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Hello all you lovelies,
Since summer is now in full swing, I wanted to talk a little bit about skin care. I don’t know about you, but in the summer wearing foundation is not something I really want to do. I get really hot, and all my expensive makeup just melts off my face.
So in these hot months, I like to focus more on my skincare routine than my makeup routine. Everyone’s skin is different and has different needs, however, I always aim to have a routine that does a couple of very essential universal things:
Protects skin from sun damage
This is so important to do all year around, yet even more essential in the summer. We tend to be out and about a lot and are susceptible to much higher levels of UV rays. This can cause wrinkles, sun spots and other forms of sun damage. Plus, wearing sunscreen consistently lowers your risk for melanoma. I always have a good sunscreen in my beauty routine. Even if I have makeup that has SPF in it, I always put a layer of sunscreen on at the end of my morning skin care routine.
Corrects discoloration, fine lines and pores
These are some of the main reasons why we use foundation. So focusing your skin care routine on your specific skin needs is so important to building an effective skin care routine that reduces the need for coverage. Normally, this means using serums that treat your skin from the inside, investing in a good CC cream and keeping up with your skin care routine twice daily.
Uses brands that are clean!
This focus on clean skin care is emerging rapidly in the beauty field. It’s starting to become more common for brands to clearly state that they are clean brands. If you go into Sephora now, they clearly mark all the clean makeup and beauty brands with a little green leaf sign.
For those of you that are not familiar what ‘clean’ beauty is, it is simply products that omit harmful ingredients. There are literally thousands of harmful ingredients that have been used in beauty and skin care products. The most common things to stay away from are parabens, synthetic chemicals, sulfates and waxes.
I am using Arbonne’s Advanced Prepwork line, I also use other brands to supplement my routine, but all the brands I use are clean brands. I’ve linked the products I use down at the bottom of the post 🙂
would you all be interested in a post going into more detail about clean skin care?
My Skin Care Essentials:
I will be going over all the lovely things that I integrate into my own skin care routine, but first, let’s start by going over some of the most important products for healthy, glowing skin. If you looked in my collection, these are the three things I am NEVER without.
Ideally, you should be wearing sunscreen everyday all year around. But this is especially true in the summer months. Sun exposure and more specifically sun damage, is the number one culprit to aging skin. So keep lathering babes!
I like to use a tinted sunscreen to go under my CC cream. The one I am using now blends to minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles! I love it because it doesn’t feel oily or chalky like most sunscreens.
2. Moisturizer (yes even if you have oily skin)
If I had a penny for every time someone told me that they do not need moisturizer, or that they use their sunscreen as a moisturizer, I would be a very rich woman. Moisturizer is essential no matter your skin type! So if you have oily skin, you need to opt for a lightweight moisturizer rather than a heavy one.
3. CC cream
Like I said, foundation is not on my every day wear list, especially in the summer. So I always have a light color correcting cream ready to go. This just helps correct discoloration and reduce the appearance of spots. CC cream is the best way to achieve a bare faced look without actually going bare faced. The coverage is pretty light, but it’s just enough to make a difference:
6 Step Skin Care Routine:
It can get really confusing with the sheer number of skin care products that are out there, much less worrying about how to use them in the right order. Well one of my favorite routines to follow is the Korean beauty routine. For many years, Korean women (and men!) have been using this step by step process to maximize their skin care. Here is a quick run down of what each step is:
Step 1: Cleanse
Step one is common sense, start by washing your face. I’ve always advocated for using a gentle cleanser rather than a beaded or rough one. The reason for this is that if you use a wash that is too harsh on your skin you can cause micro tears.
This can lead to irritated pores, and breakouts. The one I am using now has little flakes in it for exfoliation, which made me a bit nervous, but I used it and it didn’t feel raw afterwards like the beads often do. I also applied very light pressure when washing. So if you are using a cleanser with beads or flakes, just be wary and try not to over do it.
I have been finding that this cleanser is really great for deep cleaning my face. But with most cleansers, I need to take my makeup off before I start to wash. This just allows for your cleanser to remove all remaining traces of makeup and dirt.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Okay, so for this step, you only want to be exfoliating your skin a couple times a week. I always opt for an enzymatic exfoliate. These usually come in the form of powders or wipes.
Enzymatic exfoliates are amazing for the skin because they eat away all the dead skin and dirt, but they don’t damage your face like beaded exfoliates do. It is much kinder to sensitive skin!
Step 3: Treat
After you exfoliate this is the part where you use serums, sprays or other treatments. Serums are great especially if you want to retain more moisture. Unlike moisturizers, serums penetrate the first layer of skin so you are treating skin cells beneath the first layer, which make for that healthy glow look.
Right now I am using the Honey Moon Glow serum from Farmacy, which isn’t a vegan brand. I really like this serum, but I will be trying out something new after the bottle runs out. In the mornings, I spray a little bit of the Herbivore rose hibiscus spray after I wash my face. Rose is an amazing ingredient if you have dry skin like me, it is very moisturizing.
Step 4: Mask
I love sheet masks. There is literally a sheet mask for every concern. I buy a big pack of masks with multiple types and do one every night before bed. This makes a huge difference in my face the following morning. My face looks fresh and plump after wards. Plus they are such a great way to unwind after a long day. You can buy a huge pack of them off of Amazon.
Step 5: Moisturize
Again, moisturizer is a skin care necessity! No matter your skin type, neglecting moisturizer can exacerbate your skin’s natural oil production. So if you have oily skin, skipping moisturizer actually causes your pores to secrete more oil to compensate.
I use two different moisturizers. I use a cream for the day which focuses on enhancing a dewy, radiant appearance. At night, I use a Jelly which you can use alone, or in addition to your moisturizer. This basically acts as an overnight mask that replenishes your skin’s natural moisture barrier while you sleep to help you wake up with a fresh dewy look.
Step 6: Put on sunscreen
In the morning before you put on your makeup, put on a nice sunscreen. This will help protect your skin from all that nasty sun damage we talked about earlier. You can wear makeup on top of it, or if you want a lighter coverage, you can opt for a CC cream.
What is your skin care must have?