Prepare for Summer


For the first time in a few years, Summer actually feels like Summer. The past few years the weather has been rather bust and although it's California, it just didn't feel any different than Spring or Fall. This year is bound to have multiple heat waves, we already had days in the high 90s & low 100s. And that was back at the end of May and the first week of June. 

Summer doesn't officially start for another two weeks or so, but I'm already in that warm weather mood. I did a little Spring skincare mixup, so I thought I'd share what's in my bathroom cabinets for Summer. 

The second the warm weather hit I was out and about in shorts and my Birkenstocks. I've got some tanlines already (boo) but I am excited that I am getting somewhat tan. If you know me personally, you'd know that I'm borderline one of the most pale people you'll ever encounter. Skin as fair as snow? Yeah, that's basically me. I go on lots of walks with coworkers so I've been getting plenty of Vitamin D. Because of that, I've been working on gently exfoliating my skin so that whatever tan I do get is even. I also get a lot oilier in the Summer so thoroughly cleaning my skin is key. I've been alternating between two main cleansers: the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Polishing Powder and the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. I picked both of these up during the Sephora VIB sale and I am slowly making my way through these. 

After cleansing I'll go in with my Pixi Glow Tonic as that is probably one of my favorite products ever. I finally caved and bought the full size and I can already see that I'm making a massive dent in it and it's less than one week old. I truly notice that my complexion looks a lot brighter when I use it, much like a healthy glow (hence the name). There was a period earlier in Spring when I was without this and my complexion just felt dull and a little lackluster. I'm glad to have this back in my life, and if you haven't tried this give it a go with one of the smaller sizes! *I didn't think this was that great at first, but man can you tell the difference after you cut it out of your routine. Since this does include glycolic acid it is removing a dead layer of skin, so this will increase your skin's sun sensitivity. Be sure to use sunscreen when using products with this ingredient! (I use a Shiseido sunscreen which I've mentioned before on here - so that never changes.)

Back in March I had a mini Kiehl's haul and picked up a new product, the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. When I went in for a facial I was told that my skin was severely dehydrated. This honestly came to me as no surprise as I barely drink any water - I know, I'm working on it. I was quickly recommended this product as it is said to "youthfully plump" and hydrate down in the deepest layers of your skin. This is also said to smooth the appearance of fine lines and is as close to fillers as you can get from a skincare product sold on the market. I do notice that after using this with a face oil of some sort my skin does look brighter, healthier, and glowy. Fine lines are definitely diminished and my skin texture just looks and feels more even. Some days I use just this, and other days I'll layer on another moisturizer if I feel I need it.

When I go for an additional moisturizer it is the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer. It has the freshest scent and is lightweight so your skin will easily and gratefully soak in all the added moisture. The downfall is that you scoop out of a jar, so it is less hygienic than options with a pump.

What are some skincare products you'll be rotating in as the weather warms up? (Or cools down if you're in other parts of the world?)