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It’s April already, and before we know it, Summer and those long anticipated beach days will be here again! I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing about summer is how the sun, sea, salt, and exercise transforms us into bronzed goddesses with wavy mermaid hair. Fortunately, we don’t have to make a special trip to the beach to get the look. Here’s how to look like a beach babe without hitting the sand!
Get Glowing, Tan Skin
Summer is all about achieving the perfect tan – the kind that kicks up our confidence a notch, not to mention looks stunning contrasted with all the whites and brights that we tend to wear throughout the summer. What better way to tan (sans those harmful UV rays) than with JERGENS® Natural Glow® products. They help us to essential “create our own sunshine” and achieve a safe summer glow at home.
Three of my favorite words when it comes to a self-tan are: natural, effortless, and mess-free. This is why I always opt for gradual self-tanners. They minimize streaks since the color builds up with each application, plus they are super easy to incorporate into your daily routine – just swap them out with you regular moisturizers.
For an all-over tan, the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer is a great mess-free, hassle-free, and streak-free option, plus it can be easily swapped out with your regular post-shower moisturizer to achieve natural-looking color. How it works: Apply on wet skin immediately after showering or bathing, then towel dry as usual (the wet skin application + moisturizing formula is key to achieving streak-free color).
Complete the look by adding a gradual glow facial moisturizer to your daily skincare routine (or weekly to maintain a glow), like the JERGENS® Natural Glow® FACE Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Both products can be found at Walmart, in-stores and online.
Add a Little Shimmer
A little shimmer can really elevate dark or tan skin to a whole new level, especially when you’re showing off those legs or shoulders in a strappy summer dress. When they catch the light, they’ll literally glow!
A great way to add some radiance is by applying a shimmery body lotion or oil on your shoulders, décolleté, legs, etc. Lotions and dry oil are both great complements to the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer. What I like to do is use the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer after my showers, then just before I leave the house to go out, I’ll use a shimmery moisturizer to re-hydrate and boost my tan.
After a day of sitting out in the sun and/or keeping active on the beach, our cheeks tend to get that healthy, deep rosy flush that always perfectly complements our tanned skin. To achieve the same look, opt for a blush shade that matches your natural flush (typically a deep raspberry/rose tone). Also, try to use a blush that’s in cream form to maintain a dewy sheen on the skin.
Start by applying the blush to the apples of your cheeks, then hit all the high points of your face, including the temples, forehead, and even the tops of cheeks (basically anywhere the sun naturally hits). Skip the bronzer and contour altogether – the blush alone will give your face extra depth.
Keep the rest of the face simple by applying a BB/CC cream all over the face, smudging out black pencil eyeliner along the top lash line, adding a shimmery cream shadow on the eyelids, and finishing off with lots of mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.
Finally, to ‘top off’ any summer look, beachy waves are a must. We’re talking effortless, casual, and sexy waves. There are numerous ways to achieve beach waves using curling irons, straightening irons, french braiding wet hair, etc. But my favorite way is a quick, no-heat ‘twisting’ technique.
How’s it done? First, you separate damp hair into 2-6 sections (more sections = tighter waves), then twist each section either inward or outward – choose one, and twist all sections in that direction. Once you’ve finished your whole head, generously apply a sea salt spray, then group the sections together and secure them with a hair clip. Let you hair air dry completely (or use a hair drier to speed up the process), and then gently separate each section and tousle! Optional: Finish with hair spray or more sea salt spray if you want some extra hold.
Step 1: Separate hair into small sections and twist
Step 2: Continue until you’ve twisted your entire head of hair
Step 3: Mist your hair with a little sea salt spray, then put the hair up in a bun or clip, and let it air dry.
Step 4: Once dry, release the clip/bun and separate the sections, tousle, and enjoy!
For shorter straight hair (hair that’s too short to twist), try scrunching instead of twisting, spraying a little sea salt spray as you go.
If you already have natural waves or curls, just mist a little sea salt spray all over your hair while lifting and tousling. This will add some extra texture and give them a more piecey, casual, and carefree look.
This simple 4-step routine works as the perfect prep for summer parties, or really anytime you want that just-got-back-from-the-beach vibe. Just remember, when it comes to that #1 summer essential – a healthy, glowing skin – make sure to tan safely with products like JERGENS® Natural Glow® products, so that you can keep your skin smooth, sexy, and glowing for years and years!
What are some of your favorite looks to sport throughout the summer?