Summer Skin Care: Battling Time and the Elements

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The awesome thing about being in your thirties, (and by awesome, I mean crummy) is that your skin doesn’t know what to do with itself. I feel like I’m constantly trying to prevent wrinkles, sunspots, lack of elasticity, and other such impending signs of age. At the same time, I am prone to the occasional bout of acne, the likes of which I never experienced as a teenager. It’s a drag, right? Finally, I’ve found the right combination of products for me, and an easy routine that helps keep my skin healthy, clean and (hopefully) youthful.

It goes without saying that a healthy diet, staying well hydrated and getting your heart rate up now and then, all have an impact on your skin’s appearance. Health is radiance!

Once you’ve got the good-skin-from-the-inside-out approach taken care of, establishing a good cleansing and care routine is key. I always include my neck and décolletage in this routine. What good is a youthful face if it’s sitting atop a wrinkled old leathery chest. Ick!

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My Guerlain lady told me that washing my face with water was probably drying out my skin, and suggested I use a cleansing water in the mornings. I took her advice, and started using Nuxe’s Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals. Making this simple change has been a game changer for my skin. No more dry patches!

My eyes are pretty puffy most of the time. It runs in the family. We all look like we’ve been snorting pollen and stay up all night crying. As if that isn’t enough, I’m also a redhead, and we gingers seem to come with these lovely lilac tinted undereyes that only serve to make us look haggard. But wait, there’s more! I’m also starting to get fine lines around my eyes. Are you jealous, yet? Well, thanks to Guerlain’s Abeille Royale eye cream, my little puffers are firm and smooth. I really love this whole line from Guerlain. Okay, I really love everything Guerlain.

In July and August, I don’t really need a moisturizer in the mornings, I find that sunscreen is enough for me. If I start putting too many things on my face, I feel greasy and coated. Blech! Enter: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60. Light, broad spectrum coverage, minimal ingredients. Perfect for protecting my face from the big, bad, harmful rays of our beloved sun.

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In the evening, I take a little bit of extra time, but still keep a very simple routine.

If I’ve been wearing eye makeup, I use Lancome’s BiFacil eye makeup remover. I love how soft and smooth it leaves the skin around my eyes.

With eye makeup cleared away, I wash my face with Guerlain’s Secret de Pureté Cleansing Foaming Cream. This lovely foaming cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean, but not stripped. It smells absolutely gorgeous, and it lasts for ages, as half a pump is plenty to wash your face with.

Next, I alternate nights using a night cream and a resurfacing treatment. Alpha H Liquid Gold is a product that I learned of via A Model Recommends. It has done brilliant things for my skin! An even tone and a smoother surface are the biggest differences I’ve noticed after using this product every other night for several weeks. It didn’t take but a few applications to notice a difference. I don’t follow the application with any moisturizer or other products, I just go to bed and let it do it’s thing.

When I’m not Alpha H-ing, I apply Guerlain’s Happyology Night Care. It’s so light, and leaves a lovely feeling on the skin. A lot of night creams are heavy and dense, which I find unbearable in the summer. This cream purports to release endorphins, causing you to wake up with happy skin! I daresay, I like the results.

A wee massage around the eyes with Abeille Royale eye cream, and it’s off to bed with me. Easy!

Once a week I spend a little time doing a deep cleansing routine to keep those pores clean. Check back for a post on that next week. Meanwhile, do tell! What are your summer skin care secrets?

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