Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed the “dreaded 11″ creeping up in between my eyebrows, as well as a few brown spots, eye wrinkles, and overall rough texture. It all adds up to one thing: I’m aging. While I’ve done the bare minimum to take care of my skin, it’s clear I need to ramp up my mid-30′s regimen as simple cleaning and moisturizing won’t cut it anymore. Combine this with the onset of summer weather, and I’m ready for a little spring cleaning for my skin.
Here’s what works during warm weather for my combination to oily skin. Unfortunately, I have no experience with dry skin.
Gel cleanser removes dirt and oil without stripping it. I’ve used for the past ten years, and it’s the only type of cleanser that keeps acne at bay. I use this once or twice a day, depending on whether I’ve worn makeup or been outside much. In the shower, I use it on my shoulders, chest and back to prevent blemishes that pop up from sunscreen.
My favorite: NuSkin Pure Cleansing Gel
Toner with Glycolic and Lactic Acid
Glycolic and lactic acids are part of the alpha hydroxy (AHA) group of acids that took the beauty world by storm ten years ago. Together they exfoliate, promote collagen growth, brighten, and smooth skin. They also erase mild acne scars, red and brown spots, as reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In other words, miracles. In high levels, they’re used as chemical peels in dermatologist’s offices and spas. In lower concentrations that are safe enough to use routinely, they’re available over the counter. They also work to prevent ingrown hairs, so I use on my bikini line after shaving. I started using this product a little more than a week ago, and I’ve already noticed a difference. I apply my toner twice a day. They also work to prevent ingrown hairs, so I use on my bikini line after shaving.
My favorite: DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex
Caution: Products with AHAs’ cause sun sensitivity and can be irritating to sensitive skin or if used improperly. Consult a dermatologist or licensed esthetician if you have questions! Some people are also allergic to glycolic acid.
A must have in the humid and hot South, this is my wonder drug. I use it right after my toner dries and it keeps any oiliness at bay. Plus it provides necessary skin protection. It can be used under makeup, and moisturizes my skin without feeling heavy.
My favorite: Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15
The newest of miracle products, I use this as a replacement for the mattifying lotion when I need more coverage. It smooths out my complexion, reduces oil, and provides sun protection. Dust with a mineral powder and that’s all I need for summer makeup.
My favorite: Jasmine Water BB Cream
A last bit of advice from this product junkie: Avoid drugstore products for skincare. I know beauty magazines and advertisements make you think you can find a bargain, but I have yet to use a beauty product from a drugstore that works as well, or lasts as long, as the more expensive products. There is one exclusion on this, Oil of Olay.
What changes do you make to your summer skincare routine?