Coming atcha with some sweet, sweet tips for glowing skin in summer today. Something I never thought I’d be writing about but, here we go!
Last week, I had to have a wisdom tooth pulled and I was terrified, which is exactly what I told the oral surgeon when he came into the room.
He was like “Hi, I’m Dr. Vitale. I’m…..” and I immediately interrupted him with a wave of the hand. “I’m really nervous. I think I’m having an anxiety attack. Can do you even do this if I’m having an anxiety attack? Maybe I should come back. Did they tell you I also hurt my neck? What happens if I have a neck spasm while you’re operating? What then? No offense to your profession, but dental work is literally my nightmare. My hands are shaking.”
He basically grabbed the laughing gas and said “there, there…” as he placed it over my face. I’ve never had laughing gas before but, it sure was lovely. I wish I could just inhale some of that as I get into bed every night. Forget CBD oil, I’ll have a few puffs of nitrous oxide, thank you very much.
After the extremely anticlimactic, tooth-pulling, non-operation was behind me, I headed to the ladies room before hitting the road. As I was looking in the mirror, I realized that it was the first time I’d gone out in public without face makeup on in years. Sure, it was by accident because I was tweaking out, but still, I wasn’t horrified by my skin! I’d been waiting for this day for years and I almost missed it.
(If you’re new here, hi, I’m Dana. I’ve been suffering from moderate adult onset acne for years. And I’ve been all sorts of vocal and dramatic about it.)
As I was driving home, I reflected on what I’ve been doing differently of late. Sure, like I’ve said before, pregnancy may be the real reason my adult onset seems to be a thing of the past but, I’d like to think at least some of the following tips are responsible as well. Either way, I’ll be continuing with each, just in case.
Here’s what I’ve been doing in case you’ve been suffering too and are combing the internet for that one, random nugget of skincare wisdom that’s gonna lead you out of the dark.
7 Tips for Glowing Skin in Summer
1. Using clean, non-toxic sunscreen.
I used to dread putting sunscreen on my face because it always made me breakout. And I really didn’t need any help in that department. After every summer vacay, I’d have a lovely tan that should be adding to a sunkissed glow, but instead, I’d get big chubby pimples on top of it.
Since I’ve upgraded my makeup and skincare in general, I’ve noticed dramatically fewer breakouts post ‘screen time.
2. Exfoliating 1x per week.
I’ve been using an exfoliator and a washcloth to gently exfoliate my face lately. Emphasis on gently. I splash some water on my face, gently rub the exfoliator around. And then get a washcloth super hot, wring it out, rest it on my face for a minute and then gently wipe the exfoliator off and rinse. It feels fantastic while I’m doing it and leaves my face just a bit softer and smoother. Like dry brushing, I think it gets the dead skin off and the blood flowing.
My favorite exfoliator is this one from S.W. Basics.
3. Using the best moisturizer ever.
I wrote about this one before but, it begs repeating. Amazing Face by Simply Divine Botanicals is the most delightful moisturizer I’ve ever used in my life. I swear, each morning since adding it to my routine, my skin has been just a touch healthier. I love it so, so much. And the first ingredient is reiki infused unconditional love. I mean, come on.
If you wanna try it, they have it on Amazon.
4. Adding rosehip oil to my routine at night.
I was sort of kidding when I decided to write about Miranda Kerr’s favorite skin care product. But holy crap, this stuff really works. I mean, after a decade of adult onset, and a decade of people (dermatologists included) giving me products and advice that didn’t work, I cannot believe no one ever mentioned this to me. Rosehip oil is amazing. That, combined with Amazing Face, and each morning when I look in the mirror I’m a bit more relieved that my face really seems to be on the upswing.
What I’ve been using: Kate Blanc, Organic, Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil
5. Drinking a ton of water.
I’ve always done this but, it also bares repeating. So much water. All of the water. I have to run to the whiz palace every ten minutes but it’s worth it.
6. Also drinking a bit of Kombucha every day.
Kombucha is great for your gut. Which is great for your digestion. Which is great for detoxification. Which is all great for clear, healthy skin. Ya feel me?
My current favorite is by far Health-Ade Ginger Lemon. I’ve been drinking about 8 oz a day all summer.
7. Keeping my goddamn hands off my face.
Okay this one is probably the most important. If I stopped doing all of the above and only committed to this one thing, I bet my skin would be fine. If you’re a picker like I used to be (I see you out there cloaked in shame in front of the mirror) listen to me: do anything you can to stop picking your damn face. It’s making everything so much worse. It might even be entirely to blame for your skin problems!
You can do this. Just. Stop. Picking.
Fun bonus: wetting my beauty blender.
Here’s a fun one that has nothing to do with actual skin care per say.
I never thought products like beauty blenders mattered or made a difference before, but that’s probably because I’m not really that into makeup. But on a particularly low, postpartum day with nothing to do with a newborn in February besides walk around Target, again, I impulse purchased one. And then I went home and watched some YouTube makeup tutorials.
You know, the ones where they literally never stop putting on makeup. And they have the patience to just dab a billion times around their eyes and stuff? Well, this one YouTuber told me I should wet my beauty blender before using it and I was all like ‘that’s weird’ but then tried it because what the hell, and it actually worked. Wetting your beauty blender before applying face makeup really does give you a lovely, dewy glow.
Here’s the one I’ve been using from Ecotools.
Man, remember the late 90s/early 2000s when all we wanted to be so, so matte? My friends were always using those little, blue, degreaser pads. So gross.
What about you? Any bitchin’ summer beauty tips to add here? Are you a makeup YouTuber? Or a picker? Or suffering from adult onset? Let it rip in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!