Some of the most frequently asked questions I receive are 1. What are my favourite skincare products? 2. What are my most used skincare products, and 3. What products do I use to achieve the healthy glow I currently have? So I thought I would share on here the routine I followed all summer, starting with my morning routine as it was the most consistent. I did test out other products from time to time but always came back to these products. During the day I tend to focus mostly on hydration and blemish control in the summer and exfoliation and more targeted treatments in the colder months. This is why my skincare routine can change depending on the season and how my skin is at that time. I don’t think it is any one particular product alone that has helped my skin, but rather a concoction of products that have worked simultaneously together to help me achieve the healthy glowy skin I have today.
I have always been one to show my skin journeys through my social media and I have received many messages from people through my instastories saying that they trust my recommendations because I share with them my face and my skin. Unlike some skincare accounts that never share what they actually look like, many people have told me they are unsure if what they rave about actually works. I guess this is because we are a society that finds it easier to believe in something if it can be seen, and this is why people tend to like Renee and Caroline! Until this was brought to my attention I never really thought about it that way. I personally have followed many skincare accounts that have never shown photos of what they look like, so I guess you just have to be trusting in believing what they are saying is true? I believe some people just enjoy networking and sharing what they enjoy with other like-minded skincare lovers, and some are probably too shy – I know I used to be. However now this has come to my attention I have realised I prefer the credibility of the people whos face and skin I can see, like Renee, Liah, Nadine and Caroline, and I am much more likely to purchase a product they have recommended over a faceless account. I guess sometimes a picture really can speak a thousand words.
During the summer months I actually find I have more products in my morning routine, than I do at night as my skin is more oily and more easily congested, but in the colder months, it switches around. I like to keep my routine consistent and I try to allow each product to dry before moving onto the next (not always easy when you’re in a rush with 4 kids). Here is my summer routine, listed in the order I use them….
In the morning I opt for a cleanser that’s either soothing and hydrating that also gently purifies. This is because my skin tends to be more oily in the summer and I’m more prone to break-outs. My most used morning cleanser has been the Perricone MD Citrus Face Wash, which is a Vitamin C enhanced cleanser that helps to remove impurities and improve the skins tone, clarity, and texture. I find it to be incredibly refreshing and soothing. Every time I use it my skin always looks bright and feels fresh and clean without feeling stripped. It’s suitable for all skin types but is especially recommended for those with combination-oily skin. Though Perricone has the Hypoallergenic cleanser which contains Olive Polyphenols, Neuropeptides, and Green Tea Extract and is aimed at sensitive skin, my skin just found it far too drying. So I passed it along to my sister who’s skin likes it much more.
On the days I’m strapped for time I cleanse my face in the shower (I have the water warm, not hot). In the shower, I like to use either the *Perricone MD Daily Foaming cleanser or the Grown Alchemist Gentle Gel Cleanser. Both are very lightweight, refreshing slightly-foamy cleansers. In fact, these are two of the cleansers I recommend to most people who dislike fragrance or the texture of cleansers on their skin but want something that will cleanse deep down and leave no residue behind or tightness. Both also work well mixed with a manual exfoliant like this, for a quick morning exfoliation in the shower.
I am incredibly fussy about toners and its taken a lot for me not to repurchase my long favourites: Grown Alchemist Balancing Toner or the Su-Man Rehydrating Toning Essence. Both of which ticks every box of what I look for in a toner. Lightweight, alcohol-free and balancing/sebum regulating. I’m not really looking for my toner to hydrate as I like using an essence for that. I know I ask a lot of a product that most people simply look over, but for me, a toner is a very important step towards starting my skin off right for the day. I have enjoyed the *MUN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner. Its refreshing and has no scent which I actually like. I also used the Själ Mineral Källa Energy Tonic which I sprayed onto a cotton pad before gently wiping over my face and down the neck. I opt to use a cotton pad, as in my mind it just makes my skin feel cleaner, even though cleansing would have already done that. Just like the MUN toner, I find it to be hydrating and refreshing, and the antimicrobial properties also help to prevent blemishes and congestion.
Using an Essence has become an incredibly important step in my skincare routine since 2015. Many people see using an essence as an extra step, but I see it as a necessary step in my routine and a total skin game-changer. As my skin is easily congested I find layering light layers like an essence help at deeply hydrating, without clogging my pores. It also helps with reducing oil production and my serums absorb much better. The *Missha First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist has been my go-to essence, which works at a deep cellular level to help improve the skin’s elasticity and brighten up the skin, thanks to the addition of yeast extract and niacinamide. It’s a must have essence if you are concentrating on a multipurpose product to help improve your skins overall tone and hydrate at the same time. Unlike a toner where I use a cotton pad, I prefer to pour some of this into my hand and press it into the skin, building up layers. Thank you so much, Maree (beautyandseoul) for sending me this. I prefer this over the mist version I used before.
I am a bit of a face serum snob and I don’t tend to switch them up a lot. This is because it’s hard to find one that ticks every box, and once I find one that works I tend to stick to it. Back in spring, I introduced two new serums into my routine back in the Spring, both of which I have continued to use all throughout the summer months. The *Medik8 Firewall is a mineral antioxidant serum that contains Copper peptides, Vitamin E and Superoxide Dismutase that helps to boost collagen production and protect against free radicals. I love the sleek yet simplistic airtight duo chamber which dispenses the perfect amount of product. I also enjoy using the *Katherine Daniels Urban Shield Concentrate which is best described as a lightweight hydrating milky serum. It’s almost identical to my holy grail Kypris Antioxidant Dew only it smells more pleasant. It’s so incredibly soothing, so if you suffer from redness or active breakouts you might enjoy this. It also acts as a protective shield. As the serum is so hydrating and skin plumping it can be worn alone without a moisturiser for those with oily skin. All skin types will love this and it has been one of my favourite product discoveries of the year. I also love that Katherine Daniels is a home-grown British skincare brand. I didn’t feel the need to incorporate any other serums, as these two did the job perfectly.
When I look for an eye cream, I’m not necessarily looking for a miracle product (and you shouldn’t either). The truth is you can’t completely erase dark circles or remove long-standing wrinkles. Skincare is all about having realistic expectations, using products with ingredients that will make things a bit clearer, brighter, smoother and firmer. For myself, I have extremely sensitive dry under eyes. So I always look for intense hydration in a lightweight formula, and something that helps to brighten my eyes, to deter away from the darkness and sallowness. My eyes struggle with many rich eye creams as I get milia easily and I find some hurt my delicate eye area. My dark sunken under eyes are hereditary (thanks, dad) and as a busy mom going on 13 years now, I often look tired. Having an eye product that is also soothing and cooling is important so I have really enjoyed using the *Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum throughout the summer. It feels like a cool glass of water for my under-eyes. Also since it is so fluid in texture, I don’t have to pat my eyes for a long time irritating them more. I rotated the Skyn Iceland serum with my Oskia Eye Wonder Serum, which I have on project pan. I just found after a while the Oskia eye wonder stopped working for me, sadly. I always find even with a cream my eyes are dry and concealer will look dry and crepey, so I use an oil on makeup days. The Lina Hanson Global Treasures balm is incredibly soothing and the scent is absolutely divine, but when I don’t want the hassle of sticking my finger in a pot I reach for the convenient Kahina Giving Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil. Which I discovered through the lovely Floriana -her skincare routines are totally lustworthy. The KH Prickly Pear oil doesn’t smell as incredible as Lina’s but it does do a lovely job of hydrating and soothing my under eyes. Plus the rollerball makes it nice and cooling, especially on the nights I’ve had less than 4 hours sleep.
I love misting in between steps and I find that applying a light mist before applying my moisturiser helps it to absorb much better, plus it also helps my skin to achieve a beautiful healthy glow. The Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist has been a lovely soothing addition and I don’t need to rave any more about my love for the Amly Botanicals Silver Rich Face Mists. So it was obvious to say they were used a lot this summer (you can find out more about them here). I also loved the *Rosalena Goodness & Tonic Face Mist (which I reviewed here). It smells like your lying on a sun lounger on a tropical beach island. It’s incredibly invigorating and refreshing and every person I sprayed this near also became obsessed. I will definitely be repurchasing again next summer. I find using a face mist in the morning and throughout the day a relaxing, sensory experience.
Daytime moisturisers have to be lightweight especially in the summer. I am perfectly fine with a basic moisturiser without all the bells and whistles, as I prefer my serums to be my target treatments. The *Perricone MD Elemental Energy Cloud Cream stole my heart this year and it is still my most reached for moisturiser (even over my HG Blithe pressed serum) – It’s just perfect! I discussed why I love this moisturiser more here. I alternated it with the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream which is a lot more fluid than the Perricone. Both moisturisers are pretty identical, only I find the Perricone MD lasts longer (as less product is needed) and it balances my skin more too. All skin types would enjoy both of these moisturisers and of course, dry skin types can apply a face oil over the top. When I did want my skin to have a little extra glow and hydration I always reached for the *A.S Apothecary #3 serum. This beautiful underrated serum-oil hybrid is hydrating, soothing and leaves my skin looking radiantly glowing with every use. Amanda is one of the most loveliest women I have had the pleasure of meeting through blogging (along with other Amanda, Lina, and Jane). I could happily just live learning about skincare from these 4 beauties for the rest of my life. As I apply a liberal amount of moisturiser to my neck and chest, I used the Murad Rejuvenating Lift for neck and décolleté. Not only have I noticed a slight reduction in the lines and creases I had, but it also makes it easier blending my foundation down my neck. Its extremely lightweight and absorbs quickly. For me personally, it’s been worth the extra investment.
Sunscreen & Lip Care
Sunscreen is a difficult product as it has to be lightweight and not pore-clogging. However, I struggle to find a lightweight sunscreen that doesn’t contain alcohol. Though the Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30 is not water based, I find it really light on the skin. I also like that it has a slight tint to it which helps to brighten up the complexion. It has been my only sunscreen repurchase for the last couple of years, and though I love it, I would like to find a water-based one for the hotter months. Lip care is incredibly important to protect them from the dry summer heat, and to prep them for lipstick. I am still very much loving the *Soveral Mandarin Kiss Lip Restore Balm which I have reviewed here.
Skincare Routine Product Price List:
Perricone MD Citrus Facial Wash | £36
Perricone MD Daily Foaming Cleanser* | (c/o Perricone MD UK) | £29
Grown Alchemist Gentle Gel Cleanser | £26
MUN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner | £60 / $65
Själ Mineral Källa Energy Tonic | £47
Missha First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist* | (c/o Beauty & Seoul) | £32
Medik8 Firewall Serum* | (PR Sample) | £73
Katherine Daniels Urban Shield Concentrate* | (c/o KD Cosmetics) | £38.45
Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum* | Received in a Mintd Box | £30
Oskia Eye Wonder Serum | £48
Lina Hanson Global Treasures Eye & Neck Balm | £86
Kahina Giving Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil | £38
Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist* | (c/o Pixi Beauty UK)| £18
Amly Botanicals Silver Rich Face Mists | £42 each
Rosalena Goodness Tonic Face Mist* | (c/o Rosalena) | £22
Perricone MD Elemental Energy Cloud Cream* | (c/o Perricone MD UK) | £69
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream | $52
A.S Apothecary #3 serum* | (c/o AS Apoth) | £56
Murad Rejuvenating Lift lift for neck and décolleté | £58
Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30 | £38
Soveral Mandarin Kiss Lip Restore Balm* | (received in a Mintd Box) | £17
So that was my entire morning skincare routine over the Summer. You can view my nighttime routine here. Now that Autumn is here my skincare routine has switched up a little, and I must say that I am looking forward to bringing slightly richer products into my routine again. Did I mention that Autumn & Winter are my favourite seasons?
What skincare products did you enjoy over the summertime? I would love to know
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