Happy Friday everyone! July is halfway over and Cancer season is coming to a close. I've been very busy with my job as a camp counselor and haven't had much time to blog. I realized it's been over a month since I wrote a post about skincare, so I wanted to share how I've been treating my skin this summer.
Bug Proof Moisturizer
Every summer I've been in D.C, I get a ridiculous amount of bug bites. It's gotten to the point where I'll have over ten bites on my body at once; they all swell up to the size of golf balls, too! I've started putting tea tree oil in my coconut oil when I moisturize my legs and arms in the morning. It's helped that I haven't spent a lot of time outside during the day, but the tea tree oil is a very pungent scent that repels mosquitoes and spiders!
Less is More Regime
Believe it or not, I haven't masked as often as I do during the school year. The only things I put on my face (day and night) are the following, in this order:
- Water in the morning to rinse
- Burt's Bee's Peach & Willow Exfoliating Scrub
- Toner spray consisting of witch hazel, a little bit of water and apple cider vinegar
- Grapeseed oil
The only makeup that I've worn for the last four months has been:
- Glossier Boy Brow in black (use my code here for 20% off your first order)
- Glossier Haloscope in Topaz
When I'm about to get my Moon Cycle, I break out a lot on my chin and cheeks. I've started using tea tree and Vitamin E oil on my blemishes. The tea tree is, of course, an anti-bacterial that helps to clear the blemish quickly. Vitamin E oil then provides a protective layer around the sensitive skin, healing the area and helping my skin to regenerate itself. Vitamin E oil is a must-have because it helps fade scars and can be used to sunburns or irritated skin patches. It's soothing like aloe vera gel, but the consistency is much thicker and stickier.
Having aloe vera plants around is also strongly advised, in case you don't already have one! You can pick up a slice from Giant or Whole Foods.
That's everything in my skin secret arsenal! As you can see, none of these "secrets" are really new things that I've added to my skincare regime. Throughout the year, my routine stays pretty much the same. However, when summer rolls around I like to use fewer and lighter ingredients. My skin has been pretty zit-free this summer, especially since I cut down on dairy, sugars and excessive snacking. Remember to speak lovingly to your skin and give it the attention, care and encouragement it needs to thrive. Much love everyone, until next time!