Make-Up Monday: Summertime Skin Care

We’ve officially hit that warm weather in the northeast corridor and it’s been quite the adjustment. After two months of cool weather with the occasional warm spurt and lots of rain, we’ve entered into the muggy warm weather.

Not ideal weather when you have an oily complexion.

le sigh.

I’ve always wondered what it is like to buy highlighters to mix with your foundation, dewy foundation, or even regular mascara. Having an oily complexion has made those things near impossible for me! Unless it gets rainy and chilly, my summer make-up is rather bare looking and that is just how it has to be.

In order to maintain healthy summer skin I keep it pretty simple. In the mornings I use the St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub. It really does calm redness, which is the main reason for this purchase. About twice a week I swap it for Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. Neither of these products leave my skin feel dry or unclean. I’ve always known these products to be great and my old faithfuls!

Several times a week I’ll oil cleanse my face about 25 min. after I get out of the shower and had my breakfast and green tea. I do this for more moisture and my latest oil concoction is apricot, jojoba, avocado and a few drops of tea tree oil. (I premix them into a little vile each month). This is my first time adding tea tree oil and I love it!

I haven’t been using an eye cream in the mornings, as I want to keep my layers very simple. I use a little bit of The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. I like this cream and it makes a difference with my oily skin in the summer heat/humidity. It doesn’t dry my skin out trying to stop oil, instead it creates a really nice balance between maintaining a matte appearance and allowing the oils on my face to occur [much nicer] naturally. (I’m real with my skin, it’s oily and it’ll get oily throughout the day… I just need to know how to use the right products so my face won’t look like a mess later in the day!)

Depending on what my day is should bring or the humidity I’ll use a smidge of The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Pore Minimiser. I LOVE this product. Initially you’ll smell the tea tree oil, but it fades very quickly. I like that this doesn’t feel like other pore minimizers that feel very slick on your skin. Plus, this one is made for oily skin!

When it comes time to washing the day away, I go in with my organic coconut oil. I get my face wet, use 1/2 tsp. of oil to spread around my face and massage my eye make-up off. I use a hot washcloth to wipe away the make-up and around splash of hot water before patting my face dry. The next step will depend upon what time of night I wash my face! I’ll either go in with the Boots Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil or The Body Shop’s Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment. I know that coconut oil can leave a little film on the face depending how you pat your face dry, but I’ve never had an issue putting another product over top of that film (sometimes I leave one there on purpose). 

If my skin is really bad (had a dairy binge, hormonal or stress) I’ll then swipe apple cider vinegar all over my face to clear it up.

Hey, I’m single and no one will smell my face throughout the night or when I wake up. My nanny had said to me, “you shouldn’t smell like salad dressing. It’s not attractive.”

Well, nanny, it feels great taking care of my skin!

What things do you change up for the summer time? Any new products you’re trying out?

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