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How to Do My Summer Skincare Routine

What I'm using to beat breakouts and pigmentation while protecting my skin from the sun.
Skincare routine summer 2018

Ah, summer—when you break into a sweat as soon as you step out the door (or even the shower!), and need to stay constantly vigilant about sun protection.

It's not the easiest season for your skin, which is why I've made some adjustments to my routine. (This is what I was doing in the spring, winter and fall, in case you missed them!)

Keep reading to hear more about:

  • My summer skincare goals 
  • My morning skincare routine
  • My nighttime skincare routine
  • My extra skincare treatments

My Summer Skincare Goals

Skincare routine summer 2018

My summer skincare routine is focused on acne, pigmentation and sun protection.

Truth be told, my skin hasn't been the best this season, leading up to the launch of The Skincare Edit! Added stress, late nights and slacking a bit on nutrition manifested on my skin as breakouts and dark circles. But I'm getting back on track now!

Here's what I'll be focusing on for the next couple of months:

  • Acne: My approach is twofold. I have to be super-diligent with cleansing and acne-fighting topicals in the summer, because sweat tends to break me out. But it's also about lifestyle. When I'm working a lot and don't have good sleep and eating habits, it ALWAYS shows up on my skin! 
  • Pigmentation: I get loads more freckles in the summer, even with sunscreen, and they're not so cute when they're all over the sides of my face! But I'm not psychotic about it—I don't avoid the sun completely like some skin therapists do. You've got to live your life, right? Instead, my strategy is to load up on pigmentation-fading topicals and red light therapy (along with sunscreen, of course). Post-acne marks are my biggest worry, because if they darken from the sun, it can take YEARS to get rid of them! 
  • Sun protection: It goes without saying that high-zinc sun protection is a must. Even though there is no such thing as a safe tan, I used to always want "some colour" on my body. But now, I don't even want that! It helps that there are so many new body SPFs that don't feel gross to wear.

If you haven't seen my ingredient-checking tutorial, that will walk you through how I go about screening products and choosing what I want to put on my face! Most of what I am showing you here, I bought myself.

My Morning Skincare Routine

1. Cleanser:

Graydon Super Sensitive Face Foam

Graydon Super Sensitive Face Foam.

My day starts with Graydon Face Foam in the shower. (This bottle looks untouched because I just bought my second one!) I love this cleanser so much. It's great for all skin types, not just sensitive, and even though it foams, it is sulfate-free. It's also fragrance-free and has a minimal, plant-based ingredients list.

2. Cleansing Brush:

Foreo Luna Mini 2

Foreo Luna Mini 2.

I've started using the Foreo Luna Mini 2 in the mornings (with the Graydon Face Foam), to help buff away dead skin. Why? Because I started to find that twice-daily acid—more on that in a second!—was making my skin a bit flaky in places, such as the nose and chin. I just needed some gentle manual removal to get it off. I find you can't overdo things with the Foreo; it's not irritating at all and leaves you with a smooth, baby-soft surface.

3. BHAs: