Six months postpartum, I had yet to regain anything resembling a “pregnancy glow,” and my skin felt less than vibrant due to perpetual lack of sleep coupled with new motherhood stress.
My spring quest, besides some cleaning? To discover luminous summer skin—and find time to put on a little makeup too! I wanted to find makeup that would heal and nurture my skin, not just add some color. “My products are formulated with raw, food-grade, organic ingredients in their natural state,” says Rose-Marie Swift, makeup artist and founder of RMS Beauty. “Organic [and] wildcrafted ingredients like raw coconut and buriti oil, as well as the highest quality cold-pressed organic jojoba oil—the most similar to the natural characteristics of human skin—contain some of the most powerful, nourishing and healing properties that the skin thirsts for.” Her gorgeous Savannah Peach Collection was inspired by the port city’s spellbinding sunsets, “a complete makeup artist’s color fantasy.”
To achieve lasting luminosity, I sought out nutrient-rich serums that heal and repair. “Undernourished skin doesn’t glow,” says Lisamarie Garguilo, VP of Spa Sales and Education at Luzern Skincare. “Facial oils boost your skin’s natural glow and keep it better protected against damaging free radicals for skin that is nourished, glowing and protected.” Luzern decided to create The Sublime Oil as a warmer weather choice, and for individuals who are new to oils and concerned with the feel of heavier oils. “As skin starts to adjust to increased heat and humidity during warmer months, it can cause your skin to produce a shine from the higher activity of your sebaceous glands,” says Garguilo. “Hydration is still needed during these months and instead of skipping hydration all together, which can be detrimental to skin, look for lightweight hydration.”
For a spiritual approach to increasing skin’s vibrancy, Odacité has the answer in its All-Embracing Serum, which is charged with crystal energy. “I wanted to fuse the vibration energy of crystals and beauty energy of plants and herbs,” says Valerie Grandury, founder of Odacité, a French wordplay on audacity. “I wanted to supercharge this serum with the spiritual belief that amethyst's high frequency purifies the aura of negative energy and creates a protective shield of light around the body. My grandmother in France had a collection of crystals on her nightstand—I do, too—ensuring calm, restorative and protected sleep.”
The Tool Kit
Here are our top picks to achieve a fresh, glowing complexion.
This gift set features Peach multEYEtasker and three exclusives to the set: Monterey Lipstick, Savannah Sunset Swift Shadow and Scarlett Peach Luminizing Powder. Universal rose gold tinged with peach “works beautiful magic to almost any skin tone,” says founder Rose-Marie Swift. The luminizing powder is pressed, not baked, therefore preserving healing nutrients.