Good morning from Positano, you guys! I’ve partnered with Tree Hut for today’s blog post, but before launching in I wanted to tell you just a little bit about the brand. You’ve all probably heard of Tree Hut – they are super well-known for their selection of body scrubs and butters (I’ve been using their Shea Sugar Scrub for a long time now – you may remember it from this blog post!). What I love MOST about them is that they source good for you ingredients from all over the world, from African Certified Organic Shea Butter to Indian coconut shells. They are committed to high-quality products, which is why all of them are paraben-free! And Tree Hut just announced the release of even more product forms and fragrances, including my personal new favorite, Bohemian Escape. I even packed them in my suitcase and lugged them all the way to Italy with me (trust me – they are THAT good). Now, let’s get started on my five tips for GLOWING summer skin!
My number one tip for glowing summer skin is to EXFOLIATE! The very things that we love about summertime (spending time outdoors or in the sun, swimming, traveling, etc.) are the same reasons that we need to step up our exfoliation game. Sunscreen, sweat, makeup, and even self-tanner can build up in your pores, leaving your skin feeling dull and congested, and also making your moisturizer less effective. I’ve been using Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar scrub for a while now, and they recently came out with a new scent: Bohemian Escape (which smells like absolute heaven, you guys!). This gentle Shea Sugar Scrub is formulated with Organic Shea Butter and an array of natural oils, including Evening Primrose, Safflower Seed, Sweet Almond, Avocado, and Orange Oil. The real sugar provides an intense exfoliation that polishes skin, leaving you feeling soft and smooth, while the natural oils hydrate skin at the same time. The Bohemian Escape Scrub is also infused with Turmeric and Amla Oil for even more goodness!
My next tip should be a no-brainer by now: instead of sunbathing for hours at a time and subjecting your skin to harsh UV rays to get a sunkissed look, just use self-tanner instead! We all know by now how bad the sun is for our skin – I use self-tanner on both my face and body every week. A couple of tips: I like to use the Bohemian Escape Shea Sugar Scrub in the bath tub with a wash cloth to slough off all the dead skin cells before applying self-tanner. I also always use a mitt instead of my hand for an even tan! If I’m traveling, I’ll apply self-tanner every other day, but if I’m at home then once a week is enough.
Moisturizing your skin is another key to getting a nice glow in the summer. I like to apply moisturizer right when I get out of the shower, when my skin is still a little damp. This really helps lock in the moisture! Tree Hut’s Bohemian Escape Hydro-light Gel is my new go-to: it’s an ultra-hydrating, lightweight moisturizer, perfect for giving your skin an after-shower treat. Plus the smell will have you believing you’re on a tropical island somewhere!
Did you know your skin is an organ? It’s actually the largest organ in your body, and it’s mostly made up of water. Without water, your skin can’t function at its best, and ESPECIALLY in the summertime, when we lose a lot of water from sweating! I had a facial a few weeks ago, an esthetician told me during it that she could tell just from looking at my face that I wasn’t drinking enough water! Since then, I’ve been committed to drinking more. I invested in a nice water filter to keep in my refrigerator, and a new glass tumbler to keep with me at all times (I try to avoid drinking water out of plastic bottles!). It’s also been proven that the more hydrated you are, the fewer wrinkles and fine lines you’ll see. That is reason enough for me!
5. Be Gentle
My last tip, and this is an important one, is to be gentle on your skin. Treat it with kindness, with natural products! Tree Hut’s products are all paraben-free, and you never have to worry about harsh chemicals. Their Bohemian Escape Bubble Bath is a gentle, bubbly formula made with an array of skin loving oils to pamper your skin. It has Organic Shea Butter and Aloe, both of which offer anti-aging benefits and hydration. I looove having a spa night: I’ll light some (beeswax) candles, put on a face mask and lather up in a luscious bath.
All Tree Hut products can be purchased from their website or from Ulta. And today, I’m giving away one set to you guys!! All you have to do is comment below with your favorite summer memory, and I’ll announce the winner next week.
xoxo a vogue for freedom