Why Your Summer Skin Prep Should Start in Spring

April 13, 2017 • Look Good / Skincare

Spring may have only just sprung, but we’ve got our eyes on a bright summer ahead with these skin care tips to get a jump on your sun-kissed glow.

‘Summer’ is so often a state of mind―especially if you live in a place where the weather stays wet and cool until mid-June―and that’s why prepping properly for the change in season should start early. Here are 4 tips you can incorporate into your routine now for skin that’s summer solstice ready!

Refill Your Water Bottle

Did your winter feature more mocha lattes with whip than water? It’s easy to fall into bad hydration habits when cold dreary weather has us reaching for warm, caffeinated drinks over a cool glass of water, which is why it’s all the more important to get yourself used to drinking your 8 glasses a day as soon as possible for healthy, clear skin.

Switch Up Your Products

While we’re eager to put away our heavy jackets for the year and bring out the sundresses, many people forget to do with their skin care products.

If you’re using a heavy cream moisturizer, you may want to switch to a lighter one (and, of course, remembering to look out for moisturizers that have SPF included). If you’re at all prone to oily skin, you should also be including a layer of makeup primer into your routine to make sure your look stays put. Also helpful for the shiny-skinned is using a toner (or even making your own toner with apple cider vinegar)!

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

Exfoliation should be a regular part of your routine in any season to help reveal smoother, more glowing skin, but remember not to go too crazy; the goal is to remove the dead layer of skin that is already ready to come off.

If you’ve been neglecting shaving or waxing over the winter, this is also a handy way to slough dead skin off your legs, but don’t forget to apply an after-wax product that contains glycolic and salicylic acid if you’re prone to ingrown hairs.

Ready, Set, Glow

Exfoliation is doubly important if you’re planning on using gradual tanning products―and considering the subtly and safely they offer you a sun-kissed glow now matter the weather conditions, why wouldn’t you?

The Prep & Glow Gift Set offers you the perfect 3-step prep for the perfect summer skin. You start with a deep yet gentle cleanse using LUNA™ play and Day Cleanser, then smooth on a thin layer of St. Tropez Gradual Tan Luminous veil. It uses camellia flower extract and avocado oil to nourish skin, yet it’s light enough to keep you fresh-faced all day while getting a jump start on your summer tan!


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Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Lane Baumeister is a staunch proponent of the em-dash and made-for-TV movies.

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