With only ten days until the Fourth, there’s just enough time to get down to serious skincare business and make sure you’re ready for a day of outdoor reveling and looks that rival the fireworks by next Saturday. From dewy skin to the perfect red pout, our gal Annie Atkinson of She’s In The Glow is throwing down 8 essentials you need to get that all-American glow:
Chances are, you will use July 4th as an excuse to bust out those red, white and blue booty shorts that you have been dying to wear all year. Or maybe you’re planning to try out that insanely bright lip color you’ve felt a little too shy to rock in the office. The holiday might also be your chance to get that crazy American flag-themed mani, plus or minus a few rhinestones. After all, July 4th is a celebration of bold independence, right?
No matter how you’re planning to experiment, make sure you focus on getting a pre-holiday glow. When we glow – our skin clear, our bodies healthy – we have the freedom to try new things with our beauty routine. Glowing skin provides the perfect foundation for those patriotic pops of color we all want to don as we attend the weekend’s festivities.
Give these fabulous au natural products a try to create the ultimate fresh, dewy and daring 4th of July look. Sport the nation’s red, white and blue on your lips and nails, and, of course, don’t forget those illuminating products to enhance your natural beauty. Now all you need is a cocktail, a sky full of fireworks and you’ll be the epitome of 4th of July chic.
Frank Body's Coconut Body Scrub
Smooth skin starts with proper exfoliation, and Frank Body knows best. This delicious exfoliator is packed with all-natural ingredients like coffee, grape seed oil, coconut oil and even brown sugar to stimulate blood flow, target cellulite and even heal the skin. Scrub your way to baby-soft skin.
Honey Girl's Rejuvenating Mask
Nothing says pre-holiday weekend prep like a little home face mask. Whether you will be parked on a beach, at the park or at a rooftop soiree, your skin needs to look and feel amazing. A night or two before the long weekend, nourish your skin with this deep-green honey-based mask. Its sticky sweet texture, delicate scent and powerful actives will soothe, detoxify and enhance collagen production.
Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil
Instead of basking in the sun or committing to a week of self tanner, glow au natural with Tata’s illuminating bronze body oil. Packed with her signature non-toxic high-technology ingredients, this oil will not only make you radiant, but hydrate and soften your skin.
Vapour Organic Beauty, 'Courage' Lipstick
The classic red lip will immediately elevate your look on July 4th, adding sexiness and a touch of old Hollywood glamour (think Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly or Rita Hayworth). This color is super pigmented, yet easy enough to apply with your fingers without even looking in a mirror. 30% of the proceeds go to the Intrepid Fallen Hero’s Fund, benefiting wounded veterans, so you can even feel good about giving it a try.
Smith and Cult 5-free Nail Lacquer
Treat yourself to a patriotic-themed mani-pedi using Smith and Cult’s uber-chic nail polish. Choose Kings & Thieves, an opaque dark ink blue, or Kundalini Hustle, an opaque poppy red, or go wild and choose something glittery like Teenage Riot, which is made of tiny tiny silver glitter, suspended in a clear base. Regardless, with these eye-catching colors and 5-free formula, you really can’t go wrong.
Raw Elements Eco Formula 30+
Protect your skin from summer’s seriously strong rays with an oxibenzone-free SPF. Developed by an ocean lifeguard captain, this UVA-UVB SPF offers serious sun protection without all that bad stuff, so you can feel safe, protected and healthy. With ingredients like mango butter, beeswax and even green tea, who wouldn’t want to lather this delectable cream all over their skin on July 4th and beyond?
Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics' Moisture Mist
Since you might find yourself going all day long and from day to night, prep your skin with this clever time-release moisture mist. Part lightweight moisturize, part toner, this botanical mist infuses skin with rose extract and shiitake mushroom to help increase skin’s resistance to environmental stressors and elemental dryness. It’s perfect for long weekends, and even comes in this mini size so you can carry it in your bag for instant glow-on-the-go.
ILIA Illuminator in Polka Dots & Moonbeams
Illuminators are the perfect way to look youthful and glowing. ILIA’s illuminator is amazing because it comes packed with clean, organic ingredients as well the healing properties of rose-hip oil. It also comes in a super-convenient stick form, so application is indeed foolproof. Pop this baby on your cheekbones and brow bones, the inner corners of your eyes, the bridge of your nose and your Cupid’s bow to keep your skin looking awake and refreshed.