10 Great Tips to Keep Your Summer Glow All Year Long
I'm just going to state the obvious. Everyone looks better in the summer. Because of that, we usually feel better, too. People tend to look healthier with a little color in their cheeks. We all love that summer glow! But just because the weather is cooling off doesn't mean that you can't keep your summer glow through the fall, winter, and spring months.
And the best part is, you don't have to damage your skin or expose yourself to the dangers of tanning beds to do it.
Every option on our list is safe and healthy, and you won't believe how great they make you look.
Your skin doesn't have to get dull and pale in the winter. With just a few simple tricks, you can keep your skin gorgeous no matter what time of year it is.
So let's get started!
1. Water, Water, and More Water!
Most people know about the incredible health benefits of drinking enough water. But did you know that drinking plain old water can actually help you to keep your summer glow throughout the year?
Have you ever noticed how your skin looks when you're hungover or dehydrated? It's a look, but it's definitely not a good look.
Drinking water will help to bring water to your skin cells, carrying with it vital nutrients. Water also increases the skin's elasticity, which will make you look younger.
Another remarkable benefit of drinking enough water is that it fights skin disorders like psoriasis, wrinkles, and eczema.
And that's not all.
When you drink plenty of water, you also increase your metabolic rate and improve your digestive system. That means that you will effectively flush toxins out of your body, including from your skin. Do you know what that means? Yep, you guessed it. Your skin is left healthy and glowing.
How much water should I drink?
To keep your summer glow all year, women should drink at least 2.2 liters of water every day, and men should drink at least 3 liters of water every day. If you are working out, then you should drink even more. Try using a Sport Fruit Infuser water bottle.
You may not notice your skin improving overnight from drinking more water. It's going to take a couple of weeks of consistently drinking enough water before you will see the glow in your skin.
Beyond drinking more water, you can also use water directly on your skin. Try soaking a washcloth in very hot water. Then place the hot wet cloth on your face for a few minutes. Follow that with splashing cold water onto your face 15 to 20 times. Finishing a hot shower with a couple of minutes of cold water is helpful too.
2. Moisturizer Is Your Best Friend
Drinking plenty of water is essential, but it's not the only way to hydrate your skin. You also have to moisturize.
Once the hot summer months are over, many people have trouble with dry skin. That's why moisturizer is a must if you want to keep your summer glow during the winter.
Using a good moisturizer will make your skin look healthier and less dry. It will also slow down the signs of aging.
Believe it or not, moisturizer will also help with acne. It sounds weird, I know. Why would you have to hydrate oily skin? Well, let me put it like this, when your skin is too dry, your glands try to compensate by producing more oil. That can lead to breakouts and clogged pores. However, if your skin is adequately hydrated, then your skin won't need to create any more oil than it needs.
If you have sensitive skin that gets irritated and red during the winter, then moisturizer will help you too. Not only will it make your skin feel better, but it will also make it look more healthy and glowing.
To keep your summer glow all year, try putting on your moisturizer within two minutes of getting out of the shower, or immediately after you wash your face.
For the best results, try to find a moisturizer with one or more of the following ingredients:
- aloe vera
- jojoba oil
- mineral oil
- shea butter
And do yourself a favor by using a moisturizer that contains SPF protection.
3. Sunblock in the Winter? Oh Yeah!
You know what the sun can do to your skin in the summer. That's why you wear sunscreen to protect yourself. However, sunscreen isn't just for the summer months. To protect yourself from sun damage, it's important that you wear your sunscreen year round.
Even on cloudy days, the sun's UV rays can damage your skin. And you can certainly get sunburned in the winter. One of the worst sunburns I ever had was from the sunlight reflecting off the snow during a Christmas break ski trip. I should've been wearing sunscreen, and you should be wearing it too.
Believe it or not, the snow nearly doubles your exposure to the sun's powerful UV rays. If you're hiking in the mountains or skiing like I was, the damage can be even worse because the atmosphere is thinner at higher elevations.
Another danger of going out in the sun without sunscreen in the winter is that the ozone. which is considered the Earth's sunscreen, is the lowest between December and March. So before you put on your hat and gloves, put on that sunscreen!
4. You Are What You Eat
You likely already know that good health depends on eating healthy. Proper nutrition helps every organ in your body, and that includes your skin.
If you want to keep your summer glow all year long, then you have to pay attention to what you eat.
It's vital that you stay hydrated by drinking enough water, and by that same token, you should also eat foods that increase the moisture in your skin.
Try to eat foods that are rich in essential fatty acids. Those are the best for your skin's health. A few excellent examples of foods that you should eat to keep your summer glow include avocados, olive oil, flaxseed, and salmon.
You should also load up on antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants do a great job of fighting aging and disease by protecting your body from free radicals.
5. Exercise Regularly to Keep Your Summer Glow
Regular exercise is another way that you can keep your summer glow all year long. For one thing, working out makes you sweat. And that sweat is your body's way of pushing out toxins from your skin. Exercise also makes your skin look healthier by increasing the blood flow to your skin cells.
And that's not all.
The research shows that regular exercise reverses the signs of aging in your skin. In fact, in studies, researchers found that older people who exercised regularly actually had skin similar to people 20 years younger.
6. Stay Away from the Tanning Beds!
I can't emphasize this one enough. If you want to keep your summer glow, there are many healthy options out there, including self-tanners and spray tans. Tanning beds are not a safe option.
Exposure to UV radiation is dangerous and harmful to your skin. The truth is, exposure to tanning beds produces cumulative damage to your skin, which can lead to premature aging, including wrinkles, brown spots, and lax skin.
But it's even worse than that.
You are far more likely to get skin cancer from a tanning bed than you are from laying in the sun. And before you start thinking that you'll wear sunscreen in the tanning bed, think again because sunscreens don't work at all with the radiation that comes from the tanning beds.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people who use tanning beds before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.
The danger is just too high. Stay away from the tanning beds.
7. Spray Tan Instead
A safe alternative to tanning beds is spray tanning. You can keep your summer glow without putting yourself at risk for cancer.
The thing that we love about spray tans is that they look entirely natural. There's also no danger to your skin involved.
We suggest going with a lighter spray tan in the winter than you would use in the summer or spring. It will look more natural. Plus, you can always spice it up a bit by applying bronzer or a tan extender.
One spray tan will last about two weeks.
8. Exfoliate Away!
If you want to keep your summer glow all year long, you have to exfoliate. It's actually more important than you might think.
If you don't exfoliate, then your skin can develop a dull appearance. The problem is that without exfoliation, your skin builds up with oil, dirt, debris, and dead skin cells. That build-up prevents your skin from receiving the oxygen that makes you look healthy and glowing.
Another problem is that dead skin build-up can also stop your moisturizer from being absorbed into your skin.
We recommend exfoliating at least once a week during the winter months. And you should always exfoliate before you use self-tanner or spray tans.
The video below will show you several face scrubs that you can make in your kitchen.
9. Don't Be Afraid of Self-Tanners
Self-tanners have come a long way in the past few years. You no longer have to worry about looking like a big orange goober if you choose the right product.
The best thing about self-tanners is that they are perfectly safe to use. And we love that they allow you to keep your summer glow throughout the whole year.
Some other benefits of using a self-tanner include the fact that they're super easy to use, they're inexpensive and convenient, and because they're full of moisturizers, they're also great for your skin.
It's also a plus that the self-tanners last a long time. You can expect your tanner to last for 7 to 10 days on average.
Just be sure to exfoliate each time before you use a tanner.
Three of our favorite self-tanners are St. Tropez Self-Tanning Mousse, Jergen’s Natural Glow Instant Sun Moisturizing Lotion, and Neutrogena Micromist Airbrush Sunless Tanning Spray.
10. Use Topical Vitamin C
Our last tip to keep your summer glow all year long is to use a topical vitamin C.
Vitamin C (or I-ascorbic acid) is a powerful antioxidant that you can use topically as a moisturizer. And it can do some amazing things for your skin.
First, it helps to repair your skin cells, and it can restore collagen production.
But it gets even better.
Topical vitamin C also works as a brightening agent. It works on uneven skin tone and texture and creates younger healthier-looking glowing skin.
Vitamin C works particularly well on UV damaged skin. Plus, it can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and it even has the potential to thicken the dermis.
On top of that, vitamin C works as an anti-inflammatory so it will prevent redness and inflammation even after you've been out in the sun. The best thing about it is that it improves the appearance of your skin by strengthening its ability to repair itself.
You should apply your topical vitamin C before you go to bed at night.
Keep Your Summer Glow All Year Long
It may be time to say good-bye to the summer, but you don't have to lose that gorgeous summer glow.
Use our 10 tips to keep your summer glow all year long. Not only will you look better, but you'll also be healthier. And who doesn't want that?
With proper skin care, you can look gorgeous no matter what season it is outside.
Now we want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments section below what you think about our tips, and share with our readers if you have any great tips of your own.
Have a great day, and keep that skin glowing!