Recently I jumped on a plane and landed in St. Martin, an island in the Caribbean. Sadly, it was a brief trip because of the COVID-19 chaos. Thankfully, we are safe and back home in the United States and have done the precautions to keep others safe. While it was a short trip, it was needed, and did I say beautiful? After a cold winter and a hectic semester, it felt deserving to sit on a beach, unwind, and relax from the craziness of busy schedules. My family and I laid poolside, swam in the ocean, and explored the country's famous beaches by Jeep. While packing my favorite sundresses and sandals, I always make sure while traveling to warmer climates to pack skincare products that will allow my face to stay hydrated, protect against the sun, and exfoliate—you could say I always pack a large beauty bag. I have a skincare routine you need for summer to help your skin stay blemish-free, stay hydrated, and allow your skin to feel its best.
Here are my favorites:
This is my absolute favorite cleanser. With its power to help hydrate your skin for up to 10 hours, it's perfect for hot and sticky weather, containing an ingredient that fights off oil—which is needed while also applying sunscreens. It also is dermatologist-tested and is suitable for sensitive skin that can cause reactions from the sun as well.
After I cleanse my face, I add a couple of pumps of this retinol serum to my skin and pat it throughout my face, neck, and chest. This serum is designed to help give your face a balanced texture, hydrate, and improve your skin appear healthy while also reduce the appearance of pores and acne scars. While using this product for over a year now, I've noticed a huge difference in the look and feel of my skin. I feel more comfortable wearing less makeup, which is what I like, and feeling overall more confident in the appearance of my skin texture. While on vacation or amongst the humid summer weekends, I rarely wear makeup, and this product helps allow me to feel confident enough to do so.
After adding a serum, I usually apply this cream—if my skin is feeling in-need of desperate hydration. This product instantly provides moisture with its plant-based ingredients allowing lots of hydration and for your skin to recharge the skin cells, producing natural hydration again. My skin feels replenished after use, leaving it feeling dewy and moisturized. I usually apply it after my skin gets a little burnt or if I have been out in the sun all day.
While this bottle is costly, its rich, creamy formula is worth the penny, in my opinion. I don't use it every day, but I do apply this product when my skin is feeling dry, irritated, or has redness. I packed this to pat into my skin at night, targeting small burns that I had on my cheeks and nose.
Best product award goes to this water sleep mask—hands down my favorite product I've ever used. I use this product after I have cleansed and exfoliated my face, or whatever your nighttime routine is, apply this mask right before bed and watch the magic happen before your very own eyes. This mask is clear and milky, allowing your skin to rejuvenate as you sleep, to help hydrate your skin, and even out your skin tone. Right, when you wake up, splash some warm water on your face, and my skin feels so smooth and silky. This product has given my skin the glow it has always wanted.
While this product is on the pricer side as well, it's excellent to alleviate dryness from your skin. After rubbing sunscreen into my skin or laying out for too long, I would run up to my room and sprits my face with this water mist made from Icelandic water that contains hyaluronic acid to help strengthen and hydrate your skin; I would feel refreshed and ready to be in the sun again. I have packed this mist in my purse and brought it to work for a freshen up as well. I can't say enough fantastic things about this product.
While this isn't a skincare product, it's a fantastic hair product, perfect for slicking back and heading to the beach. My entire trip, my hair was pulled back because it was hot, and I was always in the water. I love this hair gel paste for slicking back my hair into a tight bun!
Hope this skin routine helps merge your skin into summer—enjoy all my favorites.
Stay hydrated y'all!