Has anybody else felt like summer has been racing to the finish line to pass the baton to Fall? Luckily, we still have some time to soak up all of the natural Vitamin D before sweater weather approaches; meaning, I still have some time to show you how to both maximize that natural summer glow you may have and take care of the most sensitive skin your body has: your face.
I have what is considered “in-between” skin: not too dry, but not too oily. I am also blessed (and maybe even lucky) to not have any major acne issues; I get a couple of pimples from stress, bad eating, or my menstrual. However, I do try and maintain my skin with some of my go-to pharmacy-bought products i.e. Clean & Clear Moisturizer and sensitive baby wipes. I’ve realized, not everyone can use these “regular degular” products, so I’ve been testing out some other ones just for you guys!
I’m totally obsessed with:
Lush’s Let the Good Times Roll
This gentle exfoliator has been my recent go-to face cleanser. Made with corn meal, cinnamon powder, and corn oil, this cleanser literally leaves your face feeling irresistibly soft. Not too many people know, but cornmeal is actually an amazing exfoliant for the skin; the fine, gritty-flour texture gets deep into the pores–without irritation–removing the top layer of dead skin. The corn oil helps your skin retain moisture and elasticity after the corn meal has done its job. Cinnamon, ironically, has multiple benefits for skin, hair and health! When it comes to your skin, cinnamon stimulates the blood vessels and brings your blood to the surface of the skin. It also helps restore the shine and suppleness of skin, enhancing the complexion of your skin.
(tip: I had a pimple that was almost ready to break through the surface, I used this cleanser and it was gone in two days without any popping needed.)
(if you have acne issues, try THIS ONE instead)
My skin tone has been even because of:
Lush’s Eau Roma Water
I wasn’t really into toners and toning water… until now. I’ve been getting many compliments on how “even” my skin tone has been looking this summer, and, while most of it is simply from loads of (safe) sun and water, I have been using this for the past month as well. This toner is as simple as it gets, and you can totally make it on your own! (I just like someone doing the work and packaging it for me)
Made with two simple ingredients–rose and lavender–this toner nourishes and cools the skin at the same time. Rose oil is something every makeup lover should be using, as it preps the skin for products. It reduces redness and moisturizes the skin, creating that “evenness” everyone strives for. Lavender is just god sent for many reasons with the main one being it detoxifies the skin. Lavender contains powerful antioxidants that help fight off all the nasty germs that get into our pores (think about that subway wind that hits you in the summer time…ew?) Also, if you have major acne issues, this toner will definitely help with fighting the bacteria that cause acne and inflammation.
I energize my skin with:
Lush’s Cup O’ Coffee
Okay, okay… I know it seems like Lush is sponsoring me, but they’re not (however, if that’s a thing… holla atchya girl, lush!) This mask is my favorite Lush product for the face. Unlike other masks, your face doesn’t get stiff, itchy or uncomfortable. I tend to have issues with my cheek area, when it comes to face masks. Most times, my cheeks begin to burn (they are more sensitive) and I usually have to refrain from applying the mask in that area. Cup O’ Coffee literally seems like it was made for that specific issue. Made with, you guessed it, coffee grounds, agave syrup, kaolin, vanilla absolute, cocoa extract, and other natural ingredients, this face mask gets deep into the surface of your skin, extracting all of the impurities from your pores.
Coffee acts as the exfoliant here, buffing away the dryness in your skin. It also works as a constrictor to reduce swelling and inflammation (common with acne problems). The kaolin ingredient is a soft, white clay (mineral) that contains a high content of silica that helps in removing the dead skin on your face. This helps regenerate new skin, making your face soft and moist. Vanilla is an ingredient commonly used to fight acne, since it has antibacterial properties. Cocoa extract, of course, has a ton of active materials that act as a barrier for the skin, providing extra protection against free radicals (i.e. UV lights, sunlight). To top it all off, the coffee smell is the perfect pick-me-up in the morning for those droopy eyes!
I nourish my skin with:
c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist
I’ve actually had the same 2oz bottle for over a year because one spritz does the trick! This is the “throw it in the bag” product that provides a quick pick me up in the summer time. *If you have oily skin, do not use this.
Any nourishing dry oil mist is amazing in the summer time, but the honey and almond ones are even better! Honey seems to be the one-stop shop because it helps with acne, aging, complexion and pore minimizing. Honey is full of antioxidants and extremely nourishing for the skin. It also helps to create that glow to your skin, which is probably why c. Booth added it to their mist. Almond oil is not only great for your hair; it’s fantastic for the skin due to its hypoallergenic properties. The Vitamin A in the oil helps reduce acne flare-ups while also smelling amazingly delicious! I, sometimes, also use this mist as my eye-makeup remover, since it’s so gentle and nourishing. You can totally use this mist all over your body, but, when it comes to keeping my “glow”, I’m all about spritzing this on my face once a day.
I prepare for the winter with:
First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream
Although this is technically a body cream, it’s so delicate and light that I also use it on my face (and it’s safe to use head to toe, regardless). First Aid Beauty products are designed for sensitive skin, so this is perfect for any skin type. The emollient moisturizer hydrates deep into several layers of the skin, which is just what my face needs to combat the harsh wind, hail storms, and frigid temperatures during the winter. Containing colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and ceramide 3, this is the perfect moisturizer, as it soothes, calms and restores the skin. According to the company, “it is clinically proven to increase hydration by up to 169 percent immediately upon application.” A trusted dermatologist I am close with had a hand in creating this product, which made me more inclined to trying it; however, my skin also cosigns this statistic.
(note: Ceramide 3 are waxy substances found in the membranes of cells. They promote long-term moisturization and help to protect skin from harmful external influences.)
- It’s extremely necessary to keep in mind: do not over do it. I know how I get with new products, I just want to try them all at the same time! (I’m definitely a junkie). However, your skin needs some time to adjust to one thing before it can be introduced to the next.
- It’s a no-brainer that your skin needs some air after being buried underneath makeup; that’s also a good time to give your brushes a good clean!
- Water is your best friend. The more you drink it, the clearer (and even) your skin will be.
- Artificial sugars will only enhance existing acne problems
- Fatty/fried/greasy foods will promote breakouts/sporadic pimples
- You can always find reasonably (if not cheap) priced face/skin products… You just have to take the time.