This is the 2nd installment of my Summer Skincare Routine. Click here to head over to my ‘My Summer 2017 Morning Skincare Routine’ blogpost, where I explain more about my skin type and why I opt for the products I use. This post is all about the skincare I use at night….
Strangely in the Summer, I find that I tend to have fewer products in my evening routine, compared to the other 9 months of the year when I have usually have a more extensive nighttime routine than the day. In the summer my skin tends to be more oily and is most definitely more congested (blackheads, breakouts etc). So I find my skin works best if I opt out of using a face cream throughout the stuffy and humid summer nights, to prevent any products clogging more pores and suffocating my skin more. Let’s take a look at the products I have enjoyed using…
First Cleanse (Makeup Removal)
In the summer I tend to prefer using a fluid cleansing oil as opposed to a rich balm. The *Klairs Black Deep Cleansing Oil has by far been my favourite to use, and I cannot remember what it was like not having this in my life! I’ve barely picked up any other cleansing oil since receiving this from the lovely Jenna of Buttermilk Skincare last year. I did dabble about with the Heimish All Clean Balm which is really popular in the Korean Beauty community. However just like the Banila Co Clean it Zero cleansing balm, I found that it makes my eyes go blurry and irritates my eyes. Instead, I remove my eye makeup with a cleansing water and use the balm to remove a heavy foundation. My favourite cleansing water is the *Katherine Daniels Essential Micellar Water which feels like it has been out of stock forever! Luckily I was very kindly sent some travel-size bottles to use, which have come in really handy. Because it’s out of stock I have had to try out some other cleansing waters and discovered the *Thank you Farmer Back To Iceland Cleansing Water that Maree kindly sent me, and I must say I really like it and will repurchase it in the full size.
The newest cleansing-oil addition is the Jordan Samuel Plié cleanser. I purchased this earlier on in the year at Jordan and Jane’s meet and greet, but as I hate opening too many cleansers at once, I waited until I passed some other cleansers along before opening. The consistency and slip remind me of my 2 long-time favourites the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and Su-Man Purifying Cleansing Gel Oil. Just like them, Jordan’s cleanser also has a delightful subtle, sweet-scent, it emulsifies beautifully and washes away nicely, leaving no residue behind. I hope to have a brand spotlight post coming up on his line soon…
Second Cleanse & Exfoliation
Warm summer evenings my skin needs purifying, especially if I have worn a lot of makeup. I pretty much stuck to the same few cleansers at nighttime the whole season. The *Bella Aura Gentle Purifying Cleanser was my most used! It’s best described as a lightweight cream cleanser that is purifying yet, nourishing at the same time. It’s packed full of anti-oxidants, fatty acids and minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium – all of which work together to provide protective benefits for stronger and healthier skin. My skin just loves this and I also really enjoy the refreshingly-clean herbal scent that all Bella Aura products have. When my skin wasn’t as oily and felt more balanced I reached for the *Samaya Ayurveda Kapha Hydrating Cleanser which is a beautiful cream cleanser. This luxury priced green-beauty cleanser feels like cashmere on the skin. Every time I use it my skin feels instantly soothed and is left balanced, hydrated and nourished. The delicate texture means this cleanser goes a long way and will last you some time, making the high price tag a bit more justifiable. However, it’s not moisturising enough for my skin during the winter.
On the odd occasion when I have wanted to use an oil for my second cleanse (mostly because I want to give myself a nurturing facial massage) I loved the *Mun Skincare Akwi Purifying Cleanser. I really enjoy that its unique, being a creamy gel-based oil cleanser that purifies. Most oils just nourish, this acts as a hybrid between a nourishing oil and a detoxifying clay cleanser. I’ve honestly never tried anything like it before. I won’t go into too much depth on this cleanser just yet, as I have a complete MUN Skincare blogpost coming up soon.
I have only used one toner and to say I am obsessed would be an understatement. I usually find using a chemical exfoliant helps my products to absorb better, but in the summer I don’t like to use a harsh acid. So I look for something that either exfoliates manually (like this) or is a very gentle acid. Let me introduce the Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads. After purchasing Fall of last year, I finally incorporated them into my routine this year and I’m wondering why it took me so long? I now have two back up’s in my stockpile. That’s when you know I love something when I have back up’s. Not only are the pre-soaked pads super-convenient, but I find because of the natural BHA ingredient (Betaine Salicylate) which is much gentler than Salicylic Acid, they work to gently exfoliate and remove excess sebum. Honestly, these pads pull out impurities from your pores, that are almost invisible to the naked eye. Even when you think your skin is clean, these pads will show you if anything is lurking behind still. I’ve noticed since incorporating these into my routine that I experience way fewer breakouts, and when I do break out they seem to clear up a lot quicker. Though I’m not a big fan of the slight tea tree scent (I personally hate anything menthol or minty) the results of these pads are totally worth it. Plus the fragrance doesn’t linger. They are super gentle yet amazingly effective, and if you are someone who wants to take a break from strong acids or has sensitive skin, I highly recommend trying these.
AsIi mentioned in my morning routine, using an Essence is an important step for me. I don’t see it as an extra step but as a necessity to help aid the absorption of the rest of my products. I started using the May Coop Raw Sauce (which I discovered through Stefanie Nicole). Which is made up of Maple Sap, Soy Bean, Rice Bran Extract, Olive, and Grape Extracts that claims to help hydrate, repair and brighten the complexion. Currently, the UK has no May Coop Stockist and I find it more affordable to order directly from Korea (though if you are in the states it’s available from Peach & Lily. I just have not found this essence as hydrating as some others I enjoy, like this and this. I find that the inclusion of Alcohol plays a part in this, plus I find the smell of the alcohol a little overpowering. I don’t like that something that’s going to penetrate my skin so deep down contains Alcohol, Methylparaben & Parfum, so sadly this product is a huge fail for me.
On the nights I exfoliated, I reached for the *Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence instead. Snail mucin is known for it’s regenerating and healing properties, making it fantastic for healing any irritated or problematic skin. Snail secretion is amazingly good for anyone with acne-prone skin and who suffer from scars. I find the essence incredibly hydrating and soothing and it’s no surprise that its one of Cosrx’s star products.
No matter the time of year I always use a serum! I’m also quite the creature of comfort when it comes to my serums, so I don’t tend to switch them up as much as I do with other products. I mean, if it isn’t broken why fix it right? When it’s hot I cannot stand any heavy or rich serums, the lighter in texture the better. During the summer I tend to focus more on anti-aging, protective serums, and I had two on rotation. The Kypris Moonlight Catalyst and The Oskia Super 16 Serum. After I fell head over heels for the Kypris Antioxidant Dew so it was only a matter of time before I tried more, and my second purchase was the Moonlight Catalyst. The Kypris Moonlight Catalyst is a naturally derived retinol alternative, especially ideal for those with sensitive skin. Packed full of 15 natural active ingredients including pumpkin enzymes, Algae, Rosehip Seed Oil & Sea Buckthorn, it helps to regenerate the skin and increase cell turnover, whilst providing hydration. Biomimetic growth factors, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids help to stimulate the skins natural regeneration cycle, strengthen the skin barrier and also soothe and heal the skin. The result come morning is smooth, youthful, glowing skin. If you are used to strong retinol treatments, you probably won’t find this effective enough. The Oskia Super 16 Serum is the OG of all serums! It’s taken a lot for me to even put this down! The Oskia Super 16 is exactly as the name suggests, a ‘Super Serum’. It’s one of those serums that truly does it all. A pure potent blend of sixteen super nutrients and bio-actives to target signs of aging. Bakuchiol (which comes from Indian Babchi seeds) acts as a natural retinol equivalent to help improve the look of skin-deterioration and prevent any future skin damage. Acting as both a cure and preventative, but without the irritating side effects of Vitamin A. Making this also fantastic for those with sensitive and problematic skin. The Super 16 Serum also helps to boost collagen production, build up skin resilience, add hydration and retain moisture, and deliver high-level free radical defense against the elements. I mean when you have this serum why would you need any other right? It’s pricey but I truly think this serum is what ‘s making my skin look so good. I’m now on my 2nd bottle which is almost finished.
Eye products are something I stopped using so much at night thanks to the recommendation of the lovely Julian. Jules I met when visiting the Biologique Recherche counter in Liberty London. The first thing I noticed was how amazingly smooth and flawless his skin is. We talked for a good amount of time and later started following each other on Instagram. He’s extremely well informed when it comes to skincare, especially French skincare. So when his well-educated self-gives me a beauty tip, girl you know I’m gonna take it on board. I’ve noticed since removing eye cream at night, my eyes aren’t as puffy and sensitive come morning. Instead every other night I have opted for the Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum which is a lightweight, retinol-based eye serum. Rich, yet lightweight it claims to target wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles by gently renewing the skin and reducing dryness. I feel dark circles are permanent, therefore you can help them but not completely get rid of them. However, the potent antioxidants, ferulic acid, and retinol did help with the appearance of crepiness I had on my eyelid, and my eyes also felt a little tighter. Even Beautypedia recommends the Dr. Dennis Gross Eye Serum. However for some strange reason its now impossible to find it in the UK, I don’t know whats happening but I hope they bring it back. Us Brits need it too! If my eyes were feeling extremely dry then I applied a tiny amount of the *Katherine Daniels Multi-Tasking Eye Balm over the top. It’s one of the few rich eye balms that doesn’t give me milia under the eyes.
The next step is a face oil. As I had no face creams I needed to get my moisture and protection from face oils, using the occasional sleeping mask. I fell head-over-heels for the *Lina Hanson Global Face Serum, which she very kindly sent me to try out. I discovered her Global Treasures Balm and Global Face Trio last year from Content Beauty for my 32nd birthday, so I was super excited to try her other products. I swear this oil is one of my most beautiful, invigorating, self-indulgent facial oils on the market today! I actually favour it over my May Lindstrom Youth Dew and Kypris Beauty Elixir II. Though the fragrance of the Global Face Serum is as close to me experiencing heaven, it’s so much more than just a pretty fragrant oil. Containing the purest, potent organic ingredients, sourced from all over the world. You really can expect the highest quality. Some of the ingredients include Camellia, Neroli, Baobab, Pumpkin, Marula and Frankincense oil. The Global Face Serum is highly rich in antioxidants and it helps to improve overall skin tone, brighten, minimize sun spots, rejuvenate and improve elasticity. It’s also healing, soothing, moisturizing and balancing. So if you are after a fast absorbing, ultimate skin-hydrator (that absorbs without sitting on top of the skin) and gives a beautiful glow, then look no further. It works for all skin types and all four seasons. Definitely one of my favourite discoveries of 2017. Thank you so much, Lina, for sending it to me to try. I am truly honored. Another oil I adored was the Hera Beauty Boosting Oil. As the name suggests it is a glow-boosting facial oil – formulated with Cell-Bio Glow™ technology. Basically a harmony of four natural botanical-oils, such as: Coconut, Argan, Jojoba, and Rosehip together that add a beautiful illuminating-glow to the skin. Whilst also smoothing out skin texture and soothing any dry flaky patches. The silky, lightweight texture allows it to absorb quickly into the skin, without any stickiness or greasy residue left behind. I also enjoy using this in the daytime over my moisturiser, as it gives my skin this beautiful dewy glow under my makeup. It really is a promising choice for those who aren’t sensitive to coconut oil and want that youthful, fresh look.
Midway through the summer, I introduced the *ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil into my routine also. I never thought I would ever find an oil that helps balance oil production and calm blemishes at the same time until this beauty came along. I won’t go into too much detail as I have a blogpost coming up on this. However, I will say that if you have oily skin and found that the Kiehls Midnight Recovery oil did not work for you, then I highly recommend you try this instead. It does everything I wished that oil to do, and so much more! I went through a stage of also enjoying the Mauli Supreme Skin Face Serum which is infused with rose otto, rose absolute, lime, blood orange, sandalwood, jasmine, moringa, argan, and calendula, just to name a few. Together they create the most beautiful, relaxing scent. It is honestly one of the most beautiful smelling face oils I have ever tried. However I do feel that it will suit my skin better in the winter, so expect to see this beauty make an appearance again at the end of the year.
For lips, there was only product and it was none other than the *Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Though I loved the soveral mandarin Lip balm during the day I needed something richer overnight. This sweet berry-scented, emollient lip balm has been a must-have staple in my nighttime routine since winter of last year. A little goes a long way and by morning I wake up with softer, plumper more hydrated lips. I have extremely dry and sensitive lips, so this has been a true blessing to use.
Skincare Routine Product Price List:
Klairs Black Deep Cleansing Oil* | (c/o Buttermilk Skincare) | £17.90
Heimish All Clean Balm | £13
Katherine Daniels Micellar Face & Eye Makeup Remover* | (samples c/o KD Cosmetics) | £20.95
Thank You Farmer Back To Iceland Cleansing Water* | (sample c/o Beauty & Seoul) | £23
Jordan Samuel Plie Cleanser | $20
Bella Aura Gentle Purifying Cleanser* | (c/o Bella Aura) | $45
Clarisonic Mia 2 | £125
Samaya Ayurveda Kapha Hydrating Cleanser* | (PR Sample) | £69
MUN Akwi Purifying Cleanser* – (c/o MUN Skincare) | £53 / $60
Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads | £19
May Coop Raw Sauce | $43
Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence* | (c/o Buttermilk Skincare) | £22
Oskia Super 16 Serum | £82
Kypris Moonlight Catalyst | £74
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum | $68
Katherine Daniels Multi-Tasking Eye Balm* | (c/o KD Cosmetics) | £35.50
Lina Hanson Global Face Serum* | (c/o Lina Hanson) | £75 / $
Hera Beauty Boosting Oil | £68
Mauli Supreme Skin Face Serum | £54
ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil | (c/o ESPA Skincare) | £59
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask* | (c/o YesStyle) | £12
What products have worked for your skin over the summer months?
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