Beauty Unbiased: Cleansing Rituals: The 7 Step Guide to Summer Skincare

Cleansing Rituals: The 7 Step Guide to Summer Skincare



Most routines make my shoulders tense, my teeth clench, and bring tears of boredom to my eyes. Give me an unplanned evening that starts with dinner and turns into a 3am dance party any day. Or really, any day where I can sleep in past 10am. However, one of the few areas in life that I absolutely, positively need to follow a carefully regimented plan is skincare. Specifically my evening facial routine. Even though products rotate in and out as the seasons change or my skin decides to go all weird on me, there is always a tight plan in place. Here's the breakdown for Summer, specifically designed for freshly aged 30 year old skin.




1. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil: Massaged onto dry skin, the oil lightly foams when rinsed off with mildly warm water and does a great job of removing eye and face makeup.

2. Meow Meow Tweet Face Cleanser: From a natural apothecary based in Brooklyn, this cream cleanser is made of "organic plant oils, a touch of castile soap and wild harvested witch hazel" to "lift away impurities while providing protective nutrients and vitamins." My skin feels clean but also ridiculously soft which is a difficult task post-cleanser for us dry-skinned ladies. 

3. Mario Badescu Glycolic Cleansing Lotion: This is hands down the best toner I have ever used. It has forever answered the debate of whether you need to even use toner -- yes, if it's this one. My skin glows more, breaks out less, and is not the least bit dried out.

4. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Cream: Actually I just unearthed a sample of this eye cream and since my Amarte eye cream ran out, I haven't been ready to commit to a new one yet. I like that it really sinks in to the eye area immediately.

5. Vitivia Vitamin A15 capsules: With a small percentage (.15%) of retinol, I put this on "trouble areas" where I have fine lines or a breakout and have found with regular use these capsules really do subtly get the job done without irritating skin.

6. Violet Oasis Organic Moroccan Oil: Just a pinch of this light oil melts into my skin and leaves it feeling moisturized without a sticky residue. Some nights I use more than a small drop and use this as my main moisturizer.

7. Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Cream: Although it appears thick in texture, this Eucerin creme is continuing its way in my summer routine because it easily absorbs into the skin and I wake up singing "I woke up like this" when I happen upon my reflection.

So there we have it, seven steps. That's pretty normal, right?