Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Skin Care Routine: July 2013

 *This post contains PR samples.
Another month has speedily come and gone and it's once again time for one of my favorite posts to write, the monthly skin care routine series. Inspired by fellow beauty bloggers, and some of my favorite French bloggers such as La Vie en Blonde and Une Parisienne et Son Chien, I too decided to pen my own version of their famous monthly "Routine de Soin" posts.

At the conclusion of each month I snap a photograph of my most used skin care for the past month, a ritual made particularly interesting at the end of each quarter as it coincides with my empties posts and provides a particularly revealing look at my most favored items. My Skin Care Routine series serves as a visual skin care diary of sorts, as much for me as for you, as it shows how my skin care changes from month to month and from season to season.

July has been a cooler than average month peaked with periods of extreme and uncomfortable heat. For my skin this means heat rash and combination needs (yes, you read that right I had combination skin this month!): we haven't had one temperature long enough for me to acclimate at any given point which has been made blatantly obvious by my skin's confused behavior. As such I've attempted to simplify as much as possible and focus on delivering doses of moisture and/or treatment when my skin warrants it. July's "can't live without" products include Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel, Korres Yoghurt Instant Soothing Gel and J.R. Watkins Body Oil Mist. 

Moisturize: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Decléor Aromessence Rose d'Orient Soothing Serum, Liz Earle Superbalm
Cleanse: Boots Botanics Gentle Cleansing Cream, Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel
Treat: Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel, Korres Yoghurt Instant Soothing Gel
Lierac Diopti Calm Eye Cream
NUXE Rêve de Miel, Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair* 

Despite the warmer weather that helps keep my skin moisturized for longer periods of time, I've been struggling with keratosis pilaris (commonly known as "chicken bumps") on the backs of my arms throughout the month of July. Given the fact that hot weather is the season of sleeveless tops this isn't exactly something I've been thrilled with. After various forms of experimentation it seems that gentle exfoliation, a generous application of J.R. Watkins spray on body oil and a good moisturizer and I've nipped my keratosis pilaris in the bud after a couple of weeks of diligence. 

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, J.R. Watkins Grapefruit Body Oil Mist*

What items have made up your skin care routine this month?

*These items were provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.