Spring break is finally here, but if you find yourself stuck in town, you might feel a twinge of disappointment.
When you’re on a tight budget, it can be hard to justify “frivolous” costs like beach vacations or road trips.
But that doesn’t mean you have to forgo that irresistible, just-off-the-beach radiance that comes from a stress-free break.
In this article, you’ll learn how to smooth and tone your skin, get a beautiful glow without the sun and finish the look with fresh ideas for your hair and makeup this spring.
The Look: Smooth, beach-ready skin
Although you may not actually be hitting the beach, there’s no reason you can’t flaunt soft, flawless skin. Here’s how to get beautifully touchable skin in no time.
Before you step into the shower, take the opportunity to use a dry body brush to slough off dead skin cells and get your circulation going. A natural Boar Bristle Body Brush is an inexpensive beauty tool you can use year-round.
If you prefer an in-shower exfoliation, go with an invigorating body scrub like Bliss Lemon and Sage Body Scrub, focusing on tough spots like ankles, knees and elbows.
Firm and moisturize
Once you’ve stepped out of the shower, pamper yourself with on an all-over firming body lotion to hydrate dry skin while also improving its overall texture and tone.
Firming lotions are great for smoothing out uneven skin and leaving you with a healthy-looking sheen from head to toe. Try Philosophy Living Grace Firming Body Emulsion, which is rich with antioxidants, shea butter and natural oils.
Frustrated by the appearance of cellulite?
Look for a product that contains caffeine and other skin-firming ingredients to reduce the appearance. “Because cellulite is made up of uneven fat cells close to the skin’s surface, a topical treatment can actually reach the problem layers,” says New York City dermatologist Diane Berson for Fitness Magazine.
Try Bliss FatGirl Slim for a daily treatment that will consistently improve the look of cellulite.
The look: Golden skin, sans sun
Sad to miss out on that sexy beach tan? Your skin will thank you for it in the long run. Staying out of the sun’s damaging UV rays will keep your skin healthy and youthful. And with the right self-tanner, nobody will guess that your tan came from a bottle.
You may have shied away from self-tanners in the past, worried about that orange, streaky faux-glow that’s anything but chic. If you’ve had botched self-tanning experiences in the past and are hesitant to go that route, here are some tips for choosing and using self-tanners:
Make sure you’re using the right formula for your skin type; if you’re a fair-skinned gal, be realistic and know that you aren’t going to achieve a deep bronze, so go with a shade designed for fair complexions.
Try a self-tanning lotion, which allows you to apply the formula over several days until you achieve the color you want. Beauty by Earth Dye-Free Natural Sunless Self Tanner helps combat loss of elasticity while also gradually leaving the skin looking tan and glowing.
Always use your self-tanner after you’ve exfoliated and used a light moisturizer; the pigment in a self-tanner will deposit more heavily on areas that are rough and dry, leaving you with an uneven tan.
Show off those pearly whites
It’s not just your imagination – a shiny white smile can make your skin look more tanned by contrast. It’s easy to achieve a whiter, brighter smile with a few at-home products. In addition, getting a dental check-up and taking good care of your teeth and gums will ensure you always put your best smile out there.
Care for your lips
One of the easiest ways to improve your smile is to nurture your lips on a daily basis. Soft, kissable lips will leave your teeth looking better as well. Use lip balm regularly to keep your lips hydrated.
Choose the right lip color
Want to fake a whiter smile for the evening? Bring out that red lipstick when you go out on the town. A blue-based red (or other dark shade) will make teeth appear whiter. Avoid pink and orange hues, though, as these have the opposite effect.
The look: Carefree makeup and loose, tousled waves
Take a cue from Mother Nature when it comes to your spring break makeup and hairstyle, regardless of whether you visit the ocean.
Loose, casual waves and light, natural-looking makeup are the perfect way to accent your glowing skin. If your hair isn’t naturally wavy, fake it by using a texturing spray such as blowPro Beach Blow Texturizing Mist to give your hair some volume and body.
There’s nothing like a rejuvenating vacation to leave your skin looking healthy and radiant – and nobody has to know that you spent your time off relaxing at home rather than a resort. Opting for an at-home tan is not only easier and cheaper than taking a big trip to the beach, it’s also a safe route to achieving the golden glow you want without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. Finish with beach-inspired hair and makeup and you’ll look just as rejuvenated as you feel.