My Summer Skincare Routine

Ah, summer! It’s my favorite season. But, it’s not the easiest season for my skin. During the summer, I can break into a sweat as soon as I step out the door…or even the shower for that matter! It’s also the most crucial time to stay vigilant about sun protection! 

So, of course, I’ve made a few adjustments to my routine, especially since the last regimen I discussed in detail was my winter routine.

For reference, my current skin type is more combo (my face is dry, but my t-zone can get kind of oily in the summer), sensitive, and eczema-prone. I am also very prone to dehydration. I’m 38 years old, and I live in New York, where it’s hot and humid this time of year. I’m just putting that out there since your skincare routine should reflect your environment and your age, lifestyle, and concerns.

Today, I’m sharing my 2020 summer skincare routine, and I’ll be discussing:

  • My summer skincare goals 
  • My morning skincare routine
  • My evening skincare routine
  • Skincare treatments I’m using and ones I want to try

And if you’re starting your skincare journey, check out my post on How To Build A Skincare Routine, so you know what products you’ll need to invest in first.

MY SUMMER SKINCARE GOALS

To be transparent, my skin hasn’t been its best this season. I’ve been more stressed, staying up late and slacking on my nutrition. And I haven’t been as diligent about my daily morning and evening skincare routines since I’ve been in the house all day. So, of course, my skin has been more prone to breakouts and dark circles.

But, I’m getting back on track now! So, I created a routine to address the following concerns:

  • SUN PROTECTION: It goes without saying that sun protection is a must. There’s no such thing as a safe tan, but it never deters me from wanting to get one in the summer! I love the natural glow I get after a few hours in the sun. So, I’ve been focused on good face and body sunscreens that I can use daily. My preference is always a sunscreen that’s easy to apply.
  • BREAKOUTS/HYPER-PIGMENTATION: Since I haven’t been as consistent with my routine and I’m sweating more in this humid weather (especially while wearing a mask), I’ve been experiencing a few breakouts and dark marks. I’ll have to be super-diligent with cleansing, exfoliation, and treatment serums in the summer because sweat tends to break me out. But these issues also directly correlate to my lifestyle! I’ve been stressed and working a lot during quarantine, and I haven’t had good sleep and eating habits. And when I don’t take care of myself, it ALWAYS shows up on my skin!
  • ANTI-AGING: I’m continuing my retinol journey, but this is the beginning of my being more consistent with using my retinol products. Vitamin A, more commonly known as retinol, is the only other ingredient outside of sunscreen that has substantial research to back up its anti-aging benefits. Retinol reverses the signs of aging by rebuilding collagen and repairing sun damage. And since I’m approaching 40 (in a few years), I need to get with the program!

MY MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

STEP 1: CLEANSER

I know the topic of whether you need to wash your face in the morning or not can be pretty controversial. But, I believe, for the most part, you should wash your face morning and night. I understand that cleansing too much can make your skin dry, especially if you have drier skin. So, go with what works for you.

During quarantine, I wasn’t washing my face every morning. I’d actually been incorporating micellar water in my routine since I never left the house. But, it’s summer, and I’m guaranteed to sweat during at night. So I’m using a gentle, non-drying cleanser every morning. And if you’re oily and find yourself waking up oily, you should cleanse in the morning too.

MY CURRENT CLEANSERS IN ROTATION:
  1. Skin Fix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser (reviewed here)
  2. Holifrog Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash (reviewed here)
  3. Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser (reviewed here)
  4. Absolute JOI Cleanser (included in my list of 15+ Black-Owned Skincare Brands with Products For Sensitive Skin and my 2019 Best In Beauty List)
  5. Holifrog Rashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash
  6. Lait VIPO2

I’m also purchasing The Klur’s Gentle Matter Daily Moisture Cleanser. This is a fragrance-free and SLS-free non-foaming cleanser created by a black, female licensed esthetician, Lesley Thornton.

ALLIES OF SKIN MOLECULAR SILK AMINO HYDRATING CLEANSER
HOLIFROG SUPERIOR OMEGA NUTRITIVE GEL WASH
HOLIFROG RASHMOO WATER LILY NOURISHING MILKY WASH
Skinfix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2
ALLIES OF SKIN MOLECULAR SILK AMINO HYDRATING CLEANSER
HOLIFROG SUPERIOR OMEGA NUTRITIVE GEL WASH
HOLIFROG RASHMOO WATER LILY NOURISHING MILKY WASH
Skinfix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2
ALLIES OF SKIN MOLECULAR SILK AMINO HYDRATING CLEANSER
HOLIFROG SUPERIOR OMEGA NUTRITIVE GEL WASH
HOLIFROG RASHMOO WATER LILY NOURISHING MILKY WASH
Skinfix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2

STEP 2: VITAMIN C SERUM (OR AN ANTIOXIDANT SERUM)

Everyone knows how much I love Vitamin C for my skin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps your skin’s natural regeneration process. This helps with overall brightness, evening the skin tone, and getting rid of those pesky dark marks (otherwise known as hyperpigmentation).

L-ascorbic acid is the most active and potent form of Vitamin C. It’s also the most studied form of Vitamin C. While there are plenty of Vitamin C derivatives out there aimed to be more gentle to those who are sensitive to L-ascorbic acid, they must go through a conversion process. And in general, they are not well studied in their effectiveness. So, if your skin can tolerate L-ascorbic acid, then this is the serum you should use. L-ascorbic acid is quite unstable on its own, so it is typically combined with ferulic acid and vitamin E (tocopherol).

I’m also testing out a few other antioxidant serums that I’d typically replace my Vitamin C serum within my routine.

MY CURRENT VITAMIN C & ANTIOXIDANT SERUMS IN ROTATION:
  1. Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster
  2. Pestle & Mortar Vitamin C 2-Phase Serum
  3. Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops
  4. Allies of Skin Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum

I’m also looking into Hyper Skin’s Hyper Clear Brightening Clearing Vitamin C Serum and BeautyStat Cosmetics’ Universal C Skin Refiner. Both products are by black-owned skincare brands.

allies of skin triple hyaluronic antioxidant hydration serum
Pestle & Mortar Vitamin C 2-Phase Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Pollution Drops Serum
Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster
allies of skin triple hyaluronic antioxidant hydration serum
Pestle & Mortar Vitamin C 2-Phase Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Pollution Drops Serum
Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster
allies of skin triple hyaluronic antioxidant hydration serum
Pestle & Mortar Vitamin C 2-Phase Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Pollution Drops Serum
Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster

STEP 3: HYDRATING MISTS & ESSENCES

Now, that I’ve applied the “active” in my routine, I like to start adding in hydration. Think of your skin like a sponge. When it’s damp, what you apply afterward penetrates deeper.

Many mornings I just mist, skip the essence, and go straight into the next step, which is a hyaluronic serum. But lately, I have been adding essences because they give me more hydration and prep my skin to better receive the rest of my products.

MY CURRENT HYDRATING MISTS & ESSENCES IN ROTATION:
  1. Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence (reviewed here
  2. Aromatica Lively Super Barrier Hyaluronic Acid Toner and Pyungyul Essence Toner are two newer toners for me. Still, I’m enjoying how plump my skin feels afterward (check out my Hydrating Mist & Essences highlight on my Instagram page for more of my thoughts.)
  3. Caudalie Grape Water 
  4. NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
Pyungyul Essence Toner
Aromatica Lively Super Barrier Hyaluronic Acid Toner
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
Caudalie Grape Water
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
Pyungyul Essence Toner
Aromatica Lively Super Barrier Hyaluronic Acid Toner
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
Caudalie Grape Water
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
Pyungyul Essence Toner
Aromatica Lively Super Barrier Hyaluronic Acid Toner
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
Caudalie Grape Water

STEP 4: HYALURONIC ACID SERUM

I am prone to dehydration, so a hyaluronic acid serum does wonders for my skin. Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant, meaning it’s able to draw water into the skin and make it look more plump, glowy, and youthful. Hyaluronic acid in facial products packs a ton of skin-boosting benefits because it acts as a sponge for your face by attracting and retaining water.

Hydrated skin has many benefits, and keeps our skin barrier functioning properly, making it more resilient to environmental stressors and irritants.

SKIN TIP: Hyaluronic acid serums applied to damp skin and sealed in with a moisturizer is the best application method. Otherwise, the hyaluronic acid serum can dehydrate you by pulling moisture from deeper layers of your skin onto the surface.

There are plenty of effective hyaluronic serums, but I’m somewhat of a snob when it comes to the ones I gravitate toward. I prefer a hyaluronic acid serum that feels elegant in texture, sinks well into the skin, and absorbs quickly. I also don’t want it to pill when I layer other skincare on top. I know I sound picky, but I’ve noticed those key differences when using a low-quality hyaluronic acid serum versus a higher quality one. So, if your budget permits, invest in a good one.

MY CURRENT HYALURONIC ACID SERUMS IN ROTATION:
  1. Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics Pure Hyaluronic Serum (this is a new one that I’m loving)
  2. Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
  3. NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex
  4. Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
NIOD MULTI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
NIOD MULTI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
NIOD MULTI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum

STEP 5: MOISTURIZER

I’ve been using lighter weight moisturizers, although I still mix in face oils a few days a week. Regardless of the season, a good moisturizer should help lock in all the goodness you’ve put on your face beforehand, prevent water loss, and help balance your skin.

MY CURRENT MOISTURIZERS IN ROTATION:
  1. Paula’s Choice Electrolyte Moisturizer
  2. Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream
  3. Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Cream (this has low doses of essential oils, so pray for me!)
  4. Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
  5. Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Cream
Paula’s Choice Electrolyte Moisturizer
Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream
Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Cream
Paula’s Choice Electrolyte Moisturizer
Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream
Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Cream
Paula’s Choice Electrolyte Moisturizer
Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream

STEP 6: SUNSCREEN

Sunscreen is one of the ESSENTIAL skincare steps in your routine. If you aren’t wearing SPF, you can’t expect results from any other steps. Protect your skin and wear sunscreen every day, no matter what. I prefer a broad-spectrum SPF because they’re easy to rub in.

MY CURRENT SUNSCREENS IN ROTATION:
  1. Paula’s Choice Youth Extending Daily Fluid 50
  2. Institut Esthederm No Sun SPF 50
  3. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer UV SPF 30Institut Esthederm No Sun SPF 50Paula’s Choice RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50

MY EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE

STEP 1: OIL CLEANSERS & BALMS

Now, I enjoy oil cleansers and balm cleansers. So, I won’t steer you towards one over the other. I recommend that you find an oil cleanser that you love, and make sure you use it every night. Even if you’re not wearing makeup, you should be wearing sunscreen daily. So, double cleansing is necessary.

Proper cleansing is the foundation of your skincare routine. If your skin is not clean, then the rest of your skincare products can’t do their job correctly. So, always remember to wash your face!

MY CURRENT OIL CLEANSERS & BALMS IN ROTATION:
  1. Deviant Skincare Cleansing Concentrate (a new favorite!)
  2. Absolute JOI Cleansing Oil (included in my list of 15+ Black-Owned Skincare Brands with Products For Sensitive Skin and my 2019 Best In Beauty List)
  3. Angella Irving Pristine Cleansing Oil
  4. HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash
  5. Pai Skincare Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil
Angella Irving Pristine Cleansing Oil
Deviant Skincare Cleansing Concentrate
HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash
Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Angella Irving Pristine Cleansing Oil
Deviant Skincare Cleansing Concentrate
HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash
Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Angella Irving Pristine Cleansing Oil
Deviant Skincare Cleansing Concentrate
HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash
Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit

STEP 2: WATER-BASED/CREAM CLEANSER

I typically reach for milky-gel and cream cleansers during the summer months. But, I have drier skin. Skincare should be intuitive, and I have learned to listen to my skin and adjust my routine as needed! For more information on water-based/cream-based cleansers, check out this blog post.

MY CURRENT WATER-BASED/CREAM CLEANSERS IN ROTATION:
  1. Skin Fix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser (reviewed here)
  2. Holifrog Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash (reviewed here)
  3. Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser (reviewed here)
  4. Absolute JOI Cleanser (included in my list of 15+ Black-Owned Skincare Brands with Products For Sensitive Skin and my 2019 Best In Beauty List)
  5. Holifrog Rashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash
  6. Lait VIPO2
ALLIES OF SKIN MOLECULAR SILK AMINO HYDRATING CLEANSER
HOLIFROG SUPERIOR OMEGA NUTRITIVE GEL WASH
HOLIFROG RASHMOO WATER LILY NOURISHING MILKY WASH
Skinfix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2
ALLIES OF SKIN MOLECULAR SILK AMINO HYDRATING CLEANSER
HOLIFROG SUPERIOR OMEGA NUTRITIVE GEL WASH
HOLIFROG RASHMOO WATER LILY NOURISHING MILKY WASH
Skinfix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2
ALLIES OF SKIN MOLECULAR SILK AMINO HYDRATING CLEANSER
HOLIFROG SUPERIOR OMEGA NUTRITIVE GEL WASH
HOLIFROG RASHMOO WATER LILY NOURISHING MILKY WASH
Skinfix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2

STEP 3: TREATMENTS

In general, serums have a higher concentration of active ingredients because they are made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin. Because of this, serums are excellent for targeting specific skincare concerns.

Because serums are potent products, using more is not always better. So, be careful before piling on various serums because too many powerful ingredients can irritate sensitive skin.

So, here are the types of treatments I’ll be rotating in my routine.

  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is a vital ingredient in my routine, as it helps fade hyperpigmentation, prevent breakouts, improve skin tone. It also refines the appearance of pores and skin texture. When I consistently incorporate niacinamide into my routine, my skin tone looks even with reduced redness. I’ve been using the 10% Niacinamide Booster from Paula’s Choice as well as their new Niacinamide 20% Treatment. I’ll be making a comparison post of the two soon.
  • Peptides are another ingredient I’m incorporating into my skincare routine because they provide significant anti-aging benefits. They target firmness, dullness, wrinkles, and discoloration. I’ve been enjoying the NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 and NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Lipid 1%.
  • Retinol promotes skin cells turnover, slows down collagen breakdown, and thickens the skin where wrinkles start forming. I’ll be incorporating retinol mostly in face oil form, but I’m currently rotating Paula’s Choice 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment, Paula’s Choice CBD Oil + Retinol, Vintners’ Daughter and ROSE Ingleton MD Retexturizing Booster.
  • Acid Toners are my preferred method of exfoliation. And I use an acid toner about 2-3 times a week. Most of the acid toners I love are pretty gentle; some examples are Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant and Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate Acid Toner). But when I crave a more potent exfoliant, I’ll use my Biologique Recherche’s P50V 1970. Check out my first impressions on this product here.

There are four new treatments I’ll be incorporating into this part of my routine as well. I’ll be able to provide you with more detail on them once I’ve tried them out:

DISCLAIMER: Because I have sensitive skin, I usually apply only ONE of these products in a routine (although I’ll be using the Vintner’s Daughter essence and serum together). Many of these products, when layered together, can irritate your skin. 

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence
Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner with Apple Cider Vinegar
Allies of Skin Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum
Pestle & Mortar NMF Lactic Acid Toner
Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate Acid Toner
ROSE Ingleton MD Retexturizing Booster
Paula’s Choice 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Lipid 1%
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1
Niacinamide 20% Treatment
Paula’s Choice CBD Oil + Retinol
Biologique Recherche P50V 1970
Paula’s Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster

STEP 4: HYDRATING MISTS & ESSENCES

Refer to my morning routine comments about why to I use hydrating mists and essences.

MY CURRENT HYDRATING MISTS & ESSENCES IN ROTATION:
  1. Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence (reviewed here
  2. Aromatica Lively Super Barrier Hyaluronic Acid Toner and Pyungyul Essence Toner are two newer toners for me. Still, I’m enjoying how plump my skin feels afterward (check out my Hydrating Mist & Essences highlight on my Instagram page for more of my thoughts.)
  3. Caudalie Grape Water 
  4. NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
Pyungyul Essence Toner
Aromatica Lively Super Barrier Hyaluronic Acid Toner
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
Caudalie Grape Water
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
Pyungyul Essence Toner
Aromatica Lively Super Barrier Hyaluronic Acid Toner
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
Caudalie Grape Water
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
Pyungyul Essence Toner
Aromatica Lively Super Barrier Hyaluronic Acid Toner
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
Caudalie Grape Water

STEP 5: HYALURONIC ACID SERUM

I discuss all things hyaluronic acid in more detail in my morning routine above. Just remember always to apply my hyaluronic acid serum to damp skin.

MY CURRENT HYALURONIC ACID SERUMS IN ROTATION:
  1. Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics Pure Hyaluronic Serum (this is a new one that I’m loving)
  2. Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
  3. NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex
  4. Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
NIOD MULTI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
NIOD MULTI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
NIOD MULTI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum

STEP 6: SKIN BARRIER SERUMS

Although I don’t always apply this step daily, you all know that I love a soothing skin barrier serum! Keeping your skin barrier strong and healthy is extremely important to having good skin. And when you have eczema-prone skin, you always have a few calming serums in your arsenal. So, I use serums that help strengthen my skin barrier and soothe my skin.

MY CURRENT GO-TO’S ARE:
  1. SkinFix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Hyaluronate Serum 
  2. Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum
  3. NIOD Modulating Glucosides

I’m also going to test out the Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum in the coming weeks.

Because of their thin, lotion-like textures, I apply these as my last serums right before my moisturizer.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum
NIOD Modulating Glucosides
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum
SkinFix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Hyaluronate Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum
NIOD Modulating Glucosides
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum
SkinFix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Hyaluronate Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum
NIOD Modulating Glucosides
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum
SkinFix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Hyaluronate Serum

STEP 7: MOISTURIZER

I’ve been using lighter weight moisturizers, although I still mix in face oils a few days a week. While I don’t want to be a grease ball during the day, I worry less about being a little more “glazed” while I sleep.

MY CURRENT MOISTURIZERS IN ROTATION:
  1. Paula’s Choice Electrolyte Moisturizer
  2. Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream
  3. Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Cream (this has low doses of essential oils, so pray for me!)
  4. Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
  5. Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Cream
Paula’s Choice Electrolyte Moisturizer
Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream
Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Cream
Paula’s Choice Electrolyte Moisturizer
Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream
Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Cream
Paula’s Choice Electrolyte Moisturizer
Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream

STEP 8: FACE OIL

I like to layer face oils on top of my moisturizer or mix a few drops into my moisturizer. Face oils are a mandatory part of my routine in the winter, but I don’t use them every night in the summer.

I also love to use a good face oil when I give myself a facial massage and if my skin is looking a little dull— usually because I’ve been drinking too much, not getting enough sleep, traveling, or not eating properly.

MY CURRENT FACE OILS IN ROTATION:
  1. Trilogy Rosehip Oil
  2. Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate OilTrilogy Rosehip Oil

SKINCARE EXTRAS I’M CURRENTLY USING & WANT TO TRY

CLEAN SKIN CLUB’S DISPOSABLE FACE CLOTHS

As you can probably tell, I put a lot into every aspect of my routine. So, I don’t want an unlikely culprit for irritation, i.e., a face towel, breaking me out. Face towels might look clean, but it can collect a lot of dirt, makeup, oil, and dead skin cells that you can’t even see.

So, I’ve been religiously using Clean Skin Club’s Clean Towels for almost two years now. These disposable, biodegradable towels are large, soft, and durable. I use them during my morning and evening routine. For more information, check out my blog review here.

For 20% off your purchase, use my affiliate code “BEAUTYINCOLOR” in the discount code box when you checkout.

Clean Skin Club – Coconut Oil Wipes
Clean Skin Club – Clean Wipes (Big Pack)
Clean Skin Club – Swabs
Clean Skin Club – Clean Wipes
Clean Skin Club – Clean Towels
Clean Skin Club – Coconut Oil Wipes
Clean Skin Club – Clean Wipes (Big Pack)
Clean Skin Club – Swabs
Clean Skin Club – Clean Wipes
Clean Skin Club – Clean Towels
Clean Skin Club – Coconut Oil Wipes
Clean Skin Club – Clean Wipes (Big Pack)
Clean Skin Club – Swabs
Clean Skin Club – Clean Wipes
Clean Skin Club – Clean Towels

AIR PURIFIER

I love my humidifier! Humidifiers help add moisture to the air, which increases air hydration. And for our skin to properly do its job, it needs to be sufficiently hydrated. So, if you want hydrated skin, I recommend having a humidifier.

But, pollen and debris can easily get into my house when your windows are open in the warmer months. So, I’m looking to invest in an air purifier. My mom has this one, and I’ve loved it during my visit to see her. 

Homedics Personal Portable Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Homedics Warm Cool Mist Humidifier
Vava Cool Mist Humidifier
Dyson Hygienic Mist Humidifier
Homedics Personal Portable Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Homedics Warm Cool Mist Humidifier
Vava Cool Mist Humidifier
Dyson Hygienic Mist Humidifier
Homedics Personal Portable Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Homedics Warm Cool Mist Humidifier
Vava Cool Mist Humidifier
Dyson Hygienic Mist Humidifier

MICROCURRENT DEVICE(S)

I’ve been researching the ZIIP GX device and the NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device. As someone approaching 40, I’m looking for facial tools and products that help with anti-aging. I’m sure I’ll decide on at least one of them soon.

ZIIP GX deviceNuface Trinity Facial Toning Device

And that’s everything!

DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind that I test a lot of stuff! Your skincare routine doesn’t need to be this intricate. If I’ve inspired you to try something new, I would advise you to introduce just ONE new product into your routine. That way, you’ll know which products are working and not working… and you won’t irritate your skin. Check out my post on How To Build A Routine for your must-have skincare steps.

Have you tried any of the products I mentioned?
What’s your summer skincare routine?

Shop My 2020 Summer Skincare Routine Post:

ZIIP GX device
Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum
NIOD Modulating Glucosides
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum
SkinFix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Hyaluronate Serum
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence
Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner with Apple Cider Vinegar
Allies of Skin Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum
Pestle & Mortar NMF Lactic Acid Toner
Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate Acid Toner
ROSE Ingleton MD Retexturizing Booster
Paula’s Choice 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Lipid 1%
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1
Niacinamide 20% Treatment
Paula’s Choice CBD Oil + Retinol
Angella Irving Pristine Cleansing Oil
Deviant Skincare Cleansing Concentrate
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer UV SPF 30
Institut Esthederm No Sun SPF 50
Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Cream
Paula’s Choice Electrolyte Moisturizer
Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
NIOD MULTI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
Pyungyul Essence Toner
Aromatica Lively Super Barrier Hyaluronic Acid Toner
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
allies of skin triple hyaluronic antioxidant hydration serum
Pestle & Mortar Vitamin C 2-Phase Serum
Nuface Trinity Facial Toning Device
ALLIES OF SKIN MOLECULAR SILK AMINO HYDRATING CLEANSER
HOLIFROG SUPERIOR OMEGA NUTRITIVE GEL WASH
HOLIFROG RASHMOO WATER LILY NOURISHING MILKY WASH
Skinfix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser
HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum
Trilogy Rosehip Oil
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream
Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil
Absolute Joi – Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Biologique Recherche P50V 1970
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2
Dr. Barbara Sturm Pollution Drops Serum
Caudalie Grape Water
Paula’s Choice RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50
Paula’s Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster
Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster

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2 Comments

  1. July 22, 2020 / 7:41 am

    Found exactly what I was looking for. These are some amazing tips for the summer. I am definitely face oils in my skin care routine.

    • July 26, 2020 / 2:18 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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