The latest beauty craze that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon is a blinding summer glow. While you can pile on the highlighter all day long, there is nothing that creates that “glow from within” look quite like having genuinely radiant skin.
Here are 5 secret ingredients that will give you a stunning summer glow without baking in the sun’s harmful rays!
Not only does hydrating help your body, but it does wonders for your skin. Without proper water consumption, your skin will become dry, tight, flaky, and more prone to wrinkles. Drink up at least 2 liters of H20 during hot summer months to combat dullness and bring on that natural glow.
If you live in a particularly hot, dry environment then drinking water may not be enough to combat these symptoms. After all, the water you consume will travel to your other organs before it makes its way to your skin. Instead of guzzling gallons of water (which can actually be harmful to your health), look for skincare that has hydrating properties. Serums and toners that boast of being hydrating or nourishing are going to help your skin soak up the good stuff and glow, baby, glow.
HD Beauty’s HD Clarifying Moisturizer is packed with hyaluronic acid, a compound that holds up to 1000 times its weight in water for maximum hydration making it the perfect moisturizer to achieve a brilliant summer glow.
HD Clarifying Moisturizer is also contains Vitamin C, another secret ingredient you will see later on this list.
Lavender is one of those powerhouse ingredients that can help with a multitude of skin ailments. It’s loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals that fight free radical damage, making it a stellar anti-aging secret weapon. Anti-aging properties are for more than just those who are getting older. The younger that you start using anti-aging products on your skin, the more you protect it from environmental pollutants that can make you prematurely age.
It’s hard to have glowing skin while you’re suffering from acne. Lavender also works to kill bacteria and help fight acne by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation. A 2006 study found that lavender oil helped to heal skin tissue, making it great for those acne scars you might be struggling with. Not only that, but it also has intense moisturizing properties. It’s been proven that lavender oil can help balance (and strengthen) your moisture barrier keeping your skin soft and supple.
While using straight lavender essential oil may be too harsh for sensitive skin, using products that contain lavender will leave your skin with a beautiful summer glow. Our HD Gentle Creamy Cleanser uses lavender essential oils to detoxify your skin along with other essential ingredients formulated for hydration (double trouble!).
There’s a reason that your stereotypical imagining of a spa experiences includes cucumbers on your eyes. Cucumbers contain a natural cooling property that can help calm inflamed skin and reduce redness.
While the flesh of a cucumber is mostly water, it does contain ascorbic acid (another name for Vitamin C) which can help reduce swelling and deliver a radiant appearance. Lastly, cucumbers have the same pH level as skin making it the perfect ingredient to provide maximum hydration.
In order to get all of these benefits, simply rub a few slices of sliced cucumber over your face. You will feel an instant cooling effect with the added benefit of intense hydration.
Not thrilled with the thought of rubbing a cucumber on your face? Try a product that contains cucumber extract, like this Organiglo Lifting Eye Gel. You’ll get all of the benefits without the side glances.
4. Activated Charcoal
Half the battle of achieving a stellar summer glow comes from clearing away the impurities your skin produces naturally. That’s where activated charcoal comes in to save the day.
Activated charcoal’s superpower is drawing bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt, and other microparticles to the surface of the skin. Bonus — activated charcoal power will absorb all this gunk so you can just wash it away to reveal your smooth baby skin underneath!
Activated charcoal also helps your skin regulate oil production. When your skin is clogged with impurities, your pores go in overdrive producing oil to get the gunk out. Activated charcoal acts as a magnet pulling all the impurities to the surface so that your pores can produce the right amount of oil to keep your complexion glowing, not greasy.
You can find activated charcoal in cleansers and masks. We recommend an activated charcoal mask in order to reap the maximum benefits from this secret ingredient.
5. Vitamin C
Wanting to get serious about that summer glow? Invest in a skincare product with a healthy dose of Vitamin C. Vitamin C products are acidic which means they will slough off dead skin cells and prime your skin for cell regeneration (read: give you brighter, smoother skin). Vitamin C is also a well known antioxidant. It helps protect your skin from free radicals which speed up the aging process.
The best part? Vitamin C has been proven to show significant results in as little as 2 uses! So you won’t have to wait weeks to see lasting glowy results. Our HD Revitalize 7 in 1 Rejuvinator serum pairs Vitamin C with lilac stem and various algae extracts to boost hydration and create an enviable glow.
Vitamin C in its most pure form is unstable, so make sure that your product is good before you use it on your skin. Vitamin C serums should have a pale yellow hue that gets darker over time (due to oxidation). If you open your Vitamin C product and find a brown or black substance, then your product has oxidized and you should either return it or throw it out.
Protecting your skin from the harsh rays of the sun is the first step to achieving your maximum summer glow. Using these 5 secret ingredients will help you amplify your glow to the next level in a safe healthy way. Read the label on your skincare products to make sure that your active ingredients are as advertised on the cover.
Now, go get that summer glow!