How to make sure your skin stays poppin’ this summer

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Summer is officially here, and that means it’s time to start rocking our cutest shorts, crop-tops, sundresses and swimsuits as we vacay or go out on the town with our girlfriends. But, before you start showing off all that skin, make sure it’s in the best health so you can truly glo up. Here are a few ways to make sure your skin stays poppin’ this summer and all the summers to come:

Drink plenty of water!

Just like beauty comes from the inside out, good skin works the same way. Start your mornings with a nice tall glass of cool water to wake you up and get your body revitalized for the upcoming day. Then, make sure you continue drinking water throughout the day with all your snacks and meals.

Water helps the body flush out toxins (no detox tea needed) and keeps your skin hydrated from within. Plus, with all the summer heat, it’s easy to get dehydrated because of all the precious water you lose through sweat. Eek!

If you’re not a water lover, squeeze in some lemon into each glass or make a giant pitcher of water infused with strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers and even mint to boost the taste. You can even try coconut water, which already has a sweet, subtle taste.

Use sunscreen.

I know, I know, many of you may be rolling your eyes because women of color, specifically black women, don’t need sunscreen since our gorgeous melanin already does all the work. Well, I learned the hard way that’s wrong. One summer, I spent a few hours outside playing volleyball only to come inside and notice the skin on my face, chest and shoulders was a bright red. After the sunburn healed, the skin on my upper body was at least 3 shades darker than the rest of my body. It took a few months before my skin returned to it’s original tone.

Many YouTubers of color have been raving about Benefit Cosmetics’ Dream Screen, which has an SPF of 45. It doesn’t leave a white cast on the face, and it’s super lightweight. If you’re allergic to conventional sunscreens, consider using carrot oil, which can be used as a natural sun protectant.


Once a week, take some time to exfoliate your face and body. Exfoliation helps to remove the outermost layer of dead skin to reveal a fresh, dewy complexion. I love Acure’s Brightening Facial Scrub, which gently removes dead skin and helps fade dark marks (YASSSS). For your body, use a gentle sugar scrub in the shower at the end of a rough week.

Glo up with face and body highlighters.

I’m usually not into highlighters, but after watching Sonjdra Deluxe and Vicky Logan’s videos, I might just join the glo up crew. You can use powder highlighters over your foundation from popular brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills or Bobbi Brown, or you can look lit from within with a primer, moisturizer or lotion that has highlighter mixed in.

Visit a dermatologist.

Sometimes we need a little help taking care of our skin. If you’re having a hard time dealing with acne, dark spots, or other skin ailments such as Eczema or Psoriasis, take a trip to a dermatologist who can create a skin regimen for you. Lastly, if you have any moles or spots that concern you, have the doctor take a look to make sure it’s not the beginning stages of skin cancer.

What are your favorite summer skin tips? Share them with me below!

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