Summers in Italy were amazing. Not just for the touring, the food, and my family; but for the humidity, the long sunny days, and being outside everyday. Here is one routine that has stayed with me for a few summers because it usually results in a clear complexion and gives my skin a nice detox for a season.
1. Face Wipes
Although oil cleansing is the newest fad now, face wipes are the lazy girl’s way of quickly cleaning up. Whether you’re short on time or too tired to deal with the rest of the routine, face wipes are a nice way of reassuring yourself that you’re not going to bed with a face full of makeup. These chamomile and white tea face wipes are one of my favorites. But, I’ve also enjoyed the Simple face wipes, Acure Argon Oil wipes, and Yes to‘s large towelettes.
2. Gel Cleanser
I have normal/dry skin, so I don’t usually get too oily during the summers. However, it has been recommended that gel formulas will help to clean your skin without striping the good, natural oils of your skin. This La Roche Posay Foaming Gel Cleanser lathers up great and feels wonderful during the hot months.
3. Brush Exfoliator
It has been proven, time and time again, that a good exfoliating brush not only helps to give you a deeper cleanse, but also to regularly keep your skin exfoliated and fresh. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been using this electronic Olay Pro-X Facial brush for almost four years now, and it works great!
You can also manually brush with this Japanese Massage Brush or look at a more advanced investment with the Mia 1 Clarisonic for $130. There is also a travel-friendly, dirt-cheap, highly reviewed option coming out in more stores: Cleansing Pads. If you are going to do this physical exfoliation, I would strongly suggest not doing it more than once a day. You don’t want to over-exfoliate and damage your epidermis layer.
4. French Toner
There’s something way more romantic about something when the word “French” is placed in front of it.
…beauty is not something you turn to in a panic when a wrinkle or pimple appears, but that it’s far more important to see it as a ritual…[those lessons] were reinforced whenever I returned to the Alps, or went to the vineyard in Bordeaux.”
I used La Roche-Posay‘s Toner in my routine, but I would also recommend trying Caudalìe’s Grape Water that is 100% organic and is extracted from grapes in Bordeaux. It’s very gentle and works as a humectant to help absorb any moisturizer you add later.
5. Oil Moisturizer
When it is super hot outside and you tend to be oilier than usual, it’s good to stick with a light, fast-absorbing moisturizer. Bio Oil has been rated one of the top-selling oils for diminishing stretch marks and scars. It has calendula, lavender, rosemary & chamomile oils as well as Vitamin A and E. I would recommend using a powder foundation if you’re planning on using this during the day.
6. High Day-Time SPF
Contrary to popular belief, wearing sunscreen will not diminish your ability to tan during the summer. It simply protects you from UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. And no one wants to age faster or damage their skin. Thus, going for a high-SPF sunscreen that is “broad spectrum” is always a good thing. We don’t want to end up looking like Bill McElligott in our 70s, right?
There are SO many options out there for a face sunscreen, don’t give up because one might have caused some acne. A few of the highest-rated ones I have come across are: BareMinerals Daily Prep Lotion, it’s not greasy, light, and doesn’t clog pores; Neogen’s Day-Light Protection which not only protects your skin, but promotes anti-aging with natural ingredients; and KICHO’s Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream that is lightweight, has a beautiful glowing finish instead of a white cast, and is made with fermented soy beans (helping to fight off bad bacteria).
7. Large Humidifier
Last, but probably the most important is a humidifier. Italian summers are extremely humid. Today, in Rome, it is 73ºF with 88% humidity. The summer that I went to visit it was consistently in the 80s with a humidity in the 80-90 percentile. However, this curse is such a blessing. Charlotte Cho, registered aesthetician suggests:
“Dewy is the opposite of oily, though–it’s a fresh look, not a greasy one….combat drying air with humidifiers…invest in a humidifier that will add moisture to the air.”
While the heat is opening up your pores and detoxing your skin, the humidity helps to add moisture. That’s why it constantly feels like your sweating, when it’s really just the moisture in the air. While most of the Mediterranean has a nice “dewy” summer, most of the western hemisphere has a very dry summer (especially here in Utah and Southern California). So, investing in a large humidifier and running it at night will help to seal in the moisture that you might be losing during the day. Cho adds, again:
“During the day, your skin is working to protect the rest of your body, and then it repairs itself at night. It does most of its restoration between 10PM and 4AM, so you’ll see maximum benefit from any hydrating products you use during those hours.”
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think of them in the comments below.
What is your favorite Summer Skincare Routine? I would love to read about yours! Share it in the comments or in a contact message 🙂