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7 Ways to Extend Your Summer Glow

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September 13, 2016 Reviewed by Holly Dawsey 0 Comments

By now, you’re probably stashing away your swimsuits and sunhats, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye your summer glow. We’re not talking the crispy color you get from worshiping the sun or slathering on self-tanner. We’re talking about that healthy radiance you uncover while enjoying the less-stress days of summer reading on the beach, strolling the farmers market and enjoying the outdoors (with sunscreen, of course).

Use these tried-and-true products to keep glowing as the seasons change. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body with Active Vitamin D ($45 in the shop)
The textured towelettes exfoliate and increase cell turnover with alpha and beta hydroxy acids, thus nixing unsightly bumps and body acne, while microencapsulated DHA and soy proteins provides a subtle sun-kissed glow. “I saw a light yet noticeable tan developing on my face and neck area. It looked very healthy and — most importantly — natural,” reported a community member. Sweep one over exposed areas for skin that is smooth and radiant, never orange or streaky.

Deciem Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster ($32)
DHA-free formula utilizes Keto-sugar that reacts with skin to produce a natural-looking boost of color, while reactive glutathione helps fade sun spots and pigmentation for a clear and luminous complexion. Apply it once a day to the face for three days for beautifully believable results. One community member said, “The glow it gave my face after using the product just twice literally caught me off guard — in a great way!”

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream ($57)
Forgo heavy foundation for a little longer and reach for a buildable BB cream to let your complexion shine through instead. This one offers uniform coverage with a radiant finish. One tester said that it left her skin “dewy, youthful, ‘unmade’ and absolutely flawless.” Ingredient-wise, it contains some notables: hydrating argan oil and shea butter, allantoin to soothe, macadamia seed oil, aloe and peptides, in addition to a titanium dioxide-based sunscreen.

Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense SPF 40 ($42; coming soon)
Another alternative to foundation, this tinted moisturizer provides coverage and a touch of sun-kissed color. “If you like the look of bronzed makeup and are looking for one with SPF, give this a try,” suggests a community member. It uses minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block UV rays, as well as vitamin C and additional antioxidants for an extra boost of protection.

ASDM Beverly Hills Glycolic Acid Complex Body Lotion ($35)
This body lotion by ASDM exfoliates dead cells and revives dull skin with 15% glycolic acid and 5% lactic acid, while conditioning with vitamin E and rice bran oil. “I found that my skin tolerated this well and that I didn’t feel that I was over-exfoliating. This is very helpful for general skin tone and texture,” said Marta. Massage it in daily to maintain soft and supple skin.

Your Best Face Advanced CE Concentrate ($50 in the shop)
Advanced CE Concentrate uses a 12 percent concentration of vitamin C in three stable forms — aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate (AAP), tetradecyl ascorbate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP) — to enhance radiance and even out skin tone. Sayonara, sun spots! “I am so thrilled with how my skin looks after applying this product that I’m confident running errands without putting on my ‘face’ of makeup,” raves a community member.

BRAD Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Radiance Concentrate ($125)
This radiance-boosting serum is formulated with an encapsulated retinol complex to gently increase cell turnover, revealing your freshest, most luminous layer of skin. One tester happily reports, “I would never have anticipated that at age 63, I would be comfortable and confident heading out in the world with little or no foundation and just a bit of blush.”

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