Summer 2020 Skincare!

My updated summer skincare routine, for the muggiest and most humid days!

Hello everyone!

For all those out there with finicky skin, raise your hands! That’s what I thought… I’m definitely not the only one. My skin is extremely sensitive, and not only do I have to regularly change up my skincare routine due to the changing seasons, but I swear my skin also gets “used to” the products I use after a while. So every now and again I change up my skincare, but for about a year I seem to have struck a balance every morning and night that my skin seems to like!

So, I thought I would share with you all my summer skincare routine! Most of these products are old favorites, with some newbies added to the mix as well. Here’s my step-by-step process…

First off, I cleanse my face. While it is not pictured, I have used the Biore Charcoal cleanser for years! I’ve always been happy with how it makes my skin feel after I wash, almost tingly!

Then, I use the Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner in Rose Petal along with a cotton pad. If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’ve used this product for years and years. The other toners I’ve tried over time aren’t nearly as gentle and effective. The best part is, it’s so affordable!

Next up, I use the Lumene Nordic C serum. This is a newer favorite after discovering this in the beauty section of Target about 6 months ago! I really feel like it brightens my skin while not clogging my pores at all, which is something that I’ve struggled with in other serums.

The next step is where I like to add a little bit of variety, depending on the time of day. In the morning, I use the Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with 15 SPF. I actually didn’t like this product when I first tried it last year, so it got buried in the back of my skincare drawer. However, I decided to try wearing SPF every day since the spring, so I resurrected it back in March and I have really enjoyed it this year! I’m not sure what made the biggest difference between this year and last and what changed, but I do use a pretty thin layer since it’s a thicker moisturizer.

If it’s before bed, instead of the SPF, I like to use this Estee Lauder Perfectionist Serum. It may sound a little ridiculous, but I’ve been using anti-aging products at night since I was around 18 years old, since that’s around when our bodies stop producing collagen (some studies say between 18-25). I also just like how this products makes my skin feel really dewy in the morning when I wake up! And, when I remember, some nights I use the Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme eye cream.

Finally, to top it off, I either use the Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin spray, or the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray. I do tend to prefer the Heritage Store spray because it feels a little more refreshing, but I’m almost out, so I switch between that and the Mario Badescu spray. I also like to keep the Mario Badescu spray in my bag sometimes on hotter days as a refresher!

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And that’s it! I try to keep it simple, because I’m either in a hurry in the morning or super sleepy at night, so I don’t want to spend too much time on my skincare. However, I like the way all of these products together make my face feel every single day! However, I should add a couple more products that I use from time to time that I also love: The Burt’s Bees spot treatment for when I break out during my period. My jade roller for when I’m in a mood to pamper myself, after using my favorite Peach Slices Calm face mask of course. I also love the Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots. I also use the Biore Witch Hazel Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips about once a week.

If you’re still curious about my daily skincare routine, you can see my morning routine in action in my most recent IGTV get ready with me video! I have linked below the longer, unedited version on YouTube, and you can view the original IGTV video on my Instagram HERE!

What are your favorite skincare products? I would love to see your recommendations! Leave a comment below, or come say hi on My instagram, I’m @thegingerintrovert.

Until next time!

Self Care After a Rough Day

I share all of my favorite self care rituals in this post. When the stress levels are high, treat yourself! You deserve it 🙂

Hello Everyone!

In the wise words of Hannah Montana (sorry guys, I had to go there) everybody has those days. And in midterm season with stressful assignments piling up all around me, sometimes every day feels like one of “those days.” When I feel stressed I like to pamper myself a little bit just to wind down at the end of the day. I find that if I take a few minutes at the very end of the day to relax, I sleep better. And, by extension, I feel a little less stressed the next day. Here are some of my favorite simple things I do just to shower a little self-love on myself 🙂

Smooth on a face mask.

If I’m trying to relax, I love the smell of mint or cucumber. So, I have a peel-off cucumber mask that I love. Or, lately, I’ve just been buying those single mud mask packets at Walmart or Target. The Say Yes To brand is one of my go-to favorites for all things skincare, and they don’t disappoint in the face mask department!

Paint your nails.

A simple and easy activity that I can do during a thirty-minute show (or a 15 minute Spongebob). Painting my nails has always calmed me down because of the monotony (and satisfaction) of the movement. I focus on what I’m doing when I paint my nails, and it clears my head. That, and the colors are always super satisfying to me. If you don’t like to paint your own nails, you can always splurge and go get them done with a buddy. Or ask said friend to do them for you — with the offer to return the favor, of course!

Watch a silly cartoon.

Out of any show on Netflix and Prime, Spongebob and other cartoons are guaranteed to make me laugh. So I love to relax with a short episode, preferably watched with my bestie or fiance. But really, watch any show you know you can lose yourself in. If I’m in the mood for a mystery, I love to watch Monk. This is another old favorite, and Tanner and I have been making our way through the series recently.

Have a little wine.

Everything in moderation, but once or twice a week I like to have a glass of Pink Moscato or White Merlot. My best friend Victoria also introduced me to the Straw-berita from Bud Light, and it’s the perfect sweet treat to pair with the Bachelor. It’s just the right amount, and it’s so good!

Combine all of these things into one evening!

If it’s the weekend, I may just do all of these to make for one really relaxing evening. Watching Bob’s Burgers with rose and freshly painted nails and a soothing face mask is possibly one of my favorite things to do. Especially if I’m cuddling with my fiance.

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If you’ve been especially stressed lately, I get it. So take it out of gear, and do whatever it is you love to do to relax. Let me know what your favorite pampering session consists of in the comments below!

XOXO

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