It's finally here! My summer skincare routine is now live & shop-able below! This article is past due, however I didn't feel comfortable considering any of these products note-worthy until I had tried them for over 2 months! As a reminder I have combination skin, dry around my nose & cheeks & oily everywhere else. I have a mild case of rosacea in my cheeks, which makes it hard to not wear foundation to even out my skin tone, but I knew I wanted something to make it where I felt confident rocking make-up less skin! I will take you step by step through my morning & evening routine! (PSA- Up until about a year ago, I hadn't been great at removing my makeup before sleeping, & I tanned.. well constantly.)
Cleanse- I cleanse both in the morning & at night, I know that others recommend only cleansing at night, however I shower in the morning most of the time & I love cleaning off any excess skin/bacteria from the night before, especially if I used a mask. This cleanser is the most gentle one I have ever used, I love the scent & a little goes a LONG way. I also love that it is extremely affordable & lasts me 3-4 months using it twice a day!
Tone- It wasn't until recently that I realized the importance of toning your skin after cleansing. My esthetician recommended I try this toner because it doubles as a skin tone evener & balances the pH levels of my skin! This is what keeps your skin from being too dry or too oily! I also love that it has vitamin C in it to brighten my skin each morning!
Moisturize- If I had a dollar for all of the moisturizers I have tried, I would be a rich woman. But no seriously, moisturizers have always been the hardest product for me because one may work well for a few weeks & suddenly I break out & my skin becomes oily. (reason why I tried these products out for an extended period of time.) I can't take credit for this one however, as I received a bottle of it in my FabFitFun box last season. I was desperate for a moisturizer one morning & grabbed for this one, & it stuck. What I later learned was that it is completely oil free & it works to even, brighten & moisturize all at the same time. 3 months in & my skin has shown a significant difference. It feels refreshed without feeling oily & my dry spots are gone.
Reduce Redness- I mentioned earlier I struggle with rosacea, on my cheeks. I often times wake up in the morning with a small path of dryness & uneven redness that looks as if I'm wearing blush already (but not the pretty blush, ya know.) I blame a lot of this on my excessive tanning throughout high school & college & not that I have quit tanning I am on the road to recovery for my skin (before it was too late).
Lips- There’s nothing worse than staring the day off with chapped lips. I remember telling my mom I always had a third lip (you know the extra lip above your top lip you got when you were 5 from licking your chapped lips all day. That was me. I didn’t realize I needed to moisturize my lips just like I moisturize my skin. This product helps prolong lipstick wear & leaves your lips hydrated not crusty (yes, I said it). This product is phenomenal. It’s not tinted, or glossy, it instantly hydrates & stays hydrated for the whole day! I keep one in my skincare drawer & one in my purse, I love it.
Exfoliation- I will point out that I only use this product to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, and every time before getting a spay tan. It is an investment, but It is important to get dead skin off, so that new can grow. Over exfoliating can be damaging to your skin & be sure to change out the heads on a regular basis. I use this product with my cleansing product in the mornings to get any dead skin off from the night before!
Makeup Remover- If you don’t take anything from this article, please at least take this advice. Always, always, always remove your makeup before cleansing at night. If you cleanse immediately, you are essentially cleansing your skin with your old makeup. This will lead to oily breakouts & an uneven skin tone. Now I’ve tried all the wipes, the magic water & the cleansing balms. They have left me oily, dry, broken out or with makeup residue on my skin. This product is the first one to not have any of those outcomes. It is an oil based product, but it’s light, works instantly & the oil breaks down the makeup & makes it easy to wash off with warm water. Just a few pumps, massaged into the skin will do the trick! Once you have massaged it into your skin wash it off with warm water & now you are ready for your cleansing stage!
Cleansing- I use the same cleansing routine in the evening as I do in the morning! With the same product I use then too!
Toning- Be sure to tone both in the morning & evening. I spray this product straight into the palm of my hand and massage it into my skin. I used to use cotton rounds until my esthetician pointed out they were absorbing the majority of the product & leaving bits of cotton on my skin.
Moisturizing- What I love most about this moisturizer is that it can be used both day & night! If, I am extremely dry I will use this product overnight & it brings moisture back into my skin for the next morning! I do not use this product every night as it is a heavier moisturizer. I also use it in problem areas that are dry, typically around my nose and my cheek bones.
Healthy Glow- We all love having a natural healthy looking glow. As I mentioned earlier I tanned a lot & loved having tan skin, especially on my face. The aftermath of that tan skin is NOT worth it, I promise you that & I am still working on helping my skin recover from the sun damage it has. So I found the trick to keeping a healthy glow without damaging my skin! I add these drops to my moisturizer 2-3 times a week. I do this in the evening so the tan has time to set in overnight! I squeeze a bit of my moisturizer into my palm, add 2-3 drops of this product and rub my hands together before applying it to my face! REMEMBER: wash your hands immediately after using this product. It is pigmented and will leave color if you don’t wash it off!
Lip Mask- This product is as good as it gets! I use it every single night, & I wake up with moisturized lips that feel & look plumper! Put the product on with it’s applicator, rub it in a bit between your lips, but you want there to be excess to moisturize over night!
Hydrating Mask- Do you ever have those days that you know your skin is cringing for hydration? This happens to me after a long weekend, a vacation or numerous plane rides. My moisturizer just isn’t doing the trick & I know it needs something extra. I started using this mask at the end of the winter & I can’t believe I waited so long to try it! The main ingredients help to restore elasticity & firmness using probiotics to smooth, tighten and hold moisture! I use this product 1-2 times a week depending on the stress level & dryness of my skin. Massage it into your skin as you would a moisturizer, let it sit for 10-15 minutes & then I rinse it off with warm water. I always have a bit left over on my skin and I leave it there overnight for extra recovery!