The main questions i receive are what are my favourite most used skincare products?, what products do i use the most in my skincare routine, and which products have i been using this summer to give my skin the beautiful healthy glow it has. So i thought i would share on here the go-to routine i had throughout the Summer months, starting with my morning routine as it was the most consistent. I tested other products from time to time but always came back to the products i am going to share with you in this post… I tend to find i concentrate more on hydration and blemish control in the warmer months, and exfoliation and more intense 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 they trust my recommendations because i actually show my face and my skin. Unlike some skincare accounts that never share what they actually look like and some people are unsure if what they rave about actually do work. I guess this is because we are a society that finds it easier to believe in something if it can be seen!? Until this was brought to my attention i never really thought about it that way. I have followed many successful skincare IG accounts that have never shown photos of what they look like, so i guess you just have to trust what they are saying about their skin is true. I think some people just enjoy posting what they love and networking with other like-minded skincare lovers, and i am sure many might be too shy to show their faces – i know i used to be. However, personally i find bloggers who actually share images of their skin and their journey more relatable, and i am more likely to purchase a product that they recommend too, as i can actually see the results. I guess sometimes a picture really can speak a thousand words.
Though i know a fair bit about skincare i am not a professional. I did do beauty in college where i learnt about the ‘basics’ of skincare and skin types, but everything i know today is mostly self taught, or has come from beauty professional friends i trust. I am very passionate about learning; Especially about beauty, skin and makeup. People with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) tend to become fixated on something they are passionate about and educate themselves on every detail of it, this is because we usually lack focus and have a compulsive need to allow that interest of hobby to take up a lot of our time. This is why you may notice with my blog and social media over the years i have an active period where i hammer out a lot of content in thorough detail, then i have to take a break as i cannot maintain focus. This is another reason why i become quite the creature of habit with my skincare and have to make myself try something new. This year my doctor decided to introduce some medicine to help and of course this has also had an affect on my skin, as my body temperature is warmer so breakouts were going to be inevitable. So my routine has since changed, but many of the products in this post are still part of my summer-to-autumn transition skincare routine.
I have combination skin. I am oily in the t-zone (across the forehead, around the nose and on my chin) and these are also my breakout areas. When i get breakouts i get hyperpigmentation, so i look for products that can help reduce the scarring. Around my nostrils i have very dry skin that gets red, flaky and easily irritated and my under-eyes are also really dry but extremely sensitive (my sensory problems through ASD are with my eyes and ears – sight and hearing), so i am incredibly fussy with what i use around my eyes. My skin can be sensitive especially to alcohol and synthetic fragrance and it is easily congested. I am a single parent to 4 kids and struggle sleeping, so my skin can often look dull and tired. So i always look for skincare products that will be soothing, balancing and brightening. Daytime is more about hydration and protection, and night time is about repair and anti-aging products.
During the summer months i actually find i have more products in my morning routine than i do at night, but in the winter it changes around. I like to keep my routine consistent and i like to take my time in between each step, as i allow the products to absorb before attempting the next layer. Everything has been listed in order of how i apply them in my routine…
In the morning i opt for a cleanser that’s either soothing and hydrating, or purifying if my skin is feeling a little extra oily or congested. As my skin has been oilier recently, i have been more prone to breakouts, so now i definitely cleanse my face every morning. My most used morning cleanser has been the Perricone MD Citrus Face Wash. It’s a Vitamin C Ester enhanced cleanser that helps to remove impurities and improve the skins tone, clarity and texture. I find it to be incredibly refreshing and soothing, and my skin is always left looking more bright and feeling freshly clean, but not stripped or dry. It’s suitable for all skin types, but is especially recommended for those with combination skin. The Hypoallergenic cleanser which is aimed at more sensitive skin types, i personally found more drying on my skin. Despite it containing Olive Polyphenols, Neuropeptides and Green Tea Extract. However my daughter currently loves this for her normal teenager skin. Some days i am short of time in the mornings so i cleanse my face in the shower. When i do this i either reach for the *Perricone MD Daily Foaming cleanser or the Grown Alchemist Gentle Gel Cleanser. Both are very lightweight, refreshing slightly-foamy cleansers. These are two cleansers i always recommend to so many people who really dislike the texture of cleansers (in particular men) on their skin, and want something that quickly deeply cleanses without any residue left behind, or taught feeling skin.
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 tick every box of what i look for in a toner (lightweight, alcohol-free, balancing/sebum regulating & help with blemishes). I’m not really looking for my toner to hydrate as i use an essence for that step. I know i ask for a lot from a product that most people look over, but this is because i prefer to follow up with more simplistic products afterwards that are more focused on protecting my skin. I was loving my sample of the *MUN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner, but i used it up pretty quick and i intend to repurchase. So since that ran out the Själ Mineral Källa Energy Tonic has been the main toner i have been using in the mornings (as i moved my Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads to the evening). If i am short of time i simply spritz the Sjal toner over my face and quickly follow up with my serum. However i personally prefer to spray onto a cotton pad, as in my mind it just makes my skin feel cleaner, even though cleansing would have already done that. I find it to be hydrating and refreshing, and it has antimicrobial properties that also help to prevent blemishes and congestion.
Using an Essence has become an incredibly important step to me in my skincare routine, and it’s something i have been using since November of 2015. Many 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 an essence helps a lot with reducing oil production and congestion. It also deeply hydrates without clogging pores, and helps my serums to work much better too. The *Missha First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist has been my go to essence, which works at a cellular level to help improve the skins elasticity and also helps to brighten up the skin thanks to the addition of yeast extract and niacinamide. Its a must have essence if you are concentrating on a multipurpose product to help improve yours skins overall tone and hydrate all at the same time. Thank you so much Maree for sending me this.
My face serums are products i never really switch up. I think its because its hard to find one i truly love, so when i do i like to stick to it. I introduced two serums into my skincare routine back in the Spring, both of which i 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 to help protect against free radicals, and it has anti-aging properties that help to boost collagen production. I love the sleek yet simplistic airtight duo chamber that dispenses the perfect amount of product. I also enjoy using the *Katherine Daniels Urban Shield Concentrate which is a lightweight hydrating milky serum, almost identical to my holy grail Kypris Antioxidant Dew only it smells way more pleasant. Its incredibly soothing so is ideal if you have redness or active breakouts, and it also acts as a shield protecting the skin from free radicals. This serum is so hydrating and skin plumping it can be worn alone without a moisturiser over top for those with oily skin types. All skin types will love this and its by far one of my favourite product discoveries of the year. Plus i love that they are 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 about having realistic expectations, using products with ingredients that will make things a little bit clearer, brighter, smoother and firmer. For myself, with extremely sensitive under eyes i know that there are two things my under eyes need: intense hydration in a lightweight formula (serums don’t cause milia), and something that helps to brighten under my eyes to deter away from the dark sallowness. My eyes struggle with many eye creams as i get milia easily and as they are so sensitive applying a thick eye cream can hurt and irritate my delicate eye area. My dark sunken under eyes are hereditary (thanks dad) and as a busy mom i often look tired. Having an eye product that is also soothing and cooling is important. I introduced the *Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum into my routine during the summer, which feels like a nice cool glass of water for my under-eyes. Also since it is so fluid in texture, i don’t have to pat around my eyes for a long time irritating them more. I rotate 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 having any effects, sadly. When i wear concealer it doesn’t matter how much eye serum or eye cream i use, my under eyes will always look dry and crepey. So i found applying a little bit of oil before applying concealer, helped with extra nourishment and also helped reduce concealer creasing. 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 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 so much better, and it also helps my skin to acheive 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 for this step ( you canfind out more about these delightful face mists here). I also loved the *Rosalena Goodness & Tonic Face Mist which smells like a Tropical Beach Vacation. Everyone i have sprayed it around has also become obsessed, and i see this being a firm favourite every spring and summer (find out more here). I find the sensory experience of using a refreshing mist in the morning helps to relax me and set me up for my day. It also acts as a fantastic pick me up mid afternoon.
Daytime moisturisers have to be lightweight especially in the summer, and i am perfectly happy with a moisturiser being ‘basic’ 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. Sometimes i have alternated with the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, which is a lot more fluid than the Perricone MD Cloud cream. 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. Occasionally when i want to treat my skin a little i do apply a face oil, and i actually find that my makeup applies better over top. I swear by the *A.S Apothecary #3 serum which hydrates, soothes and leaves my skin looking radiantly glowing. Amanda is one of the most natural skincare knowledgeable, and loveliest women i have had the pleasure of meeting through blogging (along with other Amanda, Lina and Jane). I would happily just live learning about skincare from these 4 beauties. I also apply the Murad Rejuvenating Lift for neck and décolleté to my neck and chest. Not only have a noticed a slight reduction in the lines i had, but it also makes it easier blending my foundation down my neck. Its extremely lightweight and absorbs quickly.
Sunscreen & Lip Care
Sunscreen is a difficult product as it has to be lightweight and not pore-clogging. I struggle to find a sunscreen that is lightweight in texture that feels invisible on the skin without the use of alcohol. Though the Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30 is not water based, but it’s still really light. I also like that it has a slight tint to it which helps to brighten up the skin. It has been my only sunscreen repurchase for the last couple of years, and i use it all year round. Lip care in incredibly important to prep the lips for lipstick and protect against the dry summer heat, and i am still 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. My nighttime routine will be following up next. Now that fall is here my skincare routine has switched up a little, and im looking forward to bring slightly richer moisturisers back into my routine.
What skincare products did you enjoy over the summer time? I would love to know
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