The last skincare post (you can read it here) that I made was back in November and most of what I use has changed. I'm all about trying new products every now and then because I get bored of what I use if I'm not completely in love with it.
I've made the worst mistake that I have ever made to my skin in all my 20 years of living. I accidentally had sunscreen on my face for 24/7 for about 30 days. I didn't notice until a month in and I was like why is my face breaking out so much? I thought it was my diet, my anxiety, or stress, so I was eating a lot more vegetables and trying to keep my mind as relaxed as I could but that wasn't working. Then, I thought it was the products that I was using but I used these things a lot when I was in high school and I never had this major of an issue before. I was standing at my bathroom sink staring at my stuff as if the answer was just going to jump out at me. But you know what? It did. I looked at my moisturizer and it had a small and thin yellow block saying something about sunscreen. The sunscreen version and the regular version look EXACTLY the same aside from the yellow box. And then June became my month of trying to detox my face of sunscreen that was probably living in my pores. Most of the acne has cleared up, but it's still lingering a bit. Moral of the story is read your products carefully before you just toss it into the cart and get on with your day.
So, here is my current skincare routine for the summer and the products that I'm loving lately and will probably be using for another 6 months.
Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash (Cruelty-Free, but No Certification Yet!)
Is Simple not selling the one facial wash that comes in a pump and is foamy!? I was in love with that one in high school, but I haven't seen it much since which is sad because it was fantastic. I used this one in high school, too, but then I took a break because I wanted to try different things. I came back to this because, the company as a whole, is very conscious on what they put in their products to make sure it's kind to your skin and it doesn't have a bunch of that nasty stuff that other facial washes can have in them. I love it, but if I found the foaming one again I would switch in an instant.
Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic (Vegan & Cruelty-Free!)
This is a product I find to be a bit pricy for the size that you get, but I still love it. I used it everyday for a couple months last year and I really saw a glowing difference in my face. But since I bought this this year, I haven't been using it everyday for the sake of wanting to make it last so I'm not seeing quite the same results as last time. But like I said, that's my fault because I'm not using it everyday. Regardless, it smells amazing and I love using it.
Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer (Cruelty-Free, but No Certification Yet!)
This is the version I meant to buy rather than the sunscreen one. Although it is important to make sure you have on some sunscreen on you when you're going to be outside - even when it's cloudy - it's not the best thing for your face to have it on ALL the time. My face got mad at me because I didn't even notice I grabbed the wrong bottle. Regardless, this moisturizer is amazing and it comes in second to the Tarte one that I used to use. It doesn't leave your face feeling dry or tacky which I hate when a product does that because then I feel like I have to wait around 20 minutes before putting on makeup. And as a person who is prone to being late a lot, waiting 20 minutes for your moisturizer to soak in isn't going to cut it for me. I put this one on from Simple and it's quick and easy and get's the job done well.
Tarte Maracuja Oil (Vegan & Cruelty-Free!)
I know I talked and raved about this product in my last skincare routine and it's one of two things that has remained the same. I've also been able to make this last because I don't use it everyday because I know I can't afford to buy this on the regular. But I love it so much and Tarte's skincare line is impecable and I wish I could be able to have it all.
ELF Lip Exfoliator and Eye Refresh (Vegan & Cruelty-Free!)
I'm pretty sure that I talked about Elf's Eye Refresh in my last skincare post so I won't talk too much about it, but it is my favorite part of my morning routine because it's cold and - well- refreshing to wake you up. My other favorite Elf skincare product has been this coconut lip exfoilator because it leaves my lips feeling smooth and fresh. I always follow it up with some chap stick afterwords to make the smooth and fresh feeling last all day.
Bath & Body Works All The Beach Lotion (Mostly Cruelty-Free!)
Do I use any other brand of lotion that isn't Bath and Body Works? Rarely. I have two shoe boxes under my sink that are full of their products that I know I need to dwindle down so I'm slowly but surely making my way through them all. Right now, my favorite is their All The Beach one. It's perfect for summer from the smell to the packaging. It's literally so cute and I'm going to be a little upset when it's gone (as if I don't have another beachy one haha). Bath and Body works is also having their Semi Annual Sale right now so go take advantage of that!
I bought this dry brush last year and I used it a few times, but I never really got that into it. I didn't believe, and I still don't, that dry brushing detoxifies your body or completely gets rid of cellulite. But what it is great at is exfoliating. I've heard that people use it before they get in the shower, but I use it after the shower and once I've put on my lotion. I start at my feet and work my way up brushing toward my heart, expect on my stomach where I do a circular motion. I've been a lot more consistent with it the past couple months and it's really making all the difference in my skin; it's noticeably softer. I definitely recommend trying it out!
And so that concludes my most updated skincare routine! It's been a while since I made a post like this and this is what I used to do a lot of when I was in high school on a different blog that no longer exists, but I found this really fun to go back to.
What are some of your favorite skincare products? Do you stick to a routine, or how often do you change it?