I believe that for skincare, less is more. Keeping a simple but consistent skincare routine with only a few (but effective) products is key to creating that flawless complexion (that and a good diet). As female human being (who coincidentally also has skin), I know how difficult it is to look after your “dermis”, especially in the hotter months. One day it’s looking fresh and clear, the next it’s blotchy and red. But do not fret; this post is dedicated to skincare essentials to keep your skin clean and clear in the sticky summer months to come.
To keep spots and oiliness at bay, cleansing your skin is a must. After sweating in the heat and wearing makeup all day, God knows what sinks into your pores. Here are some of my favourite cleansers to leave your skin free of makeup residue and excess sebum:
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
Made with apricot kernel oil, Vitamin E, and avocado oil, this everyday cleanser is suitable for all skin types and can rem ove makeup! It can gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. This creamy formula foams up instantly to create a soft and frothy lather to clear your pores of excess sebum and oil. A little goes a long way!
Tip: Rinse your face with lukewarm water first (never use hot water, as it can burn your skin and strip it’s natural oils!) and then use a small amount of this cleanser and gently rub in upwards-circular motions.
Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil
For some heavy-duty makeup removal, I would recommend this oil-based cleanser by Fancl. This heavy oil can remove all your makeup (even waterproof makeup) in an instant and will leave your skin feeling smooth and clean. Apply to your skin dry or wet, and gently rub to remove makeup. Rinse off with warm water. The oil will emulsify into a milky liquid, and you will be left with squeaky-clean skin.
Every once in a while your skin needs a little extra help in sloughing off dead skin cells that do nothing but dull your complexion. Exfoliating your skin once a week can help keep your skin looking radiant. Exfoliators can either be chemical or physical. Personally, as someone with sensitive skin, I love to use physical exfoliants as I am able to control how much pressure I exert on my skin whilst using it. Take a look at some of my go-to products:
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
This drugstore exfoliator is my Holy Grail product. It uses 100% natural apricot seeds as exfoliants, and it makes your skin the smoothest thing on earth (I swear). It’s also paraben and sulphate free, and works wonders on combination-oily skin types. And for its price point, I would highly recommend this.
Tip: When buying physical exfoliants, try to purchase ones that use natural exfoliants (such as fruit seeds) instead of micro-beads. Micro-beads are made from plastic and can really damage the marine ecosystem.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish
For those of you with sensitive skin, having a dense exfoliator like St. Ives may not be for you. But don’t worry - First Aid Beauty has you covered. This gentle exfoliator uses finely milled shea nutshell powder to gently buff away skin to reveal a radiant and glowing complexion. The earthy scent of this product is relaxing and interesting, I’ve never really tried skincare products that are “willow bark and apricot scented”.
Locking In Moisture
Moisturizers are essential to smooth and clear skin. When your skin is dehydrated and parched, it may overcompensate the moisture by over-producing oils, which then leads to breakouts (who would want that?). To ensure that your skin is getting the moisture that it needs, here are some of my top picks:
Lavera Organic Wild Rose Ultra Hydrating Face Cream (For dry skin)
Lavera is a German brand that specializes in natural and organic skincare. They have a whole range of skincare that suits the needs of different skin types, but for dry skin, this cream is a must. The soft rose scent is relaxing and the cream sinks into the skin almost immediately. Truly a must-have for dehydrated skin!
Bonus point: This is also vegan!
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
The Ultra Facial Cream is not called “Ultra” for no reason, this cream is suitable for all skin types and is packed full of goodies to keep your skin supple and hydrated. Don’t be intimidated by the consistency of it though, this cream sinks into your skin and leaves it feeling soft throughout the day, not greasy at all! But if you are worried about the cream being too heavy for you, Kiehl’s also does an oil-free version of this cream that’s equally as good!
Once a week, I like to treat my skin to a facemask, just to perk it up and give it a little extra something after a long week. Of course, my skin is never behaving like it should be, so here are some of my favorite masks to tame my “tedious” skin.
LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty
I love this product not just for the “punny” name, but also because it is actually the best thing I have come across to combat oily and acne-prone skin. This all-natural product is filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as peppermint oil and honey that will keep those pesky spots at bay. Having peppermint in the mask leaves your skin feeling tingly and refreshed, and it’s lovely to have on during the hot summer months
Bonus Point: This also has ground evening primrose seeds and ground aduki beans to help exfoliate your skin!
Origins Drink Up
Unfortunately patience isn’t one of my virtues. Having a mask that needs to stay on my face for more than 20 minutes is already asking too much. But thankfully this mask does what it needs to for my skin in just 10 minutes. This Origins mask is an oldie but a goodie, it contains algae extracts to give your skin that extra boost of hydration. It’s also great for sensitive skin! Say bye bye to dry patches and flaky skin.
Bonus Point: Origins are experts when it comes to face masks, they have one for everything! Go check them out here.