Summer 2021 Skincare Routine

Hi everyone! You may remember that at the beginning of my blogging days, I made a skincare routine post describing my winter skincare.

Now that we’re well into spring and going on summer, I thought it was time to update you all on my changes.

Cleanser: Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Salicylic Acid Cleanser (Same)


Yeah, I haven’t changed my cleanser.

I love treatment cleansers and I’m quite picky on which ones work best for my skin. Anything moisturizing or gel-like consistency does nothing for my skin, so I love to use oily skin cleansers in the evening.

This Aveeno cleanser is deeply cleansing but not too drying, and the added salicylic acid helps keep my skin clear. I don’t get a lot of cystic, big pimples but instead a lot of textured bumps so this works great for me. I’d also say this is a dupe for the Cerve Renewing SA cleanser if you can’t find that one in stores since it’s out of stock frequently.

I’d recommend this for anyone with oily skin, acne-prone skin, or anyone who needs a deep cleanse.

Related: April Favorites

Treatment: Fourth Ray Beauty Rainfall 2% HA Serum –> Inkey List 2% Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment

Rainfall 2% HA Serum

The first change in my routine! There’s two reasons I switched to a different treatment: one, I didn’t need the extra moisturize anymore since winter was over and two, I was simply running out.

I still use the Rainfall serum on occasion- it’s still sitting on my bathroom counter- but after some reading, I’ve come to realize it’s not a very necessary single-ingredient serum to have. It’s plumping and helps your skin retain moisturizer, but I think Fourth Ray’s HA mask works better as it has more hydrating ingredients that just one.

Now I’ve switched to a few Inkey List products, with their tranexamic acid treatment being my favorite so far. Tranexamic acid is an ingredient that helps fade hyperpigmentation and prevent potential scarring from pimples and acne.

It also contains: 2% acai berry extract helps to promote even skin tone and 2% vitamin c derivative helps to brighten skin tone. The vitamin c is why it’s a night treatment, to avoid sensitization from the sun. All in all, it’s a great treatment for my acne-prone skin.

Related: Current Skincare Routine (Old)

Exfoliation: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (Same) : First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, Exfoliating Pads with  AHA, 60 Count : Facial Treatment Products : Premium Beauty

Another product that’s the same, but I’ll probably end up switching it soon. I hate paying so much for a product that only lasts me a few months, so I’ve been on the lookout for a new chemical exfoliation.

I think I’m going to try the popular one from Paula’s Choice, but I need to get through testing the rest of my Inkey List products first!

Formula-wise, these are really nice. It’s not super drying or sticky, and contains enough moisturize in their little containers. I love the pads because they’re convenient to use as I can sit at my desk and moisturizer before going in with makeup in the morning. But, the pads make it more expensive, and aren’t really that great for the environment.

Moisturizer: FAB Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration –> Elf Oil Control Liquid Lotion

First Aid Beauty Travel Size Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration | Ulta  Beauty
elf Oil Control Liquid Lotion | Moisturizer for Oily Skin | e.l.f. Cosmetics

This summer, I also opted for a light moisturizer. This moisturizer is especially helpful when I garden since it’s so hot out and my pores clog quickly. I also started using it at night too as of recently.

I still use my Repair Cream, but only if my skin is very dry, so about once or twice a week. I had a mild sunburn on my face the other day, and this moisturizer felt so nice and cooling. It’s also really good to use simple or sensitive skin safe moisturizers when your skin is burnt, and to reduce your skincare routine. Get rid of any intense actives and harsh exfoliates!

Something I really love about this moisturizer is it’s ingredients, but also that it has a matte finish! It’s great for people with oily skin who don’t wear makeup, but don’t want to appear greasy. It’s also super thin and feels so light on the skin, highly recommend.

Related: Is First Aid Beauty Worth the Money? Review

Mask: Fourth Ray Beauty’s Soak It Up Hydrating Mask (Same)

Soak it Up Hydrating Hyaluronic Mask | Fourth Ray Beauty

I’m at the very end of the mini I got, but I’m occasionally still using it in order to use it up. I’m interesting in trying their avocado one next!

It’s a nice mixture of ingredients including hyaluronic acid, and it’s quite thick. You’re actually supposed to take if off after a couple of minutes, but I usually layer it on thinly and leave it on all day. It’s very cooling and hydrating, but it is a bit heavy even when applied thinly.

It’s hard for me to recommend this for oily skin, but dry and combination skin would probably really like this. Although it’s not clogging, I think there’s better lightly-hydrating options instead of this mask.

Other Products In My Rotation

  • Elf Oil Control Pore Minimizing Serum- only use on very, very oily days on my forehead
  • Inkey List Q10 Serum- still testing this out
  • Elf Superhydrate Gel Moisturizer- tried this out again, but I don’t love it as much as I used to
  • Sol Bar Sunscreen SPF 38- finally got a sunscreen!