Finding a skincare routine that actually works is like scaling a mountain – so trying, but so rewarding when you reach the top. My skin is very finicky and changes with the seasons, so I basically had to completely overhaul my skincare between winter and summer. I finally have a combination of products that are working well for my skin.
(FYI, my skin is combination-normal right now. It is not oily nor dry. I have not had any real breakouts in a couple of months. The main issue I have been dealing with is some clogged pores.)
In the morning I start with Osmia Organics Luz Enzyme Facial Soap which I’ve only been using for about two weeks. I absolutely love this soap – it lathers so well but doesn’t strip my skin at all. I follow that with a few spritzes of Britannie’s Thyme Balancing Facial Toner, which feels cooling due to peppermint oil. However, this toner is surprisingly gentle on my skin. I love it for summer.
I follow with a few drops of oil, lately it has been either Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Geranium or Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil, both of which I really enjoy. The scents of both are quite nice, too, though the MMT is a bit earthier. These two oils are also very affordable as far as all-natural face oils go. Finally, I usually add a pea sized amount of Acure Oil Control Facial Moisturizer and spread it over my face before I start on my sunscreen and makeup.
Night is more intensive because not only do I need to remove my makeup, but I want to prepare my skin with high-quality products that will work during the night. I have been using the Meow Meow Tweet Oil Cleanser to remove makeup. I remove eye makeup first and then use it on the rest of my face with a hot muslin cloth. I don’t think I like this oil cleanser as a first step. It doesn’t remove my eye makeup well enough. I think after I use this up I will switch back to Indigo Wild Zum Facial Cleanser which does the job better for a great price.
Once makeup is removed, I take a konjac sponge with a half pump of Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser to gently cleanse my face. I have really enjoyed this cleanser the past several weeks I’ve used it. Again, I spritz some Britannie’s Thyme Balancing Facial Toner and a couple of drops of the same oil from the morning – either Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Geranium OR Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil. I warm up a tiny amount of Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Eye Balm between my fingers and massage around my eye area. I actually prefer this eye balm to other eye products I’ve tried because this one is so thick. I actually love that aspect of it because my eyes are still moisturized in the morning.
After these products have had a couple of minutes to sink into my skin, I massage into my skin one pump of True Nature Botanicals Pacific Night Serum with Retinol (about 3-4 times a week). I love this product and don’t even want to think about it being empty. It is so gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation at all.
About twice a week I gently scrub my face with the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. And about once a week I have been using the Mahalo Pele Face Mask which so far, seems to be the best face mask I have ever used. My skin always looks better the day after I use this mask.
Have you used any of these products? What skincare products are you having success with this summer?