The weather’s turning warmer, and it’s time to switch up my skincare routine!
My skin is fairly sensitive, and tends to take to products without many additives or fragrances in their formulas. As I’ve gotten to know my skin better, I’ve begun looking for products with simpler formulas and ingredients that I recognize.
Here are my essentials for this summer season:
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oils
With any product, you want to give your skin at least two weeks to get used to the formula before pitching it all together. At first, my skin was like, “Okay, what in the HECK did you just put on me?!” I ended up with a bit of a breakout in my T-zone, but after about a week, my skin cleared up beautifully! Oil cleansing promotes balanced production of the natural oils in your skin. As I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil, I’ve found that my skin’s oily spots have evened out and my dry spots have dissipated. It’s very easy to wash away, and removes makeup like a dream. This is a great affordable alternative to high-end oil cleansers.
LUSH Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water
While working at LUSH, I learned the true magic of toner water. I added Breath of Fresh Air into my skincare routine, and not only did my dryness and redness go away, it enabled me to use less cream on my face and allowed for more even spreadability! With gentle ingredients like aloe and rose, my face feels more pampered than ever. I’ve saved so much money using this toner within my routine; I’ve been able to cut my face cream usage in half, and my skin is absolutely loving it.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
This product really packs a powerful punch of moisturization! It’s non-greasy, oil-free formula settles into my skin so beautifully. I’ll spritz my face with LUSH’s Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water, spread to ensure even coverage, and layer this right over without letting the toner dry. Hyaluronic Acid works best when there is ample moisture for it to attach to, so the extra boost of the toner helps it to be even more nourishing. I’ll be using this as a day and night cream this season.
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+
I use this sunscreen every single day–no matter the weather. With sunscreen, anything above 75 SPF is usually just a thicker formula, and doesn’t allow for any more protection than 75 SPF. I love this formula because it’s not too thick, and is suitable for applying all over, including my face! It’s hard to find a sunblock that doesn’t make my face breakout (many of them are oil-based), but this one was gentle enough right from the start. If you have an Ocean State Job Lot or similar store near you, check their shelves. You can usually get this for much less than the original price.
Clarisonic Mia 2
I cannot say enough about this cleansing brush! It’s definitely a high-end product with a high-end price tag, but it is one of the best beauty investments I’ve ever made. Summertime is perfect for getting into more exfoliation, and this brush has sensitive and full-power settings, depending on your skin’s needs. I swear my skin glows after every use! To clean, I’ll just take the brush head and soak it in baking soda and white vinegar for a while, then rinse. Be sure to clean the actual handle as well; moisture gets under the brush head, and you don’t want mold or mildew up in there!
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen; my favorite skincare products for Summer 2017. Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Comment below!