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.
I don't exfoliate before a peel-off mask to avoid irritated skin from too much exfoliating, and I don't double exfoliate with different products either. If I need a slightly stronger product I use the Lava Magik by the Better Skin Co. which is a cleanser, exfoliator and mask. It's very strong so I don't use a lot but if you have sensitive skin maybe test it on your hand before applying it to your face.
Masks for brighter skin!
There are so many masks now for skin brightening. My 2 favourites are the Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask which helps brighten tired skin and reduce dark circles and the Klei Brighten - Yellow Clay Mask. With the Klei mask, I really like the texture as it's not as thick or heavy as a typical clay mask and easy to travel with as you just mix with water.
4. Drinking more peppermint tea!
In addition to being delicious, drinking peppermint tea can help with oil control for your skin. The menthol helps reduce oil production so you can use less foundation and powders that absorb oil. Also, it's a good way to drink more water and stay hydrated!
Let me know if you try any of these tips and if they worked for you!