10 Steps for a Sun-Kissed Glow (No Sun Required)

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Written by: Brianna Peters


Updated on: June 16, 2023

woman shielding her face from the sun

Photo courtesy of Monroe Alvarez. Model: Clara Settje.

The secret to a summer glow involves not just a last-minute swipe of bronzer but a multipronged approach: good food, great exercise, a radiance-inducing supplement, powerfully restorative skin care, and, of course, a few touches of the fun stuff (highlighter, self-tanner, and more).

The result? Gorgeously luminescent skin without the sun exposure. To that end, we’ve included SPF 30 in this routine—which works no matter your skin type—so make sure to wear it every day.


The Lit-from-within Glow

Drink a glass of this powerful blend of vitamins C and E, astaxanthin, and carotenoids for the ultimate skin support. The coral-colored powder tastes refreshingly citrusy, mixes easily into a glass of water, and supercharges any topical skin routine.*

  1. goop Beauty Morning Skin Superpowder
    goop Beauty Morning Skin Superpowder goop, $60/$55 with subscription



No matter your skin type, cleansing makes an enormous difference in the way your treatment products perform. This silky oil-to-milk cleanser dissolves dirt, oil, and other pore-clogging impurities while supporting your skin’s moisture barrier with hydration and nourishment. Made with powerhouse ingredients like biomimetic sea fennel extract, prebiotic inulin, and hydrating snow mushroom extract, it leaves your skin fresh and supple.

  1. Veracity Advanced Hydration Cleanser
    Veracity Advanced Hydration Cleanser goop, $42


Layer Serum Over Bare Skin

Face serums address issues like breakouts and dull skin—and the results are impressive. Vitamin C is especially great in summer because it helps fight free radicals from UV rays and other environmental factors while brightening, clarifying, smoothing, and refining the texture of skin. Peptides can help firm, boost hydration, and more.

  1. Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

    goop Beauty goopglow  20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
    goop Beauty 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic
    Acid Glow Serum
    goop, $125/$112 with subscription
  2. Peptides

    Westman Atelier Skin Activator
    Westman Atelier Skin Activator goop, $150


Layer on Moisturizer

This incredible, deeply hydrating moisturizer works day and night to make a huge difference in the way your skin looks and feels. The secret: skin-boosting ingredients like microbiome-supporting prebiotics, calming cherimoya extract, and smoothing white lily bulb extract that work together to smooth, firm, and calm skin. We’re obsessed.

  1. Veracity BioEvolve Moisturizer
    Veracity BioEvolve Moisturizer goop, $78


Do a Weekly Skin Treatment

We exfoliate at least once a week (but often more) with the bestselling Microderm face scrub—the combination of physical and chemical exfoliants really helps boost glow, retexturize, and deep-clean pores. Tata Harper’s flower mask is great for dry, dull skin because it floods skin with moisture, plumping and refreshing, while the soothing clay mask from Grown Alchemist is ideal for purifying and brightening, especially for anyone dealing with breakouts, excess oil, or uneven texture.

  1. Exfoliating

    goop Beauty Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
    goop Beauty Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator goop, $125/$112 with subscription
  2. Nourishing

    Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask
    Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask goop, $95
  3. Brightening

    Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Masque
    Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Masque goop, $40


Wear Sunscreen (Even on Cloudy Days)

Mineral sunscreen is the closest thing there is to a miracle youth-preserving cream. This featherlight, all-but-invisible one beautifully protects as it nourishes skin with jasmine, desert rose, hibiscus, and green tea.

  1. Saint Jane Luxury Sun Ritual Pore Smoothing SPF 30
    Saint Jane Luxury Sun Ritual Pore Smoothing SPF 30 goop, $38


Do the Best Self-Tan on the Planet

This clean self-tanner is an absolute dream to apply, and we love the chic pump bottle. It foams into a light, hydrating mousse that sinks right into skin—and there’s absolutely no residue or transfer to clothing or sheets. The quick-drying formula is infused with botanicals to moisturize skin while it works.

  1. Saltyface Tanning Foam
    Saltyface Tanning Foam goop, $62


Highlight (Anywhere the Sun Would Hit)

This tinted highlighter gives skin a dewy gleam. Made with nourishing hyaluronic acid, fine micropearl particles, and kukui, maracuja, and sunflower seed oils, it instantly refreshes skin with a sheeny flush of color that’s just so flattering.

  1. Saie Glow Sculpt
    Saie Glow Sculpt goop, $32


Brush on Toasty Bronzer

This velvety matte bronzer gives your skin a beautiful, sun-kissed, just-back-from-the-beach glow. Swirl a brush into the powder and buff over cheekbones, the forehead, the jawline, the bridge of your nose—anywhere you want warmed-up bronzy color.

  1. Westman Atelier Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer
    Westman Atelier Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer goop, $75


Smooth on Gleamy Body Oil

Beautifully scented (and faintly chocolaty), this luxurious silky oil leaves a little luminosity and tint anywhere you put it. Coconut and avocado oils deeply moisturize, while raspberry oil soothes and energizes. Watermelon, coffee, and cacao oils play up any skin tone for a subtle tan.

  1. Balmyard Beauty Paradise Oil
    Balmyard Beauty Paradise Oil goop, $98

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.