Sunday, June 14, 2015

My Summer Skincare Routine

After the last LUSH haul, I finally have a complete skincare set. I also kind of know better what to do for my skin to keep it healthy, especially as I expect it to look spotless while eating ridiculously unhealthy food at the same time (working on that too). I also thought I'd share what I use if you're looking for ideas to reconstruct your skincare routine as well.

My current skincare routine is designed for summer skin. I have weird combination skin which can get dry or oily as quick as a change in the weather, or sometimes even both at the same time. To combat that I use the LUSH Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser to balance out the oily and dry parts. You take a little bit, mix it with water, and scrub it over your face. It's quite unconventional and doesn't foam up, so it'll feel weird the first few times using it, but it leaves me feeling clean without being bone dry. To unclog pores from heavy sunscreens and dirt from the day, I then use a LUSH Tea Tree Toner Tab. Drop one into a bowl of steaming water to gently clean out pores. After that, if I feel the need, I put on a face mask. The one I'm using right now is the LUSH Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask. It's a simple classic face mask that exfoliates and freshens skin. I especially love the smell of it for some reason. Next I'll use an apple cider vinegar toner. It's simply one part raw apple cider vinegar to one part water, mixed together in a small spray bottle and spritzed over a slightly damp face. The acid keeps bacteria at bay and my skin has been almost entirely acne free since I started using it. If I do have a small blemish here or there, I dab on a bit of spot treatment in the form of the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. I'm not sure what exactly it's supposed to do scientifically, but for me, it shrinks the pimple and calms the redness overnight. Finally, I've added a step that I normally avoid. Despite having oily skin in places, I've come to accept that a moisturizer is absolutely necessary to maintain balanced skin. I'm currently using the LUSH Imperialis Moisturizer, which is lightweight and doesn't cause me to break out.

In the summer I typically have more time to kill, so I can afford to spent a significant amount of time on skincare. However, on most days, I have very little time, especially in the morning, to freshen up and get ready to go. On most school mornings, I often do little more than splash some water on my face and brush my hair up before I'm out the door. At night, when I'm feeling lazy, I use a simpler daily skincare routine. To start off, I use the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. It removes oils without stripping skin, so my face feels clean at the end but the cleanser is gentle enough all the way through, preventing future breakouts. To exfoliate, I use a sugar and olive oil scrub, which I make using my friend Kylie's recipe, found here, but with olive oil instead of vegetable oil. It sometimes leaves a bit more oil on my face than I like, so I might go over again with the CeraVe. Again, I use the apple cider vinegar toner and tea tree oil spot treatment if needed, and finish off with the Imperialis moisturizer. This routine is simple enough that I can get it done pretty quickly and go off to bed, but it also keeps my skin in good shape.

If I can remember to do so, I also swipe on a bit of the LUSH Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter so my cuticles stay nice and soft (dry cuticles = hangnails = ouch!) I think this was one of the first LUSH products I owned, and it's well worth the money because it smells so good and it really works. For the rest of my body, I use the Bath & Body Works French Lavender & Honey body lotion. It has a light scent which reminds me of the "just got out of the shower" feel and it absorbs well, so if I need something quick, it's the first thing I grab for. However, if I'm feeling up to it, or if my skin is feeling extra dry, I try to take the time to use the Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter. I am so in love with the smell, and my legs love it too!

It's so important to take good care of skin. I'm just so much happier in the morning when I wake up and see a bright, healthy face instead of a dull, tired one. Skincare time is also me time, when I get a mental break and only have to focus on self care. Let me know if you like any of these products too, or if you have any recommendations for me! ◊

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