Summer Skin

For the first few months of summer, (read: before I started getting a regular paycheck) I had to make the most of my skincare because I ran out of products and didn’t have the funds to restock them. This meant, I returned to some products I needed to use up and the routine ended up making me love the way my skin was looking.


  1. Warm Wash Cloth (not pictured because do you really need to see my old rags of washcloths?!)

First things first in the morning… gentle exfoliation! Most physical exfoliants don’t work for my skin and trigger breakouts (I’m looking at you St. Ives Apricot scrub), however, scrubbing my face is the best way to exfoliate my skin. I don’t like to strip my skin so I avoid using a cleanser in the morning. Just some warm water and a good ole washcloth!

2. Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist

To rehydrate my face after I cleanse, I’ve been use this mist to tone. I always thought toning had to mean stripping your skin with acids and alcohols but this mist has flipped that idea on its head. The ingredients are: Distilled Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Choline, Silica, Vitamin C, Boron Citrate, NaPCA, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Tincture of Iodine, and Oil of Spearmint. It looks clear in the beautiful packaging. Then you shake it up and it makes the mist look foggy but it’s just activating the minerals and creating straight up magic. This has shrunk my pores, keeps my skin clear, controls redness and makes my skin feel hydrated ALL DAY.

3. Origins Original Skin Essence

I bought this after seeing goddess Christine Nguyen use it in a GRWM video. It is so good. I had never heard of this line until I started using it and discovered so many others who swear by it. I give it all the credit for evening my skin tone and clearing up my acne scaring I’ve had since being the dumb teenager who picked at her acne.

4. Super Pure or Super Glow

I bought the serums because Glossier has me wrapped around their finger. Now they’ve become a part of my rountine. Glow makes my skin look like I got eight hours of sleep, and Pure helps control breakouts whether they’re hormonal or I haven’t been eating well.

5. Glossier Priming Moisturizer

This is my favorite moisturizer. I have oily skin, but this cream moisturizer keeps me balanced while controlling my redness. I don’t foresee me giving this up anytime soon (ed: future me is laughing because I have — more on that later.)

6. Glossier Invisible Shield

I didn’t wear sunscreen before Glossier’s because I didn’t believe SPF could be this good. Now I’m a believer. It applies like a serum, smells fresh and lemony and is effective. The price point is higher than drugstore sunscreens, but you’re paying to not breakout over pore clogging formulas.


Now for my night routine!


  1. Bioderma Sensibio

I tried every brand of drugstore Micellar water, but I couldn’t find one that I liked. They either didn’t work, left a weird residue, and in some cases tap water would have been better. I finally splurged on this and I’ve had it for over 6 months, and it hasn’t run out! It’s pricier initially but in the long run, it is cheaper. I highly recommend getting it with the pump because it lets you use less and therefore save product (which equals money!)

2. Cetaphil

I have a love hate relationship with Cetaphil. I first began using it, and it did nothing for my skin. Then I came back to it at the end of my junior year of high school and loved it. Then after a while, I didn’t love it anymore and tried other cleansers (some of which I loved, and others which I did not). I eventually came back to this at the start of this summer because I didn’t want to splurge on the DHC cleansing oil which had been one of my favorite cleansers. My skin has actually learned to love Cetaphil at the moment, but I love trying new cleansers.

3. Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist

Just as I do in the morning, I mist at night because Cetaphil can be stripping so it’s important to replenish skin. I love love love this product but hate the price on it.

4. Super Bounce

My skin is dehydrated because I am terrible about drinking water when it isn’t at a meal. So to compensate, Super Bounce has come in to soothe my dry skin as well as even out the texture on my cheeks which had forever been red and bumpy. I will never stop using this product.

5. Dr. Jart Water Drop Moisturizer

I won’t lie — I don’t love this moisturizer. I originally bought it for the cool effect and kept using it because I don’t want to waste it, but I’m looking for something else (ed: I have found something else!). For a really long time my night moisturizer was Nivea Creme which sounds crazy, but I would use it forever if I didn’t get milia around my eyes from it. I’ll be on the market for a new moisturizer soon.