Did you all know that it gets hot here in Minnesota? I have had some people express genuine surprise when I post pictures of our beautiful, green summers here. I think there may or may not be a stigma that we all walk around in snow in heavy parkas year round 😉 The truth is, the weather in Minnesota gives us the extremes-as cold as -40 F in the winter, and up to 100 F in the summer. With that being said-it is nearly impossible to not make tweaks to your skincare routine with the changing climate. The weather changes are just too extreme to expect that what you do in the dead of winter will work in the humidity of summer! I decided to share with you all what products I have been using lately, and the swaps I made to my ‘winter routine’.
My Summer Skincare Routine
I have been using Tula skincare products for the past year. After having my boys, my hormones have been so out of whack. I have struggled with more breakouts and blemishes in the past few years than I ever did as a teen! Using good and clean products is important to me, and after trying out multiple lines, I just wasn’t seeing much improvement. It was incredibly disheartening to feel like nothing was going to clear up my skin. So, with nothing to lose, I figured why not try out Tula. It took a few weeks, but I can truly say my skin has not looked this good in YEARS and I finally feel like I have my breakouts under control. Now that the humidity has kicked in, I have upped my routine with some stronger products to keep my breakouts at bay.
The purifying cleanser is one I continue to use in the summer, and through the winter months as well. However, when the humidity really strikes in the summer, it sometimes isn’t quite strong enough to totally keep my breakouts under control. So, instead of using it morning and night, I now only use it at night.
In the mornings, I use the keep it clear acne foam cleanser. This foam is powerful, so I recommend using it until your breakouts are under control. Using it twice daily long term may cause you to dry out, depending on your skin type! For me personally, using this just once a day (and upping it to 2x during breakouts) in collaboration with the purifying cleanser has been a great balance.
The other major switch I have made is swapping out my moisturizer. Keeping your skin hydrated is so important, but I find my normal 24/7 moisturizer a bit too heavy this time of year. I love that this moisturizer is oil free, feels light on my skin, and doesn’t clog my pores.
The last swap I have made is from my normal pH glycolic resurfacing gel to the clear it up acne treatment. I haven’t experienced any drying from this product at all, and it is wonderful at keeping breakouts under control! This can also be used in collaboration with the resurfacing gel, for example one in the morning and one at night!
This isn’t a product that I exclusively use during the summer, but I do tend to need a good spot treatment more often than in the winter when my skin is dry. I am usually pretty skeptical of spot treatments. I am also a believer that some breakouts just need time to ripen (ew, I know), and no product will bring a blemish to a head faster than it is ready to. However, I have found that this spot treatment is amazing in drying out blemishes once they are ready, and the healing is much faster when I apply this spot treatment. It does not feel harsh or drying on the surrounding skin at all, which I love!
To wrap up my routine, I have broken out my summer products and when I use them below:
- Acne cleanser in the morning
- Acne spot treatment applied after cleanser
- Oil free gel cream after treatment
- Blemish stick as needed
- I use my glow and get it eye balm and blurring primer every day when I wear makeup!
- Purifying cleanser in the evening
- pH gel after cleanser (swap for acne treatment during breakouts)
- Oil free gel cream
- Revitalizing eye cream
Below are ALL of the products from Tula that I use throughout the year (not including my makeup products). You can also use the widget below to shop some of my top recommended products that may not be pictured. Remember, code Mackensey will take 15% off of your entire order at Tula!
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If you are curious about any of these products or want more information, you can always leave a comment or shoot me a message over on Instagram. I feel like skincare is fluid and something I am constantly tweaking to adjust to my needs. And that is what we all should be doing! Just like our weight may fluctuate, or skin needs can change based on where we are at in life. Stress, hormones, pregnancy, diet, and so many other things can affect our skin, and it is silly to think that there is a one size fits all solution. Find what works best for you, and if it stops working, change it up! It took me four different product lines to finally land on the solution that works for me, and in another year I may need to make some changes again. But for now, this is the routine that is giving me great results 🙂