As we are living the last days of 2015’s summer (dramatic, I know, sorry!), I have made up my mind about the proper skincare routine for these hot, sunny days and humid nights (I live near the beach in a constant 88% humidity level).

My skin is combination oily & dry depending on my sun/salt exposure, my level of hydration and my location on earth, so I try to follow the universal three-words rule: clean, moisturize, protect!

A gentle cleanser: I use Micellar Water from Bioderma for sensitive skin that comes in a pink, 500 mL bottle with a practical pump. It gently removes impurities and make-up from face and eyes. I use it first thing in the morning and every night before slipping in bed.

Bioderma micellar water for sensitive skin

A serum: I apply a corrective anti-aging serum mostly before sleeping, and in those mornings when you feel that your skin is unusually dry (especially when I am sleep-deprived or have spent more time surfing). I use Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum by Shiseido.

Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum

A face oil: It can sound counter-productive to fight oily/dull skin with oil, but these are needed when you have to go that extra mile and keep your skin happy and glowy. I usually use them for night care. My go-to products are Clinique Turnaround revitalizing treatment oil that is supposed to energize and revitalize skin, or a locally made avocado oil that you can use on the eyes area, hair and stretch marks too! I am sure that these two will keep me company when winter comes.

Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil

A moisturizer: This must be the most important step, I apply Immortelle Crème Précieuse by L’occitane religiously, twice a day unless my face is already dripping from the face oil.

Precious Cream, L’Occitane

An eyes cream: This is the part where I cheat a lot and you can see it by the fine lines developing around my eyes when I smile. I (sometimes) use the Baume Yeux Précieux by L’Occitane.

Precious Eye Balm, L’occitane

SPF?: When I am surfing, I cover my face with a generous amount of Coppertone sunscreen. But I gotta be honest with you guys unless my moisturizer/BB-cream/foundation has SPF, I won’t be wearing any specific sunscreen for work days. Bad, bad, me! So, I would love to hear from your go-to-transparent-non-oily-work-day-sunscreen in the comment section!

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