There is one word that comes to mind when I think of a summer bride on her wedding day: radiant. Your complexion looks radiant when it is smooth enough to reflect light. With so many products promising you glowing skin, we saved you some time and found the top 15 to help get the skin you've always wanted. Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s time to get rid of that dull, lifeless-looking skin that comes from hibernating all winter and replace it with a healthy glow. Here is your fool-proof radiance routine!
Exfoliate: The first step to achieving a healthy complexion is to refresh your face by saying goodbye to all the dead skin. Without exfoliating, these skin cells pile up making your skin look dull. We recommend exfoliating at night to take away all the makeup and build up that accumulates from the day. The 3 products below will help you combat those dead skin cells quickly and efficiently.
Clarisonic ($99-$265): This little device is definitely worth the investment. It is 6x better than just washing your face with your hands and you can actually feel your face getting clean. The Clarisonic brushes are gentle and safe for every skin type and plus, they come in all these cute colors for you to choose from!
Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash ($25 at Nordstrom): This exfoliating wash is gentle enough to use daily while replenishing your skin with topical antioxidants and retaining its moisture level. The resurfacing benefits of this foamy wash are priceless and will leave your skin pretty darn close to looking poreless.
Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream ($31): This creamy refiner is full of microbeads that polish away any makeup or impurities on the skin's surface. Your pores will thank you after using this gentle detox daily.
Faux Flush: Now that your face is smooth and fresh, it's time to give it some color. The most exciting part about summer is the natural glow that your skin gets from long days in the park and afternoons spent by the pool. Until then, you have to fake it until you make it. These 3 products below will keep you feeling bronzed and beautiful all year long.
By Terry Tea to Tan Bronzer ($60): Named after sweet summer tea, this instant bronzer will add color and glow right where you want it. Great for any complexion, the water-based amber prisms will reflect the light and enhance your complexion to make it glimmer.
Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush ($13): The best of both worlds, this blush and bronzer works double-time to keep your cheeks feeling flushed and refined for up to 12 hours. Pick it up on your next Target run!
Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter in Comfort ($28): Perfect for all day long, this highlighter is made to stay. It gives you a sun-kissed glow that you can use on your cheeks, brow bone, and eyes to give them a natural looking glow.
Eyes: Speaking of eyes, nothing makes you look more refreshed and like you get all 8 hours a night, more than your eyes. Show them some love with these 3 brightening products below and it will look like you just came from a relaxing day at the spa.
Pixi Eye Brightening Kit: ($18) This little brightening kit is a life saver for busy women on-the-go. It contains two concealers, one highlighter and one brightener to give your eyes a complete makeover. Throw this into your purse and you will be looking more awake in a minute or less.
Benefit Cosmetics Ooh La Lift: ($22) Give your eyes a wake up call with this easy to use creamy highlighter. Keep it in the fridge and use it in the mornings to give your tired eyes a perky glow.
Tarte Inner Rim Liner: ($19) If you haven't found the perfect nude/cream eye liner, look no further. This liner is perfect for brightening up your inner lids. It glides on easy for that instant awake effect and can even be used on your brow bone for the total eye-opening look.
Body: As cardigans and jeans are getting replaced with tank tops and shorts, the last thing you want is for your skin to get left behind. These 3 products below will whip your skin into summer shape in no time.
NARS Body Glow ($59): In two words, this body glow is Ah. Mazing. This beauty oil creates the perfect sun-kissed sheen while leaving you smelling like a Tahitian sunset. Place it under the warm sun to liquefy and then dab on the coconut oil blend to create a chocolate shimmer where you want it.
Burt's Bees Bath & Body Oil ($8): If you're as loyal to Burt's Bees chapstick as I am, then you might have found a new favorite product. This oil smooths and moisturizes while nourishing your skin with lemon oil, vitamin E and sweet almond oil. It will make your every day post shower routine just a little bit sunnier.
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub ($8): Scrub-a-dub-dub all that dry winter skin away with these great smelling, shea butter body scrubs that will leave your skin feeling super soft and super healthy.
Which summer products do you love best? Let us know in the comments below or head over to our Fashion + Style page for more beauty inspiration!