4 Essentials for Glowing Skin with No Makeup

Summer is probably my favourite time of year, I love that the weather is heating up but my skin can get out of control with the pollen, insane humidity and extra sun exposure. I also get seasonal allergies which cause my eyes to look swollen. Recently I was talking to a few friends about their skin issues with allergies and increased sun exposure. Makeup doesn't always stay well with the heat and sun, so I wanted to share how I keep my skin looking bright without a lot of makeup in the summer. I'm not a dermatologist but these are a few things that work for me!

1. Under-Eye Serum

I've been trying to cut down on my makeup but one of the major problem areas is my under-eyes. Puffiness or itching during the spring and summer is a big issue for me. If you have itchy or dry eyes you should definitely talk to your optometrist about eye drop suggestions!

There are so many under-eye serums on the market it's insane and some of the prices are even more insane. Last year I tried a serum sample but the product was $500! It worked like magic but that was the most insane price I've seen so far. When I told the specialist I couldn't afford it, he was nice enough to give me some suggestions for ingredients to look for in my under eye creams. One of his top suggestions was caffeine!

I decided to try out the Ordinary's Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG because it had a lot of positive reviews and it was less than $7! I loved it and regularly use it to reduce my under-eye puffiness. I usually apply the serum then lightly massage it in a few times a week or more often if I don't get a lot of sleep that week.

2. Facial Massaging

I started doing this after attending a free skincare session at a spa a few years ago. Usually, after applying a serum, I gently massage my face with my fingers or my rose quartz facial roller following this technique. The biggest difference I've noticed is my skin looks less puffy and a bit brighter the more I do it. I try to do this once or twice a day either with my Grace and Stella face roller or my fingers.

3. Scrub + Mask

I love a good exfoliator but I've also overused them and had sore irritated skin for a few days. Finding the exfoliator that works best on your skin is also important. I've been using the Intelligent Nutrient Refining Micro Polish for a while now because it's gentle and I can use it 3 times a week. It's a little pricey but offers a lot of benefits. If you're looking for something more affordable, I like Bioré's Pore Unclogging Scrub.