So I don’t know where you may be…but where I live, it’s hot now. As I’m typing this I have the air conditioner on full blast trying to get some relief. After weeks of jumping between 50 and 80 degrees, it’s reached the 90s. And even though today was only in the 70s, it was humid. Either way, we have officially reached the part of the year where we don’t need a jacket, we start to sweat a little bit, twice as many people have appeared out of nowhere, and we’re thinking about day trips and vacations instead of our responsibilities.
As the weather changes, we make sure to adjust. So when making those adjustments, don’t forget that you should tweak your hair and skin regimens too. Right now, I’ve been testing out my new skincare regimen and it’s been giving me pretty good results. For me, it’s all about having that hydrated, fresh, kind of dewy look while working on evening out my skin tone and preventing the small acne bumps I do get (thankfully I don’t get a lot on my face).
afro.girl.lovely summer skin regimen:
- CLEANSE – Right now I’m using an cleanser from BeeLux Goods called Coconut Groove Facial Cleanser. It’s created with sensitive/normal skin in mind (aka my skin type) and contains green tea, coconut milk, multani mitti clay, and lime oil. Green tea is an antioxidant boost for my skin while coconut milk helps to brighten skin and even texture. The clay helps to remove dirt, oil, debris, makeup, and other impurities from the skin. The lime oil also helps to tone and brighten. I’ve purchased from BeeLux a few times now and I love how natural and minimal the products are.
- EXFOLIATE – I exfoliate twice a week (usually midweek aka Weds and Saturday) and I find it to be therapeutic. There’s something about scrubbing away the old so you can start over with freshness and newness. I gently exfoliate my skin with a simple DIY mix of sugar, lemon, and a few drops of lavender. While the sugar sloughs away my dead skin, the lemon helps to brighten and even skin tone and the lavender helps to prevent skin irritations like acne due to it being a disinfectant (antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial) and having antioxidant properties. Lavender also increases the skin’s blood flow and has a calming, stress-relieving effect in general.
- TONE – I’ve been toning my skin with Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner since last year. I include it whatever routine I’m doing. It’s all natural, it’s very affordable, I still haven’t even used half the bottle, and it has no fragrance to it…yet it makes a visible difference in the appearance of your skin. Like it says, it cleans and tones your pores while making your skin feel refreshed. It also helps to spot treat your acnes, pimples, and bumps without using harsh salicylic acid. I use a cotton ball to gently wipe the witch hazel all over my face, paying specific attention to problem areas. Witch hazel can also be really good for soothing and diminishing puffy eyes.
- MOISTURIZE – I purchased BeeLux’s Citrus Bloom Face Oil alongside the Coconut Groove Facial Cleanser. Even when I’m in a rush, I always make sure to at least cleanse and moisturize with those two products. The face oil is for normal to dry skin and contains fractionated coconut oil, rose hip oil, and sweet orange oil. The orange smell isn’t overpowering, and it’s a light oil with just enough sweetness. It makes my skin feel pretty supple throughout the day. Sometimes I’m concerned about looking greasy but when I do get to check, my face never looks as greasy as I think. it just looks well moisturized…which is the goal. Plus, it has vitamins A, C, E which are all vital to the health and elasticity of skin. And fractionated coconut oil isn’t as comedogenic as regular coconut oil, which I’m trying to stop using once I finish the jar of Shea Moisture Virgin Coconut Oil that I have…
I try to cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. And I discussed, I exfoliate twice a week. I’ve been trying to decide if I should just do it once, since my skin is somewhat sensitive. But for now, I’ve been getting the hydrated, refreshed look I want while keeping the regimen simple and light.
(a pic of me with eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrows but no foundation after using the regimen)