Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spring/Summer Skincare Routine

Hey all!

I know that it's Fall in the U.S. right now, but I thought I'll share my Spring/Summer skincare routine anyway since I have switched my regime for the cooler weather. I remember a reader asked me to share what skin care products I use and I did briefly explain them in a Monthly Favs video, but I thought it might be better to just do an entire post on the products for easier access ^-^.

Here is everything I use:

I will go briefly into what I do with each product and how it works on me.

1. Rimmel London Makeup Remover
I really like this makeup remover even though it doesn't really remove some stubborn waterproof makeup. I normally don't wear water proof makeup except for mascara so I didn't have a problem with it. I prefer this drugstore makeup remover to the other ones because it leave NO yucky residue. I find that most makeup removers that comes with two parts (oil + clear liquid) always leave left over residue on my face even when I rinse my face after using it. I always had to rubbed the areas to get rid of them which can get pretty annoying. Also, I didn't find much differences in the performance of this makeup remover compared to the two part ones.

2. Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser
I have been using this cleanser for a really long time. This is my second bottle. It's very gentle and does it's job perfectly. I always go back to this after trying other cleansers because this actually calms my skin down. I use this both in the morning and at night. I would recommend this cleanser to all skin types.

3. Artistry Polishing Scrub
I use this mostly this in the evening. I use it about one to two times a week and on nights that I don't use the Aveeno Foam Cleanser. Along with the cleanser, I have used this for a really long time. I want to say about three or more years. It has blue micro beads that helps exfoliate my skin. It is also gentle enough to use every day, but I don't need that much exfoliation so I don't. Plus, it's not good to exfoliate too much either.

4. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
I have already did a review on this so I won't get into too much detail. For more details, please check it out here. I think this is a great toner for those that have normal/dry skin. If you have extremely dry skin then this is probably not as effective since it does contain alcohol which can dry out your skin. Since it has gotten cooler, I found that this isn't as effective for me as it was during the summer. My spring/summer skin isn't has dry as my fall/winter skin.

5. The Face Shop Volcanic Clay Black Head Heating Mask
I got this mask last summer at The Face Shop up in NOVA since we don't have one where I live. I used this pretty sporadically over the warmer months and will probably continue to use in the cooler months as well. I don't get as much blackheads as I used to, but I still have them. My blackheads are a lot calmer in the warmer months since I don't touch it as much, but recently I noticed that they are a lot more visible. The mask is okay. The interesting thing about it is that it heats up as you rub it in and then you let it sit on your nose for like 15 minutes and then wash it off. I can't really say much since I haven't used it consistently enough. Maybe I will post a more in depth review later on :).

6. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
I'm sure a lot of people have heard of this brand and lotion. I use this on my body and sometimes my face. I think it's pretty good. It does it's job and it doesn't really have a scent and doesn't clog pores.

7. Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Cream with Royal Jelly
This eye cream is good for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I think it's meant for older women, but I decided to try it anyway since I do have a little crow's feet and fine lines around my eyes. I remembered that it did sting a little bit at the outer corners of my eyes which is where the crows feet are, but after a while I got used to it. I don't exactly know if it really reduced my crows feet, but I think it did. They seem to be shorter than before. I did stop using it after watching AsianBeautySecrets' video about eye creams and how you are not supposed to have white dots appear under your eyes, because it means the eye cream is too rich for you. I tested it out multiple times during the winter and the white dots keep reappearing whenever I use it consistently so I just gave it to my mom.

8. Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm
Don't forget about the lips! Did you know that your lips can tell people a lot about your health? Yep! This is my go to lip balm over the summer and I still continue to use it whenever I need it. Unlike other lip balms, this just gets the job done and you won't feel like you always need to reapply. Definitely recommend.

9. Artistry Time Defiance Day Protect Creme SPF15
I've talked about this moisturizer in a favorites video. I've been using it for about two or more years now. I love that it contains SPF so I don't need to apply another product to my face. It hydrates and nourishes my skin and preps it before I put on makeup.

10. Artistry Time Defiance Night Creme
This is the night creme I use after I cleanse and tone my face in the evening. It is the same consistency as the day creme, but I feel like it's more hydrating to the skin. I use the same amount of product for both, but this one leave my skin looking more "greasy". Sorry for my lack of a better word, but I feel like it's a little heavier which is good since it helps my skin stay hydrated overnight.

So that's it! This is all of the things I use for my skincare over the summer (warmer months).
I wanted to post this earlier, but I've been caught up with other things...
Hopefully, this will still be helpful for some? I will mostly likely be using most of these products for the cooler months, too along with other things that are more hydrating since my skin does get drier.
I will probably make another post for fall/winter skincare when I get a routine down. I'm still experimenting with some products and trying things out to see how my skin reacts to it. When I get it down, I will share again ~.