It’s Fall, but We’re Feeling Glowier than Ever
As we’re slipping into our cozy sweaters, we can’t help but ache for sunnier days—and our skin’s gleamy warmth that went along with them. The two (a chunky fall sweater and a healthy glow) look pretty spectacular together, so here’s a routine to keep the summery-skin vibes going, temperature and cloud cover be damned. A few of these easy tricks can leave you with fresh, natural-looking, no-makeup radiance—any time of year.
Sun-Kissed, Bronzy Cream (for All Skin Tones)
We’re obsessed with the laid-back healthy glow this creamy skin tint leaves on skin. It’s got warm undertones, but what’s unusual is that it gorgeously lights up all skin tones, from the deepest to the palest. We also appreciate its infusion of moisturizing goodness (from a nourishing oil blend of coconut, jojoba, and buriti—which comes from the pressed seeds of Brazilian palm trees). Pretty much instantly, it brings back beach-vacation vibes in a way that’s irresistible.
Use the bronzy cream on any area of your face you want to enhance; it’s beautiful by itself on clean, moisturized skin or smoothed over makeup. However you use it, you’ll get a beautiful boost in glow.
Adding a touch of sheen to your eyes is instantly brightening and effortlessly stunning. These silky glosses are easier to apply than full-on shadow pigment and energize your entire face, lending any skin tone a glistening flourish. Use a finger to smooth either one across your entire lid, adding more layers as you please.
Sleek, gleamy, and the fastest way to look more pulled-together, lip gloss is one of our favorite super flattering no-makeup essentials. A great formula, like this one, adds gorgeous shine while simultaneously moisturizing and nourishing lips.
A pretty nude that leaves lips plumped, soft, and fantastically shiny.
Glow-Inducing Skin Care
Once-a-Week Exfoliating Peel
All skin benefits from regular exfoliation: It sweeps away dead cells, dirt, and oil for brighter, fresher, smoother skin that more easily absorbs any skin treatments you use afterward. This 15% overnight glycolic acid peel—it also comes in a 5% strength for sensitive skin—supercharges any skin-care routine and leaves all skin types positively luminous all week long.
Every-Few-Days Face Polish
Use this face scrub once or twice a week—though make sure not to use it within twenty-four hours of the overnight peel—for smooth, luminous results. The balance of pore-refining glycolic acid, microexfoliating minerals, and moisturizing plant oils leaves skin soft, luminous, and healthy-looking.
Moisturize (a Lot)
Keeping your skin moisturized prevents and treats dryness, which not only makes skin look dull and feel rough but can lead to irritation and compromised barrier function. On top of that, dry skin looks more wrinkled, and a quick swipe of rich hydration can instantly minimize the look of lines. Massaging in a nourishing cream or oil (or both if you’re ultradry—layer the oil on top of the cream) leaves skin supple, plumped, and instantly more radiant.
There’s no such thing as a magic skin cream, but mineral sunscreen comes closest to it. The active ingredients (look for only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide listed in the “active ingredient” box on any sunscreen package—if there are any other ingredients listed, that means the product includes chemical sunscreen and isn’t clean) sit on top of skin to physically block UVA and UVB rays, protecting against physical signs of premature aging. This one is creamy, melts right in, and gives skin a soft glow. Tip: Mix your sunscreen with a little Buriti Bronzer—gorgeous.