It’s summer in South Africa and that means sun, fun and time for a new skincare routine. Because now your skin doesn’t have to battle the cold air anymore, but the constant heat instead.
That is why I’m going to share my summer minimalist skincare routine with you.
With the summer heat comes sun damage, sweat and pool chemicals too. For me, summer is more damaging to my skin than winter.
But I didn’t just change my skincare because the seasons changed, I learned a few things about skincare since the last time I wrote about my skincare routine.
If you want to read about my minimalistic skincare routine earlier this year, just click on the link so you can see what I did before and how I improved it.
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So what changed?
I learned about layering
I found the term when I was looking to find inspiration from Korean skincare. Most Korean skincare routines have 10 steps or more, but my skincare routine only has 4 steps since I keep my products minimal.
Layering is used to prep your skin so that it can absorb the nutrients from thicker products more effectively and hydrate your skin deeply.
You basically start with toner and work your way up to a moisturizer. The toner is what makes your skin more absorbing.
I found a secret weapon
It’s called aloe ferox gel and my skin is loving me for it. Aloe ferox gel helps keep my skin well hydrated and supports my skin in healing damage. Since I’ve been using it my skin is so soft and blemish-free.
I changed products
The last thing that has changed is my face mist toner. I finished the Aqua Vitae so I had to look for an alternative because I want all my products to be locally made.
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I first used rose water that I made myself since I had some rose petals lying around. It works really well and feels so good on my skin, but it only stays fresh for about a week or two.
I can’t use it up that quickly so it’s a waste if I just keep making more. So I decided to buy a face mist that’s locally made.
I think it’s really important to have skincare products containing ingredients found in the climate you live. Those ingredients adapted to have properties that combat damage caused by the climate.
One more thing
This one isn’t part of my main skincare routine because I don’t use it every day. And that is sunscreen. I use sunscreen in summer whenever I go outside during the day.
I don’t go out every day so I don’t feel it’s necessary to put on sunscreen when I’m going to be indoors.
Ok so now you know what’s changed, here’s how it all goes together.
My minimalist skincare routine
I still start my routine in the shower, when I wash my face with warm water. Once or twice a week I exfoliate with scrubbing gloves if my face looks flakey.
After the shower, I rinse my face with cold water just to cool it down and close my pores.
The rest of my routine I do in my room and not in the bathroom. I don’t like storing my skincare products in the bathroom because it’s always wet and warm in there. Basically a breeding ground for bacteria.
My next step is spraying my face with the Essential Collection Face Mist. All it contains is some water, orange blossom water, witch hazel and geranium hydrosol.
I let it dry completely so my skin can start absorbing all the nutrients.
Next, I pat on the aloe ferox gel from Natraloe. It’s not purely aloe ferox gel in there though. It also contains jojoba oil, wheat germ oil, aloe ferox leaf extract, rosemary oil and some food-grade additives like xantham gum.
This gel helps to hydrate my skin thoroughly because I have dry and flakey skin. And it’s great for summer because it restores the skin’s ability to heal itself.
Summer is especially damaging because of the sun, sweat and chemicals from the pool.
Lastly, I pat a few drops of Lulu & Marula Purifying Oil onto my face and neck. All my products go onto my neck too as the neck needs these nutrients just as much.
The face oil contains 13 essential oils, of which a few are marula, grape seed, rosehip, baobab seed, tea tree, lavender, rosemary and geranium. It also contains jojoba oil which is a carrier oil.
If I’m going outside I put sunscreen on before I leave. I use OhLief sunscreen for babies, which has zinc-oxide, acting as a barrier for UV rays instead of absorbing the rays.
It actually has a lot of oils in it too, including vitamin E oil and beeswax. After that, I just go about my day.
Of course, this skincare routine is tailored for what my skin needs and yours is going to look different depending on your own needs.
Let me know in the comments if you found my summer minimalist skincare routine helpful and share the products you use.
Cheers for now,
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