Hey Beauties! 🙂 Are you ready for Summer?! After months of surviving in the bone-chilling winter weather, I know I sure am.
So, who else is a stickler for having healthy, radiant skin at all times? I feel much more at ease when my face is free of those unwanted pimples or blemishes, though I try not to freak out when I see a few magically appear overnight.
Having oily, sensitive skin can be quite a hassle, especially if you’re unsure of suitable products to use for such a skin type. Now that winter’s gone and the weather’s much warmer, my skin has become even more oily. For the past few months, I’ve been researching and trying out different skincare regimens to find a perfect fit for my oily, sensitive skin. Although I’m still using some of my regular products, I’ve found a few new ones that I’ve incorporated into my daily skincare routine. Keep reading if you’d like to see some of the products I’ll be using for my facial care throughout Spring and Summer 🙂
When it comes to cleansers, I like to keep it simple by using mild ones, gentle enough to be used on my sensitive skin. I’ve been using the non-foaming Cetaphil cleanser for years now, and find that it really cleanses my skin, without stripping it of moisture or irritating it. When I’m feeling for a deeper cleanse, I like to use a foaming cleanser. I’ve been using the Marcelle Ultra Gentle cleansing gel for about 3 months now, and I find that it also works well with my skin. I normally use the Cetaphil cleanser in my morning routine, and then the Marcelle cleansing gel at nights. A bonus for me is that both are relatively affordable 😀 I don’t really expect much from cleansers, other than not irritating or drying out my skin, while getting the job done.
The Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa Facial Cleansing System is hands down the best thing I ever introduced into my skincare routine. Not only has it kept my skin looking and feeling smooth, but it also quickly removes any blemishes or dark spots from my face, when I use it on a consistent basis. It comes with three different brushes: an exfoliating brush, a daily cleansing brush, and a silicone brush. Most days, I use the silicone brush in the morning for a gentler cleanse, and the daily cleansing brush at nights. I use the exfoliating brush 2-3 times per week. I hardly ever wash my face with my bare hands or a wash cloth anymore, as I’ve found that this does a way better job. A bonus with this product is that it comes in a durable storage or travel kit, so I get to easily take it along with me when I’m travelling.
I always try to exfoliate at least twice per week, as I find this to be a major key in maintaining or achieving soft, clear skin. Sometimes I feel like physical exfoliation can be a bit too rough on my skin, so I like to use a chemical exfoliator at times. Lately, I’ve been using the Glossier Solution-Exfoliating Skin Perfector. At first, I was a bit skeptical about using this product, as I was wondering if the brand was just being hyped in reviews I’d seen. After less than a week of using this product (once per day), I quickly came to realize for myself just how well this works for my skin. I’ve been using it for about three weeks now, and must say I’ll probably end up repurchasing, as it’s the best chemical exfoliator I’ve tried thus far. The only thing I don’t like about it is its packaging/applicator, as I find that I uncontrollably end up soaking up too much of the product onto a cotton pad… think I’d prefer if it came in a spray bottle.
I never understood why so many beauty gurus stressed the importance of toning, until I actually incorporated it into my skincare routine…and just let me tell you, if you don’t already know…LIFE CHANGING, Sis (totally not exaggerating there ;). Not only has it helped in evening out my complexion, but it also leaves my skin feeling and looking very rejuvenated. When I initially started using a toner, I made my own little concoction with Apple Cider Vinegar and some essential oils. Although it wasn’t breaking me out, I just felt that it wasn’t sitting well with my skin, as my skin would be left a bit irritated after each use. So, I decided to research ones that would work well for my skin type. I switched from my DIY toner, to using natural-based toners with rose petals as a main ingredient, which is super refreshing and gentle on the skin. I’ve been using the Thayers Witch Hazel toner for about a month now, which also contains rose petal and aloe vera as main ingredients. It’s alcohol-free, which is super important when choosing skincare products, as most products containing alcohol will leave your skin feeling very dry. I don’t think I’ll be switching out this toner for a long while, as I absolutely love the results I’ve gotten with it.
Natural Serums and Oils
After using my toner at nights, I like to follow up with a natural face serum. Lately, I’ve been using a Vitamin C serum, which acts as an antioxidant, and also helps in maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Another benefit of using Vitamin C consistently, is that it helps to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, not that I have to think about that for a while, but hey..better to start early, I guess.
For my night-time routine, I tend to use an oil rather than a moisturizer for my face. My two favourite at the moment, are 100% pure Rosehip seed oil and Marula oil. I prefer to use these because, I find them to be very lightweight, but super moisturizing at the same time. I don’t use them at the same time, but alternate based on whichever I feel like using on a particular night. I’ve been using the Rosehip seed oil for about 4 months now, and I’ll definitely be keeping this as one of my favourite skincare products. Though on the pricier end, the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil has also quickly become a favourite of mine. I sometimes use this in the daytime, especially on super warm days, due to how lightweight yet moisturizing it is. Both these oils are very beneficial in maintaining healthy, glowing skin, and a bonus is that a little goes a long way…so they’ll probably last me long over a year.
The Simple Replenishing moisturizer was my go-to, all throughout winter. It seems to have just the right amount of creaminess, and leaves my skin feeling super hydrated. Sadly, it doesn’t contain SPF, which is especially necessary now, on these super sunny days. I recently started using the Marcelle Multi-Defense moisturizer…and let’s just say I’m not a fan. I find the product itself to be very watery, and although it’s oil-free, it somehow leaves my skin feeling very oily. It only contains SPF 15, and I prefer to use a moisturizer with at least SPF 25. So, I’m still on the search for a good replacement. Any suggestions?
……..of course, can’t forget that healthy skin starts from within💦😋
~If you’ve made it this far, go ahead and leave a comment with some of your Spring/Summer skincare tips… I’d love to know about some new products. Thanks for reading❤