Labor Day (i.e. the unofficial end of summer) has come and gone, which means you may have seen the last of your best beach days until next year. But that doesn’t mean you have to say a fond farewell to your sun-kissed glow.
While you’ve hopefully been lathered up with sunscreen all day every day (read our primer on the UV-blocker HERE and our guide to the most innovative launches of 2019 HERE), you’ve no doubt still attained some level of the elusive radiance that seems all but impossible to recreate in months not named June, July, or August — until now.
From illuminating tinted moisturizers to collagen-boosting gummy supplements, there are an array of ways to prolong summer’s luminosity sans sun. If you are looking for a hint of coverage with a fresh, dewy finish, Laura Mercier and Giorgio Armani Beauty have hydrating hybrids that also boast a minimum of SPF 30. Exfoliators from Fresh and OleHenriksen, meanwhile, keep dull skin at bay, while CBD-infused body serums (here’s looking at you, Saint Jane Beauty) and gradual tanning lotions (hi, St. Tropez) will ensure you remain radiant from head to toe.
Keep scrolling for The AEDITION’s guide to glow-inducing skincare, makeup, and supplements!
Farmacy Very Cherry Bright Vitamin C Serum Featuring — count 'em — four forms of vitamin C (including one from the Acerola cherry), this non-tacky serum brightens, firms, and hydrates. The vitamin C cocktail offers immediate and long term improvements to skin tone and radiance, while hyaluronic acid provides a moisture boost and a natural peptide found in the Peruvian Sacha Inchi plant restores a more youthful appearance. $62, sephora.com
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating Natural Skin Perfector The brand’s cult-favorite makeup-skincare hybrid just got a radiant update. The newly reformulated sheer-coverage fluid features finely milled pearls for instant luminosity, while French algae and licorice extract work to improve skin’s natural glow over time. Available in six shades, the hydration booster also boasts a broad-spectrum SPF 30 and brightening antioxidant blend of vitamins C and E. $47, sephora.com
Sundaily The Back Up Get your glow on from the inside out with these vegan gummy supplements that employ astaxanthin — an antioxidant derived from freshwater algae — to reduce the aging effects of environmental stressors (think: sun, stress, pollution, etc.) and stimulate collagen production to improve skin tone and texture. from $29 for a 30-day supply, getsundaily.com
Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil Whether you apply it to bare skin or add a few drops to your foundation for a dewy glow, this lightweight face oil is formulated with castor oil to maintain moisture, black currant seed oil to boost elasticity, and niacinamide to even skin tone. The best part? The tube allows for mess-proof packing! $42, sephora.com
Chanel Duo Bronze et Lumiere It’s all about the fake bake with this all-in-one bronzer and highlighter powder duo. Available in two shades, the matte bronzer is perfect for sculpting, while the illuminator (best placed on the highpoints of the face) mimics a sun-kissed glow. $70, chanel.com
Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Body Serum Ideal for soothing parched, sun-stressed skin, this citrus-scented body oil blends 200 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD with 28 antioxidants and omegas. Grapeseed, avocado, jojoba, and sunflower oils are deeply moisturizing and rich in free radical-fighting vitamin E, while vitamin C-packed grapefruit and tangerine improve radiance. CBD offers an additional glow boost and provides a calming effect from head to toe. $58, spacenk.com
Tatcha Satin Skin Mist Kim Kardashian is one of the countless fans of the brand's OG Luminous Dewy Face Mist, and its latest spritzer does not disappoint. The oil-free liquid-to-powder formula is ideal for combination-oily skin types and includes detoxifying Okinawa clay, antioxidant-rich Japanese wild rose, and hydrating Japanese seagrass for a clarifying satin (not shiny!) finish. Oh, and the mist is ultra-fine, so it will refresh your makeup without making a mess of it! $48, sephora.com
Giorgio Armani Beauty Armani Prima Color Control Glow Moisturizer A sun-kissed glow in liquid form, this sheer fluid (available in five shades) combines color correction, hydration, radiance, and a hint of coverage into one simple step. Moringa oleifera extract moisturizes skin, while vitamin E and a broad-spectrum SPF 35 offer UV protection. $55, giorgioarmanibeauty.com
Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash It may seem counterintuitive, but exfoliation is actually key to maintaining a healthy glow, and this gentle dual-purpose formula cleanses (thanks to soapberry peel extract) and exfoliates. A white sugar blend derived from beet root polishes the skin by sloughing off dull, dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion, and strawberry fruit extract improves overall tone and texture. $33, sephora.com
Acaderma Invisible Shield Defense Serum Layer this antioxidant-rich serum under your sunscreen for defense against free-radicals, blue light, and other environmental stressors that lead to dull skin. The lightweight formula features an exclusive sesame seed extract that is one and a half-times more potent than vitamin C, in addition to actives like peony and summer snowflake extract, resveratrol, and glycyrrhizic acid that provide additional anti-inflammatory and anti-pollution benefits. $80, acaderma.com
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Body Lotion Maintain a year-round glow sans sun with this fruity, oil-based lotion that imparts a buildable tan — and serious hydration. Borrowing an ingredient from your favorite face cream, hyaluronic acid locks in moisture for up to 72 hours, while nourishing coconut and Brazil nut oils ensure the product melts into skin for a natural, streak-free tan. $25, ulta.com
OleHenriksen PHAT Glow Facial If chemical exfoliation is what you’re after, look no further than this one-step at-home treatment. Skin-smoothing polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) combine with nourishing Nordic birch sap, clarifying pink bentonite clay, hydrating chia seed oil, and soothing cotton extract for brighter (read: glowier) skin in 10 to 15 minutes. $50, olehenriksen.com
Beautyblender Glass Glow Shinelighter For glass-like luminosity without a frosty or sparkly finish, try this multipurpose highlighter on your eyelids, lips, cheekbones, décolleté, or anywhere you'd like to glow. The colorless gloss is not sticky or greasy and melts into skin for hours of light-reflecting radiance. $25, sephora.com
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