Summer Skin

Image Source:  Laurie Bartley, Harper's Bazaar

Image Source:  Laurie Bartley, Harper's Bazaar

It's unofficially summer, and that means two things, summer Fridays, and it's time to tweak your skincare regimen.  Since East Coast weather is, just now, starting to heat up, I was a bit behind on my own update, but now that we're in full swing, it's time to assess and readjust.  Here is how I make the seasonal switch:

- Lighten Up - Time to replace heavier foundations for tinted moisturizers or BB/CC creams.  These let skin breathe (ie. less clogged pores), and you won't have to worry about having a makeup meltdown - double win.  My all time favorite is VMV Hypoallergenics Skintangible. It's super lightweight, gives skin a dewy finish and offers SPF 30 protection.  Completely obsessed.  

- Switch Your Scent - Heavy, lingering fragrances can feel a overwhelming come the warmer months.  If you are a certain scent devotee, look for a lighter eau de toilette or eau de cologne version.  My go-to this summer is this scent from Burberry.  It feels clean and fresh.

Embrace Bronzer - Just a dusting along the forehead, cheek bones and jawbones gives a well-rested radiance.  Look for formulas that say illuminating, which will give an ever-so-slight glow, rather than full-on disco shimmer.  

Put Your Best Foot Forward - It's sandal season.  Make sure nails and nail beds are well-kept and hydrated. (This foot cream from LCN is amazing.) Complete the look with a fun pop of color.  Right now, I'm wearing Elephantastic from OPI.

Lash Out - I like to keep my makeup minimal in the summer and that means just a hint of bronze plus mascara.  I'm currently obsessed with this one from Touch in SOL.  If gives super long length and doesn't budge or flake all day.  Add a poppy lip color and you're set!


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Image Source  - Don't you want her glowy, fresh faced skin?

Image Source - Don't you want her glowy, fresh faced skin?

Over the last few years I've become a bit skincare obsessed.  I've established my regimen - cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer with SPF 15 - and I'm pretty happy with the results.  I'll dabble from time to time and play around with different eye creams or a mask, but I'm pretty devoted to what works for my sensitive skin.  Recently I've introduced a new element - an essence - and I'm a bit in love.  (I'm currently using this one.)  I'm not sure if the essence itself or the application of patting it into the skin (to help the skin absorb and tone) that I find more beneficial, but I feel like I'm seeing a difference already!  My skin feels more hydrated and balanced, even when I first wake up.  I'm only about one week of consistent, twice a day use, but so far, so good!

I'm not alone in my new found essence- devotion - check it out