Don’t you hate when your skin looks greasy or too dry? Me too.
My skin usually begins to feel different when the weather changes. When it is warm outside, my skin gets greasy. When it is cold, my skin dries up. It does not matter if you have oily, dry or combination skin, you are probably familiar with the tosses and turns of skin care when the seasons come and go. I wanted to blog about my skin care routine in the summer and the changes I have to make on rainy days.
We have been getting some rain here in Texas. If you’re unfamiliar with Texas rain, it is the kind of rain that lasts for about 45 minutes and completely comes out of nowhere full force. After it stops, the sun appears and it makes hair frizz, makeup melt, the air hard to breathe in, your glasses develop a thick layer of fog and you pretty much just feel nasty the entire time. Sometimes the humidity is so horrible that we even feel sticky indoors and showering only resolves that sticky feeling for so long.
I am going to break down my skin care routine by morning, makeup, and night time. As you read along you will see what my skin goes through daily.
In the Morning
The first thing that I have been doing since the beginning of summer is simply drink a cup of water. The more water you drink, the better your skin will look and feel.
Secondly, I visit the bathroom to rinse off my face with luke warm water. I do not use any products yet. From there I brush my teeth and once I rinse off the toothpaste from my tooth brush, I brush my lips. The reason I’m mentioning lips is because lip care is skin care too. The skin on your lips is one of the most sensitive parts of your skin so do not neglect them if you are looking to improve your skin! Once I gently brush my lips, I rinse off my toothbrush and apply lip balm by Sun Bum. My personal favorite is the watermelon one. Oh! and it has SPF 30.
Once I do my basic wash up and finish checking my emails, I do my morning workout routine. I have heard that sweat is supposed to be good for your skin, but now that my workout routine is making me sweat more, I noticed that I was starting to breakout like crazy. Here are some things that helped me fix that issue:
First, always make sure your hair is off your face. If you have any type of bangs, you know that sometimes your hair frees itself at the worst possible time during your ab routine. Bobby pins with ridges and elastic headbands with teeth for grip are your best bet. Hair mixed with skin produces unwanted oil. When that oil develops pimples, trust me, it takes forever for that pimple to go away.
Secondly, after I would workout, I would want to hop in the shower right away. Do not do this. Cool down and let your skin wind down with your body temperature. One of the ways I physically react to working out is that my blood tends to rush to my face and make me appear super red. I am not light complected, but despite my medium toned skin, rosacea still runs in my family and there’s nothing I can do to change that. I allow myself to cool off for about 10 minutes and drink water. I also do not just let the sweat sit on my skin, I get a small towel and gently pat off the sweat. Finally, I get in the shower and use Burt Bee’s Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin (with cotton extract). It would take forever for me to wait for the redness in my face to go away completely, so I use a cleanser that is gentle. This cleanser is also great if you have eczema.
After I get out of the shower and fix my hair, I apply 2 drops of No. 7’s Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil and let it sit on my skin for a few minutes before adding foundation.
This is what I do every morning. My makeup routine is the only thing that changes depending on the weather. In this blog I’m just going to be showing you all what I do when it’s raining and humid and when it is sunny.
For rainy days, the foundation I use is Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation. My shade is Honey. This lightweight foundation has good coverage and it never makes me feel or look cakey. The foundation has a matted finish and even if I am going through a humid day, hardly any oil or grease forms on my skin with this foundation.
For sunny days, I grab a powder foundation and the one I use is Kat Von D’s Lock-It Powder Foundation. I am shade 53 and what I love about this option is that the powder has great coverage and I never feel the need to pack any little oil absorbent wipes with me the whole day. This foundation looks like foundation with translucent powder on top for the entire day. Give it a try if you are curious about powder foundation.
As a setting spray, I use Milani’s Make It Last and I am in love with it. I do not use this spray daily, but I always use this spray to top off my makeup look when I know I am going to do a photo shoot. I feel like this spray brings the look together and gives you that healthy looking glow. It’s also very affordable and you can put this on rain or shine.
If you ever want to be extra glowy in your photos and the weather is bright and sunny, I recommend mixing some of Josie Maran’s Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer with your foundation or using it as a high lighter. The pump releases quite a bit of product, but you can also use a little of this on your chest or of the top of your shoulders if you are wearing an off-the-shoulder or strapless top. I think this really adds that beautiful glow to your skin.
Okay, now that I have to remove my makeup, the first thing that I usually like to remove is my mascara. I usually put lots of mascara on because I love the long lash look, yet hate using false lashes. I use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup first and my favorite one to use is Vita Coco Coconut Oil
I love that this oil does not feel harsh on my skin and never gives me that stinging feeling like makeup wipes with alcohol would. Plus coconut oil smells so really good and softens your skin after a long day.
If my skin feels super dry, I will apply more of No. 7’s replenishing oil, but if I feel okay, I will end my day with a face cleaned by coconut oil and some more lip balm on my lips to help me recover from wearing that matte lipstick all day.
If you read my skin care routine this far, thank you so much for your support. I love being able to enlighten others about style and beauty. I am thinking of also blogging about music too since it plays such a huge role in who I am and I really think it will help me attract new bloggers. It is definitely on my mind!
I hope you learned something new today and yes, these products on here are all cruelty free options. I am getting used to not using any products from companies that test on animals because I do not believe that an innocent animal should have to endure experiments in order for us to have another eye shadow or lipstick option. I believe that true beauty begins by acting ethically and not bringing harm to others.
Thank you all so, so, much for reading and stay stylish!