I haven’t done a comprehensive beauty post in a while, and have since found and incorporated some new products that I’ve been meaning to share. With summer here, seems like as good a time as any.
I keep vowing to simplify my skincare routine, but keep finding new products I really like! 😆 While I don’t switch up my routine completely with a change of seasons, I do make some adjustments. Our summers, which last well into fall, tend to be drier overall than other seasons, so keeping my skin hydrated (yes from the inside too) is a top priority.
I don’t use a cleanser in the morning, just rinse with water.
- Hydrating toner. Ok so this one from Tata Harper is a splurge, but it’s a product I really love using, both for the fragrance and the feel. A bottle usually lasts me several months. I’ll mist my face after rinsing and drying, before applying serum. I’ll also sometimes use it as a refreshing mist later in the day. Here’s a budget-friendly option to try.
- Serum. I’ve been using Clarins Double Serum for years and really love it, but am still trying to find something I like as well that’s also cruelty-free. Once a year or so I’ll get a bottle of Skinceuticals C E Ferulic (lightens dark spots and brightens skin) and blend a couple of drops with my daytime serum.
- Moisturizer. I tend to switch it up depending on what I have on hand. French pharmacie favorites are Eucerin Hyaluron Filler and Filorga Time-Filler. When I had run out of both of those earlier in the year, I tried a sample of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream and really fell in love with it. (Charlotte Tilbury products are cruelty-free.)
- Eye cream. I’ll admit, I haven’t spent a lot of time or energy researching eye creams. I don’t have significant dark circles or puffiness, and I tend to be skeptical about “firming” claims. The most effective eye creams I’ve tried often have Retinol, which I find irritates the skin around my eyes. (Though I use prescription Retin-A on the rest of my face without problems, go figure.) A few weeks ago, Brian at Makeover Workshop gave me a bottle of his new “Illuminate & Contour Eye Treatment” to try out, and I’ve been using it ever since. This one gets two thumbs up! After a couple of weeks, I noticed a big difference in the texture of the skin around my eyes. It’s much smoother and less crepe-y. This eye cream also moisturizes well, doesn’t irritate, contains no parabens, and isn’t tested on animals.
- Neck cream. I’ve been using Makeover Workshop “Firming Neck And Throat Creme” for over a year now. As with the eye cream, I noticed a difference after using twice daily for a couple of weeks. It definitely improves the texture of the skin on my neck with regular use. I re-order this one as soon as I start running low.
- Sunscreen. Perhaps the most important step of all! I prefer mineral sunscreens, which my dermatologist feels are more effective. And I try to avoid chemicals that are harmful to the environment. (Some chemicals in sunscreens can destroy coral reefs and are harmful to other marine life.) But the downside to mineral sunscreens is that they can look ashy or cakey after a while. I discovered Supergoop! when we were skiing earlier this year. I first bought the stick version to reapply while out on the slopes, then tried the liquid mineral sunscreen once I was back home. I wear this every day. It isn’t sticky, goopy or ashy, and works well under makeup. It’s a cruelty-free product and contains no parabens.
- Cleansing. If I’m wearing makeup, I’ll usually remove first with a cotton pad soaked in Micellar water. Then I’ll wash with a gentle cleanser, using either a Konjac sponge or my Clarisonic.
- Retin-A. I use a prescription Retin-A most nights. It’s expensive, but effective.
- Serum. I don’t apply serum every night. It just depends on how my skin is feeling. I picked up another bottle of Ahava “Time to Revitalize” Night Treatment at City Pharma in Paris. Another cruelty-free, paraben-free product.
- Moisturizer. My girl Charlotte again. I got a travel size of this night cream as a gift with purchase last year and was hooked. I like it even better than La Mer, and it’s a fraction of the price. A little goes a long way, and the jar lasts for months.
- Eye Cream and Neck Cream. Same as mornings.
Regardless of the season, I lean toward le No-Makeup Look.* But during the summer especially, I mostly avoid thick or heavily pigmented products.
- Foundation. I really thought I was done with foundation until I tried the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. It’s sheer and luminous, looks natural and evens out my skin tone. A little goes a long way.
- Brows. Even if I don’t wear any other makeup, I always fill in my brows. For a casual, natural look and easy application I like Makeover Workshop Brow Pencil in “Blondi.” If I’m going out in the evening or just want a bit more definition, I use Chantecaille Waterproof Brow Definer in Light Taupe.
- Mascara. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes. Love this stuff!
- Blush. Mostly for evenings. I like something light and sheer, have been using Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in “Moon Beach” for a bit of subtle color.
- Lips. Most days I’ll wear a My Lips But Better color, in a sheer and moisturizing formula. My favorite is Chantecaille Lip Chic in “Amour” or “Tea Rose.” This time of year when I do wear red, I opt for something bright, often with coral or orange undertones. Favorites include Bobbi Brown Art Stick in “Sunset Orange,” Chantecaille Lip Chic in “Amaryllis,” and Chanel Rouge Coco in “Arthur.” To keep my lips looking smooth and full, I apply Makeover Workshop Re-Creation Lip Treatment 2-3 times daily. (Allow to absorb a few minutes before applying lipstick.)
*with the exception of a bit of red lipstick now and then.
I have some new fragrance finds to tell you about, but am going to save those for another post. 😉
What changes do you make to your skincare/makeup routine for summer?