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Summer Skin Care Routine Plus 11 Favorite Clean Drugstore Products You Have To Try!

Updated: Jul 15, 2019

I wanted to share my updated summer skin care routine with you guys and clean drugstore products I'm using right now!


When it comes to summer skin care, I always stress the usual important stuff: practicing diligent sun protection, wearing UV-shielding clothes when possible, and switching to lighter serums and creams.


I take a less is more approach when it comes to summer skin care — especially since I balance work, being a wife and mom, and finding time for myself. In the morning I take a quick warm shower — not long and not hot, and I brush my teeth while I'm in the shower to speed up the process. My go to cleanser at the moment is Avalon Organics Intense Defence Vitamin C Cleansing Gel.


Once I'm out of the shower, I reach for my ride-or-die serum: Weleda Age Defying Serum and top it of with Bare Republic Sunscreen.


Come evening, I stay true to her minimalist mentality, relying the same skin-care staples from her morning routine to cleanse and prep her skin for a reparative night's sleep. I like to keep her skin care as lightweight as possible at night to let her skin breathe while still getting the essential nutrients she needs.


Twice a week at night I'll use Acure Organics Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub and follow with Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask.



1. Cleanser

Avalon Organics Intense Defense With Vitamin C Cleansing Gel $9


It's vegan, biodegradable, organic, and cruelty-free. It also brightens up a dull complexion lickity-split thanks to an impressive host of antioxidant-rich ingredients like white tea, lemon, and orange.

Plus, according to the brand, they focus on minimizing the footprint of its products on the planet, by prioritizing packaging made from "high post-consumer material content and sustainably sourced paperboard" which is recyclable after use. Plus, all of the brand's formulas are "tested to evaluate the organic carbon to CO2 conversion rate necessary for biodegradable certification."


2. Mask




Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask $17


I first tried this mask a few months ago, and it's been a constant in my mask rotation ever since. The ingredient list is sustainably sourced, simple (only seven ingredients!), and boasts offerings to help clarify and brighten like sea salt from natural oceanic clay and willow bark—active plant extracts which the brand states on their website are sustainably sourced from around the world.


3. Toner


S.W. Basics Toner $16


This toner is made with only five ingredients (water, organic raw apple cider vinegar, organic witch hazel, and organic clary sage and sandalwood essential oils), and what it lacks in complexity it more than makes up for in efficacy and sustainability. (The brand only ever uses truly natural ingredients that are certified organic, fair trade, or sourced from family farms.)


4. Serum




Weleda Age Defying Serum $45


The brand implements biodynamic agriculture, uses raw materials, and works to be as environmentally-friendly as possible in order to reduce energy consumption company-wide.


5. Exfoliating Scrub



Acure Organics Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub $10


Priding itself on eco-friendly, 100% vegan formulas and "0% questionability," Acure brings green beauty to the forefront of your drugstore beauty experience, and lately, we've been crushing on this gentle brightening scrub, which not only yields a brilliant after-glow but a brilliant ingredient list as well. MVP players include aloe vera, French green clay, rooibos leaf extract, lemon peel, argan oil, madonna leaf, and blackberry, açai, and pomegranate fruit extracts. 


According to their website, the brand is a "family owned and operated company founded on sustainable principles to provide the highest quality natural and certified organic personal care."


6. Moisturizer

Yes to Super Blueberries Recharging Yogurt & Probiotics DIY Moisturizing Parfait $16


The name may be a mouthful, but it's only to be expected considering its game-changing, multitasking abilities, which will help recharge, hydrate, and treat depleted, overworked complexions. Oh, and it gets its "DIY" name from the unique dual-chamber system, which allows you to personalize your product by dispensing your preferred amount of creamy Greek yogurt, probiotic-rich moisturizer and superblueberry booster to your skin's liking. Not to mention, the brand prides itself on an eco-friendly mission to always contain at least 95% natural ingredients, to be free of parabens and other nasties, and to be made with recyclable materials for ultimate sustainability.


7. Sunscreen

Bare Republic Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 $7


You know how important sunscreen is for happy and healthy skin, but finding an effective formula that also meets sustainable ethos isn't the easiest. Which is precisely why Team Byrdie loves Bare Republic—a brand known for its eco-active skincare offerings. We like this stick for multiple reasons: its biodegradable formula, its non-abrasive yet pleasant coconut vanilla scent, and its 80-minute, water-resistant durability. It's also lightweight in texture and easy to apply.


8. Lip Balm



Dr. Bronner's Organic Lip Balm Peppermint $3


9. Body & Hand Lotion


Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion $8


Aside from the fact that it smells like a Hawaiian vacation in a bottle, this replenishing drugstore formula pampers skin with sustainable ethos (they're 100% vegetarian and are committed to biodegradable formulas and recyclable materials) and things like cocoa butter (in case that wasn't already obvious), shea butter, vitamin E, and luxe oils from jojoba, macadamia, flax, and sunflower. 


10. Body Oil


Fig & Yarrow Organic Bath & Body Oil $33


Organic, responsibly harvested ingredients are the bread and butter of the dreamy apothecary-inspired brand Fig & Yarrow. To be honest, we're enamored with all of its good-for-the-skin and good-for-the-planet offerings but are especially entranced with this dreamy bath and body oil, which does the name justice in that it quite literally makes you smell like you've just frolicked through a meadow (thanks to subtle hints of chamomile, lavender, and rosewood).


11. Shampoo & Conditioner




SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Replenishing Shampoo $11

Gone are the days when we couldn't find organic, sustainably sourced haircare products in the aisles of the drugstore. SheaMositure brings to the table natural, organic, sustainably produced goodness specifically made "with love for you and your body." Fair-trade and cruelty-free, this lusciously moisturizing shampoo and conditioner magically works wonders for all hair types and textures but is especially wonderful for those with coarse and curly hair.

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