Easy Summer Routine for Event-Ready Skin (Cruelty-Free Edition!)

Your skincare may seem like the most daunting task to take care of before an event, which is why it's often put on the back burner in favour of a quick fix (like makeup). But the faster you establish a basic, no-fuss routine, the less makeup you have to wear (essential in the warm Summer months) & the better you age! Win-win. At the end of the day, skincare doesn't have to be complicated. Just remember that ingredients & formulations are key & should always take precedence over marketing hype.

Before I begin listing steps, I'd also like to add that lifestyle is absolutely key to achieving healthy, glowing skin. It took me years to fully accept this & as soon as I did I've noticed more of a difference in my skin than any product has ever made. I now eat a fully vegan diet, drink plenty of water, avoid excess caffeine (still struggling here though!), limit alcohol, don't smoke, exercise regularly & stay out of the sun at any cost. I'm also a huge believer in daily supplements & so take a high-quality multi-vitamin, zinc & B12 daily, but of course your supplements should be tailored to your lifestyle & dietary needs. Discussing these with your doctor or naturopath is always the best plan of action! Lastly, don't get me wrong, I still enjoy lounging on the beach & drinking wine with dinner, but I now do so in moderation. Okay, on to the steps already!

Easy Summer Routine for Event-Ready Skin (Cruelty-Free Edition!) - Artistry by Jacquie, Ottawa Makeup Artist (Juice Beauty & The Ordinary)

1) Cleanse 
Choose a non-foaming, gentle cleanser for AM & PM. If you are battling acne, avoid an overly-abrasive cleanser, which will only irritate matters further.

2) Tone
I'm currently using a toner with a low percentage of glycolic acid in it for anti-aging & brightening purposes, but because I also use prescription Retin-A & do not need further surface exfoliation, I will be switching to a more gentle, essence-like toner when my bottle is gone. 

Easy Summer Routine for Event-Ready Skin (Cruelty-Free Edition!) - Artistry by Jacquie, Ottawa Makeup Artist (Tatcha)

3) Hydrate/Vitamin C
I'm a firm believer in hyaluronic acid for plumping my skin, as it tends to be quite dry from my night treatments. If you do not need the extra hydration, I highly recommend investing in a stable form of Vitamin C instead, which is a powerful antioxidant & aid to collagen building. Of course you can use both, but I find using either one or the other is best for under makeup.

4) Moisturize + SPF
I combine these two steps for ease & recommend NEVER skipping SPF. It is our greatest anti-aging tool & absolutely necessary if you are using any type of exfoliation, period. Don't forget your ears, hands & lips, as well as the rest of your body of course!

Easy Summer Routine for Event-Ready Skin (Cruelty-Free Edition!) - Artistry by Jacquie, Ottawa Makeup Artist (Mario Badescu)

5) Eye Cream (Optional)
I regularly try out various eye creams from both ends of the spectrum (drugstore to luxury) & have never found an eye cream that could do what my serums & moisturizer could not. For reference, I have hereditary dark circles & no puffiness. So I'll leave this step up to your own discretion. 

Extras:
I alternate Retin-A with benzoyl peroxide on a nightly basis for anti-aging & acne purposes. I also highly recommend pre-cleansing with an oil cleanser at night if you wear makeup or SPF. Lastly, I'll never go a Sunday night without doing a stronger lactic or glycolic acid peel followed by a hydrating mask, though tread lightly in peel territory! 

What are your favourite cruelty-free skincare items?