Poreless, Matte, & Smooth All Day | My Hydrating Summer Skincare

Right now, I would say that I am pretty content with the way my skin is reacting and changing to the hot weather Chicago has been having. That being said, I have experimented and tried out a couple of products that I have been loving and are making a difference to my overall skincare.

I am the type of person to always have face masks, lotions, moisturizers, toners and cleansers on hand and ready to go. Especially during these really hot months, I think it's so important to vamp up your normal skincare routine. It's hot, muggy, and really sunny outside and you don't want clogged pores or burned skin at all! I would say that I have combo-oily skin and the summer is probably the worst time for my skin.

To start, the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Toner does a pretty great job cleaning out my pores and the extra oil that has produced after a long, hot day. You only need a cotton pad or a cotton ball and you're good to go! I have found that this really helps with preventing more acne as well as treating it. 

I try to not use cleansing wipes, however, there are times when a girl may need some emergency wipes on hand for those long and tiring nights. The Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes are great to use to remove eye makeup, refresh your face, or even touch up and fix makeup mishaps. Something I don't use often but, have on hand for who knows what! 
I love pore strips so much; they're so helpful when you're too lazy to do a mask and when your body craves a deep cleanse on your nose, chin, or forehead (the T-Zone to be specific). The Biore Face and Nose Deep Cleansing Strips do that job so well. They're so easy to use and it is so satisfying (and a little gross let me be honest) to pull off that strip and know that your face is cleaner than ever. 
When I do feel in the mood to do a nice mask, I love using this Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask to really purify my skin and to help with excess oil on my trouble areas. I really like the formula of this mask and it really leaves your skin feeling smooth and clean. 

While this mask is not as fresh as say, a Lush mask, it is a very great mask to use for a couple months and is very easy to travel with. Freeman also has different types of masks like this one depending on your skin type.
Some people forget how important it is to make sure you are treating your eyes right. And that means moisturizing your under eyes. I found that the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream was great to use at night and bring back moisture under my eyes so they never felt dry or puffy in the morning. If you want to prevent dry and puffy eyes, this is the cream for you.
Every morning, I have been using the Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water and I really like it. I'm impressed by Garnier! To my surprise, this cleanser does great and removes all the dirt and oil that builds up during the day and over night. I know a lot of people like this across the blogger world and I am so glad I tried it out. It also does a wonderful job removing makeup. All you do is take a cotton pad and wipe away your troubles! No water necessary because it is water. So hassle-free! 

If you are susceptible to sunburns, using lotion and a great lip balm can help soothe and repair your delicate skin. The Body Shop Mango Body Butter smells so delicious and is great to use for all-over moisturize. I love the Body Shop's range of butters and gels so much. Even when oil and sweat can be more prominent during the summer, it is still important to keep hydrating your parched skin. 

I have been obsessed with EOS lip balms this year. I have one in like every nook and cranny. They smell great and are super moisturizing on the lips and they leave my lips super smooth. 

What products are in your summer skincare routine?

Xoxo, Nat


  1. Freeman masks are amazing! I haven't tried that one yet though, the cucumber sounds pretty similar to your description though!
    Kathy x

    1. I love how easy and portable the masks are! I bring them on trips and they're fun to do at sleepovers and stuff like that, too. XX


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