AM Skincare Routine in the desert
Even though the desert is just three hours away from San Diego, the drastic change in climate has me updating my skin care routine once I’ve arrived at our desert house. Gone are the over-cast misty mornings for an early sunrise and blistering temperatures.
In my youth, my skin was always oily, but now that I’m older my skin is more combo with a slightly oily t-zone. So here are a few products that I use in the morning to help me keep my skin clear, moisturized and sun protected.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash:
You would think that an acne face wash would not be the best choice for mature skin, but I find that the 2% Salicylic acid helps to keep my pore clean and my skin soft. I like that this face wash exfoliates my skin, but isn’t abrasive like a scrub.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 30:
This is a wonderful moisturizer and SPF all rolled into one. I like this product because it wears so well under makeup. My foundation doesn’t streak or become patchy once the Olay product is on the skin. I like that this product also has anti aging properties such as amino-peptides that help reduce the signs of wrinkles (heck ya!). I’ve noticed that the price varies greatly with this product from $23.99 (Target) to $24.64 (Ulta). If you have a Costco membership, I did see this product in the warehouse and online, two for $38.99 (about $19.50 each).
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup with SPF 20 (Shade Nude, 40):
I originally purchased this foundation in San Diego as the lazy girl’s guide to sunscreen application. I know that I should wear a separate sunscreen every day, but thought this would be a quick way to ‘slap it on’ and be done with it. However, while I found the Neutrogena makeup too moisturizing for my skin in San Diego, it makes the perfect dry weather makeup for the desert. In the desert sun, I know there’s no way the SPF 20 would offer any protection, but it is a nice formula for dryer skin and the coverage is quite good. This foundation glides on perfectly over the Olay Regenerist SPF 30, so I feel I’m quite protected. I’m happy to report that while I am getting a slight tan, I haven’t suffered a sun burn on my face.
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum, SPF 30:
I purchased this sun screen for the moisturizing benefits and I like that it’s non-greasy, oil-free and water resistant. I find that sunscreens, like the Neutrogena Ulta Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen, SPF 30 is quite dry (as it says on the label) and leaves my skin tight an uncomfortable. The Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen has a conditioning formula that leaves the skin soft with shea butter and mango fruit extract. I will say that although this sunscreen is “broad spectrum” (UVA & UVB protection) my skin is tanning through the sunscreen. This is because I only apply once in the morning and I don’t re-apply. It’s important to note that the Hawaiian Tropic isn’t a total sun block and it’s best to re-apply to get the most sun protecting benefits of any sunscreen.
Let me know if you’ve changed your skin care routine and what are your favorite sun protection products for summer.
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