Summer skincare tips & top picks

A few of my friends have asked me for tips on getting rid of acne or basic skincare maintenance. Skin is either too oily or too dry; there’s almost never a happy medium. We all have this problem (even me!), and of course it varies with the seasons. I thought I’d share my summer skincare routine with you, along with some of my go-to products.

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1. I notice my skin is the clearest when I wash my face at night. Right now, I’m using a cream cleanser I’m developing myself, but my favorite retail cleanser is the Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. It’s made entirely from natural ingredients and doesn’t include harsh chemical detergents that cause your skin to dry out.

2. I always, always, always follow up with my homemade rosewater and witch hazel astringent. I used to be terrible at using astringents, but now that it’s a part of my routine, my skin stays much cleaner. It’s super easy to make — you can find most of the ingredients at your local health food store, or online. After using your cleanser, put a few drops of the astringent on a cotton ball and swipe over your face (avoiding your eye area, of course). I sometimes use the astringent throughout the day to freshen up.

3. Exfoliate at least twice a week. Admittedly, I’m still working on this one. When I do remember to exfoliate twice a week, I get less acne. My favorite exfoliating masks are both homemade: DIY strawberry mask (strawberries contain salicylic acid, which fights off acne-causing bacteria) and DIY oat & cornmeal exfoliating facial scrub & mask (this one’s easier to keep on hand).

4. Traveling is no excuse not to take care of your skin! If you need a good on-the-go cleanser, try the Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes. Infused with aloe vera, cucumbers, and green tea, these babies remove makeup, soothe, and clean your skin. Plus, they smell great, too!

5. Now that you’ve got the cleaning part down, don’t forget to moisturize, even if your skin is typically oily. One of the biggest reasons why skin becomes oily is because we wash it with all of these harsh cleansers, strip its natural oils, then we don’t bother replacing any of those oils. This makes our skin work extra hard to compensate for those missing oils, pumping them out and resulting in shiny, slick, yucky skin. Gross, right? So always replenish those oils — just like you would drink water after sweating. My favorite moisturizers are both from DressGreen: Purifying and Blemish Controlling Face Serum (best for drier skin) and Calming and Clarifying Face Cream (better for oilier skin). Like most people, I have combination skin, so I use these interchangeably. They’re both 100% natural and free of toxic chemicals.

6. Of course it’s Summer, so we can’t forget the sunscreen. Dermatologists suggest wearing sunscreen on your face daily because our facial skin is most susceptible to sun damage. My natural sunscreen of choice is Naked Bee’s Face & Body Moisturizing SPF 30 Sunscreen, which contains 70% organic content and is enriched with Vitamin C. It smells lovely and has no Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Laurel/Laureth Sulfates, or alcohol.

Be safe, don’t forget to drink lots of water and share your Summer skincare tips in the comments!

Bonus: want naturally beachy hair without going to the beach? Try making my DIY sea salt hair spray!

This post is a part of Independent Fashion Bloggers Project #104 Summer Essentials.

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Friday Faves 6.29.12: All new things

I’ve got an interesting collection of recently acquired things on my Friday Faves list today!

1. Kivik loveseat from Ikea. Unfortunately, they don’t have the red cover offered online, so if you’re digging it, call your store ahead of time to see if they carry it. I bought mine at the store in New Haven, CT. My Dad & I picked it up yesterday and Stan & I assembled it last night. It’s a bit stiff out of the box, but Jill and I tested all of the couches and decided this was the most comfy for my budget. The popular Klippan one, with all of its awesome changeable covers? Super uncomfortable.

2. Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Creme by Burt’s Bees. My previous favorite cleanser from Neutrogena was starting to dry out my skin, so I thought I’d give this one a try. It’s made almost entirely from natural ingredients and penetrates deep into your skin to remove dirt & oils without drying it out. Plus it smells amazing and tingles so you know it’s working! Definitely my new fave.

3. Buffy exfoliating body butter bar by LUSH Cosmetics. Yes, I admit, part of my initial attraction to this body butter bar was caused by my obsession with the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But, for more practical reasons, I wanted to try it out to have a good body exfoliator other than sugar scrub. One of the salespeople in the Danbury mall LUSH tested it out on me and it left my skin silky smooth, so I nabbed one, then talked about Buffy with them for about half an hour.

4. Angelfish slip-on boat shoes by Sperry Top-Sider. My Auntie Kathy bought these for my birthday. They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes I own. I was a little afraid that I was going to look like a total prepster wearing them, but I’ve been assured that they don’t cramp my funky style. I wear them with and without socks and they are equally comfortable and don’t make your feet smell.

5. Maddie Pushup Bra in hot pink by Aerie. As I described in my cheeky Pinterest comment, this bra is totally my new breast friend. I have small boobs, so it’s really hard for me to find a comfortable, well-fitting bra. It turns out that Aerie makes bras for people like me! So, if you’re having trouble finding a good bra in Victoria’s Secret, try Aerie. They’re way less expensive, too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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