My 8 summer skincare essentials for 2019 are all about three things: protecting my skin from sun damage, controlling my oily skin, and keeping my skin hydrated to protect it from air conditioners operating on full blast.
After all, I traded in the heat and humidity of Tokyo for the heat and humidity of a summer in the American south! Before I left Japan, I made sure to stock up on beauty products that won’t leave me feeling gross and sticky in addition to all the sweat that will be pouring down my face and back.
1. Saborino Morning Sheet Mask
I truly can’t say enough about these Saborino Morning Sheet Masks. I mean, all you have to do is remove from the pack, apply to your face, wait 60 seconds, and your morning skincare routine is practically complete!
Right now, I’m using the Citrus Leaf “Botanical” version that came out in June, which uses organic chamomile, rosemary, and hatomugi extract to cleanse, hydrate and prep the skin. Get the original version here, and for an extra tingly feeling try Minty Grapefruit.
2. Skinvill Moisture Milk
Skinvill is a skincare line from Osaka with a wonderfully fresh floral/orangey scent. I first started with Skinvill hot cleansing gels and then gradually worked my way through its skincare line. The Moisture Milk infuses white peony extract with Vitamin D and other botanical extracts to plump and moisturize the skin from within.
I use it before putting on sunscreen because I have this “thing” about applying sunscreen directly on my skin. (I also like to use this one in the winter before my night cream because it’s so moisturizing.)
3. Lagom Cellus Sun Gel
I think I’ve raved enough about this sunscreen in my review post, but it’s seriously amazing. Lagom is actually a Korean brand, but it’s quickly becoming my-to go sunscreen for daily use. (I’ll stick with Anessa on school pool days and for other intense outdoor activities).
It’s a gentle milky gel that applies evenly without a whitecast, plus it leaves a power-like finish. For some reason, when I pair i with my tinted sunscreen, the combination stings my eyes, but otherwise, it’s a solid sunscreen.
4. Lagom Gel to Water Cleanser
Another k-beauty product, I’ve been using this since mid-June, and it’s just perfect for hot and humid nights. It’s a mild, nearly odorless gel cleanser that turns into a water when rubbed into the skin.
On days that I wear makeup, I use it as a makeup remover because oil makeup removers just make me feel so icky when it’s hot. Then I follow up with a cream cleanser.
5. Hanajirushi Spa Skin Refreshing Cleanser
I actually got this cleanser in a Raxy Beauty Box that I won in a Twitter contest. It’s mild, creamy and creates a rich foam that deep cleans without drying my skin and making it feel tight.
I use Hanajirushi Spa Skin Refreshing Cleanser as part of my “double cleansing” routine. I also use it to wash my face thoroughly on “wash days” (the days I wash and deep condition my hair) because I worry that leaving hair products on my face/around my hairline for too long will clog my pores.
6. Skinvill Smooth Lotion
It’s an incredibly watery essence overflows as soon as you tilt the bottle, so it’s best to use it with cotton pads. Afterwards, I smooth it onto my neck and chest and pat it into my skin.
7. KOSE Clear Turn Essence Vitamin C Facial Masks
It’s my first time using KOSE Clear Turn Essence Vitamin C Facial Masks, and I picked up these masks because they have vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most effective ingredients in a summer skincare routine. It prevents sunspots and stimulates collagen production, both of which are very important when trying to combat skin damage.
You might notice that the label says bihaku but it really has nothing to do with skin whitening. SE Clear Turn Essence Vitamin C Facial Masks are just one of many Japanese “whitening” products that inhibit the production of melanin which causes sun spots (by using Vitamin C).
I’ve been using my Lululun Precious RED sheet masks for quite some time, and in comparison, these sheet masks feel dry. But, there is a fair amount of essence in the package even though they don’t feel “hydrating” to me. Get it here.
8. Wonder Honey Honey Dew Calming Water Jelly
Wonder Honey Honey Dew Calming Water Jelly acts like a lotion that locks in moisture. A soothing gel that can be used for the face and body, it’s a 3-1-in product (essence, emulsion and pack. I prefer to use it after my sheet masks instead of a night cream because it’s really light and refreshing.
You can also use it to soothe sunburned skin or to cool down after a long day. This tub contains 195 g and I’ve barely made a dent in mine even after using it nearly everyday in July!
My post-workout/morning walk routine is very simple. I wash my face with Lagom Gel to Water Cleanser then follow up with Honey Dew Calming Water Gel. If I’m heading out after that, then I’ll apply Lagom Cellus Sun Gel and I’m ready to go!
My 8 Summer Skincare Essentials For 2019