How to Get a Sun-Kissed Glow without Damaging your Skin

This guest post was curated for Pré de Provence by Sophia Smith. 

Summer is in full swing, and ladies all over the world are doing their best to keep their skin healthy. However, sometimes that also means foregoing that wonderful bronze look, which we all crave to attain. After all, those golden browns and honey hues are always in style, especially when paired with breezy summer pastels. Not all is lost in the chase after that sun-kissed glow, as it’s perfectly achievable with the help of a few well-chosen beauty products in your ensemble.

Safety Always Comes First

In order to both protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and still get that copper glow, you need to choose a sunscreen that shields and nourishes. Look for natural ingredients, free of toxins or anything that will overburden your pores.

Some of the most effective, yet organic sunscreens are based on minerals such as zinc oxide and combined with various healthy butters and oils. The most frequently used ones include jojoba oil, olive oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. These are known for their ability to soothe and nurture your complexion without any negative effects. Keeping your skin sun-safe means that you can prevent sunburn, wrinkles, and that dry, uneven skin tone. With optimal protection, you can begin to create your perfect caramel-like glow, with no skin damage.

Prep Your Skin Right

Another key step in getting that wonderful radiance is regular exfoliation. Cleansing your pores on a regular basis allows all of the products to soak in more efficiently. Everything from your chosen sunscreen, all the way to your daily moisturizer will be better used by your skin after some healthy scrubbing.

Depending on your skin type and sensitivity, you can use a wide array of exfoliation tools to get rid of that dead skin cell build-up. On the other hand, some of the gentler items such as soaps can be used more frequently, both on your face and your entire body.

Pamper Yourself with Lotions

For a deeper, long-lasting effect, you can get that perfect fake tan with lotions that contain nothing fake whatsoever. Once again, nourishing oils and butters steal the spotlight, and sugar-derived tanning ingredients help you achieve the desired summer glow.

These lotions combine the best of both worlds: the nourishing power of macadamia, coconut, and similar oils, with the naturally golden effect of tanning ingredients. You can also rest assured your skin will be soothed with aloe vera and enriched with berry-derived antioxidants. This added punch of skin-perfect ingredients improves skin texture and helps bring out your natural glow.

Discover the Beauty of Butters

Nothing beats the power of body butters when it comes to helping your skin exude youthful radiance. These rich, creamy packs of goodness are designed to moisturize without causing irritation. They also help your skin cope with summer heat with the help of calming ingredients such as lavender oil. With a mildly sweet scent, argan oil-based butters are a dream-come-true for your entire body.

On the other hand, organic butter mixes that contain a variety of butters such as shea, cocoa, and mango are equally feather-light on your skin. Any body butter made with natural ingredients is a great pick for summer, and it will help deliver that smooth, soft luster.

Nourish Your Pores with Oils

Ever since we have discovered the wonders of argan in our beauty routine, it’s difficult to imagine getting that sun-kissed glow without its help. In fact, argan oil can be used in a variety of products, from your bathing routine, to your soothing balm. The former is ideal as your main all-body cleanser, while the latter perfectly nourishes to dry spots, your lips and your knees included.

You can use pure oils on their own for the most luminous golden effect, or products infused with oils and other rich ingredients. No matter how you use them, they will give your skin that fresh, dewy look and feel.

Opt for Delicate Makeup

A little can go a long way when it comes to applying makeup in the aim of achieving that bronze summer tan. The fewer the ingredients, the greater the effect. Even just a dab of the right organic bronzer to your cheeks, and you’ll easily get that effortless, sunny warmth.

Then again, if you prefer natural highlighters, you can opt for a product in your skin tone and apply just a little onto the right spots. It adds that delicate shimmer and just a drop of tint to your natural tan, without any imposing glitter.

Try some Homemade Radiance

Every now and then, you’ll find yourself out of that one product your skin loves the most. However, that doesn’t mean you need to abandon your dream of a sun-smooched look. In fact, you can sneak a peek into your kitchen cabinet to find a few handy ingredients for a DIY glow project.

For instance, honey and milk combined offer a royal treatment that will bring out the most beautiful sheen from your complexion. Pair an oil, such as almond oil, with an egg, and you’ll achieve the same glimmering effect, along with a slew of other healthy perks for your skin.



Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Viva Glam Magazine, Mother Earth Living, She is Fierce HQ, Whytt Magazine, Cause Artist, How to Simplify and Carousel. You can find out more about her writing by following her on: Facebook  Twitter  Google +

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