapidly, and if you don’t aid in removing excess skin, it can appear dull and dry. Without exfoliating, it can also cause ingrown hairs and pimples.
The process is quite simple and something you should build up to do every other day. Start with testing a bit of Koffee Beauty coffee scrub on your stomach and arms to make sure you don’t react (it’s very rare, but we want to do this the right way, know what I’m saying?) The next day, work up to cover more surface area.
Use the Dab-Dab, Rub-Rub technique. Dab some coffee scrub on your wet fingers and gently rub in a circular motion. Don’t press hard as it’s not necessary. The coarseness of the coffee bean is powerful enough to do the scrubbing for you. Let the product sit on your skin for 3-5 minutes and then gently wash off, avoiding removing all the oils.
As you make this a part of your regular routine, you will start to see results in...
- The reduction of dry skin and puffiness
- The decrease in the appearance of fine lines and cellulite
- Stimulated blood flow (great to get the toxins moving out!)
- Improved skin texture
Now that you have a smooth surface, your cleanser will work better! Even the dermatologists agree. Use mild cleansers to help wash off excess naturally occurring oils, but avoid removing what remains from our scrub (Organic coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil, avocado oil, organic shea butter, vitamin E.) You need to let that sit and work its magic - these are the active ingredients that contribute to the glow anyway!
Why is the toner the other secret ingredient? Because it allows serums and creams to penetrate deeper into the skin if it’s hydrated.
Hurry up and take advantage of those open pores and choose your moisturizer wisely. You want to make sure what you use works with your skin. Everyone is different.
A few years ago, I started using a jade roller, and it has helped my skin immensely. In the mornings, when it’s cold, I roll my cheeks, forehead, and under my eyes to help reduce inflammation and increase blood circulation. I recommend the Tatcha, Akari Gold Massager, and the Jade or Rose quartz roller.
You can get these cute little eye masks that help soothe puffy skin and wake you up. I throw them on after my shower as I blowdry my hair, then follow up with my regular skincare routine.
- Light therapy
There are so many options here, from $500 light masks to $50 red light wands. The result: they do work! Clinical studies prove that red light therapy is effective for reducing fine lines and fading age spots. It can also speed up healing and diminish scarring, which all contributes to a healthy glow.
Young, youthful skin is about minimal sun exposure. Our founder Estelle is a huge fan of getting light spray tans and avoiding the sun altogether. But if you have to go outside, wear organic sunblock and a hat. Avoiding long-term skin damage is easier than you think. If you start young, then you’re in good hands.
- Vitamin C
While our product has vitamin E, adding a few drops of vitamin C to your moisturizer will help in evening out your skin tone - and it feels good!
- Hydrate!...and eat well.
The easiest fix is to stay hydrated. Your skin needs moisture to function properly. If you aren’t consuming a sufficient amount of water, that lack of hydration will quickly show up in the form of dry, flaky skin. A minimum is about 2L of water/day, more if you’re sweating or physically active. Always carry a reusable bottle around with you. We like the QuiFit bottles!
With regards to nutrition, avoid dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol, and sugar. Those things build up in your system and can come out in your skin in the form of flakiness, pimples, and dull skin texture. Glowing skin is directly related to good gut health.
- Remove makeup
ALWAYS remove all your makeup before bed. Nighttime is your skins restore time. It needs a cleansed easel in order for your night creams to do the trick. If you aren’t removing the makeup, it will build up and cause redness, dryness, and potentially bumpy skin.
- Exercise and sleep
SLEEP is likely the most important part of all of this. You can fill your cart full of fancy masks, creams, lights, pads, you name it, but if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you are already losing. “Sleep deprivation affects wound healing, collagen growth, skin hydration, and skin texture. Inflammation is also higher in sleep-deprived patients, causing outbreaks of acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin allergies. Sleep deprivation can be caused by artificial light, shift work, sleep disturbances, and social life.” explains Dr. Lily Talakoub. So make sure that your daily schedule includes a winddown time and strict lights off time. Getting your 7 - 9 hours is a must!
If all else fails or you need a quick fix, dabbing some liquid shimmer can do the trick. I love the Beauty Counters Glow Shimmer Oil. But remember to wash it off before bed!
So there you have it babe. These are some simple things you can do to getting glowing summer skin. Remember, hydrate, wear sunblock, and get a good night’s sleep. The foundational tools to a healthy mind, body, and skin!