My skin type: I have combination skin, oily most everywhere except my cheeks and above my eyebrows, where I tend to get dry. I have dark spots just about everywhere, signs of early aging on nasolabial lines, the edges of my eyes, between my eyebrows, and on my forehead. I also have milia on my chin and on the edges of my mouth as well. The climate for me here in West Virginia right now is getting to be a pretty steady 85 degrees throughout the day, with about half of those days being rainy, and the other half humid and sunny.
Going into the summer box, I was hoping for changes, but wasn’t expecting some of the things that I’ve seen over the past five weeks. The collection really seems to have been perfectly curated for the season. The warmer it gets outside, the more appropriate and soothing the products become, and the more balanced my face feels in the oily areas and in the dry areas as well.
Changes I’ve seen
The biggest changes I’ve seen over the past five weeks have been, first and foremost, a serious reduction of milia on three different areas of my face: I had them on either side of my nose, on the edges of my mouth, and on my chin — the ones on my nose are completely gone, as are the ones on either side of my mouth, and the ones on my chin have reduced by half.
I have also noticed an overall reduction in the overproduction of oil in my t-zone and on my forehead, because I haven’t had to cleanse in the middle of the day in weeks now. I’ve also noticed the tightness in my cheeks have stopped feeling so uncomfortable and are holding moisture better than they were prior.
The best thing about the changes has been just an overall evening of my skin tone; it is smoother, the dark spots have lessened, the dark circles have reduced, and the rough spots aren’t there anymore. My face feel almost as soft as my 2-year-old's!!
AM Routine & PM routine
My AM routine this week:
Bamboo Foaming Cleanser (coming soon!)
Oatmeal & Rice Cleansing Grains (coming soon!)
Strawberry Cocktail Exfoliating Toner (coming soon!)
Magic Dragon (just under eyes)
My PM routine this week:
Bamboo Foaming Cleanser (coming soon!)
Botanical Acid Toner (testing — every other day)
Prickly Pear Serum (testing)
Dorian Gray’s Anti-Aging Serum (every other day — just in early aging areas)
Magic Dragon (just under eyes, lips, and on acne spots that need to heal)
Glow Pressed Serum (dark spots only)
Jade Gel Cream (testing)
I used the Detox 3 times this week, each time using it as my second cleanse instead of the Bamboo Cleanser in the evenings.
I also used the Cucumber & Aloe Mist throughout the day for hydration, as needed.
Any changes I’ve made
This week I reduced my morning routine pretty significantly as it warmed up outside. It has been a slow progression, but ultimately the summer box items at this point seem to be pretty much all I need for a warm summery day. It’s so nice to know exactly what products I can rely on, and that they will give me exactly what I need!
Overall I really enjoyed the reviewing process of the Summer Box. Really having to think about each product I was using, how it was working, and why, because it really helped me to hone into my skin’s needs and appropriate my routine accordingly. The Coconut Serum is clearly the perfect serum for summer, as it provides hydration and balancing without being heavy at all, and it feels so fresh when you put it on! Every day I have looked forward to my afternoon pick me up with the Cucumber & Aloe Mist, because it smells so wonderful, and it is so easy and provides the perfect amount of hydration at the same time.
Red wine pressed serum was already one of my favorite products, but learning to trust is as my summer moisturizer by itself made me learn to love it even more, with it’s toning, brightening and hydrating properties.
Every time I use the Detox Mask, I saw noticeable differences from the time before, giving my skin a smoothing and brightening boost of sunshine and glow.
The bamboo foaming cleanser and cleansing grains were a powerful pair in oil control and exfoliation that helped so much with balancing my face to ready me for the day.
My favorite item of all was the Strawberry Cocktail Exfoliating Toner. It seems to have literally taken every single product I use and made it more powerful since starting it daily. My aging lines are barely noticeable now, my breakouts are completely gone, my cheeks are no longer dry, and my oily areas are no longer overproducing. It’s like every time you wipe your face with it - it’s creating a clean slate for all everything else to sink in and do it’s magic beautifully!
I am so grateful to have been a part of this process, and I couldn’t be happier with the collection of items and how well they all worked to create an even balanced and happy summer complexion.