There's no cute way to say this, so here it goes: I sweat a lot in the summer. Whether I'm working from my apartment (with no air-conditioning) at 4 pm or having a socially distanced drink with a few friends outdoors, I sweat. So the last thing I want is layer after layer of thick creams on my face. My summer skincare routine is all about using the right cocktail of products that leave me glowing, hydrated, and looking so good that I don’t have to reach for any makeup at all.
Cleanser. A good cleanser is the first step in any skincare routine, and like most first steps, it’s also the hardest. It helps to have a cleanser that you truly love when it’s 11 pm, you just finished a Negroni and pasta, and all you want to do is fall into bed. For me, the Wonder Valley Oil Cleanser is a superstar. It feels good, smells amazing, and it works. It's converted me into an oil cleanser disciple.
But! It’s totally fine if you’re more into a cream cleanser. If you have sensitive skin, Grace’s Cream Cleanser is the gentlest, softest cleanser you could ask for. Saya’s Cream Cleanser is a new favorite around the office. If that’s a little too gentle for you, we like to massage it into our skin with a konjac sponge for a little bit of exfoliation and a genuinely deep clean.
Toner. Toner is the all-important middle step between makeup removal and cleansing. It eliminates the last traces of grime or makeup, tones, brightens, and helps to balance your complexion. This summer, I’m loving Galinee’s Face Vinegar. TBH, I don’t love the way it smells, but I LOVE what it does for my face! I’m hooked.
If you’re looking for something even more gentle than that, try this Geranium Palmarosa face toner that you simply spritz on your face. Easy. The Saya Rose Water Toning Mist is a simple fix when you need a little 4 pm refresher to bring your skin back to life again.
Face Oils/Serum. I think of the serums as the buffet portion of my regime. There’s something for everyone, you can switch it up as much as you want, and you can always go back for seconds.
Unlike cream moisturizers, face oil is absorbed directly into the top layer of your skin. That's great because as we get older, we lose the natural lipids and fatty acids that make our skin look so healthy and glowy. The key is clean ingredients, with no waxes, silicones, parabens, or weird chemical fillers added.
If you’re new to the face oil world, then Naked + Thriving’s mini bottles are the perfect place to start. With three different oils that target different concerns, you get to sample a few with different ingredients to see which works best for you. Wonder Valley's Face Oil is a super-rich olive oil base that keeps you hydrated all day long. Town & Anchor’s Anti-Aging Restoring Face Oil is a lighter version and is a) vegan and b) works.
Do you obsessively juice your celery, kale, spinach, et cetera? Well then, do I have the face serum for you! Ere Perez’s Green Booster Serum is like a green juice for your face. Packed with anti-oxidants, but still gentle enough for all skin types. Earth Tu Face’s Hydration Serum is also good enough to eat. Literally. It’s made with food-grade ingredients and is perfect for sensitive skin types worried about clogged pores.
Eye cream. I've only just recently started to use eye cream but am starting to get the point of it now. It is a richer, readily absorbed version of your regular moisturizer, perfect for the delicate skin around your eyes. Saya’s Eye Cream is full of hyaluronic acids and fruit essential oils to make it look like I slept for hours. Sold.
Moisturizer. Summer dry skin is not like winter dry skin. In the winter, my face gulps up any and every hydrating product. Hyaluronic acids, heavy-duty moisturizers, you name it. In the summer, my dry skin is fresh-out-of-the-pool tightness or fell-asleep-in-the-sun dryness.
Saya’s Night Moisture Cream is formulated with a non-irritating natural retinol alternative, so you can say goodbye to the negative effects of retinol sensitivity. And good morning to better skin.
So, that’s it. My (slightly insane, admittedly) skincare routine. Oh, and remember to drink your eight glasses of water every day!