Now that we’re halfway into summer, I think now is a better time than ever to discuss some of the items in my current summer skincare routine. When the weather is warmer, I tend to keep the makeup light while focusing on the skin a little more. This is partly because I’m too lazy to apply as much makeup as I would like, but mostly because it’s just too hot to wear a full face comfortably in humid weather. Summer is the perfect season to let your skin take the spotlight, so taking care of it should be the #1 priority. If you would like to read about the products I use and learn my thoughts about them, keep reading!
My go-to face wash all year round is the Purity face wash by Philosophy. I went a bit more in-depth about this product in my “April 2016 favourites” post (which you can find here), so I won’t ramble on about it here. Long story short: it is a very gentle yet effective cleanser that gets all my makeup off and leaves my skin feeling fresh.
In the summer months, my skin tends to get a bit oilier. In the past, I always struggled to find moisturizers and would end up just skipping it when it gets hot because I thought that they would just make skin greasier. I was determined to find one this time because the sunscreen that I currently use is quite mattifying, so I needed something to give me just enough moisture to keep my skin hydrated without making it look oily. I used the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for a few years, and while I did like it, it didn’t really seem to do much for my skin.
I eventually stumbled upon the Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream, which is given this description on the Sephora website:
Perfect for all skin types, this daily moisturizer provides lasting hydration thanks to hyaluronic acid, which helps attract and seal in moisture, moisture-retaining angelica leaf extract, and an algae that helps deliver moisture where it’s needed most. The skin-softening formula is further enriched with soothing rosewater, nourishing rose flower oil, calming cucumber extract, and antioxidant-rich rhodiola root extract.
I don’t exactly agree with its claim of being suitable for all skin types. It provides the perfect amount of hydration for my oily skin, so this product probably won’t be hydrating enough for people with drier skin types.
It has a pleasant rose scent similar to the rose face mask also made by Fresh. I find that it actually smells like real roses rather than the nauseating artificial fragrance, which is nice. Some individuals with sensitivities to fragrances may want to stay away from this product since the smell is a little strong.
The texture is gel-like and applies very smoothly onto the skin. It absorbs quickly, however it actually feels very hydrating. My skin feels very soft and supple after applying this product. It also works very well as a base under makeup.
Overall, I really enjoy this moisturizer and would highly recommend it to individuals with oily skin.
Trying to stay within the theme of “light yet moisturizing” products for the summer, I tried out a new eye cream from an Asian beauty line called Mizon. I heard many great things about the snail repair line and decided to try out the eye cream. The texture, as it was described, appeared to be what I was looking for, and the low price tag was a huge bonus given that eye creams are ridiculously expensive for no valid reason. Here is the description from the Peach & Lily website:
An all-in-one eye cream formulated with 80% snail mucin. This is a sister product to our best-selling, All-in-One Snail Repair Cream, and has sold by the millions across Asia for its high efficacy ingredients. This eye cream hydrates, helps diminish the look of fine lines, and promotes the brightening of dark eye areas.
Appropriate for all skin types.
Before I get into how the product performs, I want to address the first concern that my readers are probably having right now: yes, this product does contain a good amount of snail slime. I’m sure it sounds absolutely bizarre and a somewhat terrifying, but trust me when I say that it’s not as gross as it sounds. Besides, people put fucked up shit on their face all the time. Prime example? Botulin toxin on their face to get rid of wrinkles – and look how wonderful the results are!
Back to the main point of this section – this eye cream is quite nice. The texture is gel-like, however because of the snail mucin, it feels like more of a stiffer gel rather than a more runny texture. Once applied onto the skin, it leaves a bit of a sticky feeling, however I find it works great as a base for under eye concealer. Apart from that, I haven’t noticed that it does much else. It doesn’t decrease the look of fine lines, but it definitely makes makeup glide on smoother on the skin and it hydrates just fine.
Sunscreen is probably the most vital part of my routine. I use medications and treatments which make my skin very photosensitive, so using sun protection is an absolute must. Unfortunately, my skin is very sensitive therefore I am limited to using products with physical sunblock ingredients (i.e. ones that only contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide). Luckily, I found out about the Coola sunscreens and have been loving them. I currently use the unscented version with SPF30. Here’s the description from the Coola website:
Give your skin an immediate line-smoothing matte finish and fight signs of aging caused by the sun with this antioxidant-infused Farm to Face® sourced broad spectrum SPF 30 mineral sunscreen. This unscented and lightly tinted formula is made with natural Rose Hip Oil which is rich in free radical fighting Vitamin C. Naturally calming Evening Primrose and Flax Seed Oils deliver abundant Omega-3 and Gamma-Linolenic Acid to improve elasticity and help skin retain moisture. Natural Shea Butter smoothes and hydrates while the phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates skin. Formulated for all skin types and tones, including those that are especially sensitive or oily.
It has a matte finish therefore it keeps my greasiness in check. It also has a slight yellow tint to it which helps to prevent the white cast which physical sunscreens are notorious for, however it still looks a little too light for my face the more I tan. Regardless, it’s the best summer sunscreen I’ve used thus far and I highly recommend it for individuals with sensitive skin.
The main treatment I try to use as much as possible is anything with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). I find these particularly useful in the summer time because I tend to get tiny bumps on my forehead and some blemishes around my T-zone. Using a chemical exfoliator like products containing AHA’s really help keep those imperfections at bay. I started using a new product recently called the AHA Souffle by Alpha Hydrox, which contains 12% glycolic acid. Here’s the description from Amazon:
Alpha Hydrox Anti-Wrinkle AHA Souffle features a 12% glycolic acid formula to promote healthy dermal cell turnover and improve the look and feel of your skin. This exfoliating cream smoothes, softens and evens tone while diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Peptides support collagen and elastin production to tighten and firm as green tea extract helps combat free radical-damage for a clear, youthful-looking complexion.
It’s quite strong, and after a month of using it, I’ve noticed that the texture of my skin has been very smooth and breakout-free. I want to keep using it for a few more months before giving my final verdict, but so far it’s been great.
What products do you use in your summer skincare routine?