2016 Summer Face Routine

Though a rarity, the sun is out and I thought I share with you my 2016 summer face routine. This is less heavy compared to my 2016 winter face routine, which I shared earlier in the year. Before I started blogging, I did not have much of a face routine, a quick wash with whatever was in the bathroom followed by a dab of what I could find in our bedroom in terms of moisturizer and I was done. Four years on and it’s a different story, one which I think could rival the “10 step Korean morning face routine“.

Because it is summer, most of us do not want to wear ‘heavy’ products and I am the same. My winter routine is all about keeping my face moisturised and not dry whilst in the summer it’s about keeping hydrated and less oily. I figured out a routine that is working for me and suits my needs. I have split my routine into three sections: At Home, At the Gym and Out & about. You might be wondering why I have split my routine into three, for the simple reason that whilst I am at home I want to give my skin a chance to breathe, at the gym I just set out all the impurities so I need to take advantage of that and when I am out and about I want my skin to hold its own instead of sweating like a pig.

2016 Summer Routine ~ At Home

When I am home and know I will not be leaving the house or going anywhere, I only use three products:

  • Cleanser – Most of us use some sort of cleanser every morning to refresh the face and to remove the impurities. Whilst cleansers will remove makeup up and excess oil your face excretes, it won’t always unclog the pores.
  • Face serum – Not everyone uses serums but I think you all should, serums can help with wrinkles, pigmentation and even prevent acne. I always use either Hyaluronic acid based serums or Vitamin C serums.
  • Moisturiser – Even though some people do not use cleaners nor face serums, almost everyone uses some sort of face moisturizer to keep the face moisturised and not dry.

When I know I will be out and about or I will be leaving my house to go to work, I try to pamper my skin a little bit more than usual. A year into blogging I started learning about the importance of using toners and serums alongside your cleanser or face wash and moisturizer. Then when I went to Korea last year I was introduced to emulsions. So why should you use these items on your face, what benefits do they offer.

2016 Summer Routine ~ Out and About

  • Cleanser – As mentioned above I use cleansers every morning to remove impurities and unclog the pores. To ensure my cleansers and face wash products do the best job, I try to use them with my soniclear sonic brush. The products I am currently using are simple face wash with the magnitone sonic brush every couple of days
  • Toner – I love to use toners as they help balance your skin’s pH levels and prepares your skin with a bit of hydration to better absorb the serums and creams.
  • Essence – I didn’t know about essence until I went to Korea where they use them religiously. The idea is for the essence to hydrate your skin but also help with cell turnover. I have noticed a huge difference in my face since I started adding the essence to my routine.
  • Serums – As mentioned above serums can help with wrinkle reduction and even clear acne, it’s always best to use them after toner or essence so they are easily absorbed into the skin where they can do their best work.
  • Moisturiser – I have a couple of favourite brand moisturisers that I used and trust, it is important to have the right moisturiser for your skin because all the steps above need to be kept in place to be able to work. The moisturiser should act as a barrier between the elements and your skin whilst creating a favourable environment for the toner, essence and serums to work on your skin.


2016 Summer Routine ~ At the Gym

Garnier Face Wipes

For the last 2 months I have been hitting the gym quite regularly during the week since I travel a lot on weekends. Because I perform the mega step routine above in the morning before work, I know I can not perform the same routine at the gym. As much as it is good to cleanser and moisturise your face, it can also be harmful if done too many times a day. I shower three times a day, one in the morning, at the gym and at home before bed and each time I cleanse my face and add my face products. I decided for the gym I would have a simple face routine.

  • Cleanser – I do not use my normal cleanser instead I will use cleansing wipes or cleansing water as I feel these  straining on my face. I do not have to worry about my skin peeling from too much washing and causing my skin to become thing. With the wipes I can gently wipe off the impurities I secrete after my gym class and same goes with the cleansing water.
  • Serum – After exercise, your pores open so it is a good time to use the serum to help protect my skin by adding favourable and nourishing products.
  • Moisturiser – The moisturiser will then lock in the serum and allow for it to work and repair my skin.

And that ladies and Gents is that, it might seem like a lot and daunting for those who do not have any specific face routine but I assure you it is not. Once you get into the routine and always have your products at hand, it is easy peasy.

Do you have a face routine? Do you have one for summer or its same routine 365 days?


  • For me a really strong moisturiser is the most important thing as my skin can get quite dry in the summer time x

    • I am the opposite, my face gets really oily during summer

  • Some great tips here. I never thought of taking cleansing wipes to the gym and it is a great idea. Nothing worse than getting home and feeling the salt on your face through the sweat you lost!! All dried up. I will be getting some of these 🙂 Thanks ..

    • Thanks Claire, I didn’t want that feeling so wipes were the next best thing for me

  • What a routine! I’m afraid I just wash and moisturise but that seems to work for me 🙂

    • I say stick to what works for you or learn and adapt to what might be best for your skin

  • Great post! I find it so hard to find a moisturiser that doesn’t make me break out in summer, but really can’t go without it – finding the right products really is key!

    • Finding the right products is the key, I am glad to have found products that really work for me

  • JM

    Helpful tips. I am sharing this to my wife’s facebook now. Thanks.

  • my facial routine is applying cream every morning but that is about it

    • You’re lucky your skin doesn’t breakout with just moisturiser

  • I really need to take better care of my skin, I have no skincare routine since having children x

    • Aww bless, hope you make up one which works for you

  • Oh my, I sure hate heavy products on my face during the summer. I need to check out your product list because I do wear serums and moisturizers and am always trying new ones.

    • I am the same, during summer I just want light products that are able to provide nourishment and protection

  • That’s a great summer face routine. I am the same, I hate wearing anything heavy on my face in summer. There’s nothing worse than feeling how your face cream is making your face sweat under the sun rays.

    • absolutely, thanks so much

  • Bonnie @wemake7

    I do not really do a big routine for face that much. I do wash my face of course and use a moisturizer.

    • I believe whatever works for you is what you should do and continue to do

  • Sounds like you have a solid skincare routine down!! I love find gin products I love!!

    • Thanks Ricci, I love finding products that work well on my skin

  • My face routine has got longer as time goes on, very much influenced by the Korean 10-step. I include a glycolic toner to help cell turnover since my skin can’t stand a manual exfoliation.

    • Mine has been influenced by the Korean 10-step too. It’s great

  • I’ve really slipped with my skin care routine lately, but reading this has made me realise I really need to get back into it! x

    • Glad to hear it and hope you create one that really works for you

  • I love how detailed this post is. I can’t be without my face cleanser.

  • I have a simple routine – wash my face, use a cleanser for deep seated dirt, then a toner and a night time moisturizer. I am happy to know that you were able to choose a line of products that work good for you.

    • I love your routine, same as mine at night

  • I’m a big fan on micellar cleansing wipes and using a SPF every day.

    • I love the cleansing wipes, they are a must have for me

  • I’m the same way and I really only wear make-up when I have to. I used to wear it each and every day and then my pores got really clogged, so now when I wear make-up, its when I have an appointment, out to dinner etc.

    • I try to wear makeup only for special occassions and events

  • Oh I do admire how much you take care of your skin. You’ve actually inspired me to do the same 🙂

    • Aww thanks so much, glad to hear that

  • Uh oh. We’re in trouble..our skin routine is soap and water. Opps. Might have to try these lotions and potions xx

    • Hahahaha lol, this is what works for me. It might not work for you

  • Great post my skin routine is pretty simple cleanse, moistuise and use a primer in the morning and then night cleanse and moistuise. I do use different products morning and night though.

    • Thanks Joanna, I think it is nice to have some sort of routine for your face

  • I don’t have a routine but do use moisturiser daily. I have found in yhis hot weather that my skin has become oily!! It’s horrible!! Thanks for sharing your routine!!

    • You’re welcome. Yes summer is notorious for making most of us oily

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are indeed awesome face routines. I love how you have the different face routines and will have to think about doing this myself. The Garnier wipes I am going to have to try for my routine. There is only one routine I have and it is only washing my face with soap and water than using the face serums. Thanks for sharing your routines.

    • You’re welcome, this has helped me loads and I love it now

  • Interesting to change up your routine with the seasons. But it does make sense. I use whatever happens to be available.

    • Thanks, it makes sense but sometimes I don’t do it on time

  • I need to try some new facial routines, especially for summer. This second pregnancy has my skin breaking out, and leaving me feeling drab.

    • Awww bless you, I hope you find a routine that your skin accepts during your pregnancy

  • Jeanine

    I really don’t have a face routine! I wish I did. My secret right now is pregnancy, its doing wonders for my face and I wish it could continue well after but I doubt it!

    • Oh wow, it seems for some people pregnancy is doing wonders and for others causing break outs

  • My skin is so dry and dull right now. I really need to step up my skin care routine in these summer months.

    • Don’t you just hate it when it is dry, I complain about my oiliness but I kinda appreciate it

  • These routines sound great. Serums are very new to me and I haven’t experimented with any of them yet.

    • You should, face serums are awesome anf so good for the skin especially natural ones

  • I absolutely love Garnier’s SkinActive line! I use the miscellar water every day, and I really love it!

    • I want to try the miscellar water now as I love there wipes

  • I have to say my summer face and my winter face aren’t much different. The only thing I change is what moisturizer I’m using.

    • Thats awesome, I do that too

  • You look beautiful. Your facial routine really must be working out for you. I need to get better with my facial care routine. I have nice skin without much effort, but now that I am in my mid 40’s I worry about how my skin will age.

    • Thank you Chrishelle, I think if minimal effort still works on your skin then continue as some products would cause aggeing faster than the natural way

  • Pam

    I have a face routine. It’s usually cleanser, serum, moisturizer. Taking care of your skin is so important!

    • It is very important to take care of your skin

  • Anita Fonte

    I do not have a beauty routine. I do use a moisturizer and Sun block for my face. I definitely need to cleanse my face more.

    • Whatever works for your skin is my advice to continue with

  • Excellent break down. I use a cleanser and moisturizer, I’ve got those down. I’ve heard of the other products mentioned but didn’t know what to do with them or how they help me.

    • I am glad to have shade some light on the other products

  • I’m on vacation in the Caribbean so I have not been wearing much makeup at all. I also use facial cleansing wipes to clean my skin during the summer.

    • I am so jealous of your vacation destination, hope to visit there one day and yes cleansing wipes are the best in the summer

  • Robin Masshole Mommy

    I am fascinated by this. I don’t use any products at all, but I love to hear other people’s routines.

    • I never used to have one until I started blogging and saw other people’s routines. I tried them out and made adjustments to have suited my skin.