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Summer Skincare Routine

Well, hello! I can’t believe it’s been almost 9 months since I’ve published a post on Paytington (what?!); real life caught up with me and my passion project fell behind the couch — or, more accurately, got shoved wayyy under the take-out menus in that lonely kitchen drawer no one opens. Anyways, I’ve missed it SO MUCH and have decided to slowly bring it back to life with weekly posts and updates on life. What would you like to hear about? Life? New recipes? SEO? Let me know!

First and foremost — I should formally announce that Payton has a new sister, Pepper! We adopted her last December because she needed a good home and I couldn’t bear the thought of her little face being turned over to animal control or being put in a shelter, especially right before Christmas. So, we now have TWO little dachshunds running around our apartment and I couldn’t love them more. I’m especially looking forward to dressing them both up for Halloween this year; the possibilities seem endless! I keep wavering between having them go as dachshunds with mixers attached to their backs (a la “The Secret Life of Pets“) or having them walk around Streeterville in a more traditional sister-themed costumes. Thoughts? Ideas?

One of the biggest changes around here is that I accepted a job as a full-time SEO consultant and spend most days analyzing web trends and helping large financial institutions develop strategies to improve their organic search performance. I still work from home but have a much larger to do list than I used to, hence why the blog fell off the face of this planet for a few months. Though I’m looking at different windows on the computer than I was six months ago, I’m still squinting at a screen for at least 50 hours a week, and what’s worse, it’s really starting to show.

When I started blogging, I was 23 and had zero concern for my skin’s well-being. I wanted to be tan, thin and slightly tipsy at the end of the day (who doesn’t?) and would flop into bed after quickly washing my face with abrasive soap — because, really, spending an extra three minutes in the bathroom to properly wash my face sounded awful (and sometimes still does). Good call, Katharine :-/.

The difference between then and now? My face has permanent forehead wrinkles that don’t go away no matter how much rest I get or how much water I manage to drink…when did that happen? I used to have zero wrinkles and fresh-looking skin but, at some point over the last 12 months, I woke up and realized my wrinkles didn’t go away anymore. SHIT. It was a wake up call that I’m getting older and my skin needs just as much care as my teeth or hair or diet…probably more.

Anywho…since this bleak realization took hold, I’ve been a lot more conscious about my diet, my water intake and what I use on my skin, especially during these summer months, which is why I’ve decided to share my summer skincare routine. If nothing else, this post serves as a reminder to not flop into bed before removing my eye makeup tonight (because Pinstripes happy hours will do that to you).

I’ve always been a believer in “you get what you pay for” re: make-up, which is why I invest in my skincare products more-so than other retail items. It’s not like buying a $15 dollar pair of shoes from Target (though if you’re looking for that…I recommend these or these because Target’s summer sandals game is strong)— this stuff is going on my FACE, so I want it be nice and I want it to last.

Day-to-Night Skincare Routine

  1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser $20: every morning I drink a glass of water (which I leave on my nightstand the night before) and wash my face with either the Kiehl’s cleanser or my leftover ProActiv Scrub. If it’s been a particularly rough night or my skin is breaking out, I opt for the ProActiv.
  2. DML Facial Moisturizer SPF 25 $15: then I moisturize with DML facial moisturizer. When I was a teenager, I had horrible acne and my dermatologist gave me DML lotion to use because Accutane dries out your skin like crazy and I’ve been hooked ever since. When I found out they sold DML on Amazon I was thrilled and when I found out DML made a facial moisturizer…WHOA happy day over here.
  3. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation SPF 15 $40: while my skin is still dewy from the DML, I put a small amount of foundation on to even out my skin tone.
  4. Chanel Vitalumiere Compact $51: then I set the foundation with powder.
  5. Chanel Joues Contrast Blush $45: and give myself a bit of color with bright pink blush; without blush, I look sallow.
  6. Chanel Le Volume Mascara $32: this ultra volume mascara makes my lashes look long and thick; I triple up the coats so it lasts all day.
  7. Stila “stay all day” Liquid Lipstick $24: no matter how crappy I feel, this red lip gives me a punch of color and it really does stay all day.
  8. Sheisido Oil Sheets $18: when I’m running around during the summer I get super sweaty and always make sure I have oil blotters in my bag — it’s HUMID here.
  9. Lancome Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover $15: this is by far my favorite make-up remover of all time. I got a sample from Nordstrom AGES ago and I’ve never looked back. It removes mascara, powder, eyeshadow, lipstick, eyeliner all in one fell swoop. This stuff is worth every penny and then some.
  10. Clarins Gentle Exfoliator $37: at the end of the day I always use a light exfoliating cleanser because of normal wear, tear, sweat etc. I alternate between this Clarins cleanser and my Proactiv.
  11. La Mer Oil Absorbing Toner $85: when I can afford it, I use La Mer’s toner and mask because I think they are equisite…but they are expensive. When I’m not feeling like the splurge, I opt for Keihl’s Ultra Facial toner or NARS toner.
  12. Neutrogena On-The-Spot Cream (pack of 6) $30: I’ve tried a lot of acne creams but this one is by far the best. I always buy a pack of 6 from Amazon when I re-stock on DML.
  13. DML Body Lotion $18: once I let the acne cream dry on problem areas, I slather my face, arms, legs and feet with the regular DML body lotion. This is the stuff I used when I was on Accutane and, like I said above, it’s amazing. It’s fine for my face at night…don’t need SPF to sleep.
  14. Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream $37: the last step of the evening is applying a healthy dose of under-eye serum. Because my eyes are tired and have dark circles under them more often than not, this step is crucial and cannot be missed.

There you have it! I know it seems like a lot of products…it is…and to any guy reading this, I hope this “summer skincare routine” breakdown semi-explains why our luggage is always a bit heavier than yours. I feel out-of-whack when my skincare routine is unhinged and therefore always carry a stash of products with me. Anyone else feel the same way?

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