Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summertime Skincare Routine

Hey there friends!  I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July!  We celebrated early this year, so last night was just kind of chill around our house.  We watched some of the displays from our yard, but then turned in early for the first time in quite a while.  My boys slept in this morning, which is super rare around here, so they definitely needed to catch up on some sleep!  Having a quiet morning around here, I took full advantage and decided to round up the skincare items I have been using lately!

I thought my skincare routine was pretty basic, until I laid out all of the products I use on a daily basis...  It seems like a lot of products, but I really do still think it's on the basic side.  I don't have time for an extravagant routine.  Some days I debate even putting makeup on because I don't want to have to remove it at the end of the day!  #lazy  I don't use anything too fancy, but there are some items I really love, so I wanted to share them with you!


Over the years, I have made gradual changes in the skincare products I purchase.  I try to lean towards products that don't have a lot of bad ingredients in them, but sometimes it's reeeeeeally hard to find something that works well and is also free of parabens, sulfates, oxybenzone, aluminum, etc.  Not everything I use is free of junk, but I try my best.  I have kind of a "pick your poison" mentality when it comes to things like this.  If there's a product I just absolutely love, but it contains some yucky stuff, then I try not to worry about it and just make changes in other ways to sort-of counter balance things.  It's really just my way of justifying it, but I'm not perfect and neither is my medicine cabinet!  Skincare companies are making changes and more and more natural/organic products are becoming available...so hopefully soon these bad ingredients won't even exist anymore and we won't even have to worry about constantly reading labels!

In the mornings, I'll wash my face with this Andalou Naturals Cleansing Gel and then moisturize with the Clinique City Block, which has SPF 40.  I use this underneath my makeup and it acts as a primer.  On days I am going to the pool or just don't feel like putting makeup on, sometimes I'll switch it up and use Andalou Naturals Ultra Sheer Daily Defense.  It goes on smooth, rubs in nicely and doesn't leave my face white like a lot of other natural sunscreens.  I really like the Andalou Naturals line.  I have tried several things and have liked most of them, with the exception of the CC cream.  It was too greasy for me.


Ok, so after I apply sunscreen, I usually apply my makeup, but I'll save the makeup products for another post.   ;)  I apply sunscreen every. single. day. period.  I think it is super important in the prevention of fine lines on my face, so it's just a habit I have formed and I don't go a day without applying some form of SPF.

In the evening, I always, always, ALWAYS remove my makeup before I go to bed.  If I have one piece of advice for you, it would be to remove your makeup!  (Well, actually two: use sunscreen and remove your makeup)  Don't go to sleep in it, let you skin breathe!  I have never had perfect skin...I keep waiting for the day when my skin will grow up and stop looking like a teenager with breakouts.  But, I have been waiting a long time and it still hasn't happened so my expectations at this point are pretty low.  I always have a pimple or two, or ten, so I try and do the best I can to ensure I don't add to the already existing problem.  When I do have a pimple, I love this Nelson's Acne Gel.  I've used it for 10+ years, and it really helps bring the pimple to the surface and kill the bacteria.  I originally read about it in a People magazine article discussing Gisele Bundchen's skincare routine.  If It was good enough for Gisele, it was good enough for me, so I gave it a try and was hooked.  It's all natural, and the tea tree oil is an antibacterial agent.

I keep this Lemon Sugar Scrub in the shower and use it on my face a few times a week.  It smells SOOOO good!  Can I get a whoop whoop for lemons!?!?  #lemonloversunite  On days I don't use the scrub, I try to exfoliate with the Clarisonic.  I put a pump of the Andalou Naturals Cleaning Gel on the bristles and gently move it around my face in a circular motion.

I am not devoted to any certain eye cream.  I do however think eye cream is important, especially the older I get.  I am currently using a sample from Clinque called Pep-Start.  Oddly, I couldn't find it online, but here's a similar eye cream.

I also started using a Vitamin C serum a couple of years ago.  I put this on in the evenings, after I wash my face, but before I apply any moisturizer.  Speaking of moisturizer, before bed, I do apply a cream to keep my face hydrated.  Right now I'm using the Andalou Naturals Recovery Cream.  I also really like Clinque Moisture Surge.  I have used them for several years now and for some reason, I keep going back and forth between them.  I just love them both!

Not pictured are a few other items I can't live without.  One being coconut oil!   It is the BEST for removing eye makeup.  I rub a small amount on my eyes and my eye makeup comes off very easily.  I also love the Simple Cleansing wipes.   After I smear my eye makeup with the coconut oil, I use a cleansing wipe to remove the makeup from my entire face and then wipe my eyes clean.  A makeup artist once told me that there is a big difference between removing your makeup and cleansing your face.   After I have wiped my makeup off, I will wash my face with either the Cleaninsg Gel I mentioned above and the Clarisonic, or the Lemon scrub.

And lastly, I love these face tan towelettes.  I try to use one each week, but sometimes a lot of times I just forget.  After I've cleaned my face, I'll rub one all over my entire face, neck, and décolletage.  It soaks in overnight and I have a little more color to my face in the morning!

Oh, one more thing....this post is really all about my face, but I also wanted to mention my favorite body lotion!  I have used this body butter for years and it's my absolute fave lotion!  I get the aloe kind because it doesn't have fragrance, and scores lower on the ewg.org skincare rating.  It's super hydrating for my skin so I use it all year round!  They often have sales, but the best deals are usually around Black Friday and I stock up for the entire year.

So, that's it!  It seems like a lot when I type it all out, but I really do still feel like it's a pretty basic routine.  Or maybe that's just what high maintenance girls tell themselves ;)

What are some of your favorite skincare products?


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