My Summer Skincare Routine

In case you didn’t know, I live in Australia along the Queensland coastline. That means during our Summer I can experience days with extreme humidity and heat. Which really means that my makeup will slide off my face and my skincare needs to be significantly adapted from my winter routine.

For reference, I have a very oily skin type that is prone to break outs with large pores around my nose and redness on my cheeks. In terms of skincare, my main concerns are my oil production, breakouts and sun protection.

In terms of what I am like as a skincare person, the less steps I have the more likely I am to properly follow my routine. There was a point last year where I was watching too many skincare videos and had found myself with an 11 step routine however not too long after I realised that less is more when it comes to a long term regime that I will actually follow.

So it’s currently October here in Australia which is the start of our hotter seasons and I’m changing my skincare routine to adapt to this new weather.

I have two different routines for morning and night however they consist of mostly the same products.


  1. Cleanse – I use a gentle foaming cleanser and water to wash my face.

  2. Acne spot treatment – Usually a cream or gel that I apply all over my face, I still haven’t found one that has reduced my breakouts but when I do I’ll let you know.

  3. Hyaluronic acid – I use the Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (Moist), it’s a super hydrating yet very lightweight gel.

  4. Vitamin c – I’m currently using the Drunk Elephant C Firma, however I would like to find a cheaper alternative.

  5. Moisturiser – Any lightweight moisturiser that won’t leave my skin greasy is good. Previously I’ve used the CosRx Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birchsap which was good for my oily skin.

  6. Sunscreen – I always wear sunscreen and a natural one too. I am currently using one called Seagull Milk (a bit weird of a name but the formula is amazing) however I don’t think it’s available anywhere outside of Australia. Just as long as the ingredients are natural and without nano particles.

After my sunscreen I’ll go along with normal makeup routine or none if I’m not going to wear any.

For my night time routine I’ll always double cleanse, no matter if I wore makeup or not, as I always wear sunscreen and I like to completely remove it from my skin before sleeping.

Night Time

  1. First Cleanse – A solid cleanser to remove most of my makeup. I use the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from the body shop. (I will also use a cotton pad soaked with micellar water to remove any left over traces of makeup if I think I need it)

  2. Eye makeup remover – I remove any left over eye makeup using a dedicated eye makeup remover on a cotton pad.

  3. Second cleanse – I use the same gentle foaming cleanser that I used in the morning

  4. Mask – I will apply a mask once every 2 weeks. I currently switch between the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask and the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask.

  5. Chemical exfoliator/acid toner – I will apply this once or twice a week. Lotion P50 PIGM 400, pressed into my skin.

  6. Acne spot treatment – Same as my morning routine.

  7. Hyaluronic acid – For night time I use the more hydrating version, Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion.

  8. Night cream – This is a slightly heavier cream than what I would use during the day. I’ve just started applying the Skin Physics OXYGEN-C so I’ll let you know in the next update if I like it or not.

Compared to my previous skincare routine I’ve cut out the extra moisturisers and I am no longer applying a facial oil. Depending on how my skin reacts to that I might start applying an oil once or twice a week but I’ll see how it does without it first.

At the start of the year I posted my original skincare routine but I spoke about wanting to reduce the amounts of products I was using and the amount I was spending on my skincare. Looking between the two routines now I can say that I have definitely cut out some steps and products however I want to reduce it even further if I can.

As I am slowly working through my current products I would like to try and combine some of my skincare steps into one multipurpose product as I go along. I’ll most likely post another skincare routine in another 6 months and hopefully in that one I’ll have reduce my spending by even more!

Also the reason that I haven’t told you the exact products that I’m using in each step is either because I haven’t found a product that I would really recommend or I don’t think one product is the only fit for a certain category. For example I use a gentle foaming cleanser morning and night, it doesn’t really matter which one, just whatever you can afford in your budget and that reacts well to your skin is fine.

I hope this has given you some inspiration or a good starting point of you’re currently researching for your own skincare routine! If you have any questions please leave a comment or reach out to me through my socials, I’m always happy to help.

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