Summer months are all about easing up on your normal routine — shedding layers of long-sleeves and sweaters, taking some much-deserved time off from work, and filling up on light and healthy foods instead of the creamy comfort meals of cooler months. Our beauty routines deserve to lighten up, as well, because who wants a heavy face of full makeup when you’re just going to sweat it off in 20 minutes once you go outside?
But that doesn’t mean you have to spend the summer looking and feeling less-than-fabulous; there are plenty of simple ways to maintain the healthy, sparkly, low-maintenance glow you want all summer long without hiding behind sunglasses, a big floppy sun hat, or even your typical (time-consuming!) makeup routine. Summer is the time to relax, so ditch the overstuffed cosmetics bag and let your refreshed, hydrated complexion shine through this season instead. Here are five ways to capture that lasting glow quickly and with minimal effort.
1. Grow your lashes.
Let’s face it: Longer, silkier lashes can give your overall look a pick-me-up no matter how hot or tired you feel. Healthy, natural lashes help draw attention away from crow’s feet and other wrinkles — and emphasize your eyes and cheekbones — in a truly effortless way, no mascara needed. Per-fékt Beauty’s Lash Elixir Kit ($59, but right now all Per-fékt products are 70 percent off!) is a two-step regimen that uses peptides, minerals, botanical extracts, and vitamins to condition and enhance your real lashes, assuring you look bright-eyed and energized everywhere from the beach to the office.
2. Drink more water.
Summer is the perfect time to double down on your efforts to drink more water because the added hydration gives you smoother, brighter skin, helps prevent wrinkles, and can contribute to that dewy, moisturized glow you’re going for — not to mention boosts brain function and aids in weight loss so you look even better in your swimsuit. How much water should you drink a day? Women are encouraged by the Institute of Medicine to drink at least nine cups (2.2 liters) of water every day, but plenty of us aren’t getting that. Up your intake by choosing a fun, durable container (a mason jar with a straw will do) and load it with ice, H2O, and whatever flavorful summer garnishes you enjoy — think mint, lemon, orange slices, or even basil — to improve the taste.
3. Smooth tired eyes.
Summer is no time to play host to those those dark under-eye circles you’ve been carrying around all year. A smoother and soother like Per-fékt Beauty’s Eye Perfection Gel ($45) can drastically improve the appearance of puffy, exhausted-looking eyes while helping to erase fine lines and boost your skin’s elasticity. The gel even uses Smart Color Technology to ensure an ideal color match for every skin tone, so you’ll feel like your own miracle-worker every time you use it.
4. Eat more fruit.
Another excellent way to stay hydrated and also naturally enhance your skin’s glow is to eat more fruit — the juicier and more colorful, the better! Luckily for us, fresh fruit is particularly bountiful in the summer, with citrus, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, watermelon, kiwi, and cantaloupe coming into season. Take advantage and stock up on a few refreshing favorites to enjoy as snacks, in salads, and as part of creative side dishes or drinks. (Watermelon mojitos, anyone?) You’ll enjoy the boost in your body’s hydration as well as the heart-healthy nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants that fruit provides.
5. Get sun-kissed skin without the UV damage.
Don’t worry: Sunscreen is still your best friend, but that doesn’t mean you have to go through these few sunny months feeling pasty and pale under your pool umbrella. A tinted multi-benefit self-tanning gel like Per-fékt Beauty’s Body Perfection Gel ($48) will give you a smooth, airbrushed bronze glow that instantly improves skin tone and reduces the appearance of redness, bruises, veins, and dry, rough skin.
Stay beach-body ready this summer with simple diet swaps that will keep you slim: