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6 Steps for Glowing, Summer Ready Skin

Summer is only about a month away but we still have plenty of time to get our skin glowing, smooth and summer ready. Check out our 6 steps to getting your skin ready for this summer:

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Exfoliate

Exfoliating about 1 or 2 times a week is wonderful for removing dead skin cells that can build up on your skin throughout the week. Exfoliating is especially important during the colder seasons like winter and spring because of the drying effect the weather has on our face and body. Exfoliating is also great for clogged pores, flaky skin, dark marks, and scars. You can exfoliate with “chemical” exfoliants (like Alpha Hydroxy Acid) or by using a “physical” exfoliant that contains small beads. Stay away from exfoliators like St. Ives Apricot Scrub as it is too abrasive and actually causes microscopic tears in the skin. My favorite “chemical” exfoliant is an overnight peel called Derma E Evenly Radiant Overnight Peel. This 1X per week peel works its magic overnight and leaves your face baby soft in the morning! When I feel like I need a good scrub during other days, I always stick with my trusty Nelsons Pure & Clear Apricot Seed Exfoliating Wash (the NATURAL/SAFE version of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub).

Hands Off:

Unless your hands are clean, don’t touch your face. Our hands are constantly in contact with surfaces that are ridden with bacteria and germs. Imagine how much bacteria you are spreading on to your precious face after touching a keyboard, riding the train, or holding your cell phone. Try to avoid touching or picking at your skin, let it do its own thing!

Hydrate:

Drink water! Staying hydrated is one of the most important tips for keeping your skin smooth and glowing. I try to get down at least 2 liters (only four 500ml Poland Spring water bottles) a day to keep my body fully hydrated. I notice that when I am strict with my water regimen, my skin is clearer, brighter, smoother and more supple. Staying hydrated is super important because it not only improves your mental/physical performance but aids in the removal of toxins from your body (this is especially important with all of the environmental pollution!). As the weather starts to get warmer I am going to up my water intake to accommodate for any water loss through perspiration. To add more water to your diet try having a bottle of water instead of juice or soda at lunch and dinner. Start small and build up from there.

Cleanse:

Everyone knows to not go to bed with out washing their face but sometimes this can be easily forgotten. My sisters and I joke that no matter how tired we are we will ALWAYS get up to wash our face. After a long day, your face has accumulated a tremendous amount of bacteria and dirt that you don’t want to collect on your precious pillows!! Make sure you wash your face when you first wake up and before going to bed!

Moisturize:

One of the most important steps in keeping your skin glowing and smooth is the moisturizer you use. I always know if I forget to put on a moisturizer because my skin gets dry and my face gets super tight. From these effects alone you can only imagine the long-term effects that come from RARELY using a good moisturizer. In the morning, I prefer to use a light hyaluronic acid serum and at night a heavier tea tree oil and vitamin e cream. For a light SPF that won’t clog your pores try Reviva Labs Light Cream Sun Protective Moisturizer (SPF 25). It may take some time to find a moisturization regimen that works best for your skin but once you do, you won’t regret it!

Masks:

I cannot stress enough how much I love a good mask! I devote at least 1 day a week to a soothing mask to give my skin a clean slate. My FAVORITE is the turmeric mask, the BEST mask I have ever used. The turmeric mask removes dry skin, evens skin tone, shrinks acne, and brightens your complexion. Check out the turmeric mask here as well as our other favorite masks to find the one that works best for your skin!

So there you have our 6 steps for glowing, smooth, summer skin! By following these 6 steps your skin will look amazing all summer long!

Peace, love & coconuts.

-Zeena

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  • Liv says:

    What is lotion/moisturizer, exactly, and what is it doing? Should I use it on my face only or is the entire dermis important?

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Thank you for your comment Liv. Moisturizer is an agent used to keep your skin hydrated. It can come in the form of a cream, lotion, butter, oil, or even gel to name a few. It’s important to keep your skin hydrated using whatever method/product works best for your skin. Some people use minimal to no moisturizer and they are perfectly fine, while others need tons of constant moisturization (myself included) in order to keep their skin supple and happy. Hope this helps, but let us know if we can answer any other questions for you!

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