This Summer’s Most Affordable Glow-Getters: Physicians Formula’s Vitamin C & Gold-Infused Skincare

This post has been sponsored by Physicians Formula. All opinions are my own.

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and you know what that means!  The days are gradually growing longer and the weather is getting warmer, and pretty soon, we’ll be sipping sangria on the patio and catching rays at the beach. As we make this transition into the more carefree vibes of summer, there’s no better time than now to start revamping our beauty routines…

For me, that means reaching for sheerer, more lightweight formulas, and scaling down my makeup routine to the bare minimum.   Of course, when you’re going (near) makeup free, taking care of your skin only becomes that much more crucial.  From my experience, drinking plenty of water, exercising, eating well, and using just a few key skincare products – ones that hydrate and protect – can make a world of difference, and lead to many good skin days ahead!  Not to mention, when we keep our skin moisturized and shielded, its able to function at its peak and produce that natural-looking ‘summertime glow’.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend to ton to set yourself up with an effective skincare routine.  There are so many affordable finds out there, including the latest from Physicians Formula.  As healthy beauty enthusiasts, they’ve covered all the essentials for youthful, glowing skin – from a hydrating serum and moisturizer, to a nourishing lip treatment.  Similar to the rest of their line, everything is cruelty-free and made without many of the harsh ingredients found in other beauty products on the market today.

“To this day, every one of our products is carefully crafted and tested to meet our strict requirements: they are hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin and eyes, and created without any of the 150+ known harsh ingredients found in other personal care items.”

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Physicians Formula Vitamin C Brightening Facial Oil Stick

In the summertime, one powerhouse, multi-tasking ingredient fit for everyone’s summer skincare routine is vitamin C.  Not only does it help reduce damage caused by UV radiation, sunlight, and other cancer-causing free radicals, it also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great post-sun exposure.  And when it comes to getting that glow, vitamin C brightens skin, boosts radiance, and fades dark spots for a more glowy complexion. 

You can find vitamin C in almost every type of skincare product these days, but one of the most convenient (and budget-friendly!) ones I’ve come across is Physicians Formula Vitamin C Brightening Facial Oil Stick.  It packs vitamin C (in the form of THD ascorbate), along with kakadu plum (another great anti-ager), and hydrating orange and sunflower oils.  Topped off with SPF 30, it makes the perfect pre- and post-sun moisturizer.

Physicians Formula Vitamin C Brightening Facial Oil Stick review, how to use

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Physicians Formula Vitamin C Brightening Facial Oil Stick review, how to use

The Vitamin C Brightening Facial Oil Stick adds just the slightest touch of dewiness to the cheeks – you can see it on tops of my cheekbones above!

And did I mention it comes in the handiest little stick!?  Simply pop off the cap, apply it directly to your face and neck, and then gently massage it in.  Despite being a solid oil, it glides over the skin without tugging, and leaves behind a light layer of hydration and a touch of dewiness.  The best part is, you can use it anytime, and anywhere – before makeup to create a smooth canvas, in the evening before bed, or throughout the day if your skin is feeling tight or in need of a touch of sheen.  Speaking of which, the stick is the perfect size for travel!

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Physicians Formula 24-Karat Gold Collagen Serum

Gold is a curious little ingredient when it comes to skincare.  You’d think it’s only purpose would be to wear it on our skin, but surprisingly, when absorbed into our skin, it can provide a number of benefits.  For one, gold has been found to increase blood circulation, so it helps rejuvenate our complexion and boost radiance.  It also has anti-aging effects in that it slows down collagen loss, increases skin’s elasticity, and prevents premature aging and wrinkles.  Typically 24k gold-infused skincare comes at a hefty price tag, which makes Physicians Formula’s new 24-Karat Gold Collagen Serum a rare find – it comes in at under $20!

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But don’t let the gorgeous packaging fool you.  While gold may appear to be the shining star, the 24-Karat Gold Collagen Serum packs key ingredients for keeping skin hydrated and youthful looking, including glycerin (an excellent moisturizer), vegan collagen, and vitamin B3 (a skin brightener), along with natural protecting and lifting polymers.

And let me tell you, it’s a real treat for your inner goddess!  As you massage in the lightweight, skin-quenching serum, the visible gold flakes gradually dissolve, adding an instant radiance to the skin (while releasing your inner Cleopatra). 😉  And don’t worry, you can indulge around the clock – Physicians Formula 24-Karat Gold Collagen Serum is moisturizing enough to be used on its own in the evenings, or doubled up with a moisturizer for extra hydration, like the oil stick above, to start your day.

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Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lip Treatment

And finally, for the one part of the face we often neglect – the lips.  The delicate skin there needs just as much, if not more hydration, than the rest our face to prevent dryness and chapping.  That’s where Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lip Treatment comes in.

As a dry lip sufferer, this lip treatment is beyond amazing.  It instantly smooths and soothes my lips, while adding a healthy looking sheen, and the hydration lasts for hours.  Today, for example, I applied it as soon as I woke up, and now five hours later, my lips still feel incredibly soft and smooth to the touch.  What’s working all the magic?  A luxuriously-rich, organic oil and butter blend, including coconut oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, and vitamin E.  Oh, and bonus, it smells amazing too!

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lip Treatment review, swatch

Overall, if you’re looking to revamp your skincare routine this summer, I highly recommend checking out Physicians Formula’s new glow-inducing trio!  Their products are packed with nourishing, anti-aging, protective ingredients, not to mention they’re amazingly affordable!

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