My summer morning skincare routine

My summer morning skincare routine

Hi everyone,

today I’m going to talk about my current summer morning skincare routine. It’s very simple and features some very good products I have been enjoying lately. Since we’re talking about summer, the last step is obviously an SPF. I try to use it every day, religiously, even when I know I’m not going in the sun. Without further ado, here is my routine:


I start the day by looking at my skin in the mirror. It’s the time of day when I feel my skin is in its best shape, having rested for a number of hours, and I see no redness or shine. I take a few seconds to appreciate that before it’s gone 🙁 The first step is obviously cleansing. I could never go out without having washed my skin. Right now I’m using the Good Things Manuka Honey Cleanser, the best affordable cream cleanser I’ve tried so far. It does its job, leaves my skin soft and contains good ingredients (So no parabens, surfactants or mineral oil). I massage it thoroughly on my face and remove it with a damp tepid flannel.


I consider this step optional. As it is summer, I do not use an acid toner in the morning because they make your skin photosensitive. I made the huge mistake not following this advice last summer and ended up with a kind of eczema on my skin, thanks to AHA and the sun. Not a great experience, I now pay a lot of attention to this.
I like a spritz of Thermal Water, mine is from LaRochePosay but there isn’t much difference between this one and others that are out there, from Avene and Vichy for example. I wouldn’t say that it makes a great difference, but it is supposed to soothe the skin. I leave it on my skin to let it absorb.


This is the only step that I would skip if I was in a hurry. I’m now using the Sephora Luminizing Boost, a watery, orangey-scented serum which aims to give your skin healthy-looking glow. Is it working? I’m still not sure about this, I’ve only used it for a week and will keep on using it to see what the results are. It’s very light and penetrates into the skin easily – I will keep you updated.
An alternative to this is my beloved Hydraluron, previously reviewed here. It gives my skin a good boost of hydration and suits every kind of skin.


Once the serum has dried I follow up with a light moisturizer. I like using Toleriane Fluid, a good water-based daily moisturizer for normal to combination skin. It dries up quickly and leaves no residues or stickiness. I’ve previously talked about it here.


Last step before I do my make-up, which I don’t actually wear every single day. is my SPF. Right now I’m loving the Clarins Anti-Pollution SPF 50. It’s incredibly light and leaves a matte finish so make-up will sit on it perfectly, almost as if this was a primer. There are other SPFs I really love and you can find them here, where I talk about SPFs more generally and the types that are available.

That’s it! 4 simple steps to get my skin ready for the day. I’ll probably write something about my night-time skincare routine, as that’s when I take more time and steps to prepare my skin before I go to sleep.

Let me know what your morning skincare routine is right now. As always, I wish you a lovely day!


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  • Floral-Etiquette

    omg this picture is goals!!! lovely post x

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    • Thank you very much Jemma! 🙂 x

  • Kelly

    Like I said on Instagram, what an amazing picture. Nice line-up of products as well, I use the thermal water as well and I sometimes use Toleriane Ultra when my skin is particularly sensitive. That Sephora serum sounds interesting, can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.

    Great picks, Paula! I really want to try those bases you talked about. I’m always grabbing for a light base, a good highlighter and a killer mascara, those are all the things I really need.

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    • Hi Kelly, thanks for the comment on my pic, I’m very proud of it 🙂 I’m really enjoying the Sephora serum, I feel like it really gives a little bit of glow in the morning. Will keep you updated!
      Have a great day! xx

  • I’ve been looking for a new cleanser! That honey one sounds amazing 🙂

    • Thanks Andrea, this one is very good and super affordable. If you want to spend more there are many other good options, obviously:) xx

  • I love using the Indeed labs Hydraluron!

    • Thanks Andy, I love it too! xx

  • That’s such a beautiful photo you’ve taken! 🙂
    You’re right about using chemical exfoliants in the morning. For the longest time I was using my Pixi Glow Tonic first thing and my skin has been a little better since I switched it up for the night instead. I love using a soothing rose mist instead. I need to give more La Roche-Posay skincare a go. Looking forward to reading about your night time routine. 🙂 xx

    • Thank you Sarirah!! These exfoliants in the morning without sunscreen can be really dangerous for the skin, I’ve experienced it myself! I’ll have to get a new face mist because I’m running out of thermal water, any advice?
      Have a good day my dear 🙂 xx

      • My favourite facial spritz is the Mario Badescu Rose water. It’s refreshing but also very soothing on the skin. 🙂 xx

        • You know what Sarirah? That’s the one product I’ve been chasing for weeks! The problem is that I can only get it on a website where I have to spend a minimun to get the free shipping so for now I have decided to wait, but it’s on the top of my wishlist and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it ! x

  • I must try that cleanser because I love anything that contains Manuka Honey, also hydraluron is a product I haven’t used in quite a while – must keep my eye out for it in Boots xx


    • It’s a very good one, though if you can afford more there are greater cleansers like the Oskia one, you know many more because you made a great post on cleansers last week 🙂 x

  • orchidsandpeonies

    Thanks for sharing Silvia! Such a lovely summer routine that sounds so refreshing, fun and probably leaves your skin glowing (which is something we all love during the summer months!).

    • Thank you very much Fiona! It’s good to see you here on my blog 🙂 Thanks for stopping by xx Have a great Sunday!

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  • Bernadette
    • TheSkinCabinet

      Thanks Bernadette 🙂 x