I have never shared my skincare routine on here, mostly because it never really stays the same, as I am usually never completely happy with all of the products I am using. However, this summer my skin has been the best it has been in quite awhile and I am really happy with all the products I am currently using. Of course, (thanks to the sun) my skin has a bit of colour and my freckles are more prominent, meaning my acne scars are a little less noticeable. However, my skin tone seems to have evened out a lot (I have a lot of redness) and my skin has not been half as shiny as previous summers. Other than the random spot, I am really content with my skin at the moment.
First off, my skin type is oily/combination skin, meaning my skin is dominantly more oily, but I still get dry patches (specifically my eyes and around my nose). In the summer, my skin gets quite shiny, whereas in the winter, my skin tends to get more dehydrated and dull, as my skin seems to not produce as much oil. I would also say I have acne-prone skin. I don’t get breakouts anymore like I did as a teenager, but because my skin is sensitive and easily irritated, I never know what will cause a breakout or irritation.
I have broken this post up into the products I use in the AM and the products I use in the PM. If you want to hear more about the products I have been loving for my ‘Summer Skincare’, then carry on reading!
I find my skin gets irritated when it is over cleansed, so in the morning I usually just cleanse my skin with some micellar water on a cotton round. This may appall any skincare junkies, but it seems to work best for me and I know I will stick with it. I like this one by Simple as a cheaper alternative to Bioderma as it is also designed for sensitive skin and contains no fragrance. It is free of any harsh chemicals, artificial dyes and is paraben-free. As with most cleansing waters I have tried, I love that they easily remove any lingering dirt and oil and my skin feels so refreshed after using this. What I’m left with is a clean base before applying my moisturizers and makeup.
After cleansing, I mist my face with this thermal water, which my skin has been absolutely loving this summer. I actually raved about this product in my ‘Summer Favourites’, which you can find here. As mentioned in that post, it has helped calm the redness in my skin so much and helps soothe any irritation. It feels so refreshing and I feel like it is a great way to keep my skin hydrated without making it more oily. The water stays uncontaminated and cold inside and the fine mist feels so soothing and really helps to perk up and wake up my skin each morning.
Next, I apply my eye cream before following up with my moisturizer. I am very, very adamant about applying eye cream daily and this one from The Body Shop is one of the best I have tried so far. The Nutriganics line is designed to help fight the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I love the lightweight formula of this as it isn’t too heavy for the daytime, but still deeply moisturizes. It contains ingredients such as Community Trade organic babassu oil (similar in properties to coconut oil and smoothes and revitalizes the skin), organic red grape and elderflower (improves skin tone and texture) and organic thyme (protects the skin). This stuff has greatly helped smooth out the skin around my eye area.
This is a product I have never talked about although I have been using it since before I started my blog. My sister swears by the Daily Energizer line by Clarins (and her skin looks fantastic) so I decided to give this lotion a go. This oil-free moisturizer boosts skins radiance thanks to a combination of vitamin C, turmeric and gingko biloba. I definitely notice my skin has more of a glow from using this and though I would prefer if it was fragrance-free, the fragrance does not irritate my skin. Plus, the SPF 15 means my skin always has a bit of protection (though if I am going to the beach or somewhere I’ll reach for a higher SPF).
Coconut oil is such an amazing superfood that I think everyone should incorporate into their daily lives whether applying it topically, ingesting it or both. I massage a small amount all over my face to dissolve my makeup and it is particularly great for gently removing eye makeup (including waterproof mascara). I love that this breaks up my makeup whilst nourishing, strengthening and repairing my skin. We usually purchase Nutiva Coconut Oil, which is organic and virgin, meaning it is of highest quality. I feel like if you are a fan of cleansing oils, you should really try coconut oil as a natural alternative.
Now that the bulk of my makeup is gone, it’s time to wash my face. When it comes to cleansers, I am extremely picky. I have come to the conclusion that I am not a huge fan of foaming cleansers and much prefer cream cleansers which do not lather up. This one is soap-free, so it doesn’t strip my skin, but still removes dirt, oil and makeup without causing any redness or over drying. It’s fragrance-free and 99% natural and with ingredients like sunflower seed oil, beeswax, coconut oil and cotton flower extract, my skin has been really happy with this product. It will be awhile before I’m willing to try any other cleanser.
The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum (Discontinued)
After using my Simple Cleansing Micellar Water to get rid of anything my cleanser may have missed, I apply this serum. I wasn’t sure about including this product as 1. It has been discontinued and 2. I ran out of it about a month ago (it’s been tucked away for my next ‘Product Empties’ post). However, since I have ran out of this product I have noticed my skin has not been as smooth as it was when I applied this before bed. From the same line as the eye cream, this product contains skin-loving ingredients like the babassu oil and one pump was plenty to cover my whole face before bed. It left my skin feeling much more firm and over time it helped reduce any bumps on my face and left my skin much more smooth and even.
Occasionally, if I am feeling particularly lazy or have had a late night I will use a cleansing wipe to remove my makeup and then follow up with my cleansing water. I am a huge fan of the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes, but have been using these ones by Yes to and I absolutely love these as well. These are so incredibly moisturizing and leave my skin hydrated with coconut water, kukui nut extract and orchid extract. These are 96% natural, paraben-free and easily remove dirt and makeup. These are especially great for very dry skin, but for occasional use, my skin has been loving these.
Let me know any of your favourite skincare products!