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How to Get That Natural-Looking Sunkissed Skin

Published: April 30, 2024

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Back in the day, when people wanted a beautifully bronzed, sunkissed glow, they would either spend hours stretched out under the sun or pay a visit to the local tanning beds. Now, however, we know that both of these methods are no-go’s. Sure, they’ll have you looking sunkissed in a few hours but all of that UV radiation will also destroy your complexion over time while also contributing to the development of skin cancer.

So, what’s the solution if you’re hoping to achieve a golden, sunkissed finish without damaging your skin? Read on as CBGärdN shares all of the secrets you need to know…

There’s No Need to Skimp On the Sunscreen

CB-Multi Active Moisturizer SPF30

Although the harmful effects of the sun are well-known, it can still be tempting to go easy on the sunscreen for a day or two if you’re yearning for sunkissed skin. Surely this brief lapse won’t do too much damage, right?

Wrong. Even a short amount of time in the sun can be severely detrimental to your skin, making it important to always have a sunscreen around. However, even if you plaster a thick layer of SPF onto your skin, this isn’t going to completely stop you from tanning. No sunscreen is able to provide 100% protection, meaning that some of those UV rays will still make their way through to give your skin a golden cast.

If you were planning on forgoing the SPF for a while and, as a result, don’t have a sunscreen that you can rely on, check out the CB Multi-Active Moisturizer With SPF 30 from CBGärdN. Not only will it protect your complexion from sun damage but it will also treat your skin to a blend of vitamins and antioxidants. 

Add Aloe Vera to Your Skincare Routine

Midnight Melting Mask

After spending some time in the sun, it’s common for the skin to feel irritated. This is particularly the case for those with sensitive skin, even if you are wearing SPF. 

Of course, redness and inflammation won’t give you the flawless, sunkissed look you’re aiming for. So, to counter this, consider adding aloe vera to your skincare routine. Not only does this botanical feel exceptionally soothing when applied to the skin, but studies have found that it leaves the skin feeling better protected against UV damage. 

With aloe vera being such a proven and popular ingredient, it can be found in a wide variety of skincare products, including the CB Midnight Melting Mask. This leave-on mask, which has been designed for weekly use, melts into the skin upon application, taking a long list of antioxidant-rich, complexion-soothing botanicals with it.

Tackle the Appearance of Discoloration

Illuminating Vita C Serum

The natural-looking, sunkissed skin that you’ve been dreaming about is most likely even and balanced in tone. If your face is peppered with hyperpigmentation, you’ll struggle to achieve that gorgeous golden finish. The dark spots on your face will affect how light reflects off your skin, leaving you looking dull rather than dewy.

What can you do to reduce the appearance of discoloration?

There are several products out there that can help with this, one of which is the CB Illuminating Vita C Serum. Vitamin C is revered for how it can lighten the look of dark spots. It does this even more effectively when it’s combined with other antioxidants, which is what we’ve done with this serum. With vitamin C accompanied by grape stem cells, vitamin A, vitamin E, and nettle leaf extract, it won’t be long before your skin is looking brighter and more radiant.

Never Skip Your Daily Cleanse

CB Facial Cleanser

In order for your complexion to look sunkissed, it needs to be clean and clear. The best way to achieve this is with daily cleansing. If you’re guilty of falling into bed in the evenings, too tired to cleanse your skin, you’re definitely not doing yourself any favors!

At the same time, using an overly harsh cleanser will only strip away the natural bronzed finish that your skin has taken on. To prevent this, you need a cleanser that will remove dirt and impurities without harming your skin’s surface layer, which is where that sunkissed pigmentation lives. 

This is where the CB Facial Cleanser comes in. It lathers up beautifully, yet without harming the skin. Even better, its antioxidant infusion will ensure that your skin looks bright and revived after each cleanse, showcasing its sunkissed glow.

Exfoliate…But Not Too Much

CBGöld Microexfoliant Plus

Just like with cleansing, you need to be careful when it comes to exfoliating your skin. Overdoing it will only scrub away your skin’s surface layer, taking your sunkissed glow along with it.

With that said, you don’t want to completely avoid exfoliating either. Do this and your skin’s surface will end up cluttered with dead skin cells. This will leave it looking dull and rough – definitely not the sunkissed look you’re going for!

Strike the perfect balance and you’ll have the best of both worlds – a clear and bright complexion that retains its golden glow. With the CB Microexfoliant Peel, this is easy. It gently exfoliates the skin while also providing a boost of antioxidants with nettle leaf extract. 

Hydrate and Moisturize Twice a Day

Replenishing Serum

If you want your skin to look smooth and sunkissed, it needs to be hydrated. Without enough moisture to rely on, your skin cells will turn sallow and shriveled. This will give your complexion a shadowy and uneven finish while also making any fine lines and wrinkles look more noticeable.

To prevent this, focus on keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized. Hydration is best provided with humectants, of which the CB Göld Replenishing Serum contains plenty. These ingredients bind moisture to the skin in a way that immediately leaves it feeling plumper and fuller.

Once you’ve hydrated your skin, you then need to lock all of that moisture in with a cream. Skipping this step will only see all of that moisture that you’ve just applied evaporate into the air.

Ideally, pick a cream that’s suitable for the time of day you’re using it. For example, the CB Bio-Restorative Crème would be a great addition to your morning skincare routine. Meanwhile, the CB Night Renewing Crème is a slightly thicker formula that will help to counter the increased moisture loss that occurs overnight. 

Warm Up Your Skin With a Tinted Foundation

Now that we’ve covered the basics in terms of skincare, let’s move on to makeup. This tends to be the safest way to achieve an instantly sunkissed complexion. 

The first product in your beauty arsenal should be a tinted foundation. Go with a warm shade that will give your skin a glow. The key to accomplishing a natural-looking finish is to use a very small amount at first and then slowly build up coverage. Start at the center of your face, around your nose and mouth, and then use a foundation brush to blend the product outward.

Know How to Use Bronzer

A bronzer is a must if you need some help achieving a sunkissed complexion. It will add even more warmth to your foundation and will work to counter any sallowness in your skin. 

While some people like to use a brush to apply their bronzer, others prefer to use their fingertips. Either way, buff your bronzer over your cheekbones, jawline, forehead, and the bridge of your nose. Again, build the product up rather than applying a large amount at the beginning. If you do end up using too much bronzer, blot the area with a makeup sponge. This will help to tone that shimmer down.

Add a Rosy Glow With Blush

People often avoid blush when aiming for a bronzed, sunkissed look. However, when used correctly, it’s a product that can give your face a lift with the rosy glow that it provides.

Go easy when applying the product, focusing it on the apples of your cheeks and then buffing it toward your cheekbones. 

Keep Your Skin Healthy From Within

No matter how well you take care of your skin and how skilled you may be when applying makeup, you’ll struggle to achieve a healthy-looking sunkissed complexion unless you’re also nurturing your skin from within.

This all starts with your diet. These days, it’s all too easy to opt for highly processed convenience foods. However, these usually contain high amounts of sugar, salt, and other ingredients that only work to slowly destroy your skin. Try to swap these out for fresher alternatives. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats are the way to go if you want your skin to glow.

Hydration is, of course, vital as well. If you don’t drink enough water, your body will soon become dehydrated and this will reflect in your skin in the form of a dull and lackluster complexion. Make sure that you’re drinking your eight glasses of water a day, accompanied by water-rich foods in your diet.

Sleep also plays a big role in how healthy and sunkissed the skin looks. If you don’t get enough of it, your skin cells will struggle to operate in the way that they should. Skin barrier function will start to decline as well. All of this will leave your skin looking blotchy and tired.

Finally, let’s talk exercise. Regular workouts not only work wonders for your physical health but do your skin the world of good too. It gets the blood flowing faster, which immediately gives the skin a rosy glow. It also speeds up the rate at which skin cells expel toxins. Again, this contributes to a much healthier-looking complexion.

Achieve a Natural-Looking Sunkissed Glow With CBGärdN

A sunkissed glow lights up the skin beautifully, giving it a healthily bronzed finish. However, achieving this without causing your skin any UV damage can be tricky. The good news is that it’s still possible. Follow the tips that we’ve shared above and you’ll be able to achieve a sunkissed complexion in no time, even during the dullest days of the winter months!

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