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 75-80 degrees throughout the day, with about half of those days being rainy, and the other half humid and sunny.
My initial impressions the first week into the box, were that it was going to be a very soothing and calming group of products, perfect for the summertime when our skin is overworked by the sunshine. I have been really impressed by the way everything works together to create a brighter and more balanced complexion
Changes I’ve seen
The biggest changes I’ve seen so far this week have been an overall evening of my tone. I had a lot of unevenness going on on my cheeks especially that have already begun to become more even. I’ve also noticed an almost complete elimination of the milia around my nose, which is really exciting because it’s been a problem for so many years! I have also had a reduction in my skin over-drying in the cheek area, which prior to using the box would get tight about half way through the day
AM Routine & PM routine
In the morning, I always start with the Bamboo Foaming Cleanser (coming soon!) as my first cleanse, then I follow up with the Cleansing Grains (coming soon!); the only exception is if I’m in a rush, then I use the Peppermint water instead of the grains as my second cleanse. After everything is nice and clean, I follow up with the Strawberry Cocktail Exfoliating Toner (coming soon!), which I am now using every morning. My serums are Cucumber & Aloe Mist (coming soon!), Lotus Serum Mist, Coconut Serum, Pearl, and Magic Dragon. I follow the serums with Bright Eyes for dark circles, a thin layer of Red Wine Pressed Serum, a few drops of Blush Beauty oil, and finish everything off with After Sun as my moisturizer, and SPF.
In the evenings, I focus more on moisture than anything, because the air conditioning in my house makes me get dry while I sleep; I do a double cleanse with Vacuum Cleaner Cleansing Oil and Bamboo Foaming Cleanser (coming soon!); then I use Maple Essence Toner. For serums in the evening, I am using Piper’s Peat, Prickly Pear Serum (testing), Dorian Grey Anti-aging Serum, Marine, Hydra (only if I am feeling particularly dry), and Magic Dragon. I follow those with a layer of Red Wine Pressed Serum and Glow, then I use Anti-Aging Eye Gel Oil under my eyes and on my lips, and a few drops of Blush Beauty Oil. I finish everything off with a layer of After Sun for moisture (there are also off-nights that I am using Jade Gel Cream instead -- a tester product), and the Donkey Milk Gel Sleeping Pack to seal everything in while I sleep.
I’m also using the Detox Mask about twice a week.
Any changes I’ve made
The biggest changes I’ve made this week are implementing the Strawberry Cocktail Exfoliating Toner (coming soon!) into my AM routine slowly (every other day at first) and working my way up to doing it daily. I’ve also changed to the Bamboo foaming cleanser (coming soon!) as my only foaming cleanser. The other big change I made was switching my AM and PM routine where the daytime routine is more focused on oil control for the hot, humid and sweaty days, and the evening routine is more focused on moisture while in I sleep in a air-conditioned house, which makes my skin more on the dryer side.
I am very excited to see the upcoming changes that I will have as the weeks progress, because I have already seen so much improvement in my complexion in just the first couple weeks. I’m also relieved to see that as it warms up outside, I am needing less and less steps, and able to rely more on the products in the Summer Box for simplicity. The soothing properties of the Cucumber Mist (coming soon!) and Coconut Serums are really assisting in keeping my skin ready for the day and the crazy changing weather; while the Strawberry Cocktail Exfoliating Toner (coming soon!) is really helping everything soak in and work on a deeper level than with anything I had previously used.