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Summer Skincare Routine

Summer Skincare Routine

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The first official day of summer is today and I can tell because it is finally starting to warm up in Los Angeles. I could feel it this past weekend when we were walking along the beachโ€ฆ there was just a certain warmth to the air. I almost questioned myself when I said it is โ€œfinallyโ€ summer, because I do want warm beach days; however, living without central ac is somewhat brutal in July in Los Angeles. Oh well, thatโ€™s why we have seasons, right? To give us a variety (and longing) for each!

Keep reading for how Iโ€™m updating my regimen this summer, some new things Iโ€™m trying and some things I am stopping.

Since it is summer, I thought it would be good begin with sunscreen recommendations. My favorite Pipette is sold out pretty much everywhere right now. I also love Babo Botanicals and Badger. For my face I like DRMTLGY or BloomEffects for makeup and Babo Botanicals or Badger for sport / sweat / swim. I recently bought the spray Babo Botanicals for the twinsโ€™ heads when they donโ€™t wear hats and am going to try out this Sunny Screen stick on them too. I also like Hamilton Babies mineral sunscreen. ALSO In a pinch I recently used some Trader Joeโ€™s sunscreen and it worked really welly / is priced nicely!

Some updatesโ€ฆ

Yes, I am still using my humidifier. We are still in dry season and need to combat the summer heat as well. I actually just upgraded the twinsโ€™ humidifier to match mine. Thatโ€™s how much I like it! The parts are easily dustable and/or can be washed in the dishwasher. The only downside is that it is a proprietary filter size, but they do ship directly to your door so you donโ€™t have to think about it. They recently introduced a larger tank. Though I donโ€™t have a need for it, Iโ€™m glad they made a larger version!

About a month ago I stopped taking one of my UC meds. I need to talk to my doctor about it, but it was making feel really bad. Iโ€™ve felt better, but am still not 100%. I am trying to make some diet changes and see if that helps. As far as hormones go, I am going to get a hormone panel + AMH to see where Iโ€™m at / how my numbers have shifted / see what I can do to help my body. Iโ€™m analyzing my supplements and for that reason have stopped taking collagen. It can make you feel bloated, so Iโ€™m seeing how I feel after a few months. Iโ€™m still doing a workout class twice a week and that sometimes seems to help. Either way, Iโ€™m going to keep moving my body. The body is wild!

While Iโ€™m still not consistent enough with my NuFace to bring you a review, I am consistently using my facial cups. I love them!! I pulled my NuDerma High Frequency Wand out of the back of my cabinet and have begun re-incorporating that into my routine as well. I think Iโ€™ll finally try my Frownies on my forehead soon, so be on the lookout for that. I know I need to wear them nightly, but I often have product on my face, so Iโ€™ve been trying to figure out the best time to wear them. I was recently gifted the Solawave, so Iโ€™m going to begin testing that out soon too! Another skincare item I recently brought into the mix is this Educated Mess Golden Hour Vitamin C Serum. Iโ€™ve almost finished the bottle and am about to buy another! Too soon to speak on it, but I recently added this honey oil to my routine! Around the same time, I also started trying out this Cocokind Barrier Ceramide Serum. So far I feel like it makes me skin soft and supple. will keep you updated!

One of my new favorite makeup / skincare products is the BloomEffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum. It is glowy and protects your skin. I liken it to Iliaโ€™s Super Serum, but I think I like this one better / it seems to wear a little better. I shared it in action here.

I havenโ€™t spoke a lot on hair care in a while, but I am OBSESSED with this detox shampoo. It is so good; I try to use it once a week. I shared it on my hair here.

AM ROUTINE

  1. Primally Pure Soothing Bar. Use code ELLEMULENOS for 10% off. I wash my face with this bar! I used up my entire clarifying bar and wanted to try a new one. wet my face and wet the bar and go from there. Makes sense, but itโ€™s been a very long time since Iโ€™ve used an actual bar of soap, so thought Iโ€™d mention it. I have this soap dish and really like it. For the longest time, I have used this foaming cleanser. I still really like it, but reserve it for trips and vacation purposes, as a bar of soap does not travel well.

  2. Educated Mess Golden Hour Vitamin C Serum. This is a newer add for me. So far I like it!

  3. Cocokind Barrier Ceramide Serum. It soothes the skin and locks in moisture!

  4. Jouer Cosmetics Hydrate and Repair Skin Barrier Cream. This is fairly new! I was hesitant, but honestly it is great. I prefer this under my makeup, as it isnโ€™t oily.

  5. Goop Vita C Eye Cream. Iโ€™m still trying to see if it * actually * does anything for me, but so far I like it and it feels good under my eyes. Iโ€™m so tired these days, so anything helps!

  6. Sunscreen. It depends what Iโ€™m doing, but for everyday makeup, I am using DRMTLGY or BloomEffects.

PM Routine

  1. One Love Organics Vitamin B Oil Cleanser. I only do this if I wore makeup or sunscreen that day, otherwise, I just use the bar alone vs double cleansing. I also really like the Primally Pure cleansing oil as an option too. Try it for 10% off with discount code ELLEMULENOS.

  2. Primally Pure Soothing Bar. Same as AM!

    *I switch every 3 nightsโ€ฆ typically I use Benzoyl Peroxide (#3) one night, a Peel Pad (#4) the next night, and then Firming Serum (#6) etc every other night on the third night, then start over.

  3. Corrective Skincare LA 5% Benzoyl Peroxide. It is an acne medication that helps with resurfacing and killing off those deep under the skin pimples before they occur. I use this every other night because I donโ€™t want to dry my skin out too much.

    ***OR***

  4. Corrective Skincare Peel Pads. I use these twice a week. They have salicylic and glycolic acid and also help with resurfacing and drying up any issues. I use individually wrapped Goop peel pads for ease during travel instead of these.

  5. ***AND / OR***

  6. Follain Firming Serum. I added this into my routine because it is a phyto-retinol, containing bakuchiol. Itโ€™s supposed to firm skin, reduce wrinkles, etc.

  7. Cocokind Barrier Ceramide Serum. Same as AM!

  8. Yaara Honey Oil. I added this into my routine because the ingredients just seem so nourishing. I have enjoyed using it for facial cupping and gua sha-ing. Use code ELLEMULENOS for a discount on the facial tools.

  9. Primally Pure Baby Balm. I top it off with this balm to seal all the goodness in! Itโ€™s the same cream use for the twins - so gentle. Use discount code ELLEMULENOS for 10% off.

  10. Jouer Cosmetics Luminize Slugging Balm. I have been using this under my eyes each night, on top of the Baby Balm I already use and I really like it. My sister kept stealing it from me when I was in a trip with her! It has caffeine, vitamin k, and feels luxurious.

  11. Primally Pure Chap Stick + Jouer Cosmetics Lip Mask. Sealed with a kiss!

EXTRAS:

  • Face masks. I need to buy more of the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel full strength. I used to use it once a week, but since my peel pads (that have salicylic acid) are back, I will space it out a bit more. I also try to use Primally Pure face masks once a week, usually on the evenings I do the full night routine, before I do all of the stepsโ€ฆ It is basically my prep. I have all 3 and mix and match what I use. Lately Iโ€™ve been using the clarifying one everywhere though. I reviewed all the masks here. Get 10% off with discount code ELLEMULENOS. For a more of a budget friendly mask option, use this one. I am also still loving 100% Pureโ€™s Bright Eyes mask. I also tried Jouer Cosmeticsโ€™ new Eye Masks and they work well too. If you like sheet masks, I like this brand and prefer to travel with them!

  • Facial Tools. I still like my facial dry brush. I also use my gua sha stone and facial cups several times a week. I reach for my NuDerma High Frequency Wand weekly as well.

  • Facials. Iโ€™m trying to get facials every 6-8 weeks to maintain and prevent angry, clogged pores. Iโ€™m also doing light chemical peels again! I see Skin by Maddie in Brentwood or go to Corrective Skincare in Santa Monica.

Iโ€™ll be over here trying to savor all of summer and take it a bit slower. Our fall is already packed and I know that means that the rest of the year will FLY!!. Soak in all the sun, just remember your sunscreen!!

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