the secrets to glowing summer skin…

Sitting by the ocean with the wind blowing in your hair, late summer nights when the air is so warm, walks along the water… take me there.  Summer is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited.  Scratch that – excited about all of it except the dreaded sun damage.  Sometimes it happens when we forget we’ve been in the sun too long and those harsh rays can do some fierce damage.  I’ve got some favourite products that will keep your skin damage free and your skin looking smooth & glowing all spring and summer long.

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Smooth skin starts with exfoliation.  And there are so many ways to do that… Right now my favourite routine is using my sea sponge with my fave body wash.

Some cool facts about sea sponges are that when they are harvested they are trimmed on the outer edges ( like pruning trees ) and this actually makes them regenerate!  I love that.  They are also hyp0 -allergenic and toxin – free.   Synthetic sponges are often made from petroleum bi-products and are normally treated with toxic substances. Organic sea sponges are actually filled with natural enzymes that inhibit the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.  All of these features are huge bonuses on top of the fact that they gently exfoliate your skin every time you use them…they are little ocean gems.

The body wash that I love using with my sea sponge is the Korres shower gel in “fig”.  The scent is intoxicating and it is free of mineral oil, silicones, ethanolamines, parabens and propylene glycol.  It has moisturizing ingredients, emollients and humectants to keep your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized.  I love it in my bath too!

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Next step to your summer glow is St. Tropez self tanners.  Self tanning at its finest.  I have been using this line for many years and the results are consistently amazing.  They have really nailed the formula down so perfectly so that your skin will never look orange like an oompa loompa or come out looking streaky.  It will just look natural and gorgeous.   Another big thing for me is the smell.  So many of the other brands out there wreak once they are on your skin and trying to sleep with a stench steaming off your body is not pleasant to say the least!

Some of my other favourite features is that it dries quickly after you apply so that you can put your clothes on shortly after.  I’ve put a white shirt on right after and it’s been totally fine.  If you’re ever scared because you see that some of the colour has rubbed off onto your clothes if you’ve sweated or had a long day, don’t be alarmed because it’s an all natural product and it washes out no problem.  I actually spilled an entire bottle on white sheets one time and of course I had a freak out but to my surprise it washed right out!  Pretty cool.

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The two products in the above picture are my two favourite products from the line.  They are the Gradual tan everyday body moisturizer and the Gradual tan tinted everyday body lotion.

I love being able to just jump out of the shower, quickly rub one of these on, put my clothes on and run out the door.  After I do my makeup and hair of course… The tinted moisturizer is new and I’m in love with the fact that you can see where your putting it on & how quickly it gives results.  The tinted one will give more colour, more quickly.

The gradual moisturizer is actually just a great moisturizer to use a few times a week to keep up that slight golden glow.  It doesn’t give a ton of colour but is just makes your skin look super pretty and it’s great if you’re fair and are scared to use the darker ones.  All of the St. Tropez products go on beautifully and fade beautifully.  You’ll never be left with ugly blotches everywhere.

Now ladies, I know if feels nice to lay out in the sun…but let’s be serious.  The damaging rays are just getting worse and worse and our skin is not getting any younger..A real tan may look & feel amazing for a few months but the long term results of sun damage can be pretty horrific.  We can all read between the lines.  St. Tropez is an amazing alternative to beautiful looking skin all year round without acquiring any of the negative effects of the sun.

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Last but not least.  Moisturizer.  Such an important part of our skins health.  My absolute favourite moisturizer is from Harlow.  Harlow is a Vancouver based clean beauty brand that uses all natural ingredients that are ethically sourced from all over the world, free from preservatives and other unnecessary additives and chemicals.   The brand is all about health and well being, which completely aligns with conscious beauty and health awareness.  My absolute favourite product from the line is the body whip.  It’s the most amazing texture that melts once you start rubbing it into your skin and oh my you won’t want to stop.  The smells are intoxicating & so relaxing I could sniff them all day, no joke.  Your skin will be left feeling soft, smooth and so nourished.  I really could go on and on about how much I love them but you get the point…

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Are you craving the ocean yet?  I am.  Imagine yourself sitting under a big umbrella with a beach hat, sunglasses and looking like a bronzed, glowing goddess without laying in the sun.  No one will know our secrets…wink wink.

Namaste.  My muse and I.

Lovely photography by Iulia Agnew, of Vancouver,  BC.

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