Now that it’s summer it’s time to address the redhead summer dilemma: the ever elusive tan. While the rest of the population is suffering from Vita D deficiency our skin readily soaks up the sun, a trait that works both to our benefit and detriment. So while everyone else is busy getting a tan, let’s get our own SUMMER GLOW on.
Step 1: The nightly skin regime. Exfoliate at least once a week- not everyday, you don’t want to irritate your already sensitive skin. At night make sure to use a face wash that isn’t too harsh. I recommend Neutrogena Naturals or Burt’s Bees. Now for the crem de la crem: Coconut Oil! I can’t rave about this stuff enough. Try using CO as your nightly moisturizer. After you’ve washed your face, dab a bit on your fingers and apply it all over your face. If it feels a bit too greasy, take a damp washcloth and lightly massage the oil in after it has set for about 5-10 minutes. CO can also be used as an all-over body moisturizer. Not only will it feel great, but it just smells like summer. Make sure to get an Extra Virgin CO, preferably organic.
Step 2: The morning. Splash your face with water- don’t use face wash! Apply your daily SPF, I recommend a SPF 15-30 (no need to go higher). Now you can either use an SPF face lotion, a tinted moisturizer with SPF, or both.
Step 3: Makeup! Choosing the right foundation is key. If you happen to have freckles, make sure to choose a foundation light enough to let those beauty marks shine through. Try using a tinted moisturizer or bb cream- those tend to be lighter than traditional foundations. Next is blush. Since it’s summer you won’t really need to much of this, however I like to add a light rose or peach shimmer blush- just to give those cheeks a bit of shine. For final touches, a powder to soak-up any excess oils, mascara, and light lipgloss. Voila!
Being a redhead means loving everything that makes you unique! So embrace your fair skin and make it work for you.