My Summer Skincare

Summer time is upon us and I think this is when I change my skincare routine the most. I have dry skin, with an oily t-zone, and dry, flaky patches. I try dozens of products to keep my t-zone oil at bay, yet keep my dry patches happy. Today, I wanted to share with you what I've been using this summer to keep the pimples away, and getting that dewy glow.

Ever since the Korean 10-Step skincare routine became a craze, I've been trying to follow it too. Specifically one that was written by Charlotte Cho from The Klog. I think they have really good advice on skincare, especially reviews on products! But honestly, when bedtime comes, I just want to get to sleep as soon as possible. With that being said, I've narrowed down 10 steps to more like 5 steps.

Here is my routine!

1. First Step: Removing makeup

I always use a cleansing oil to remove my makeup, because I think it gets everything off. I've tried makeup wipes before, cleansers, makeup removers...But I always come back to an oil cleanser. My favorite is the Nature Republic Forest Garden Cleansing Oil, because it's effective yet gentle. Another option is the Sunday Riley CEO Cleansing Oil. This one is great to with step 5 below as treatment because it contains BHA and AHA to help gently exfoliate your skin.

2. Second Step: Cleanse

So an oil cleanser is still a cleanser, however I double cleanse. Yes, there is such thing as double cleansing! The Oil Cleanser acts as a makeup remover, it takes off all the surface debri, your foundation, sebum and the rest of your makeup. When you're using a foam cleanser, it's providing you a deep cleanse. It acts as a backup to remove leftover makeup, cleaning deep into your pores. I'm currently obsessing over the Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist (who else hates the word moist....) The full size is $26 at Sephora, so I think this is pretty affordable. I also use the Foreo Luna Play Plus to help get a deep cleanse. I have sensitive skin and the fact that this cleanser is Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates free is what convinced me to try it in the first place!

In addition to cleansing, I also exfoliate twice a week with the Skin Food Black Sugar Mask. I slather a thin layer of product on evenly, leave it on for about 10 minutes, then when I wash it off, I massage it into my skin to exfoliate. Since this is a sugar scrub, it is quite rough so I only use it twice a week, and afterwards, it leaves my skin baby smooth.

3. Third Step: Serum

I'm currently using the Origin Renewal Serum with Willowherb. This is probably the most expensive product in my skincare routine as it costs $41 for the full size, but it does work. When I have tired skin from sleepless nights, or stress and my skin just looks dull, I find that this product really "renews" my skin. My skin will look moisturized and have that glow (without a highlighter!).

4. Fourth Step: Moisturize

I then use my Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated. I love this because it doesn't clog up my skin and doesn't make my skin oily yet hydrates just enough for my dry areas.

For my eye cream, I use the OLEHENRIKSEN Uplifting Eye Gel. This help moisturizes my under eye area and also provides the anti-aging aspect to prevent wrinkles and fine lines, loss of firmness and puffiness.

5. Fifth Step: Treatment

Treatment can mean a lot of things depending on what you are trying to achieve. Are you trying to get rid of scars? Acne? Or just spot pimples? Depending on your problem, you're going to want to use different kinds of products to treat your concerns.Currently, I'm trying to prevent breakouts, especially on my t-zone and to keep oil at bay and also treat my dry areas.

I start with the Origins Essence Lotion with Dual Ferment Complex. This is great because it treats dryness. I use this all over my face, avoiding my t-zone area. Next, I use the Origins Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb specifically for my t-zone.

When I do get breakouts and spot pimples, I like to use my holy grail duo from Sunday Riley - Good Genes Treatment and Luna Sleeping Oil. Good Genes is an All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment which exfoliates and the Luna Sleeping Night Oil which contains trans-retinol ester and moisturizing botanical oils help reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and prevents flakiness. I top that off by using the Acne Spot Treatment on my pimples.

I'm actually very happy with the way my skin has improved with the help of skincare. As I've aged, my skin has too, and I really need to take better care of it. On top of skincare, I've also been more cautious of greasy food late at night, I drink lots of water and I also use sunscreen even when I don't go out in the sun. These few things have helped my dry skin improve over the years! These days I even feel confident enough to go out without any foundation.

Hopes this helped give you an insight on my skincare, as I do constantly update my routine, I'm thinking of doing a monthly update to talk about new products I've tried, as well as products that did work for me so stay tuned for more skincare posts :)