Now that summer is finally here, it’s time to get your skin glowing. Before you slather on the oil and hit the tanning bed, however, take a moment to think about what’s really best for your skin. We all want that sun-kissed look, but there are right and wrong ways to go about getting it. The last thing you want to do is expose your skin to harmful UV rays which could damage your skin and increase your risk for developing skin cancer in the future.
Healthy skin has a natural glow, so focus on skincare tips and products that help you care for your skin the way it deserves to be cared for. Here are 8 safe ways to improve your skin’s glow without tanning.
1. Choose products appropriate for your skin type.
Your skin is as unique as you are, so you should make the effort to customize your skincare routine to your skin type as well as your specific skincare concerns. Using products tailored to your skin type is the key to optimizing skin health and maximizing your natural glow.
Oily skin always looks like it’s glowing, though not in the way you want it to. Look for non-comedogenic skincare products that won’t clog your pores and opt for mattifying moisturizers, chemical exfoliants, and clay masks. If your skin is dry or dehydrated, you may want to use a rich moisturizer to restore hydration and lock in moisture. Avoid artificial fragrance and drying ingredients like soap and alcohol.
If you’re not sure what your skin type is, you may have combination skin that is oily in some areas and dry in others. Avoid the same ingredients you’d avoid for oily or dry skin and opt for targeted treatment of different types of skin. You’ll most likely have an oily T-zone with dry or normal skin on the rest of your face. Use spot treatments as needed and try Lotion Yon-Ka toner to restore balance.
2. Keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
Hydration is the key to achieving that youthful glow, so drink plenty of water and make sure your skin gets its daily dose of moisture. If you have normal or balanced skin, a lightweight daily moisturizer will do the trick. For dry skin, you want something a little bit thicker – even oil-based – to inject your skin with the nourishment it craves and keep it moisturized all day and night.
If you have oily skin, look for a non-comedogenic gel or fluid moisturizer packed with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. For sensitive skin, avoid artificial fragrances and alcohol, opting for a calming moisturizer that won’t irritate your skin or set off a reaction.
3. Cleanse your skin thoroughly in the morning and evening.
If you do nothing else, make sure you cleanse your skin thoroughly twice a day – ideally in the morning and evening. Your skin is constantly renewing and repairing itself which means you’re shedding dead skin cells day and night. Without a proper cleanse, those dead cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, leading to dull skin tone.
Start each day with a clean canvas by cleansing away oil, dirt, and dead skin cells that accumulate over night before toning and moisturizing. In the evening, you may want to try a two-step cleansing process, adding a makeup remover cleanser like Yon-Ka Eau Micellaire or following up your cleanser with Lotion Yon-Ka.
4. Include exfoliation in your weekly skincare routine.
While cleansing is essential for removing surface oil, dirt, and dead skin cells, your skin can also benefit from regular exfoliation. Exfoliation helps remove those dead cells, revealing the glowing, more youthful skin underneath. Include exfoliation in your weekly skincare routine two to three times, depending on your skin type and what type of product you choose.
Yon-Ka Guarana Scrub is a purifying physical exfoliant that polishes the complexion and preserves the integrity of your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Free from harsh, jagged particles and comprised of numerous ingredients of natural origin, this detoxifying scrub buffs away dead skin cells to enliven the complexion.
If you have sensitive skin a gentle exfoliant like Gommage Yon-Ka may be more appropriate. This 4-in-1 facial peel exfoliates, clarifies, hydrates, and balances the skin to create that natural glow. This peel is suitable for all skin types and ages as a weekly treatment.
5. Look for skincare ingredients that support a natural “glow.”
To achieve a natural glow, choose skincare products that contain brightening and balancing ingredients. Vitamin C is a must. This antioxidant brightens the skin by blocking the enzymes that produce pigment. Products enriched with vitamin A speed skin cell turnover, bringing healthy skin to the surface and reducing the appearance of pigmentation and age spots.
Ceramides, naturally found in most oils, are a must for healthy, balanced skin. They help repair and maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier which is key for getting your glow on. If your skin needs a little extra moisture, go for a hydrating skin mask or add a booster like Yon-Ka Hydra+ to your weekly skincare routine.
6. Fuel your body with skin-supporting nutrients.
Your diet plays an important role in bringing out the best or worst in your skin. A diet loaded with processed sugar, simple carbohydrates, and fatty foods can lead to breakouts, dull skin tone, and more visible signs of aging. Fueling your skin with essential nutrients from fresh fruits and veggies, healthy fats, and whole grains is your best bet to achieve that natural glow.
7. Use sunless tanner to achieve a safe and healthy-looking tan.
Skip the tanning bed and enjoy a healthy, golden glow using Yon-Ka’s Lait Auto Bronzant. This nourishing, self-tanning body milk is your key to radiant summer skin tone in just 3 to 4 hours without dangerous sun exposure. This treatment is enriched with hydrating fruit extracts and nourishing shea butter, making it safe and suitable for all skin types and complexions.
Once you’ve achieved your desired level of tan, keep it up with Prolongateur De Bronzage. This after-sun tan prolonger repairs the skin after sun exposure and helps you maintain that irresistible glow day after day. Enriched with antioxidants and regenerating teas, this treatment is ideal for all skin types.
8. Enhance your natural glow with subtle makeup application.
As you work to achieve that coveted natural glow, you can always amp things up with a little bit of makeup. Try sweeping a luminescent highlighter across your cheekbones or finish your look with a hydrating setting spray. A little liquid highlighter will give your skin an instant glow, pairing perfectly with a dewy lip gloss. You can even find glitter-infused setting sprays to add some extra shine.
Not sure where to start with your summer skincare routine? Consult the Yon-Ka Skincare Advisor or stop into your local Yon-Ka partner spa. A Yon-Ka skincare professional can help you identify your skincare concerns and recommend products appropriate for your skin type. If you prefer to shop online, you’ll enjoy exclusive offers such as free product with orders over $155 or a complimentary trial size kit with orders over $75. Ground shipping is always complimentary with orders over $55.