Despite the fact that it is still officially winter, it has been downright summery in Salt Lake City this past week. I know not to get my hopes up, though, as Utah season changes are fickle and, in fact, there is rain in the forecast for today and snow in the forecast for this weekend. But I'm ignoring those weather reports! And I'm focusing on the warmer seasons to come.
Much like my go-to six-minute make-up for everyday, my summertime routine must be quick and easy all while making me look polished and fresh-faced. And, because I'm obsessed with anti-aging and protecting my skin, my routine must include sunscreen, no matter the time of the year.
So here it is! My go-to routine for beautiful (and natural-looking!) summer skin.
- Twice a week at night, I exfoliate with the St. Ives Green Tea face wash. I love it because it is totally natural and uses sand as the exfoliant rather than those micro-plastic beads that have turned up most recently in terrifying amounts in the Great Lakes and have been found inside the bellies of fish... which is an entirely different blog post altogether!! On the days I don't exfoliate, I use the Yes to Cucumbers! facial towelettes to remove my make-up (the towelettes are biodegradable!).
- If my face is feeling dry in the morning, I smooth a few drops of Josie Maran Argan Oil on my face and neck. After it has absorbed, I always, always, always put on sunscreen. Lately I've loved the Alba Botanica SPF 45 as it doesn't leave my face a greasy mess and it works well under make-up. And, despite having tried other beauty balms, I find myself coming back to my favorite: Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer. It's a little spendy at $43 but, let me assure you, it is worth every penny.
- I do love the NARS Orgasm Illuminator that I included in my six-minute make-up but if I want a little more color without the shimmer, I use the Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful on the apples of my cheeks. And all of the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms are beautiful and seem to be universally flattering (lately I'm loving Petunia for a more natural look and Rose for a pop of color).
- And finally, eyes! Laura Mercier's Metallic Eye Colour in Platinum is my favorite eye shadow as it is easy to apply and looks very natural. A quick brush of my brows and a little penciling in with the Rimmel Eyebrow pencil and a few swipes of Physician's Formula Organic Wear black mascara and I'm ready to go!