The Dos and Don'ts Keep that Perfect Summer Glow Going
Use cold water. We know it sounds awful in the winter, but try reducing the temperature of your daily showers and ending each one with a blast of cold water. Cold water closes your pores and locks in moisture, leading to brighter skin and shinier hair.
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Drink water. Lots of it. Staying hydrated helps keep your skin moisturized.
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Keep your face moisturized and protected from the sun. Sometimes, you have to go with the long-term benefit, and in the long run your skin will look more sun-kissed if it's healthy. During the day use a light moisturizer like a href="http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3310041 \">Oil of Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15. Yes, you need sunscreen in the winter too! At night, after washing your face, apply a deep moisturizer that will re-hydrate your delicate skin. Murad Essential-C Night Moisture is a great option.
Go with a gradual self-tanner. Let's face it, you're not going to be bronze in the dark days of winter. But adding a low-level self tanner like St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse to your skin regimen can help maintain a golden hue throughout the coldest months. Just remember to wash your hands and that self-tanners are best used on exfoliated, well-moisturized skin (see previous steps).
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Add some shimmer. Light deflectors may not make you look browner, but they do give the illusion of healthy, glowing skin. For dates and special occasions, replace your normal lotion with a shimmery one like Body Shop Coconut Shimmer Body Lotion.
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Don’t throw away your summer hues. Just because it’s getting cooler doesn’t mean you need to switch automatically to dark lipsticks and nail polishes. Keep peach and pink makeup and bright manicures in your rotation to brighten your skin. Chanel Glossimer in Amour is the perfect gloss in the prettiest shade.
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We've been begging for fall temperatures for weeks. But now that there's finally a crisp in the air, we can't help but feel a twinge of longing for the summer sun, especially our slowly fading summer glow. Have no fear; it is possible to maintain a healthy bronzed look throughout the winter months. That being said, please remember that unless you've just returned from a tropical vacation, no one expects you to look like your summer self. Keep it subtle, not Snooki.
Hint - and you may not like it - but hot showers may be ruining it all!